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    Jeff Beck, one of the world’s most acclaimed guitarists, is heading back to the Bay Area. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, enshrined as part of the Yardbirds in1992 and as a solo artist in 2009, performs Nov. 9 at the San Jose Civic. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 19, ticketmaster.com. Beck is touring in support of his new album — “18” — which is a collaboration with celebrity Johnny Depp. The tour is set to begin Sept. 23 in Delle Valle, Texas, where Beck begin a series of six co-bills with ZZ Top. Beck’s many accomplishments include winning eight Grammy Awards and being ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Related Articles Music | Los Gatos community briefs for the week of Aug. 19 Music | San Jose Jazz Summer Fest returns in triumphant fashion Music | Here’s one more good reason to go see Chicago at Mountain Winery Music | Bay Area arts: 6 cool shows, festivals to...
    Mike Johnson was grooving on the vibe from the moment he arrived at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. “You can feel the love walking in,” said the Sacramento resident, who was enjoying the first of three days — Aug. 12-14 — of live music in and around Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San Jose. “It’s just fun. It’s a party.” Thousands of others appeared to be full in agreement with Johnson’s assessment of opening night of the festival. Music lovers filled the plaza to dance and sway to tunes from Friday’s main stage artists — including soul great Lee Fields — as well as enjoy performances by more than a dozen other acts on other festival stages. Featured acts included R&B-soul band Durand Jones & the Indications and local blues great Chris Cain. The event is set to continue on Saturday with funk-soul star Charlie Wilson, vocalist-guitarist Raul Midón, Afro-Cuban outfit Sabor de Mi Cuba, versatile vocalist Kim Nalley, R&B singer Leela James and jazz music’s famed Brubeck Brothers among the acts set to appear. The 2022 festival...
    There’s a lot to like about this year’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. Yes, of course, there’s always a lot to like about this incredible festival – which brings some of the top talents in jazz, world music, blues and other genres to multiple stages in downtown San Jose each August. Yet, this lineup is absolutely bursting at the seams with cool acts, including such headliners as Lee Fields, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Leela James, Stanley Clarke and Ledisi. Overall, more than 90 acts are set to perform on 12 stages — indoor and outdoor — during the three-day festival, which takes place Aug. 12-14 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez at San Carlos in downtown San Jose (enter at the ticket booth on the south end of the plaza.) Shows that take place in San Jose Jazz’s Break Room venue will also be available to livestream. Details and tickets are at available at summerfest.sanjosejazz.org. Here are 10 of our top picks for the 2022 Summer Fest, organized chronologically. Caroline Chung & Citizens Jazz Chung is a Bay Area bassist, songwriter and...
    Bobby Watson isn’t trying to start a brawl with his fellow horn players. He’s just wants to make it clear that when it comes to his approach to the alto saxophone he’s a lover, not a fighter. “The tenor sax is more of a punch horn,” Watson said. “It lends itself towards a tough tone, like Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. With the alto, I try to lean toward melody. Of course there’s technique, but I don’t use that as my main modus operandi. I try to sing my song.” After several decades as a scarce presence on the West Coast, Watson is crooning with an all-star quartet Aug. 13 at San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest, performing an afternoon set at the Montgomery Theater and an evening show on the Hammer 4 Stage. An incandescent improviser and oft-covered composer responsible for a bevy of strikingly beautiful, recognizable tunes, Watson is reintroducing himself to Bay Area audiences. Last month he played a gripping weekend run at The 222, a nonprofit performance space in Healdsburg, his first California gig since he retired after...
    When Signia by Hilton opened in downtown San Jose last month, it revived not only a venerable hotel property but a longtime venue for the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. One of 12 stages at this year’s Summer Fest, set for Aug. 12-14 in downtown San Jose, the PG&E Silicon Valley Stage will set up at the hotel’s Club Regent. San Jose Jazz hosted artists at the club for many years when the hotel was under the Fairmont’s auspices. But the Fairmont had declared bankruptcy and closed by the time the first post-pandemic Summer Fest was held last August. The Hilton hotel chain bought the downtown landmark and reopened it in May. Signia by Hilton is serving as Summer Fest’s official hotel partner, and its Club Regent will again play host to festival musicians. Nine acts, all of whom have Bay Area connections, are set to perform there for ticketholders with All Stages or higher access. “The partnership with San Jose Jazz is a longstanding tradition, and it’s one we want to carry on,” says Jimmy Sarfraz, general manager of...
    Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Raul Midón and Alex Cuba, Kim Nalley Quartet, Keyon Harrold, Cameron Graves, Omar Sosa Quarteto Americanos, Isaiah Sharkey, Nellie McKay and Urban Renewal Project are among the acts who have been recently added to the bill for San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2022. Other newly added acts for the festival — scheduled for 12-14 in downtown San Jose — include LMR Jazz Orchestra Featuring Tierney Sutton; Mosaic America Presents Rightstarter; Nicole Henry; Kid Anderson; Peter Bernstein & Bruce Forman; Adrien Brandeis; JC Smith Band; Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones Blues Band; Alabama Mike & The Mighty Revelators; Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble; Marina Crouse Band Featuring Garth Webber; Joel Ross; Caroline Chung; Takuya Kuroda Quintet; Cheflee; MK Double Trio; Oddity; U-19’s; and Amy D. “San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2022 brings our flagship annual summer music event back to the look and feel of SJZ Summer Fest that Bay Area music fans have come to love,” says San Jose Jazz’s Executive Director Brendan Rawson. “We are very passionate about providing top tier programming that’s both global in scope as...
    Organizers have announced a bountiful and diversely appealing lineup for the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2022. More than 100 acts are set to appear at the festival, which runs Aug. 12-14 on eight-plus stages in and around Plaza de César Chavez Park in downtown San Jose. Acts include CeeLo Green; Ledisi; Judith Hill; Javon Jackson’s “Charlie Parker at 100″ featuring Gary Bartz, Charles McPherson and Donald Harrison; the Brubeck Brothers; Telmary and Friends; Joel Ross; Takuya Kuroda Quintet; Bobby Watson, Curtis Lundy, Jeremy Pelt, Cyrus Chestnut and Victor Jones; Lemon Bucket Orkestra; New Orleans Suspects with Erika Falls; Tribute to Clifford Coulter; Jazz Organ Fellowship Tribute to Tony Monaco; Jazz Organ Foundation Celebrates Dr. Lonnie Smith; Diunna Greenleaf; Aki Kumar; Memphissippi Sound; 7th Street Big Band; Tribal Gold; Silvana Astrada; Erica Falls; and ADG7. More acts are expected to be announced soon. Related Articles Jazz titans team up in celebration of Berkeley venue’s milestone anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival announces amazing lineup for 2022 Music fans definitely shouldn’t wait to hear this awesome album...
    Music filled the air once again in downtown San Jose this weekend as the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest returned, breaking a long silence imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Crowds poured into Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Friday night, danced along to Bloco do Sol’s samba parade, soaked in the sounds of bluesman Chris Cain and absolutely went wild to the Latin rhythms of Ozomtali. It wasn’t a dream; the jazz festival was back. “It feels really great to be doing the work that’s our mission to do, with the idea of bringing community together around music — and the wide range of music San Jose Jazz does — creates a lot of joy,” San Jose Jazz Executive Director Brendan Rawson said. Rawson concedes that there was a lot more optimism about the COVID-19 pandemic when plans for the festival were put together in the spring. But once the delta variant and the summer spike in cases over the past five weeks took hold, San Jose Jazz adjusted. If you wanted to go to an indoor stage, you had to...
