2018 Lineup / Surprise Me

Steve Bedi & Special ‘X’

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Jade Leaf Stage

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Steve Bedi & Special ‘X’

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Jade Leaf Stage
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Kool & the Gang

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

“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

Kat Edmonson

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Stylisically eclectic singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson has a compelling backstory for her latest album, Old Fashioned Gal. The creative jazz-rooted artist explains how the 11 originals on her fourth and most recent album make up the components of a proper movie musical that she first concocted while under the weather:

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Kat Edmonson

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Kishi Bashi W/ Strings

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Kaoru “Kishi Bashi” Ishibashi studied film scoring at the Berklee College of Music before developing his own shimmering non-movie-related (but still cinematic) musical aesthetic. Incorporating live looping, he’ll be collaborating with an equally fearless string quartet at 2018 Summer Fest.

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Kishi Bashi W/ Strings

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Yoshiaki Miyanoue

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
Jade Leaf Stage

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Yoshiaki Miyanoue

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Jane Monheit

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

Just out of her teens when first introduced to the jazz world, warm-toned vocalist Jane Monheit can toggle between that early innocence and a time-crafted maturity. Those qualities alone make her an ideal artist to explore some of Ella Fitzgerald’s lesser-known repertoire at 2018 Summer Fest.

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Jane Monheit

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Yissy & Bandancha

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
Jade Leaf 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
Jade Leaf Stage
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Theo Croker Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Trumpeter Theo Croker has family and stylistic ties to jazz’s grand history. Combining this deep understanding of jazz tradition with funk, hip-hop and avant-garde approaches, he creates a potent brew of traditional and contemporary sounds.

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Theo Croker Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ 10pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Evan Thomas Blues Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Blues/Big Easy Stage

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Evan Thomas Blues Band

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Yissy & Bandancha

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Sobrato Organization Main 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.

All Stages Ticket Required

Yissy & Bandancha

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Silicon Valley Stage

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SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Silicon Valley Stage
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Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

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Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Sarah McKenzie

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

From Perth and Melbourne to Boston and Paris, swinging vocalist / pianist Sarah McKenzie’s geographic journey reflects the international nature of jazz. After graduating from Perth’s West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in jazz, she toured as a backing vocalist on Michael Bublé’s Irresponsible Tour from 2007–2008.

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Sarah McKenzie

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Nachito Herrera Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

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Nachito Herrera Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Lalah Hathaway

Fri, Aug 10 @ 9:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

MAE.SUN

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
Jade Leaf 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
Jade Leaf Stage
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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
Jade Leaf 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
Jade Leaf Stage
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Goapele

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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 @ 8pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Tango Jazz Quartet

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

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Tango Jazz Quartet

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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 number 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
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Makaya McCraven

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

One of the joys of attending a music festival is hearing new discoveries. 2016 Winter Fest audiences got to experience the Northern California debut of trumpeter Marquis Hill’s Blacktet. Now 2018 Summer Fest fans will have a chance to catch the personal project of Makaya McCraven, its bleeding edge drummer, producer and visionary sonic collagist.

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Makaya McCraven

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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3rd Annual Jazz Organ Fellowship with Matthew Whitaker and Brian Charette

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
Jade Leaf 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 3rd Annual Organ Fellowship featuring Matthew Whitaker and Brian Charette, a pair of contrasting yet brilliant players.

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3rd Annual Jazz Organ Fellowship with Matthew Whitaker and Brian Charette

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Moisés P. Sánchez Quartet

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Pianist Moisés P. Sánchez’s well-tuned trio with bassist Toño Miguel and drummer Borja Barrueta found an ideal voice in Cristina Mora. With the otherworldly vocalist, the Spanish pianist’s quartet weaves a modern jazz style partially inspired by the ever-shifting repetitions of contemporary classical pioneer Steve Reich.

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Moisés P. Sánchez Quartet

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

As anyone who has attended a recent Friday Main Stage session can attest, Summer Fest audiences love the funk. Trombonist Big Sam and his Funky Nation band brings just that—along with some Crescent City second line hometown flavor, a bit of hip-hop and infectious rock & roll swagger.

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Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

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

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Billy Valentine Big Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

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Billy Valentine Big Band

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Sylvia Cuenca Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

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Sylvia Cuenca Quartet

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Vincent Herring’s Story of Jazz: 100 Years

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Septeto Internacional

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

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Septeto Internacional

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Jemal Ramirez Group with Warren Wolf

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

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Jemal Ramirez Group with Warren Wolf

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Organic Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Jade Leaf Stage

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Organic Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ Noon
Jade Leaf Stage
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Marcus Roberts’ Romance, Swing and Blues

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage

One of the premier jazz pianists of his generation, Marcus Roberts is familiar with playing solo and with big bands and even symphony orchestras. For 2018 Summer Fest, he leads the Modern Jazz Generation, a lush-sounding medium-sized multi-generational ensemble that will perform his always thoughtful original compositions.

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Marcus Roberts’ Romance, Swing and Blues

Sun, Aug 12 @ 7pm
Hammer Theatre Stage
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Nachito Herrera Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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Nachito Herrera Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Emmet Cohen Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 5pm
Jade Leaf 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
Jade Leaf Stage
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Jackie Gage

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

With a velvet voice rich as smooth wine, Jackie Gage possesses a musical grace that channels torch singers of decades past, mixing elements of jazz, soul and R&B into her music, which nods to the future of jazz.

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Jackie Gage

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Katie Thiroux Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
Jade Leaf Stage

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Katie Thiroux Trio

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:30pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Legally Blue

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3:30pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

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Legally Blue

Sat, Aug 11 @ 3:30pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Jade Leaf 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 and Snuffy Walden

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8pm
Jade Leaf Stage
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Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:45pm
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
Silicon Valley Stage
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Aaron Lington Plays the Music of Astor Piazzolla

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
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
Silicon Valley Stage
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