2022 Lineup / Soul/R&B/Funk

Peanut Butter Wolf: Summer Fest Opening Party

Wed, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Camino Brewing Co. and Beer Garden

Peanut Butter Wolf is a Los Angeles-based DJ and founder of independent record label Stones Throw Records. As a high school student, he began spinning and making hip-hop beats in 1984 and later launched his label in 1996. Through Stones Throw, he developed the careers of Madlib, J Dilla, Quasimoto, Madvillain, Dam-Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, Knxwledge, Mild High Club, Mndsgn, and Anderson .Paak.

Peanut Butter Wolf

Peanut Butter Wolf: Summer Fest Opening Party

Wed, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Camino Brewing Co. and Beer Garden

Urban Renewal Project

Fri, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

The Urban Renewal Project is a sixteen-piece collective known for its genre-bending original music combining elements of jazz, hiphop and vintage soul, and its explosive live performances that have captivated audiences from SXSW to the Java Jazz Festival.

Urban Renewal Project

Urban Renewal Project

Fri, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Lee Fields

Fri, Aug 12 @ 7:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Soul music pours out of Lee Fields, as free and unstinting as God’s love. It has ever since the 1960s, when he was a teenager in North Carolina sweating it out on juke joint stages, crumpled dollars hailing at his feet.

Lee Fields

Fri, Aug 12 @ 7:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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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Durand Jones & The Indications

Fri, Aug 12 @ 9:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Durand Jones & The Indications are equally beloved for their energetic, joyous shows, dual lead singers, and thoughtful songwriting. From an Indiana basement (where the band recorded their 2016 self-titled debut LP as college students), the band has catapulted into the soul limelight and onto an international stage.

Durand Jones & The Indications

Fri, Aug 12 @ 9:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

7th Street Big Band

Sat, Aug 13 @ 1pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Advertised as “not your grandparents’ big band,” 7th Street Big Band was conceived in the depths of East San Jose by drummer and bandleader Gabby Horlick. With its fresh injection of contemporary influences into the big band format, the group is a showcase for some of the South Bay’s best young jazz talent.

7th Street Big Band
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7th Street Big Band

Sat, Aug 13 @ 1pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Leela James

Sat, Aug 13 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

R&B powerhouse singer/songwriter Leela James first burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing audiences to her soaring sultry vocal dexterity. She quickly garnered nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist at the 2008 Soul Train Music Awards.

Leela James

Leela James

Sat, Aug 13 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Noah and the Arkiteks

Sat, Aug 13 @ 8pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage

Noah and the Arkiteks is a San Jose-based, alternative-flavored soul ensemble led by soul singer-songwriter Noah. The group will debut “A Way Out,” a work Noah composed as a recipient of SJZ’s 2022 Jazz Aid Fund initiative, with a six-piece band.

 

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Noah and the Arkiteks

Sat, Aug 13 @ 8pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage
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Charlie Wilson

Sat, Aug 13 @ 8pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Some people might say that after notching ten number one singles, 13 GRAMMY Award nominations, a New York Times best-selling memoir and ongoing sold-out, coast-to-coast arena tours, Charlie Wilson has proven his point. But he isn’t planning on slowing down anytime soon.

Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson

Sat, Aug 13 @ 8pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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.

ESTA. and Mack Keane
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ESTA. ft. Mack Keane

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

Sun, Aug 14 @ 3pm
Jay Paul Company Montgomery Theater Stage

Praised by Rolling Stone for her “stellar powerhouse vocals,” Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Judith Hill had the distinct privilege of being one of the final musicians to be mentored by the late Prince, who co-produced her debut album, Back in Time

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Judith Hill

Sun, Aug 14 @ 3pm
Jay Paul Company Montgomery Theater 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.

Oddity
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Oddity

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

Sun, Aug 14 @ 5pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Powerhouse jazz vocalist Nicole Henry will return to the San Jose Jazz Festival to celebrate the release of her eighth CD, Time to Love Again, an eclectic mix of jazz standards and reimagined pop tunes by a diverse group of iconic composers including Anthony Newley, James Taylor, Rodgers & Hart, Buffy St. Marie, Ned Washington, Stevie Wonder and Joan Armatrading. 

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Nicole Henry

Sun, Aug 14 @ 5pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Tribute to Clifford Coulter

Sun, Aug 14 @ 5:15pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Led by SJZ Jazz Aid Fund recipient Robbie Benson and featuring Tony Lindsay and Danny Hull, this Fest set will honor the legacy of Clifford Coulter, one of San Jose’s musical gems. Both former collaborators and younger musicians inspired by the late multi-instrumentalist’s legacy will perform Coulter originals along with some of his favorite jazz and R&B standards,

Tribute to Clifford Coulter

Sun, Aug 14 @ 5:15pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Danie

Sun, Aug 14 @ 6pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage

Mexican-American LA native Danie showcases a sound that’s a thoughtful mixture of retro 60’s Chicano soul and ‘70s glam with a sultry R&B twist.

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Danie

Sun, Aug 14 @ 6pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage
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Ledisi

Sun, Aug 14 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

2021 Grammy winner Ledisi is a twelve time Grammy nominated powerhouse vocalist with a career spanning almost two decades. Since arriving on the scene in the late 1990’s, she’s garnered three Soul Train Music awards, an NAACP Theater Award and six NAACP Image Award nominations.

Ledisi

Sun, Aug 14 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage