2022 Lineup / Straight Ahead

Jazz Organ Fellowship Presents Tony Monaco

Fri, Aug 12 @ 7pm
Jay Paul Company Montgomery Theater Stage

Tony Monaco, one of jazz’s modern B-3 torchbearers, will showcase his red-hot grooves during a set meant to honor the organ’s distinguished place, and lasting legacy, on the jazz tradition. Prior to his performance, Monaco will be awarded for his contributions to furthering the B-3’s legacy.

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Jazz Organ Fellowship Presents Tony Monaco

Fri, Aug 12 @ 7pm
Jay Paul Company Montgomery Theater Stage
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Joel Ross

Fri, Aug 12 @ 10pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage

Called “one of the greatest musical visionaries of his generation” by Blue Note Records President Don Was, vibraphonist-composer Joel Ross he regularly tops the DownBeat Critics Poll for his work in the broad lineage of Black music that pulls from jazz, hip hop, church and Chicago improvised music.

Joel Ross
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Joel Ross

Fri, Aug 12 @ 10pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage
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Aaron Germain Chance Quartet

Sat, Aug 13 @ 1pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage

Aaron Germain first gained experience playing jazz, blues, funk, and reggae. Since moving to the Bay, he’s entered the world of salsa and Afro-Cuban music, playing alongside Caribbean steel pan music, and even accompanying Indian kathak dancers. Over his 20-plus years as a working bass player, he learned to be picky about quality but not genre.

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Aaron Germain Chance Quartet

Sat, Aug 13 @ 1pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage
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Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy Quartet, with Cyrus Chestnut and Victor Jones

Sat, Aug 13 @ 1:30pm
Jay Paul Company Montgomery Theater Stage

Saxophonist Bobby Watson and bassist Curtis Lundy have maintained a fruitful creative pairing since first coming together in the acclaimed acoustic quintet Horizon. The two have played alongside some of jazz’s greatest names, including Art Blakey, Max Roach, and Freddie Hubbard.

Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy
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Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy Quartet, with Cyrus Chestnut and Victor Jones

Sat, Aug 13 @ 1:30pm
Jay Paul Company Montgomery Theater Stage
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Michael Webster Quartet

Sat, Aug 13 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Michael Webster’s quartet project brings together bassist Ryan Trujillo, drummer Daniel Williams and pianist Jonathan Franaszek to present a sound distilled from Bay Area roots.

Michael Webster Quartet

Sat, Aug 13 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The Howard Wiley Show

Sat, Aug 13 @ 3pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage

Howard Wiley first displayed his unique musical talent while performing at his local church. He’s gone on to craft his own infectious fusion of jazz, soul, gospel, funk and more, leading journalist Drew Foxman to note that Wiley is “a musician who understands his sound, not only in an ensemble, but in the history of music.”

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The Howard Wiley Show

Sat, Aug 13 @ 3pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage
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Marcus Shelby Trio with Dillon Vado

Sat, Aug 13 @ 4pm
Hammer4 Stage

Bay Area-based composer, bassist, bandleader and educator Marcus Shelby is a cornerstone of the Bay Area jazz community. His work focuses on the history, present, and future of African American lives, social movements, and music education.

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Marcus Shelby Trio with Dillon Vado

Sat, Aug 13 @ 4pm
Hammer4 Stage
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Jeff Denson Quartet featuring Paul McCandless

Sat, Aug 13 @ 5pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage

Currently leading or co-leading four distinct ensembles, Jeff has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with both his own groups – including the renowned cooperative trio Minsarah – and as a sideman with some of jazz’s finest artists. For this set, he’ll be joined by multi-instrumentalist Paul McCandless, best known for his work with world fusion group Oregon.

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Jeff Denson Quartet featuring Paul McCandless

Sat, Aug 13 @ 5pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage
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Brubeck Brothers

Sat, Aug 13 @ 5pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Sons of jazz giant Dave Brubeck, Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Although their quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music.

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Brubeck Brothers

Sat, Aug 13 @ 5pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy Quartet, with Cyrus Chestnut and Victor Jones

Sat, Aug 13 @ 6pm
Hammer4 Stage

Saxophonist Bobby Watson and bassist Curtis Lundy have maintained a fruitful creative pairing since first coming together in the acclaimed acoustic quintet Horizon. The two have played alongside some of jazz’s greatest names, including Art Blakey, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard, and Pharoah Sanders.

Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy
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Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy Quartet, with Cyrus Chestnut and Victor Jones

Sat, Aug 13 @ 6pm
Hammer4 Stage
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Kim Nalley Band with Terell Stafford

Sat, Aug 13 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Kim Nalley is an internationally acclaimed vocalist with a three and a half octave range that goes from gritty to sublime. An SJZ crowd favorite, Nalley has performed globally and shared the stage with a who’s who of jazz greats.

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Kim Nalley Band with Terell Stafford

Sat, Aug 13 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Unitarian Jazz Service

Sun, Aug 14 @ 11am
First Unitarian Church

Sunday morning, join our friends at First Unitarian Church of San José for a celebration with a jazz accent, with various works performed by the Neil Kelly Quartet, the church’s choir the Alegría Singers, and Guitars Aloud. Proceeds from the collection will benefit Progressions, San Jose Jazz’s music education initiative in the Franklin-McKinley School District.

The church is located at 160 N 3rd St, San Jose, CA 95112.

Unitarian Jazz Service

Sun, Aug 14 @ 11am
First Unitarian Church

LMR Jazz Orchestra Featuring Tierney Sutton

Sun, Aug 14 @ 1pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

The LMR Jazz Orchestra (formerly known as the Long Meadow Ranch All Star Big Band) is a 17-member large jazz ensemble drawn from an internationally accomplished group of musicians that have played across the world.

Tierney Sutton
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LMR Jazz Orchestra Featuring Tierney Sutton

Sun, Aug 14 @ 1pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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SJZ High School All Stars

Sun, Aug 14 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

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

Sun, Aug 14 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Mikailo Kasha’s Double Trio

Sun, Aug 14 @ 2pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage

An unconventional bassist, Mikailo Kasha is dedicated to pushing past the traditional restraints of his instrument. Striving to create new environments through his cinematic compositional style and visionary outlook, he brings a refreshing perspective to scenes around the globe.

Mikailo Kasha
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Mikailo Kasha’s Double Trio

Sun, Aug 14 @ 2pm
UA Local 393 Break Room Stage
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Javon Jackson’s “Charlie Parker at 100,” Ft. Gary Bartz, Charles McPherson & Donald Harrison

Sun, Aug 14 @ 2pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

To help celebrate late bebop pioneer Charlie Park’s incalculable impact on jazz, four saxophone titans unite on the Summer Fest Main Stage for a centennial celebration.

Javon Jackson’s “Charlie Parker at 100,” Ft. Gary Bartz, Charles McPherson & Donald Harrison

Sun, Aug 14 @ 2pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

With Love to Geru: A tribute to Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Friends

Sun, Aug 14 @ 3pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage

A celebration of West Coast jazz titans, this Summer Fest set will explore the magical musical chemistry Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker shared across various recordings, eras, and ensembles.

John Worley and Aaron Lington
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With Love to Geru: A tribute to Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Friends

Sun, Aug 14 @ 3pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage
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Nellie McKay

Sun, Aug 14 @ 4pm
Hammer4 Stage

Called “…a sly, articulate musician who sounds comfortable in any era” by the New York Times, singer-songwriter Nellie McKay’s creative talent has extended to acclaimed efforts in studio and on the Broadway stage.

Nellie McKay
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Nellie McKay

Sun, Aug 14 @ 4pm
Hammer4 Stage
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Tim Lin Quartet featuring Billy Drummond

Sun, Aug 14 @ 5pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage

Fremont-bred saxophonist Tim Lin is a Taiwanese-American jazz talent whose progressive sound comes from his love of the bebop jazz tradition and history. For his Summer Fest performance, he’ll be joined by Billy Drummond, a much sought-after drummer whose work has appeared on over 300 recordings.

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Tim Lin Quartet featuring Billy Drummond

Sun, Aug 14 @ 5pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage
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Adrien Brandeis

Sun, Aug 14 @ 6pm
Hammer4 Stage

An award-winning pianist, composer and arranger in his native France, Adrien Brandeis carries an open musical sensibility, pulling from influences as varied as Ruben Gonzalez, Brad Mehldau, Chick Corea and Bill Evans. Hear his unique voice in an intimate solo piano set.

Adrien Brandeis
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Adrien Brandeis

Sun, Aug 14 @ 6pm
Hammer4 Stage
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Jazz Organ Fellowship Celebrates Dr. Lonnie Smith

Sun, Aug 14 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

A guest-filled spectacular, this special performance presented by the Jazz Organ Fellowship brings together some of today’s best B-3 organists from around the world to celebrate the life of late jazz organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Dr. Lonnie Smith performs at the 2006 festival
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Jazz Organ Fellowship Celebrates Dr. Lonnie Smith

Sun, Aug 14 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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