2018 Lineup / Big Band

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

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

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

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

LGS Big Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 11am
Swing Stage

The musical focus of the LGS Big Band is dance, jazz, Latin and vocals in all styles. The classics from Miller, Basie, Brown, and Goodman are among the featured songs as well as more modern works by arrangers such as Nestico, Goodwin, Carter, Hefti, Wolpe and more.

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LGS Big Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 11am
Swing Stage

San Jose Jazz High School All Stars

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Sushi Confidential 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
Sushi Confidential 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

Billy Valentine Big Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation 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
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hammer Theatre Stage
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The Serenaders

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Swing Stage

The Serenaders band was originally formed in 1983 and has been active in various forms ever since. Although the band has always highlighted jazz standards from the proverbial Great American Songbook, it has evolved to include big band and swing versions of contemporary jazz and popular music.

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The Serenaders

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Swing Stage

Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Stars are a top-flight ensemble of the finest young jazz musicians in Monterey County.

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Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
SJMA Next Gen 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

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

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

Nasa Ames Jazz Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 9pm
Swing Stage

The Ames Jazz Band (AJB) is a 17-piece band that is a part of the Club of the NASA Ames Exchange. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes because the big band performs a variety of music including the foxtrot, cha-cha, tango, rock and jazz.

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Nasa Ames Jazz Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 9pm
Swing Stage

Octobop

Sat, Aug 11 @ 9pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

Since 1999, Octobop has presented a musical tour through the 1950s showcasing this incredible period for jazz music on the West Coast including innovations in sound, harmony and arranging which impacted how and where we listen to music today. At this year’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Octobop celebrates the release of their seventh album Live at Savanna Jazz.

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Octobop

Sat, Aug 11 @ 9pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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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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