2018 Lineup / Sunday Aug 12

Full Spectrum Big Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ 11am
Swing Stage

Full Spectrum Big Band Jazz has delighted audiences with traditional and modern big band sounds since 1996. Performance styles range from laid-back Count Basie swing to poly-rhythmic modern Latin. FSJ has a diverse catalog of exceptional music, including original compositions and venerable jazz standards.

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Full Spectrum Big Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ 11am
Swing 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

La Tenaza Tango Son

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch 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 @ Noon
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Meernaa

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
El Taurino Stage

The Oakland-based Meernaa have a gift for balancing intimate songs with immersive psychedelic arrangements. Most notable is Carly Bond’s transfixing voice which emits an elastic melody and tone that are perfectly suited to tackle the complexities of the group’s songs.

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Meernaa

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
El Taurino Stage
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Evan Thomas Blues Revue

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Evan Thomas captures a down home essence, the foot stomping and head–nodding style, of the old Mississippi delta blues tone. It’s the grit, in his soulful voice and his crying guitar which sets him apart.

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Evan Thomas Blues Revue

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Blues/Big Easy Stage

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

Mr. Clifford’s Young Jazz All Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Directed by musician and educator “Mr. Clifford” Samoranos, San Jose Jazz presents the youngest group of Jazz vocalists, guitarists and pianists at Summer Fest with Mr. Clifford’s Young Jazz All Stars.

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Mr. Clifford’s Young Jazz All Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Urban Renewal Project

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Sushi Confidential Stage

The Urban Renewal Project is a Los Angeles-based band that uses instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between soul, jazz and hip-hop.

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Urban Renewal Project

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Sushi Confidential 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

Kat Parra Latin World Ensemble

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Adobe 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
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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SJZ U19s

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Casino M8trix 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
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars are an after-school program for high school jazz musicians interested in high-caliber musical performance.

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East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Paula West with the Adam Shulman Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage

From the American Songbook to folk classics, Paula West sings with a creative impulse to make each song her own. Inspired by musicians like Bob Dylan, West adapts a wide variety of music into a jazz context. Both her studio albums and live performances brim with soulful sophistication and imagination.

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Paula West with the Adam Shulman Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage
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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

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

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

Footnotes Jazz

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
Swing Stage

Footnotes Jazz is a San Francisco Bay Area jazz ensemble that showcases contemporary and original music classics.

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Footnotes Jazz

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
Swing Stage

Echoes

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Echoes is a collectivist, tri-coastal jazz quartet composed of musicians who met at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. By augmenting its already unorthodox instrumentation with a variety of electronic instruments, the quartet has cultivated a unique and cohesive band sound.

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Echoes

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Katie Thiroux Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
El Taurino 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
El Taurino Stage
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Jemal Ramirez Group with Warren Wolf

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

Educator and musician, Jemal Ramirez has been a life-long promoter of music in the Bay Area. As a rhythm section player, Ramirez always appreciated more contemporary roles for the rhythm section that followed in the footsteps of Weather Report, Brecker Brothers and the Billy Cobham/George Duke bands.

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Jemal Ramirez Group with Warren Wolf

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

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
Salsa Stage

Avance consists of some of the hottest Bay Area talents: four electrifying bilingual singers, a sizzling horn section, and one of the best rhythm sections on the West Coast. Their unique sound crosses the language barrier.

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Avance

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
Salsa Stage

No Water After Midnight

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:45pm
Casino M8trix 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
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Kristen Strom: Moving Day–The Music of John Shifflett

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
Adobe 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
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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Mariachi Los Toritos

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Mariachi Los Toritos aims to be a positive impact for young aspiring musicians and local youths in the community by sharing the Mariachi culture while advocating for its traditional preservation.

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Mariachi Los Toritos

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Christian Tamburr and Dominick Farinacci Quartet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage

Joining forces on the Summer Fest bandstand, vibraphonist Christian Tamburr and trumpeter Dominick Farinacci form a potent duo whose music is forward-thinking and emotive. Both musicians represent the future of jazz as a globalized artform, performing and teaching everywhere from Qatar to Tokyo.

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Christian Tamburr and Dominick Farinacci Quartet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage
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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

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 numerous 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

Gail Dobson’s Vocals for Kids with the Gail Dobson Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The Gail Dobson’s Vocals for Kids with the Gail Dobson Band is a remarkable group of young singers and musicians who will feature the music of Gershwin, Jobin, Sting, Michael Jackson, Pharoah Sanders and more, surrounding the theme of “Peace on Earth.”

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Gail Dobson’s Vocals for Kids with the Gail Dobson Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Maxx Cabello Jr.

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

South Bay native Maxx Cabello Jr. plays the guitar with high-octane energy that combines elements of blues, rock and his own musical vision. An accomplished singer and songwriter, Cabello’s music appeals to a diverse range of audiences with his honest lyricism and powerful vocals.

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Maxx Cabello Jr.

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

Ratatet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
Sushi Confidential Stage

Ratatet is an electro-acoustic sextet from the San Francisco Bay Area which features a front line of bassoon, trombone and vibraphone led by drummer and composer Alan Hall. The group’s all original music is a combination of jazz, American pop, impressionism, blues, and various South American styles and rhythms.

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Ratatet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
Sushi Confidential 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

Oakadelic

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Oakadelic is a funk, soul and R&B collective at the heart of the Bay Area’s funk scene. Primarily an instrumental ensemble led by horns, the group combines its roots in ‘50s and ‘60s jazz improvisation with an extension to ‘70s and ‘80s funk.

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Oakadelic

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Emmet Cohen Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
El Taurino 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
El Taurino Stage
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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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Mason Razavi Nonet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

Jazz guitarist and composer/arranger Mason Razavi returns to the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest with his nonet 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 Nonet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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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

John Santos Quartet + Orestes Vilató, Bobi Céspedes and Jose Roberto Hernandez

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage

Master percussionist John Santos is a leading voice in Afro-Latin music. His performances combine Latin and Afro-Caribbean traditions, infused with jazz throughout. Santos is joined by veteran percussionist Orestes Vilató, vocalist Bobi Céspedes and multi-instrumentalist José Roberto Hernández.

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John Santos Quartet + Orestes Vilató, Bobi Céspedes and Jose Roberto Hernandez

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage
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La Tenaza Tango Son

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Sushi Confidential 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
Sushi Confidential Stage

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

Tom Rigney and Flambeau

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

One of the world’s premier roots music fiddlers, Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau deliver a sizzling taste of Americana to audiences around the globe. Steeped in the tradition of Cajun and Zydeco music, Rigney plays with fiery intensity that commands the hearts of his audience.

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Tom Rigney and Flambeau

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

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

Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation 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 and the Modern Jazz Generation

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage
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Eric Alexander

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7pm
El Taurino 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
El Taurino Stage
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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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South Bay Big Band Jazz

Sun, Aug 12 @ 8pm
Sushi Confidential Stage

South Bay Big Band Jazz started as a community ensemble more than 15 years ago. This lively 18-piece big band performs a variety of jazz tunes ranging from blues and Latin to swing and standards.

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South Bay Big Band Jazz

Sun, Aug 12 @ 8pm
Sushi Confidential Stage