Posts Tagged ‘Fest Five’

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 www.soulandjazz.com 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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Fest Five: Greg Bridges

August 7, 2015

Greg Bridges, otherwise known as G1 Rhythm, is a radio DJ and journalist based in Oakland, California. Greg can be heard at jazz station KCSM 91.1fm Tuesday nights from 6 to 9pm and Thursday nights from 6pm to 2am.He’s also one of the new hosts of the nationally-syndicated late night-early morning program Jazz In The Wee Small Hours. Additionally, Greg can be heard at progressive music, news and culture station KPFA 94.1fm Monday nights from …

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Fest Five: Jonathan Gonzales

August 6, 2015

Jonathan Gonzales hails from Gilroy, the Garlic Capitol of the world. He loves jazz, good food and good people, which is why Summer Fest is one of his favorite times of the year. A strong supporter of music and arts education programs for youth, Jonathan believes in the positive impact a program can have on a child’s life. He’s been a fan of San Jose Jazz’s youth programs for quite some time and began working as …

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Fest Five: Ross McMahon

August 6, 2015

Though he’s a newcomer to SJZ’s Board, Ross McMahon has always been involved in the arts, first as an Irish step dancer and later as an ice skater, competing in both disciplines at the national level. He played guitar in bands throughout the Bay Area while getting his Bachelor’s Degree in American Literature at Santa Clara University. Ross first volunteered at campus radio station KSCU then later at WTUL New Orleans while attending Tulane Law School. Ross has been …

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Fest Five: Janine Santana

August 6, 2015

Janine Santana is a 40 year veteran of the performing arts industry and comes from a family deeply steeped in film, radio, theater, music and dance. Born in Brooklyn, Janine has since relocated to the Denver area. She serves as on-air host of Salsa con Jazz at Denver’s KUVO Jazz 89.3 FM every Sunday afternoon. She is also the host of two Latin jazz/salsa mix shows on party934.com and VAYA! on KUHSDenver.com. Janine has a hand in …

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Fest Five: Jae Sinnet

July 30, 2015

Jae Sinnet is a drummer, composer, jazz radio broadcaster and producer based out of Southeast Virginia. It’s his 25th year as host and producer for the Eastern Virginia public jazz radio show Sinnet In Session, which broadcasts on WHRV FM 89.5. He’s also a jazz artist with thirteen recordings to his name and is preparing to record and produce the Zero to 60 project this September. The Jazzweek Summit and Summer Fest bring Jae to …

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Fest Five: Michael Ambrosino

July 23, 2015

If you can really only judge a person by their record collection, you’d discover that Michael Ambrosino appreciates just about every nook, cranny, cornerstone and sub-genre in the family of jazz. He grew up in New England, and credits Weather Report’s Heavy Weather as having saved him from a life of punk rock and very sad folk songs. His passions include all aspects of technology, building sustainable business solutions, cooking, and of course telling interesting …

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