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August 10-12, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is the hottest event of the summer featuring a stellar lineup of international stars, emerging artists and regional favorites playing straight-ahead jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, and more! It's not just the biggest live music event in Silicon Valley–it's the perfect summer experience featuring tasty food, wine and micro-brews; family fun and jazz for kids; and a Club Crawl and other after-hours events for the grown ups.
Featured performers at the 23rd annual festival include Morris Day & The Time, The Jazz Crusaders featuring Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder, The Spinners, Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, Boney James, Coco Montoya, Rene Marie, Tia Fuller, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Tony Monaco Group, Jeff Hamilton Trio, Alessandro Penezzi Quartet, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, Yoshiaki Miyanoue Tokyo Quartet, Adam Theis & Subharmonic, John Broadway Tucker, BlackMahal, Allan Harris Band, Joyce Randolph, Laila Smith, Ben Flocks, Kat Parra Latin World Ensemble, Jackeline Rago & the Venezuelan Music Project, Wil Campa y Su Gran Union, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Team Bahia, Yesberger Band, Vitchev/Tamburr New Quartet, and many others.
New attractions at this year's festival include eight women-led bands at the wildly popular Castellano Latin Stage, and the local music-curated Silicon Valley Stage featuring world-class talent that's based in the South Bay. In addition to an emphasis on South Bay musicians, the stage will place a premium on emerging artists, established artists with new CD's and new/special projects that help build and grow the South Bay music community. The new Metro Market Stage—held at the San Pedro Square Market, home to San Jose Jazz's year-round "Music at the Market" series, will now be activated throughout the festival weekend and serves as a beautiful new venue featuring standout food and drinks.
The longstanding Blues Stage will also feature acclaimed chef cooking demos and a BBQ Cook-Off Contest. This year's beer sponsor Gordon Biersch—along with several renowned wineries—will have experts onsite to discuss their latest releases as festival-goers sample select beers and wines. In addition, Gordon Biersch will offer a special barrel-aged beer and artisan food pairing program.
An expanded free Club Crawl fills the downtown core with a variety of live music after hours on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11. Standout artists at this year's Club Crawl will include saxophonist Anton Schwartz, drummer Wally Schnalle, and vocalist Sandra Aran. Other great after hours events include Drum! Night produced in collaboration with Drum! Magazine, a pop-up Blues Club hosted by blues musician J.C. Smith with special guest artists, and cutting-edge jazz/neo-soul/dj programming Live at the Pagoda.
With all this going on, you'll definitely want to want to stay over——check out our hotels page for special deals for accomodations right in the middle of the action.
Stay tuned for all the details on the festival website, due out later this month. Meanwhile, keep up with all the latest festival news and information by subscribing to our newsletter or becoming our friend on Facebook.
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