2018 Lineup / Sobrato Organization Main Stage

The Sobrato Organization Main Stage is the Fest’s “crown jewel” and musical epicenter. At Plaza de Cesar Chavez, see world-renowned Fest headliners performing on our outdoor stage.Bring a blanket or chair to sit on the shaded grass. The Main Stage is also steps from food and drink, craft vendors, the Jazz Store and our SJZ Boom Box Stage, in the park’s south end.

Mino Yanci

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

The Sacramento-based four-piece Mino Yanci seamlessly combines elements of jazz fusion, rock and hip hop. Their 2017 debut features propulsive rhythms and intricate harmonic landscapes. Their name translates to “Musical Freedom” in two African languages, which precisely captures the band’s artistic goal.

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Mino Yanci

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
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CONFUNKSHUN

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7:30pm
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ConFunkShun has carried the torch of funk music for over four decades, and continues to be one of the most recognized bands in the genre today. Their chart-topping discography has influenced scores of artists and lives on through the new generation.

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CONFUNKSHUN

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7:30pm
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Lalah Hathaway

Fri, Aug 10 @ 9:30pm
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Listeners can’t help but be wrapped up in and in awe of vocalist / songwriter / producer Lalah Hathaway’s tremendous singing and borderless, cross-genre musical concepts. Her infectious blend of R&B, gospel, jazz, pop and rock has, in turn, been embraced by multiple generations.

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Lalah Hathaway

Fri, Aug 10 @ 9:30pm
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Yissy & Bandancha

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
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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 @ 2pm
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Booker T.’s Stax Revue: A Journey Through Soul, Blues and R&B

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
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As house organist for the Stax Records label in the ’60s and leader of the MG’s, keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger Booker T. Jones is familiar to countless music fans for his own hit “Green Onions” as well as his support for the likes of Aretha Franklin and Bill Withers.

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Booker T.’s Stax Revue: A Journey Through Soul, Blues and R&B

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
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Goapele

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
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Blessed with abundant soul and fluent in hip-hop’s rhythms and flows, singer-songwriter-producer Goapele’s warm singing captures listeners’ hearts like a fond childhood memory. Since Closer, her debut release from 2001, the Oakland native has been known as a wise storyteller as well as an imparter of wisdom.

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Goapele

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
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Johnny Gill

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
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Multi-platinum R&B icon Johnny Gill has dazzled listeners worldwide for over three decades. From his solo career to his spotlight role in New Edition, Gill’s soul-stirring vocal performances have stood the test of time, and continue to grow stronger with his latest album and national tour.

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Johnny Gill

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
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San Jose Jazz Summer Jazz Camp Combo

Sun, Aug 12 @ 11:45am
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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
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Nachito Herrera Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 12pm
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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 @ 12pm
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Vincent Herring’s Story of Jazz: 100 Years

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
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Born in Kentucky and raised in Vallejo, soulful post-bop alto saxophonist Vincent Herring has played with jazz giants such as trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and vibraphone pioneer Lionel Hampton. He now surveys jazz music’s century-plus history with “The Story of Jazz: 100 Years” featuring vocalist and narrator Nicolas Bearde.

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Vincent Herring’s Story of Jazz: 100 Years

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
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With every decades-encompassing performance, Herb Alpert brings multiple lifetimes of experiences to the bandstand. Founder and leader of the Tijauna Brass and a veteran producer, the famed trumpeter is the only artist to boast numerous vocal and instrumental singles: “This Guy’s in Love with You” and “Rise.”

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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
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Kool & the Gang

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
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“There’s a party going on right there / a celebration to last throughout the years.” With those lyrics, shouts of “Yahoo!” and that opening snare drum salvo, Kool & the Gang’s dancefloor hymn makes any occasion a “Celebration.” With scores of other timeless hits, they’ll close 2018 Summer Fest in style.

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Kool & the Gang

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage