2018 Lineup / Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

Hosted across the street from the Main Stage, the Adobe Silicon Valley Stage is located inside the Fairmont Hotel’s Club Regent. Here, you’ll hear sets from rising talents and living legends alike, all of whom share connections to the greater Bay Area and reflect our vibrant jazz scene. All Stages or higher wristband required.

Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:45pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D., an award-winning jazz composer, guitarist and vocalist, presents a musical banquet from around the world from his native France to his Senegalese and Malian roots. Anchored in bebop, Pascal Bokar has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Donald Bailey and Barney Wilen.

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Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:45pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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Eddie Gale

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:30pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

Known as the City of San Jose official Ambassador of Jazz, proclaimed by then Mayor Norman Y. Mineta in 1974, Eddie Gale is a world renown trumpeter pillar of the Bay Area jazz scene. As a musician, trumpeter, composer, publisher, recording artist and bandleader, Gale is a multi-faceted artist in the genre. This year, Gale celebrates his 50th year as a recording artist starting with the internationally known jazz label Blue Note Records.

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Eddie Gale

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:30pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

Silicon Valley is the home to a plethora of talented jazz musicians, and Thelonious Monk has written numerous jazz standards. So it’s a perfect pairing for the locally based musicians of the fledgling SJZ (a.k.a. San Jose Jazz) Collective to explore the rich songbook of this jazz master.

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SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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Jeff Denson: Outside My Window

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

Enjoying popularity as a leader, sideman and one-third of the San Francisco String Trio, bassist Jeff Denson has recently emerged as a vocalist, as well. His latest album, Outside My Window, showcases his vocal chops via original songs and pieces by Jeff Buckley, Abbey Lincoln, Chris Cornell and Peter Gabriel.

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Jeff Denson: Outside My Window

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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Aaron Lington Plays the Music of Astor Piazzolla

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

Jazz’s international parentage of African, Caribbean, European and native US musical traditions allows for many other of the world’s musical heritages to be interpreted. Grammy winner Aaron Lington delves into tango’s sensual sound with his new Plays the Music of Astor Piazzolla small group jazz project.

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Aaron Lington Plays the Music of Astor Piazzolla

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Septet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

As a trombonist, bandleader, educator, producer and label chief, trombonist Wayne Wallace is a Northern Californian institution through and through. His Latin Jazz Septet, in turn, unites some of the finest locally based instrumentalists for a crisp exploration of Afro-Caribbean, jazz and Cuban folkloric styles.

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Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Septet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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Octobop

Sat, Aug 11 @ 9pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

Since 1999, Octobop has presented a musical tour through the 1950s showcasing this incredible period for jazz music on the West Coast including innovations in sound, harmony and arranging which impacted how and where we listen to music today. At this year’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Octobop celebrates the release of their seventh album Live at Savanna Jazz.

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Octobop

Sat, Aug 11 @ 9pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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Kat Parra Latin World Ensemble

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

From its origins combining African rhythms and European harmonies, jazz has thrived through addition. Kat Parra brings Ladino—Judeo-Esponyol from the Sephardic Diaspora—as well as Portuguese, Spanish and English to her linguistic palette and emotive singing to her pan-American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern songbook.

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Kat Parra Latin World Ensemble

Sun, Aug 12 @ 1pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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Kristen Strom: Moving Day–The Music of John Shifflett

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

Saxophonist Kristen Strom has been one of the mainstays of the Bay Area jazz scenes for nearly two decades, playing with leading bands and helming the Kristen Strom Quintet. In this new project, she interprets the compositions of a legendary local hero: bassist John Shifflett, who passed in 2017.

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Kristen Strom: Moving Day–The Music of John Shifflett

Sun, Aug 12 @ 3pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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Mason Razavi Nonet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage

Jazz guitarist and composer/arranger Mason Razavi returns to the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest with his nonet to perform selections from the Quartet Plus and Quartet Plus Volume 2 albums and to debut all new music. 

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Mason Razavi Nonet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Adobe Silicon Valley Stage
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