2024 Lineup / Straight Ahead

Benny Green – Solo Piano

Fri, Aug 9 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Benny Green received an invaluable early education from artists like Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and Ray Brown. Committed to playing honest jazz without needing recognition, Benny seeks to stand as a torchbearer for the continuum of straight-ahead jazz piano.

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Benny Green – Solo Piano

Fri, Aug 9 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Jahari Stampley Trio

Sat, Aug 10 @ 1pm
Montgomery Theater Stage

Winner of the 2023 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition, Jahari Stampley has been hailed by the jazz legend himself as a “bold new voice.” His vigorous athleticism, juxtaposed with playing of poetic delicacy, has astounded audiences from coast to coast.

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Jahari Stampley Trio

Sat, Aug 10 @ 1pm
Montgomery Theater Stage
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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with Charles Haynes

Sat, Aug 10 @ 1:30pm
Hammer4 Stage

A Bay Area icon known for delighting audiences in jazz, blues, and cabaret clubs in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol has shared the stage with some of the most revered names in music, including Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Pharaoh Sanders.

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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with Charles Haynes

Sat, Aug 10 @ 1:30pm
Hammer4 Stage
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Janet Evra: Meet Me in Paris

Sat, Aug 10 @ 5pm
Montgomery Theater Stage

British-born jazz vocalist and bassist Janet Evra has released four critically-acclaimed records, and her most recent single, “Almost True,” features seven-time Grammy Award winner Randy Brecker and was selected for Spotify’s Vocal Jazz and Top Vocal Jazz 2023 playlists. At Summer Fest she’ll feature sparkling new material from her latest release, Meet Me in Paris.

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Janet Evra: Meet Me in Paris

Sat, Aug 10 @ 5pm
Montgomery Theater Stage
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Herbie Hancock

Sat, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Jay Paul Company Main Stage

Now in the seventh decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Still at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music, he has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960s.

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Herbie Hancock

Sat, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Jay Paul Company Main Stage

Roberta Gambarini Quartet

Sun, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Italian-born Roberta Gambarini is, without question, one of the most accomplished jazz singers on the current scene. Her warm, velvety tone and captivating eloquence inspired the Boston Globe to call Gambarini “a true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae.”

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Roberta Gambarini Quartet

Sun, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Jane Monheit

Sun, Aug 11 @ 3pm
Montgomery Theater Stage

Jane Monheit is a vocalist with a deep passion for the Great American Songbook. She is a successful bandleader, and has made music with some of the greatest figures in jazz. After more than 20 years, 12  albums and countless guest appearances, she continues to tour the world playing major halls, clubs and festivals.

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Jane Monheit

Sun, Aug 11 @ 3pm
Montgomery Theater Stage
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Sean Mason Quartet

Sun, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Montgomery Theater Stage

While deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, rising-star pianist and composer Sean Mason’s work transcends genre limitations, appealing to a diverse audience with its rich blend of cultural and musical influences. Mason’s artistry is a testament to his ability to navigate and integrate various musical landscapes.

Sean Mason
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Sean Mason Quartet

Sun, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Montgomery Theater Stage
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Ayo Brame

Sun, Aug 11 @ 6pm
Hammer4 Stage

An SJZ Jazz Aid Fund artist who sold out his New Works Fest show this March, Ayo Brame has reached a mastery of the jazz idiom at the age of 16 that musicians twice his age can only dream of. A gifted and technical improviser, Ayo’s shy off-stage presence belies ferocious ambition.

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Ayo Brame

Sun, Aug 11 @ 6pm
Hammer4 Stage
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