Posts Tagged ‘Summer Fest 2012’

Summer Fest Picks from “Jazz Doctor” Brad Stone

August 5, 2012

  The “Jazz Doctor” is in! This year, KSJS Jazz Program Director Dr. Brad Stone will serve as Summer Fest’s resident music expert! Getting his start in radio at WQAX in Bloomington, Indiana while earning his Ph.D, Stone brings with him over 30 years of jazz programming expertise. Actively involved in the local jazz scene, Stone is a member of the San Jose Jazz Advisory Board. He is also on the Board of Directors for the …

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Dianne Reeves: The Road to Icon

August 2, 2012

With a voice described by Jazz Times as “sounding, as always, like a sun-dappled glacier leisurely, meanderingly melting its way down a Colorado mountainside,” Diane Reeves is a superlative singer and interpreter, an artist who is quintessentially jazz. She is fast becoming an icon, much as Reeves’ inspiration, Sarah Vaughan, was back in her day. Known to many for playing the jazz singer in George Clooney’s atmospheric film Good Night and Good Luck – a …

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Eat Your Way Through Summer Fest!

August 2, 2012

  This year, Summer Fest brings you the best selection of food options to date! Offering anything from BBQ to beignets, our vendors will be selling gourmet sweets, authentic ribs and catfish. There will also be healthier alternatives for those looking for a lighter meal as well as vendors that cater to vegans and vegetarians. The Blues Stage will be a hot spot for a lot of great food and food information, so be sure …

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The Jazz Crusaders: Back in Time

July 31, 2012

  If the Crusaders did not invent contemporary jazz, they certainly played a pivotal role in popularizing what was then a new approach to the classic hard bop style, occupying a space somewhere between fusion, smooth jazz, R&B, funk and soul. Originally from Houston, Texas, the group’s sound calls up the 1970’s in a way that few can duplicate. To listen to their records now, one is reminded of Return to Forever, Pat Metheny & …

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Exclusive Video: Salsa & Latin Music Preview with “Mister Latin Jazz”

July 30, 2012

Who better to introduce this year’s great Castellano Latin Stage and Kaiser Permanente Salsa Stage acts than the man who booked them, San Jose Jazz board member Arturo Riera. In addition to his role with San Jose Jazz, Riera is co-founder and director of the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, co-founding partner for event company Latino Entertainment Partners and is Chair of the Board for San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Arts and Events, producer …

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Family Friendly Options at Summer Fest

July 30, 2012

  San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is San Jose’s seminal event of the summer, so come enjoy our weekend-long programming with the whole family. Need some ideas of where to start your planning? Let us guide you through a few spots not to be missed! Choice Stages While most of our stages are family friendly, we particularly recommend our many outdoor stages. Our Main Stage is a great space to enjoy the great summer weather …

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Fiddlin’ Around: An Exclusive Interview with Amanda Shaw

July 27, 2012

  With more than a decade and a half of experience as a songwriter already under her belt – and still only a few weeks shy of 22 – Amanda Shaw is no stranger to the spotlight. A constant ambassador for her beloved Crescent City, Shaw is a violin prodigy hoping to spread the spirit and rich musical history of New Orleans through her virtuoso playing, which has already taken her around the world. This …

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Make Summer Fest a Weekend to Remember

July 27, 2012

  Summer Fest is San Jose’s major summer event, so why not catch as much of it as possible? With affordable group rates still available from multiple hotels within walking distance from our Main Stage, turning the festival into a three-day getaway is easier than you might think. The Hyatt Place and Hilton, only a few blocks from our Main Stage, offer plenty of modern amenities. The Fairmont and Sainte Claire are both located directly …

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Morris Day & The Time: Time to Move

July 25, 2012

  Morris Day was indelibly imprinted upon the cultural zeitgeist with his scene-stealing appearance in Prince’s Purple Rain, released in 1984. A consummate showman, his compelling stage presence and equally mesmerizing dance moves elevated him to super-stardom and made him a household name. However, Morris Day’s career began long before that in Minneapolis, where he and Prince were classmates and formed a high school band, Grand Central. Prince was signed to Warner Brothers Records when …

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Devon Yesberger Shares Group’s Recipe for Success

July 24, 2012

Devon Yesberger was only looking for tour dates on Jamie Cullum’s site – he was already a big fan – when he found out about a little contest called “The Big Audition.” Figuring he had nothing to lose, he submitted his group’s video for “More Than Once.” Little did he know just how much he’d be liked: The Yesberger Band finished second in the competition, with Devon being told by Cullum himself during a masterclass“You …

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