2018 Lineup / Friday Aug 10

Mino Yanci

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

The Sacramento-based four-piece Mino Yanci seamlessly combines elements of jazz fusion, rock and hip hop. Their 2017 debut features propulsive rhythms and intricate harmonic landscapes. Their name translates to “Musical Freedom” in two African languages, which precisely captures the band’s artistic goal.

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Mino Yanci

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main 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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Synchronicity

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Sushi Confidential 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
Sushi Confidential 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

Jessica Lá Rel

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:15pm
Casino M8trix 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
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:45pm
Adobe 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
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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SOJ Big Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7pm
Swing Stage

SOJ Big Band is a Silicon Valley Community Traditional Big Band composed entirely of volunteers, playing a variety of gospel, modern arrangements of hymns, contemporary praise music and traditional big band arrangements from the Big Band Era.

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SOJ Big Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7pm
Swing Stage

Film Screening: Rock Rubber 45s W/ Bobbito García

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

San Jose Jazz and Universal Grammar present the South Bay premier of Rock Rubber 45s. This cinematic odyssey explores the connectivity of global basketball, sneaker and music lifestyle through the firsthand lens of authentic NYC culture orchestrator Bobbito García.

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Film Screening: Rock Rubber 45s W/ Bobbito García

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

CONFUNKSHUN

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

ConFunkShun has carried the torch of funk music for over four decades, and continues to be one of the most recognized bands in the genre today. Their chart-topping discography has influenced scores of artists and lives on through the new generation.

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CONFUNKSHUN

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Sara Niemietz & Snuffy Walden

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
El Taurino 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 & Snuffy Walden

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
El Taurino Stage
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Jane Monheit

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation 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
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage
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7th Street Big Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Sushi Confidential 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
Sushi Confidential Stage

Jimetta Rose

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:15pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Los Angeles native Jimetta Rose has become a mainstay in the independent music scene while digging firm roots into LA’s burgeoning creative renaissance. Her music is not constrained by an expectation of what qualifies as art; instead she draws inspiration from jazz, R&B and hip-hop. She’s even been known to spit a verse or two.

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Jimetta Rose

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:15pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Eddie Gale

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

Known as the City of San Jose official Ambassador of Jazz, proclaimed by then Mayor Norman Y. Mineta in 1974, Eddie Gale is a world renown trumpeter 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. This year, Gale celebrates his 50th year as a recording artist starting with the internationally known jazz label Blue Note Records.

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Eddie Gale

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:30pm
Adobe Silicon Valley 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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Orquesta Latin Heat

Fri, Aug 10 @ 9pm
Special Event
GlassHouse

One of the Bay Area’s most popular dance bands, Orquesta Latin Heat provides the soundtrack for the Fest’s official salsa afterparty on Friday night. Featuring a swinging 3 piece horn section, fiery rhythms and authentic Latin percussion and vocals, the band performs sizzling salsa, merengue, Latin jazz, cumbia and more.

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Orquesta Latin Heat

Fri, Aug 10 @ 9pm
Special Event
GlassHouse

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

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

Yoshiaki Miyanoue

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
El Taurino 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
El Taurino Stage
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Jessica Johnson

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
Sushi Confidential 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
Sushi Confidential 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

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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Bobbito García a.k.a. Kool Bob Love

Fri, Aug 10 @ Midnight
Special Event
Continental Bar

During the 1990s, Bobbito Garcia was one-half of the “Stretch and Bobbito” program on WKCR. The duo introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie and Wu-Tang, as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem and the Fugees. In 1998, the Source Magazine voted them as “The Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All Time.”

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Bobbito García a.k.a. Kool Bob Love

Fri, Aug 10 @ Midnight
Special Event
Continental Bar
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