British Airways Music Lounge

Friday through Sunday, Fest-goers with Priority Access or higher wristbands can enjoy the British Airways Music Lounge, featuring pared down performances by top Fest artists.

For 2018, the Music Lounge is located in a brand new space: Hammer 4, a raw, alternative “black box” space on an upper floor of the Hammer Theatre Center. Attend one of these performances and you’ll be among the first to enjoy this venue, with its behind-the-scenes vibe. Together with top-tier performances in the Hammer Theatre’s 500-seat Sobrato Auditorium and a new lounge area for our VIP ticket holders, the Hammer Theatre Center promises to become a favorite spot for Priority Access and VIP patrons.

Thanks to the support of British Airways, San Jose Jazz has teamed up with the UK’s and San Jose State University to use the latest technology to capture the excitement and essence of four of the performances presented in the Music Lounge. Filmed in both full HD and Virtual Reality—with audio captured by Sennheiser—these tapings are a glorious opportunity to see how a moment in time is recorded and delivered to the world as a dynamic, faithful reproduction of a performance.

Artists are still being chosen for these performances and will be announced soon.