2018 Lineup / Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

In recent years, Cafe Stritch has become one of the finest rooms for live jazz in the Bay Area. Each Fest, you can count on great jazz talents to pack this small space with music lovers. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Make sure to arrive early for seating, as Summer Fest shows here often reach capacity. All Stages or higher wristbands required.

Tango Jazz Quartet

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Musical genres have long cross-pollinated styles, and Tango Jazz Quartet is a prime example of the enchantment bestowed by cross-cultural mingling. Based in Argentina, the four-piece band mixes its two namesake traditions, as one would hear in their hometown Buenos Aires in the 1940s and ’50s.

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Tango Jazz Quartet

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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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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Aaron Abernathy Trio

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

Aaron Abernathy is a rising pianist/singer with a style rooted in gospel and the organic, acoustic soul of the early ’70s. Frequent collaborator of hip-hop artist Black Milk, Abernathy has created a stir with his latest solo album, Dialogue.

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Aaron Abernathy Trio

Fri, Aug 10 @ 11pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Sylvia Cuenca Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 12pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Whether encouraging an instrumentalist from behind the kit or unveiling her own kinetic solo, drummer Sylvia Cuenca is both a steady presence and an all-encompassing force on the bandstand. The San Jose native has played with jazz legends and leads her own all-star quartet at 2018 Summer Fest.

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Sylvia Cuenca Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 12pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

The Bay Area boasts a deep well of Brazilian musical richness, and Sandy Cressman has been one of its heralded practitioners and advocates. For over 20 years, the composer and vocalist explored Brazil’s vast post-bossa nova songbook and started to contribute her own songs to the rich tradition.

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Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Erik Jekabson Quintet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Whether leading his heralded Electric Squeezebox Orchestra big band or guiding the Young Musicians Program at the California Jazz Conservatory, trumpeter Erik Jekabson dance card is constantly full. For 2018 Summer Fest, he’ll lead his powerhouse quintet focusing on his fierce trumpeting skills.

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Erik Jekabson Quintet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Jackie Gage

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

With a velvet voice rich as smooth wine, Jackie Gage possesses a musical grace that channels torch singers of decades past, mixing elements of jazz, soul and R&B into her music, which nods to the future of jazz.

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Jackie Gage

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
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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
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Kiefer

Sat, Aug 11 @ 11:55pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

At 26 years old, Kiefer Shackelford is a Los Angeles based pianist and producer of soulful beat music which straddles the worlds of jazz and electronic music. His style is characterized by piano chops and his knack for improvisation, sequenced into a sound Kiefer describes as an “emotional journal.”

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Kiefer

Sat, Aug 11 @ 11:55pm
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La Tenaza Tango Son

Sun, Aug 12 @ 12pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

La Tenaza packed Cafe Stritch when it was in town for Summer Fest 2016. The kinetic Argentinean four-piece band is back by popular demand with its blended tango, Caribbean and Afro-Cuban concept.

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La Tenaza Tango Son

Sun, Aug 12 @ 12pm
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Jemal Ramirez Group with Warren Wolf

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Educator and musician, Jemal Ramirez has been a life-long promoter of music in the Bay Area. As a rhythm section player, Ramirez always appreciated more contemporary roles for the rhythm section that followed in the footsteps of Weather Report, Brecker Brothers and the Billy Cobham/George Duke bands.

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Jemal Ramirez Group with Warren Wolf

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
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Kat Edmonson

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Stylisically eclectic singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson has a compelling backstory for her latest album, Old Fashioned Gal. The creative jazz-rooted artist explains how the 11 originals on her fourth and most recent album make up the components of a proper movie musical that she first concocted while under the weather:

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Kat Edmonson

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
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Nachito Herrera Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Pianist Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera had established quite a career in Cuba before migrating to Minnesota in 2002 and combining his European classical schooling and learned Afro-Cuban artistry into a dazzling personal musical style.

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Nachito Herrera Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7:30pm
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