2022 Lineup / Jazz Beyond

Programming for the SJZ Jazz Beyond series has been co-presented by Universal Grammar (UG) since 2010. UG has been in step with the new vanguard of jazz by presenting musicians such as Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Jose James, Hiatus Kaiyote and Flying Lotus. These artists have played a major role in an evolving music industry, with sounds that reflect elements of jazz, hip hop, electronic, soul, funk, afro-latin, house and R&B. San Jose Jazz and UG have forged a relationship to present Thundercat, Taylor McFerrin, B.Lewis, Miles Bonny, Sonnymoon, Knwledge, J Rocc, Karriem Riggins, Kris Bowers, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Moses Sumney and others. This year’s lineup exemplifies the modern sonic landscape that is Jazz Beyond.

Caroline Chung & Citizens Jazz

Fri, Aug 12 @ 6pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage

Caroline Chung is a Bay Area professional jazz upright/electric bassist, songwriter and producer. She has been gigging around the Bay Area with her project Citizens Jazz, collaborating with a rotating roster of the best local musicians, and performed two sold-out shows at SF Jazz featuring material from the seminal Nina Simone album Silk & Soul. 

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Caroline Chung & Citizens Jazz

Fri, Aug 12 @ 6pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage
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Isaiah Sharkey

Fri, Aug 12 @ 8pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage

Isaiah Sharkey is poised to take center stage as he fuses together his background in rock, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues and funk to create an original sound with an unmistakable dose of soul.

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Isaiah Sharkey

Fri, Aug 12 @ 8pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage
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Sleepwalk (Chulita Vinyl Club, LA)

Fri, Aug 12 @ 9pm
Jazz Beyond Stage

DJ Sleepwalk was born in Mexico City, grew up in the Bay Area and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is a member of the LA chapter of Chulita Vinyl Club, and has been spinning with the collective for seven years. 

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Sleepwalk (Chulita Vinyl Club, LA)

Fri, Aug 12 @ 9pm
Jazz Beyond Stage
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DJ Spiñorita

Fri, Aug 12 @ 10:30pm
Jazz Beyond Stage

Spiñorita entered the Los Angeles party scene as a groover at backyard parties, leading her to start her DJ career in 2010. Since then, she has grown into one of the most prolific and dope DJs to spin at arenas across the globe.

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DJ Spiñorita

Fri, Aug 12 @ 10:30pm
Jazz Beyond Stage
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Sleepwalk (Chulita Vinyl Club, LA)

Fri, Aug 12 @ 11:15pm
Jazz Beyond Stage

DJ Sleepwalk was born in Mexico City, grew up in the Bay Area and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is a member of the LA chapter of Chulita Vinyl Club, and has been spinning with the collective for seven years. 

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Sleepwalk (Chulita Vinyl Club, LA)

Fri, Aug 12 @ 11:15pm
Jazz Beyond Stage
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DJ Spiñorita

Fri, Aug 12 @ 12:45am
Jazz Beyond Stage

Spiñorita entered the Los Angeles party scene as a groover at backyard parties, leading her to start her DJ career in 2010. Since then, she has grown into one of the most prolific and dope DJs to spin at arenas across the globe. 

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DJ Spiñorita

Fri, Aug 12 @ 12:45am
Jazz Beyond Stage
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Blu & Exile

Sat, Aug 13 @ 6:30pm
Jazz Beyond Stage

For their Summer Fest performance, Los Angeles based emcee Blu and DJ/producer Exile come together to honor the 15th anniversary of Below the Heavens, a critically acclaimed underground hip-hop classic that introduced the world to the duo’s stunning chemistry.

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Blu & Exile

Sat, Aug 13 @ 6:30pm
Jazz Beyond Stage
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ESTA. ft. Mack Keane

Sat, Aug 13 @ 9:30pm
Jazz Beyond Stage

Singer/songwriter Mack Keane and producer ESTA. proved a fruitful pairing when they connected for their collaborative EP Intersections, released in April on Soulection Records. The six-track collection melds Keane’s effortlessly dynamic vocals with ESTA.’s diverse production palette. Together, they strike an inimitable and infectious balance between vibes, elevating R&B and soul to another stratosphere.

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ESTA. ft. Mack Keane

Sat, Aug 13 @ 9:30pm
Jazz Beyond Stage
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Melanie Charles

Sun, Aug 14 @ 3:30pm
Jazz Beyond Stage

With a bold, genre-bending style that’s been embraced by Wynton Marsalis, SZA, Mach-Hommy, Gorillaz, and the Roots, Melanie Charles has made a name for herself through her dynamic engagements with jazz, soul, and R&B. NPR has declared “Melanie Charles takes us on a journey that embodies the soul of jazz: exploration.”

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Melanie Charles

Sun, Aug 14 @ 3:30pm
Jazz Beyond Stage
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Oddity

Sun, Aug 14 @ 4pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage

Hailing from the East Bay, Oddity is a sonic storyteller seeking refuge in the intersections of jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul. With influences ranging from Billy Strayhorn to D’Angelo, Oddity can be found wherever inspiration strikes – be it a tender touch on a warm Rhodes, a heavy dilla-style backbeat, or a bluesy trombone melody.

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Oddity

Sun, Aug 14 @ 4pm
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Natasha Diggs

Sun, Aug 14 @ 6pm
Jazz Beyond Stage

Natasha Diggs has become known as one of the most versatile and well-respected DJs in the world, making a career out of sharing her deep knowledge of music and showcasing her skills as a mixologist to crowds across the globe, including cities such as New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Prague, Sydney, and Beijing.

Natasha Diggs
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Natasha Diggs

Sun, Aug 14 @ 6pm
Jazz Beyond Stage
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