2018 Lineup / Youth Performances

San Jose Jazz High School All Stars

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Sushi Confidential Stage

Dr. Aaron Lington, a 2014 Grammy Award winner and director of the Jazz Studies program at San Jose State University, leads this group comprised of young musicians from 10 regional schools. The All Stars have received unanimous “command” performance ratings in both big band and combo formats at the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival.

SJZ High School All Stars on Main Stage.
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San Jose Jazz High School All Stars

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Sushi Confidential Stage

School of Rock San Jose

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

School of Rock is a performance based music school that strives to help students rock on stage and in life. The house band serves as ambassadors of the school by showcasing the program at various events in San Jose.

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School of Rock San Jose

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Monterey Jazz Festival High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The Monterey Jazz Festival High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble represents a top-flight cross-section of some of Monterey County’s finest young vocalists.

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Monterey Jazz Festival High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Gold Lion Arts Cosmic Garden

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Cosmic Garden is an all-girls Jazz band that has begun to make their mark on the music scene in the Sacramento region. Comprised of seven young ladies from Natomas Charter School, Woodcreek High School and Berkeley High School, Cosmic Garden plays an infectious brand jazz that bends genres and grooves hard.

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Gold Lion Arts Cosmic Garden

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Stars are a top-flight ensemble of the finest young jazz musicians in Monterey County.

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Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Nick Panoutsos Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Bassist Nick Panoutsos has become an increasingly prominent voice in the Bay Area jazz scene, with a rapidly growing freelance career in New York. His quartet features a mix of original music and re-imagined arrangements of jazz standards, drawing inspiration from the post-bop era of the 1960s.

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Nick Panoutsos Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

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

Next Gen Jam

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Young players, aged 18–21, bring your instrument and seize this opportunity to play and network with other musicians at the first Next Gen Jazz Jam. If you’re not a musician, sneak in to witness the best-known, unknown and soon-to-be-known jazz artists jamming the night away.

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Next Gen Jam

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

San Jose Jazz Summer Jazz Camp Combo

Sun, Aug 12 @ 11:45am
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

The San Jose Jazz Summer Camp Combo is a hand-selected ensemble made up of some of the brightest high school talents from this year’s Summer Jazz Camp, held at Valley Christian High School.

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San Jose Jazz Summer Jazz Camp Combo

Sun, Aug 12 @ 11:45am
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Mr. Clifford’s Young Jazz All Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Directed by musician and educator “Mr. Clifford” Samoranos, San Jose Jazz presents the youngest group of Jazz vocalists, guitarists and pianists at Summer Fest with Mr. Clifford’s Young Jazz All Stars.

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Mr. Clifford’s Young Jazz All Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
SJMA Next Gen Stage

SJZ U19s

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box 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.

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SJZ U19s

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars are an after-school program for high school jazz musicians interested in high-caliber musical performance.

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East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Echoes

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Echoes is a collectivist, tri-coastal jazz quartet composed of musicians who met at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. By augmenting its already unorthodox instrumentation with a variety of electronic instruments, the quartet has cultivated a unique and cohesive band sound.

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Echoes

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Mariachi Los Toritos

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Mariachi Los Toritos aims to be a positive impact for young aspiring musicians and local youths in the community by sharing the Mariachi culture while advocating for its traditional preservation.

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Mariachi Los Toritos

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Gail Dobson’s Vocals for Kids with the Gail Dobson Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The Gail Dobson’s Vocals for Kids with the Gail Dobson Band is a remarkable group of young singers and musicians who will feature the music of Gershwin, Jobin, Sting, Michael Jackson, Pharoah Sanders and more, surrounding the theme of “Peace on Earth.”

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Gail Dobson’s Vocals for Kids with the Gail Dobson Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage