2018 Lineup / Up and Coming

Jessica Lá Rel

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:15pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Jessica Lá Rel is a recording artist, songwriter and storyteller from Chicago. Her “cinematic soul” sound can be likened to an orchestra traveling from the south side of Chicago to Ghana. Known for her soaring vocals and thrilling live performances, Lá Rel releases her LP, War Love, later this year.

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Jessica Lá Rel

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:15pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Jimetta Rose

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:15pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Los Angeles native Jimetta Rose has become a mainstay in the independent music scene while digging firm roots into LA’s burgeoning creative renaissance. Her music is not constrained by an expectation of what qualifies as art; instead she draws inspiration from jazz, R&B and hip-hop. She’s even been known to spit a verse or two.

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Jimetta Rose

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:15pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Makaya McCraven

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

One of the joys of attending a music festival is hearing new discoveries. 2016 Winter Fest audiences got to experience the Northern California debut of trumpeter Marquis Hill’s Blacktet. Now 2018 Summer Fest fans will have a chance to catch the personal project of Makaya McCraven, its bleeding edge drummer, producer and visionary sonic collagist.

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Makaya McCraven

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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YASSOU

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Called by Billboard Magazine a group “that should be on your radar,” YASSOU is an indie art pop band that bridges the worlds of pop and classical art. Anchored by the mesmerizing vocals of Lilie Hoy, their multimedia productions are bold and emotional.

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YASSOU

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

MAE.SUN

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
El Taurino Stage

Veteran Summer Fest audiences will remember saxophonist Hailey Niswanger from 2015, when she performed with veteran drummer Mike Clark and locally based organ hero Wil Blades. The Portland, Oregon native returns with MAE.SUN, her exciting new project that expands her musical palate and sonic aesthetic.

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MAE.SUN

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
El Taurino Stage
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Genius Wesley Project

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Drums prodigy at only 16 years old, Genius Wesley returns for his second performance at this year’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. A Bay Area native, Wesley has been playing the drums since he was six years old. This standout artist’s sound is a melding of jazz, R&B and funk.

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Genius Wesley Project

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

10th Annual Jazz Organ Fellowship with Matthew Whitaker and Brian Charette

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
El Taurino Stage

Thanks to Hammond B-3 evangelist Pete Fallico’s world-renowned commitment to the instrument, organ concerts have been a San Jose Jazz staple. 2018 Summer Fest is no exception, with the 10th Annual Organ Fellowship featuring Matthew Whitaker and Brian Charette, a pair of contrasting yet brilliant players.

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10th Annual Jazz Organ Fellowship with Matthew Whitaker and Brian Charette

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
El Taurino Stage
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Eugenie Jones

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
Sushi Confidential Stage

Eugenie Jones is a Seattle-based jazz vocalist, songwriter and producer. Described as a performer that makes audiences feel jazz, Jones possess “a voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones.” (The Stranger)

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Eugenie Jones

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
Sushi Confidential Stage

Theo Croker Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Trumpeter Theo Croker has family and stylistic ties to jazz’s grand history. Combining this deep understanding of jazz tradition with funk, hip-hop and avant-garde approaches, he creates a potent brew of traditional and contemporary sounds.

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Theo Croker Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Meernaa

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
El Taurino Stage

The Oakland-based Meernaa have a gift for balancing intimate songs with immersive psychedelic arrangements. Most notable is Carly Bond’s transfixing voice which emits an elastic melody and tone that are perfectly suited to tackle the complexities of the group’s songs.

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Meernaa

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
El Taurino Stage
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Katie Thiroux Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
El Taurino Stage

Like juggling while riding a unicycle, singing and accompanying oneself on double bass is a challenging undertaking. Katie Thiroux does both with such a seemingly effortless joy that her innate sense of swing and buoyant stage presence can belie countless hours of sacrifice and study.

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Katie Thiroux Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
El Taurino Stage
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Emmet Cohen Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
El Taurino Stage

Bassist Christian McBride and drummer Herlin Riley both snatched up Emmet Cohen for their respective bands, recognizing the Florida native’s deep knowledge of jazz history and awe-inspiring playing. Now the pianist leads his own trio as a quickly rising star on the straight-ahead scene.

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Emmet Cohen Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
El Taurino Stage
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