Posts Tagged ‘Fest Five’

Fest Five: Brian Hurst

August 9, 2018

As the CEO of, Brian Hurst wants to share the music he loves with the world, offering streamed programming of soul and jazz gems spanning nine decades through his website. Based in the UK, Brian will be running the British Airways Music Lounge this year, a unique listening space hosted in the Hammer Theater’s Hammer 4 venue. The Lounge will feature pared-down performances by Fest headliners, filmed in full HD and VR with audio …

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Fest Five: Brad Stone

August 3, 2018

Balancing a career in jazz radio and teaching chemistry at San José State University, Dr. Brad Stone, AKA the Jazz Doctor, is a modern-day Renaissance man. Every Thursday on, Dr. Stone debuts a collection of progressive new jazz recordings as part of his Creative Source broadcast. His musical knowledge covers 1960s jazz fusion and extends to the cutting edge of today’s music. For this year’s Summer Fest, the Jazz Doctor has prescribed five acts …

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Fest Five: Russell Gatewood

July 30, 2018

Whether he’s behind the turntable or broadcasting over the airwaves, Russell Gatewood has established himself as an iconic DJ and radio personality from coast to coast. One half of the World Famous Rick & Russ Show, holding down the Sobrato Organization Main Stage between sets this year, Russell’s work as a DJ is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. Here are five of the acts he’s most excited about this year. Lalah Hathaway: “Lalah is …

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Fest Five: Social Media Intern Cate Ayson

August 10, 2017

If you follow SJZ on social media, chances are you’ve seen the words of our Summer Fest intern, Cate Ayson. A soon-to-be graduate of Southern Oregon University, Cate has helped spread the Summer Fest excitement through her incisive messaging and savvy social media know-how. Previously, Cate helped walk you through the vocalists, emerging artists, and Blues and Big Easy acts arriving in San Jose this weekend. Yet after reading up on the dozens of acts we’re …

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Fest Five: “Festologist” Jonathan Gonzalez

August 8, 2017

Jonathan Gonzalez has been a long-time fan and supporter of San Jose Jazz. In the past, you’d find Jonathan working alongside the info team at Summer Fest, always answering Fest inquiries with a smile. This year, he takes on the role of “Festologist,” providing VIP attendees with their personal Summer Fest concierge. Love an artist or sound and need some recommendations on what else to see? Find him in the VIP area Saturday and Sunday near …

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Fest Five: Janice Edwards, Host of “Signature Silicon Valley”

August 12, 2016

Janice Edwards, the host and executive producer of “Signature Silicon Valley” and “Bay Area Vista” will once again emcee on the Main Stage at Summer Fest 2016. Here’s her Fest Five: Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers All you have to do is look at photos of Kermit Ruffins’ eyes and know that music and mischief are dancing there. I love the name of his band and finding out that Kermit actually cooks barbecue makes …

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Fest Five: Dr. Brad Stone, radio host

July 20, 2016

Dr. Brad Stone is a radio programmer/producer/host with over 35 years of experience in jazz radio, at numerous radio stations such as KSJS-FM, San Jose, CA; KKUP-FM, Cupertino, CA; KUCI-FM, Irvine, CA; and WQAX-FM, Bloomington, IN. He currently programs his show “The Creative Source” on the worldwide internet radio platform based in the UK. He’s happy to be a member of the San Jose Jazz Advisory Board, the Jazz Organ Fellowship Board of Directors, and …

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Fest Five: Jeff Tamarkin, Veteran Music Journalist

July 13, 2016

Jeff Tamarkin has been a prolific music journalist and editor for some four decades. He has written for dozens of publications including Billboard, Newsweek, Playbill, Relix, Creem, Mojo and the New York Daily News, and has written liner notes for more than 80 CDs. Most recently, he served as the Associate Editor of JazzTimes Magazine for eight years. For his Fest Five, Jeff chose to concentrate exclusively on female solo artists and groups led by …

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Fest Five: Arturo Riera, Mister Latin Jazz

June 29, 2016

SJZ Summer Fest is renown for featuring a heavy Latin jazz and salsa component, thanks in part to Arturo Riera, the Latin Music Curator for San Jose Jazz. Riera has helped to cultivate a diverse lineup of Latin jazz and Cuban performers who have appeared at the festival, including Claudia Villela, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Yosvany Terry, Pedrito Martinez, Bobby Matos and a special Tribute to Armando Peraza with musical legends Emil …

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Fest Five: Phil Hood, DRUM! Magazine

June 17, 2016

As co-founder of Enter Music Publishing, Phil Hood oversees the music magazine publishing company and is the publisher of Drum! Magazine. The most fanatical drumming magazine on the planet got its start in 1991 and is located here in San Jose, California.  One of the first musical instruments, the drum is also a powerful communications tool. It evokes many forms of energy and has been utilized by virtually every culture, from the cradle of civilization to Congo Square …

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