2024 Lineup / Straight Ahead

Benny Green – Solo Piano

Fri, Aug 9 @ 7pm
Montgomery Theater 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
Montgomery Theater 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.

Jahari Stampley performs in a trio.
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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 @ 1pm
California Music Lounge

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 @ 1pm
California Music Lounge
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SJZ High School All Stars

Sat, Aug 10 @ 3:15pm
ASML Next Gen Stage at SJMA

The SJZ High School All Stars is a regional, audition-based music education program for students interested in the study and performance of jazz. The program includes a large ensemble and a combo.

SJZ High School All Stars on Main Stage.

SJZ High School All Stars

Sat, Aug 10 @ 3:15pm
ASML Next Gen Stage at SJMA

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

Sean Mason Quartet

Sat, Aug 10 @ 6:30pm
California Theatre 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

Sat, Aug 10 @ 6:30pm
California Theatre Stage
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Kristen Strom Quintet with Skylar Tang

Sat, Aug 10 @ 7pm
California Music Lounge

Saxophonist Kristen Strom has been a mainstay on the Bay Area music scene for nearly two decades, acclaimed for beautifully rendered melodies, exceptional tonality, and accomplished musicianship. Strom has played alongside many well-known artists, including Manhattan Transfer, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, Taj Mahal, Ruthie Foster, Pamela Rose, and Jon Faddis.

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Kristen Strom Quintet with Skylar Tang

Sat, Aug 10 @ 7pm
California Music Lounge
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Unitarian Jazz Service

Sun, Aug 11 @ 11am
First Unitarian Church

Sunday morning, join our friends at First Unitarian Church of San José for a celebration with a jazz accent. This year’s theme, “Off the Page: Imagination Unbound,” is inspired by musical stories that transport us through lyrics and sound to new spaces, places, and feelings.

Unitarian Jazz Service

Sun, Aug 11 @ 11am
First Unitarian Church

Ayo Brame

Sun, Aug 11 @ Noon
ASML Next Gen Stage at SJMA

Ayo Brame is an up and coming tenor saxophone jazz musician out of Oakland. A student of the Oakland School for the Arts, he is trained by jazz great Richard Howell by way of Oaktown Jazz Workshops. He considers himself a purist when it comes to jazz as he channels late greats such as John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter.

Ayo Brame

Sun, Aug 11 @ Noon
ASML Next Gen Stage at SJMA

Mr. Clifford’s Young Jazz All Stars

Sun, Aug 11 @ 1pm
ASML Next Gen Stage at SJMA

Directed by musician-educator “Mr. Clifford” Samoranos, San Jose Jazz presents the youngest group of jazz vocalists, guitarists and pianists.

Mr. Clifford’s Young Jazz All Stars

Sun, Aug 11 @ 1pm
ASML Next Gen Stage at SJMA

Roberta Gambarini Quartet

Sun, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
California 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
California Theatre Stage
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East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars

Sun, Aug 11 @ 3pm
ASML Next Gen Stage at SJMA

The East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars is an after-school program dedicated to creating high-caliber musical performance and education for high school jazz musicians in the East Bay Area.

East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars

Sun, Aug 11 @ 3pm
ASML Next Gen Stage at SJMA

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.

Jane Monheit
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Jane Monheit

Sun, Aug 11 @ 3pm
Montgomery Theater Stage
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SJZ U19s

Sun, Aug 11 @ 4pm
SJZ Break Room 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.

SJZ U19s
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SJZ U19s

Sun, Aug 11 @ 4pm
SJZ Break Room Stage
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Ayo Brame

Sun, Aug 11 @ 6pm
California Music Lounge

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
California Music Lounge
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