2018 Lineup / Alphabetical

3rd Annual Jazz Organ Fellowship with Matthew Whitaker and Brian Charette

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
Jade Leaf Stage

Thanks to Hammond B-3 evangelist Pete Fallico’s world-renowned commitment to the instrument, organ concerts have been a San Jose Jazz staple. 2018 Summer Fest is no exception, with the 3rd Annual Organ Fellowship featuring Matthew Whitaker and Brian Charette, a pair of contrasting yet brilliant players.

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3rd Annual Jazz Organ Fellowship with Matthew Whitaker and Brian Charette

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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7th Street Big Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

They’re not your grandparents’ big band—they bring some of the hippest beats and rhythms to the table, and they’re ready to get funky.

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7th Street Big Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Aaron Abernathy Trio

Fri, Aug 10 @ 11pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Aaron Abernathy is a rising pianist/singer with a style rooted in gospel and the organic, acoustic soul of the early 70s. Frequent collaborator of hip-hop artist Black Milk, Abernathy has created a stir with his latest solo album, Dialogue.

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Aaron Abernathy Trio

Fri, Aug 10 @ 11pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Aaron Lington Plays the Music of Astor Piazzolla

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Silicon Valley Stage

Jazz’s international parentage of African, Caribbean, European and native US musical traditions allows for many other of the world’s musical heritages to be interpreted. Grammy winner Aaron Lington delves into tango’s sensual sound with his new Plays the Music of Astor Piazzolla small group jazz project.

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Aaron Lington Plays the Music of Astor Piazzolla

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Silicon Valley Stage
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Alastair Greene Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Alastair Greene’s combination of blues, southern rock and jam band sensibilities have been thrilling audiences for nearly two decades. Recently, he plunged into a full-time solo career, stepping down after seven years touring as the guitarist for rock legend, Alan Parsons.

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Alastair Greene Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Andre Thierry

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1:45pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

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Andre Thierry

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1:45pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Arnie Co Nonet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

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Arnie Co Nonet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
Gordon Biersch Stage
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Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

As anyone who has attended a recent Friday Main Stage session can attest, Summer Fest audiences love the funk. Trombonist Big Sam and his Funky Nation band brings just that—along with some Crescent City second line hometown flavor, a bit of hip-hop and infectious rock & roll swagger.

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Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Billy Valentine Big Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Whether from his time as the singer for Young-Holt Unlimited or as half of The Valentine Brothers, Billy Valentine’s distinct voice is recognizable to generations. Valentine’s singing was featured in the series Sons of Anarchy and Boston Legal, and his crooning is timeless.

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Billy Valentine Big Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Boogaloo Assassins

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6:30pm
Salsa Stage

Unlike ’50s jazz and ’90s rap, there’s no coastal rivalry in boogaloo music. So the Los Angeles-based Boogaloo Assassins show love to the blended Afro-Cuban and R&B genre that burst out of New York City in the 1960s by further infusing it with it with salsa and Latin soul.

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Boogaloo Assassins

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6:30pm
Salsa Stage

Booker T.’s Stax Revue: A Journey Through Soul, Blues and R&B

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

As house organist for the Stax Records label in the ’60s and leader of the MG’s, keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger Booker T. Jones is familiar to countless music fans for his own hit “Green Onions” as well as his support for the likes of Aretha Franklin and Bill Withers.

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Booker T.’s Stax Revue: A Journey Through Soul, Blues and R&B

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Changüí Majadero

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4:30pm
Salsa Stage

Based in Los Angeles, Changüí Majadero brings an urban—and urbane—21st Century perspective to its traditional namesake genre. Over 100 years old, changüí is a rural and vocal Cuban folk music performed with stringed instruments and percussion. It’s danceable with relatable lyrics and a Changüí Majadero-infused youthful energy.

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Changüí Majadero

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4:30pm
Salsa Stage

Christian Tambuur and Dominick Farinacci

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

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Christian Tambuur and Dominick Farinacci

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Jade Leaf Stage

In less than three years, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio has become one of the Pacific Northwest’s most popular Hammond B3-driven bands. With its leader’s muscular playing, guitarist Jimmy James’ sly riffs and drummer David McGraw’s well-placed accents, the trio raises the swagger in any setting.

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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Doug Beavers

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Salsa Stage

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Doug Beavers

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Salsa Stage

East Bay High School All Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

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East Bay High School All Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Echoes

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

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Echoes

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Eddie Gale

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:30pm
Silicon Valley Stage

Known as the City of San Jose official Ambassador of Jazz, Eddie Gale is a pillar of the Bay Area jazz scene. As a musician, trumpeter, composer, publisher, recording artist and bandleader, Gale is a multi-faceted artist in the genre.

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Eddie Gale

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:30pm
Silicon Valley Stage
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Emmet Cohen Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Jade Leaf Stage

Bassist Christian McBride and drummer Herlin Riley both snatched up Emmet Cohen for their respective bands, recognizing the Florida native’s deep knowledge of jazz history and awe-inspiring playing. Now the pianist leads his own trio as a quickly rising star on the straight-ahead scene.

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Emmet Cohen Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Eric Alexander

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7pm
Jade Leaf Stage

With a fierce tone and unwavering swing, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has both played in bands led by legends and recorded his own substantial body of work with peers and some of those same jazz titans. Known for his fierce lines, he can also whip up a sublime ballad.

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Eric Alexander

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Erik Jekabson Quintet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Whether leading his heralded Electric Squeezebox Orchestra big band or guiding the Young Musicians Program at the California Jazz Conservatory, trumpeter Erik Jekabson dance card is constantly full. For 2018 Summer Fest, he’ll lead his powerhouse quintet focusing on his fierce trumpeting skills.

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Erik Jekabson Quintet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Eugenie Jones

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Eugenie Jones is a Seattle-based jazz vocalist, songwriter and producer. Described as a performer that makes audiences feel jazz, Jones possess “a voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones.” (The Stranger)

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Eugenie Jones

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Evan Thomas Blues Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Blues/Big Easy Stage

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Evan Thomas Blues Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Footnotes

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
Swing Stage

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Footnotes

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
Swing Stage

Full Spectrum Big Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ 11am
Swing Stage

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Full Spectrum Big Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ 11am
Swing Stage
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Gail Dobson’s Vocals for Kids with the Gail Dobson Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Ghost & the City

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6:45pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

With a mystical combination of hip-hop, electronic and dub, blended with a smoky jazz aesthetic, Ghost & the City is an exciting new voice in the Oakland electronic soul scene founded by the likes of The Seshen, Goapele and Ledisi.

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Ghost & the City

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6:45pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

Goapele

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Blessed with abundant soul and fluent in hip-hop’s rhythms and flows, singer-songwriter-producer Goapele’s warm singing captures listeners’ hearts like a fond childhood memory. Since Closer, her debut release from 2001, the Oakland native has been known as a wise storyteller as well as an imparter of wisdom.

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Goapele

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Gold Lion Arts Cosmic Garden

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

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Gold Lion Arts Cosmic Garden

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

With every decades-encompassing performance, Herb Alpert brings multiple lifetimes of experiences to the bandstand. Founder and leader of the Tijauna Brass and a veteran producer, the famed trumpeter is the only artist to boast number vocal and instrumental singles: “This Guy’s in Love with You” and “Rise.”

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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Jackie Gage

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

With a velvet voice rich as smooth wine, Jackie Gage possesses a musical grace that channels torch singers of decades past, mixing elements of jazz, soul and R&B into her music, which nods to the future of jazz.

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Jackie Gage

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Jane Monheit

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Just out of her teens when first introduced to the jazz world, warm-toned vocalist Jane Monheit can toggle between that early innocence and a time-crafted maturity. Those qualities alone make her an ideal artist to explore some of Ella Fitzgerald’s lesser-known repertoire at 2018 Summer Fest.

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Jane Monheit

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Jeff Denson: Outside My Window

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
Silicon Valley Stage

Enjoying popularity as a leader, sideman and one-third of the San Francisco String Trio, bassist Jeff Denson has recently emerged as a vocalist, as well. His latest album, Outside My Window, showcases his vocal chops via original songs and pieces by Jeff Buckley, Abbey Lincoln, Chris Cornell and Peter Gabriel.

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Jeff Denson: Outside My Window

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
Silicon Valley Stage
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Jemal Ramirez Group with Warren Wolf

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

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Jemal Ramirez Group with Warren Wolf

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Jessica Johnson

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Bay Area vocalist and songwriter Jessica Johnson captivates audiences from the moment she walks on stage, engaging listeners with her rich, sultry voice and R&B stylings.

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Jessica Johnson

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Jessica Lá Rel

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:15pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

Jessica Lá Rel is a recording artist, songwriter and storyteller from Chicago. Her “cinematic soul” sound can be likened to an orchestra traveling from the south side of Chicago to Ghana. Known for her soaring vocals and thrilling live performances, Lá Rel releases her LP, War Love, later this year.

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Jessica Lá Rel

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:15pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

Jimetta Rose

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:15pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

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Jimetta Rose

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:15pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

Kat Edmonson

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Stylisically eclectic singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson has a compelling backstory for her latest album, Old Fashioned Gal. The creative jazz-rooted artist explains how the 11 originals on her fourth and most recent album make up the components of a proper movie musical that she first concocted while under the weather:

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Kat Edmonson

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Kat Parra Latin World Ensemble

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Silicon Valley Stage

From its origins combining African rhythms and European harmonies, jazz has thrived through addition. Kat Parra brings Ladino—Judeo-Esponyol from the Sephardic Diaspora—as well as Portuguese, Spanish and English to her linguistic palette and emotive singing to her pan-American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern songbook.

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Kat Parra Latin World Ensemble

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Silicon Valley Stage
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Katie Thiroux Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
Jade Leaf Stage

Like juggling while riding a unicycle, singing and accompanying oneself on double bass is a challenging undertaking. Katie Thiroux does both with such a seemingly effortless joy that her innate sense of swing and buoyant stage presence can belie countless hours of sacrifice and study.

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Katie Thiroux Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Kishi Bashi W/ Strings

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Kaoru “Kishi Bashi” Ishibashi studied film scoring at the Berklee College of Music before developing his own shimmering non-movie-related (but still cinematic) musical aesthetic. Incorporating live looping, he’ll be collaborating with an equally fearless string quartet at 2018 Summer Fest.

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Kishi Bashi W/ Strings

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Kool & the Gang

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

“There’s a party going on right there / a celebration to last throughout the years.” With those lyrics, shouts of “Yahoo!” and that opening snare drum salvo, Kool & the Gang’s dancefloor hymn makes any occasion a “Celebration.” With scores of other timeless hits, they’ll close 2018 Summer Fest in style.

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Kool & the Gang

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Kristen Strom: Moving Day–The Music of John Shifflett

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
Silicon Valley Stage

Saxophonist Kristen Strom has been one of the mainstays of the Bay Area jazz scenes for nearly two decades, playing with leading bands and helming the Kristen Strom Quintet. In this new project, she interprets the compositions of a legendary local hero: bassist John Shifflett, who passed in 2017.

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Kristen Strom: Moving Day–The Music of John Shifflett

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
Silicon Valley Stage
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La Tenaza Tango Son

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

La Tenaza packed Cafe Stritch when it was in town for Summer Fest 2016. The kinetic Argentinean four-piece band is back by popular demand with its blended tango, Caribbean and Afro-Cuban concept.

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La Tenaza Tango Son

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Lalah Hathaway

Fri, Aug 10 @ 9:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Listeners can’t help but be wrapped up in and in awe of vocalist / songwriter / producer Lalah Hathaway’s tremendous singing and borderless, cross-genre musical concepts. Her infectious blend of R&B, gospel, jazz, pop and rock has, in turn, been embraced by multiple generations.

