2018 Lineup / Sushi Confidential Stage

Summer Fest’s newest stage boasts comfortable lounge and table seating under the palms on Sushi Confidential’s new patio. To go along with the great music, expect a full menu of their delicious signature sushi rolls, hot food, 10 beers on tap, wine and sake. Enter the stage from San Pedro Street. This is a free community stage.

Synchronicity

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
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Synchronicity is a group of nine alumni from various Bay Area big bands, in the tradition of Kai Winding, J.J. Johnson, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones.

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Synchronicity

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
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7th Street Big Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
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They’re not your grandparents’ big band—they bring some of the hippest beats and rhythms to the table, and they’re ready to get funky.

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7th Street Big Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
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Jessica Johnson

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
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Bay Area vocalist and songwriter Jessica Johnson captivates audiences from the moment she walks on stage, engaging listeners with her rich, sultry voice and R&B stylings.

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Jessica Johnson

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
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San Jose Jazz High School All Stars

Sat, Aug 11 @ 12pm
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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.

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San Jose Jazz High School All Stars

Sat, Aug 11 @ 12pm
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Retro Notes

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
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Retro Notes are a San Francisco Bay Area jazz band which combines elements of swing and jazz standards with contemporary vocals and rhythms. Alexandra Beltran’s sensual vocals and Bendik Kleveland’s velvety saxophone blend seamlessly to create a bewitching sound.

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Retro Notes

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
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Never Weather

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
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Never Weather is a jazz-inspired quintet led by percussionist and composer, Dillon Vado. Dillon’s original compositions borrow influences of free jazz, rock and chamber music to make exciting arrangements that allow for genuine improvisations each performance.

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Never Weather

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
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La Tenaza Tango Son

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
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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

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
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Eugenie Jones

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
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Eugenie Jones is a Seattle-based jazz vocalist, songwriter and producer. Described as a performer that makes audiences feel jazz, Jones possess “a voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones.” (The Stranger)

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Eugenie Jones

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
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Yoshiaki Miyanoue

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
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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

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
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Urban Renewal Project

Sun, Aug 12 @ 12pm
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The Urban Renewal Project is a Los Angeles-based band that uses instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between soul, jazz and hip-hop.

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Urban Renewal Project

Sun, Aug 12 @ 12pm
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Arnie Co Nonet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
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The Arnie Co Nonet features rising musicians from all around the Bay Area, and looks to celebrate the unique sounds of chamber jazz ensembles old and new. The Nonet will perform compositions by pianist Arnie Co, in addition to arrangements by Miles Davis, Christian McBride, Alan Ferber and many more.

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Arnie Co Nonet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
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Ratatet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
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Ratatet is an electro-acoustic sextet from the San Francisco Bay Area which features a front line of bassoon, trombone and vibraphone led by drummer and composer Alan Hall. The group’s all original music is a combination of jazz, American pop, impressionism, blues, and various South American styles and rhythms.

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Ratatet

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
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La Tenaza Tango Son

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Sushi Confidential 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 @ 6pm
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South Bay Big Band Jazz

Sun, Aug 12 @ 8pm
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South Bay Big Band Jazz started as a community ensemble more than 15 years ago. This lively 18-piece big band performs a variety of jazz tunes ranging from blues and Latin to swing and standards.

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South Bay Big Band Jazz

Sun, Aug 12 @ 8pm
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