2019 Lineup / El Taurino Stage

Located less than a block away from the Main Stage, the El Taurino Stage is a cool, small room for great live music. Like our Cafe Stritch Stage, it provides listeners a chance to hear world-class musicians in an intimate, club-like setting. If you recall our Jade Leaf Stage—it’s the same great location but with a brand-new menu of traditional cuisine from Central Mexico and a selection of beer, wine and sangria. Seating is limited, so make sure to arrive early. All Stages or higher wristbands required.

Sara Niemietz & Snuffy Walden

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
El Taurino Stage

Just in her mid-twenties, the soulful Sara Niemietz has already succeeded in the music, film and theater worlds. The Chicago native appears at Summer Fest with guitarist/film composer Snuffy Walden and is best known recently for touring and recording with Scott Bradlee’s smash crossover band Post-Modern Jukebox.

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Sara Niemietz & Snuffy Walden

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
El Taurino Stage
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Yoshiaki Miyanoue

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
El Taurino Stage

Guitarist Yoshiaki Miyanoue embodies the global nature of jazz having gone full circle from impressionable music student in his native Tokyo to ambassador for the American art form two and a half decades later. With his Wes Montgomery-inspired pick-free playing, he inspires both foot tapping and serious listening.

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Yoshiaki Miyanoue

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
El Taurino Stage
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Organic Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ 12pm
El Taurino Stage

There’s a sense of both deep groove and international flair that emanates from the Organic Trio. Guitarist Brian Seeger hails from New Orleans, organist Jean-Yves Jung from France and drummer Paul Wiltgen from Luxembourg. Together they all speak the international language of virtuosic musicianship and joyous swing.

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Organic Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ 12pm
El Taurino Stage
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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
El Taurino Stage

In less than three years, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio has become one of the Pacific Northwest’s most popular Hammond B3-driven bands. With its leader’s muscular playing, guitarist Jimmy James’ sly riffs and drummer David McGraw’s well-placed accents, the trio raises the swagger in any setting.

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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
El Taurino Stage
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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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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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Yissy & Bandancha

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
El Taurino Stage

In drummer Yissy García’s Bandancha, trumpet and acoustic percussion meet keyboards, bass guitar and turntables for an exhilarating fusion. While the Bandancha sound is rooted in the bandleader’s native Cuba’s indigenous, African and jazz traditions, it expands to R&B, funk and electronic music while held together by dynamic virtuosic performances.

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Yissy & Bandancha

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
El Taurino Stage
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Meernaa

Sun, Aug 12 @ 12pm
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 @ 12pm
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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Eric Alexander

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7pm
El Taurino Stage

With a fierce tone and unwavering swing, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has both played in bands led by legends and recorded his own substantial body of work with peers and some of those same jazz titans. Known for his fierce lines, he can also whip up a sublime ballad.

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Eric Alexander

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7pm
El Taurino Stage
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