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Lalah Hathaway

Fri, Aug 10 @ 9:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Legally Blue

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3:30pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Legally Blue’s music is steeped in the vintage tradition of T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, the Allman Brothers, Gene Krupa and Jack McDuff, with a dose of Count Basie, Horace Silver and Billie Holiday.

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Legally Blue

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3:30pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

LGS Big Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 11am
Swing Stage

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LGS Big Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 11am
Swing Stage

Lydia Pense & Cold Blood With Fred Ross

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

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Lydia Pense & Cold Blood With Fred Ross

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Made By Crooks

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:45pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

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Made By Crooks

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:45pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

MAE.SUN

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Jade Leaf Stage

Veteran Summer Fest audiences will remember saxophonist Hailey Niswanger from 2015, when she performed with veteran drummer Mike Clark and locally based organ hero Wil Blades. The Portland, Oregon native returns with MAE.SUN, her exciting new project that expands her musical palate and sonic aesthetic.

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MAE.SUN

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Makaya McCraven

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

One of the joys of attending a music festival is hearing new discoveries. 2016 Winter Fest audiences got to experience the Northern California debut of trumpeter Marquis Hill’s Blacktet. Now 2018 Summer Fest fans will have a chance to catch the personal project of Makaya McCraven, its bleeding edge drummer, producer and visionary sonic collagist.

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Makaya McCraven

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Marcus Roberts’ Romance, Swing and Blues

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

One of the premier jazz pianists of his generation, Marcus Roberts is familiar with playing solo and with big bands and even symphony orchestras. For 2018 Summer Fest, he leads the Modern Jazz Generation, a lush-sounding medium-sized multi-generational ensemble that will perform his always thoughtful original compositions.

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Marcus Roberts’ Romance, Swing and Blues

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Mariachi Los Toritos

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

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Mariachi Los Toritos

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Mason Razavi Nontet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Silicon Valley Stage

Jazz guitarist and composer/arranger Mason Razavi returns to the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest with his nontet to perform selections from the Quartet Plus and Quartet Plus Volume 2 albums and to debut all new music. 

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Mason Razavi Nontet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Silicon Valley Stage
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Maxx Cabello Jr.

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

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Maxx Cabello Jr.

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Millennium Sounds

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Swing Stage

Millennium Sounds Orchestra (MSO), formed in 1999, is one of the South Bay’s best-kept musical secrets. The MSO players are a mix of alumni from De Anza College, San Jose State, Hayward State and San Francisco State, among others.

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Millennium Sounds

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Swing Stage

Mino Yanci

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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Mino Yanci

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88’s

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5:15pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88’s have been the torchbearers of a great American blues musical heritage for three decades. Taking their inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits of the late 40s and early 50s, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock n’roll.

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Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88’s

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5:15pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage
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Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Monterey Jazz Festival High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The Monterey Jazz Festival High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble represents a top-flight cross-section of some of Monterey County’s finest young vocalists.

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Monterey Jazz Festival High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Mr. Clifford’s Young Jazz All Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
SJMA Next Gen Stage

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Mr. Clifford’s Young Jazz All Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Nachito Herrera Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Pianist Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera had established quite a career in Cuba before migrating to Minnesota in 2002 and combining his European classical schooling and learned Afro-Cuban artistry into a dazzling personal musical style.

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Nachito Herrera Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Nachito Herrera Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Pianist Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera had established quite a career in Cuba before migrating to Minnesota in 2002 and combining his European classical schooling and learned Afro-Cuban artistry into a dazzling personal musical style.

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Nachito Herrera Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Nasa Ames Jazz Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Gordon Biersch Stage

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Nasa Ames Jazz Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Gordon Biersch Stage

Never Weather

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

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Never Weather

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Next Gen Jam

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

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Next Gen Jam

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Nick Panoutsos Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

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Nick Panoutsos Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

No Water After Midnight

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:45pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

Take a soulful journey through hip-hop infused jazz and funk with No Water After Midnight, whose influences draw from such wide-ranging places as contemporary artists Tortured Soul, Robert Glasper, Frank Ocean, and Daft Punk, and timeless names such as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

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No Water After Midnight

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:45pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

Octobop

Sat, Aug 11 @ 9pm
Silicon Valley Stage

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Octobop

Sat, Aug 11 @ 9pm
Silicon Valley Stage
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Organic Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Jade Leaf Stage

There’s a sense of both deep groove and international flair that emanates from the Organic Trio. Guitarist Brian Seeger hails from New Orleans, organist Jean-Yves Jung from France and drummer Paul Wiltgen from Luxembourg. Together they all speak the international language of virtuosic musicianship and joyous swing.

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Organic Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Jade Leaf Stage
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Orquesta Son Mayor

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6:30pm
Salsa Stage

With its taut rhythm section, commanding woodwinds and charismatic vocalists, Orquesta Son Mayor is Southern Californian salsa royalty. Rooted in the musicality of four Mexican-American brothers from Los Angeles, the three-decade old ensemble delights dance floors with a classic salsa sound whenever they play.

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Orquesta Son Mayor

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6:30pm
Salsa Stage

Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:45pm
Silicon Valley Stage

Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D., an award-winning jazz composer, guitarist and vocalist, presents a musical banquet from around the world from his native France to his Senegalese and Malian roots. Anchored in bebop, Pascal Bokar has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Donald Bailey and Barney Wilen.

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Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:45pm
Silicon Valley Stage
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Ratatet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

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Ratatet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Retro Notes

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

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Retro Notes

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Rumbankete

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8:30pm
Salsa Stage

Rumbankete is one of the very rare stateside exponents of Timba, which SJZ Latin and world coordinator Betto Arcos describes as a “…coming together of funk, jazz, improvisation and traditional Cuban musical styles like Rumba.”  The well known website www.timba.com declared that the band “reigns supreme in the greater Los Angeles area.”

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Rumbankete

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8:30pm
Salsa Stage

San Jose Jazz High School All Stars

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Gordon Biersch Stage

Dr. Aaron Lington, a 2014 Grammy Award winner and director of the Jazz Studies program at San Jose State University, leads this group comprised of young musicians from 10 regional schools. The All Stars have received unanimous “command” performance ratings in both big band and combo formats at the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival.

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San Jose Jazz High School All Stars

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Gordon Biersch Stage

San Jose Jazz Summer Jazz Camp Combo

Sun, Aug 12 @ 11:45am
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

The San Jose Jazz Summer Camp Combo is a hand-selected ensemble made up of some of the brightest high school talents from this year’s Summer Jazz Camp, held at Valley Christian High School.

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San Jose Jazz Summer Jazz Camp Combo

Sun, Aug 12 @ 11:45am
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

The Bay Area boasts a deep well of Brazilian musical richness, and Sandy Cressman has been one of its heralded practitioners and advocates. For over 20 years, the composer and vocalist explored Brazil’s vast post-bossa nova songbook and started to contribute her own songs to the rich tradition.

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Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Jade Leaf Stage

Just in her mid-twenties, the soulful Sara Niemietz has already succeeded in the music, film and theater worlds. The Chicago native appears at Summer Fest with guitarist/film composer Snuffy Walden and is best known recently for touring and recording with Scott Bradlee’s smash crossover band Post-Modern Jukebox.

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Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Sarah McKenzie

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

From Perth and Melbourne to Boston and Paris, swinging vocalist / pianist Sarah McKenzie’s geographic journey reflects the international nature of jazz. After graduating from Perth’s West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in jazz, she toured as a backing vocalist on Michael Bublé’s Irresponsible Tour from 2007–2008.

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Sarah McKenzie

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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School of Rock San Jose

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

School of Rock is a performance based music school that strives to help students rock on stage and in life. The house band serves as ambassadors of the school by showcasing the program at various events in San Jose.

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School of Rock San Jose

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Silicon Valley Stage

Silicon Valley is the home to a plethora of talented jazz musicians, and Thelonious Monk has written numerous jazz standards. So it’s a perfect pairing for the locally based musicians of the fledgling SJZ (a.k.a. San Jose Jazz) Collective to explore the rich songbook of this jazz master.

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SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Silicon Valley Stage
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SJZ U19s

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

A select group of the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars Big Band, the SJZ U19s feature our finest young musicians in a small combo setting.

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SJZ U19s

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

SOJ Big Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7pm
Swing Stage

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SOJ Big Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7pm
Swing Stage

South Bay Big Band Jazz

Sun, Aug 12 @ 8pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

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South Bay Big Band Jazz

Sun, Aug 12 @ 8pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Steve Bedi & Special ‘X’

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Jade Leaf Stage

Jazz and R&B have deep roots in Africa via the Caribbean and the American South. So it’s always a treat to hear those now ubiquitous genres interpreted by African artists like Ghanaian alto saxophonist and contemporary jazz superstar Steve Bedi, who makes a rare stateside appearance at 2018 Summer Fest.

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Steve Bedi & Special ‘X’

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Jade Leaf Stage
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Swing Lessons

Fri, Aug 10 @ 9pm
Swing Stage

The Swing Stage is one of the hottest “scenes” at the Summer Fest, and it’s definitely not a place to just sit and listen! Come before most performances and learn the elements of swing dance with some of the area’s best teachers.

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Swing Lessons

Fri, Aug 10 @ 9pm
Swing Stage

Swing Lessons

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Swing Stage

The Swing Stage is one of the hottest “scenes” at the Summer Fest, and it’s definitely not a place to just sit and listen! Come before most performances and learn the elements of swing dance with some of the area’s best teachers.

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Swing Lessons

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Swing Stage

Swing Lessons

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
Swing Stage

The Swing Stage is one of the hottest “scenes” at the Summer Fest, and it’s definitely not a place to just sit and listen! Come before most performances and learn the elements of swing dance with some of the area’s best teachers.

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Swing Lessons

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
Swing Stage

Swing Lessons

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Swing Stage

The Swing Stage is one of the hottest “scenes” at the Summer Fest, and it’s definitely not a place to just sit and listen! Come before most performances and learn the elements of swing dance with some of the area’s best teachers.

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Swing Lessons

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Swing Stage

Swing Lessons

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Swing Stage

The Swing Stage is one of the hottest “scenes” at the Summer Fest, and it’s definitely not a place to just sit and listen! Come before most performances and learn the elements of swing dance with some of the area’s best teachers.

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Swing Lessons

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Swing Stage

Swing Lessons

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
Swing Stage

The Swing Stage is one of the hottest “scenes” at the Summer Fest, and it’s definitely not a place to just sit and listen! Come before most performances and learn the elements of swing dance with some of the area’s best teachers.

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Swing Lessons

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
Swing Stage

Swing Solution

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Swing Stage

The Swing Solution is a classic big band specializing in music from the ’40s through the swing revival of the ’90s and beyond.

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Swing Solution

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Swing Stage

Sylvia Cuenca Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Whether encouraging an instrumentalist from behind the kit or unveiling her own kinetic solo, drummer Sylvia Cuenca is both a steady presence and an all-encompassing force on the bandstand. The San Jose native has played with jazz legends and leads her own all-star quartet at 2018 Summer Fest.

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Sylvia Cuenca Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Synchronicity

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Synchronicity is a group of nine alumni from various Bay Area big bands, in the tradition of Kai Winding, J.J. Johnson, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones.

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Synchronicity

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Tango Jazz Quartet

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Musical genres have long cross-pollinated styles, and Tango Jazz Quartet is a prime example of the enchantment bestowed by cross-cultural mingling. Based in Argentina, the four-piece band mixes its two namesake traditions, as one would hear in their hometown Buenos Aires in the 1940s and ’50s.

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Tango Jazz Quartet

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Tango Jazz Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Musical genres have long cross-pollinated styles, and Tango Jazz Quartet is a prime example of the enchantment bestowed by cross-cultural mingling. Based in Argentina, the four-piece band mixes its two namesake traditions, as one would hear in their hometown Buenos Aires in the 1940s and ’50s.

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Tango Jazz Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

The Genius Wesley Project

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

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The Genius Wesley Project

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The Lyratones

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Swing Stage

For more than 40 years, The Lyratones have delighted Bay Area dancers with their authentic renditions of the most popular hits from famous big bands of the 30s, 40s and 50s, with recent big band hits mixed in as well.

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The Lyratones

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Swing Stage

The Serenaders

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Swing Stage

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The Serenaders

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Swing Stage

Theo Croker Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Trumpeter Theo Croker has family and stylistic ties to jazz’s grand history. Combining this deep understanding of jazz tradition with funk, hip-hop and avant-garde approaches, he creates a potent brew of traditional and contemporary sounds.

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Theo Croker Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Tom Rigney and Flambeau

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

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Tom Rigney and Flambeau

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Top Shelf Big Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
Swing Stage

Top Shelf Big Band brings the swinging sounds of live jazz and ballroom dancing to life.  Enjoy vintage jazz and standards made famous by groups like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Les Brown with this 17-piece orchestra.

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Top Shelf Big Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
Swing Stage

Vincent Herring’s Story of Jazz: 100 Years

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Born in Kentucky and raised in Vallejo, soulful post-bop alto saxophonist Vincent Herring has played with jazz giants such as trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and vibraphone pioneer Lionel Hampton. He now surveys jazz music’s century-plus history with “The Story of Jazz: 100 Years” featuring vocalist and narrator Nicolas Bearde.

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Vincent Herring’s Story of Jazz: 100 Years

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Septet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Silicon Valley Stage

As a trombonist, bandleader, educator, producer and label chief, trombonist Wayne Wallace is a Northern Californian institution through and through. His Latin Jazz Septet, in turn, unites some of the finest locally based instrumentalists for a crisp exploration of Afro-Caribbean, jazz and Cuban folkloric styles.

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Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Septet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Silicon Valley Stage
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YASSOU

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4:45pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

Called by Billboard Magazine a group “that should be on your radar,” YASSOU is an indie art pop band that bridges the worlds of pop and classical art. Anchored by the mesmerizing vocals of Lilie Hoy, their multimedia productions are bold and emotional.

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YASSOU

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4:45pm
SJZ Boom Box Stage

Yissy & Bandancha

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

In drummer Yissy García’s Bandancha, trumpet and acoustic percussion meet keyboards, bass guitar and turntables for an exhilarating fusion. While the Bandancha sound is rooted in the bandleader’s native Cuba’s indigenous, African and jazz traditions, it expands to R&B, funk and electronic music while held together by dynamic virtuosic performances.

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Yissy & Bandancha

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Yissy & Bandancha

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
Jade Leaf Stage

In drummer Yissy García’s Bandancha, trumpet and acoustic percussion meet keyboards, bass guitar and turntables for an exhilarating fusion. While the Bandancha sound is rooted in the bandleader’s native Cuba’s indigenous, African and jazz traditions, it expands to R&B, funk and electronic music while held together by dynamic virtuosic performances.

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Yissy & Bandancha

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Yoshiaki Miyanoue

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
Jade Leaf Stage

Guitarist Yoshiaki Miyanoue embodies the global nature of jazz having gone full circle from impressionable music student in his native Tokyo to ambassador for the American art form two and a half decades later. With his Wes Montgomery-inspired pick-free playing, he inspires both foot tapping and serious listening.

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Yoshiaki Miyanoue

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Yoshiaki Miyanoue

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
Gordon Biersch Stage

Guitarist Yoshiaki Miyanoue embodies the global nature of jazz having gone full circle from impressionable music student in his native Tokyo to ambassador for the American art form two and a half decades later. With his Wes Montgomery-inspired pick-free playing, he inspires both foot tapping and serious listening.

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Yoshiaki Miyanoue

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
Gordon Biersch Stage