    As jazz, blues and salsa return for San Jose Jazz Summer Fest Aug. 13-15, so too will catfish, barbecue and burritos. And some new culinary treats, including fusion tacos and bruschetta. “I’m very excited about Bruschetta Bar coming down from Napa Valley for the first year, and the Filipino taco truck, Tacos Delano,” said Massimo Chisessi, director of marketing for San Jose Jazz. “We also will have Summer Fest classics like Nita Bee’s Tastys and Seymart.” The food booths will be located near the Main Stage at downtown’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez. A beverage booth will be situated at the Latin Tropical Stage. Here’s the vendor lineup for the Friday-Sunday concerts, with some menu details so you can plan your between-sets snacking: For the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, the Tacos Delano team will serve one of their fusion dishes, Oxtail Birria Lumpia, with the obligatory birria broth. (Photo courtesy of Tacos Delano)  Tacos Delano: Filipino-Mexican fusion dishes star at this booth that’s new to the festival: Tacos filled with steak or pork marinated in calamansi citrus and soy sauce...
    After a year lost to the pandemic San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest is back, and if the three-day event isn’t bigger than ever it’s retained everything that makes it one of the West Coast’s premiere jazz events. The action still revolves around the Sobrato Organization Main Stage at the north end of the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, where headliners like Ozomatli, Goapele, Pete Escovedo, Common, and Morris Day and the Time will hold forth. But instead of the dozen or so locations that made past Summer Fests an almost overwhelming experience, this year’s offerings have been distilled onto four venues in addition to the main stage, two outdoors — the Adobe Fountain Blues/Big Easy Stage and the CEFCU Latin Tropical Stage — and two indoors — the Hammer and Montgomery theaters. With the rise of the highly contagious Delta variant, SJZ announced last week that anyone attending an indoor stage must show proof of vaccination or a negative test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their arrival at the festival. Masks will also be required at indoor venues. Patrons should...
    While the footprint of San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest will be smaller this year than in the past, it will still be bigger than organizers originally envisioned. “We were just focused on the main stage, but then we decided to tie in with the Fountain Blues Festival, which didn’t happen this year,” says Artistic and Festival Director Bruce Labadie. So, organizers added a second stage at the other end of Plaza de Cesar Chavez from the Sobrato Main Stage. The Fountain Blues Stage, booked by the Fountain Blues Foundation in collaboration with Poor House Bistro owner Jay Meduri, will feature blues and New Orleans acts including the Chris Cain Band and Billy Iuso and Friends. While Summer Fest usually sees acts on indoor stages in downtown San Jose, two of the usual festival venues—The Fairmont Hotel and Café Stritch—closed during the pandemic. Even so, Labadie says, organizers were driven by the desire to have more music at their first post-pandemic jazz festival, set for Aug. 13-15. “We decided we needed straight-ahead and Latin jazz, so we added the Montgomery Theater. We...
    Organizers have lined up an Oscar winner, a Grammy recipient and an Emmy holder to perform at this year’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. And all of those titles apply to the same person: Common. The multiple-award-winning hip-hop artist headlines the big summer party in downtown San Jose on Aug. 14. Common will be supporting his latest album, “A Beautiful Revolution Part 1,” featuring a song — “A Place In This World” — that was used as part of Michelle Obama’s “When We All Vote” campaign for the 2020 election. Common — whose many career highlights include winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song with co-writer/performer John Legend for “Glory” from the 2014 film “Selma” — is one of more than 45 acts appearing at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, which runs Aug. 13-15. Single-day tickets are $35-$190 and three-day passes run $105-$470; summerfest.sanjosejazz.org. Related Articles Bay Area superstar H.E.R. returns home to host 2-day festival Sons of Soul Revivers celebrate 50 years of glorious gospel music Brand new jazz festival set to...
    As Jackie Gage took the stage at Mr. Tipples, she removed her mask with a dramatic flourish, revealing the 1,000-watt smile concealed underneath. Cheers from the judiciously spaced audience made it clear that her gesture was understood, but Gage knew this was a moment to savor. Just about every song in her set celebrated brighter horizons, from her breezy opener, the Bill Withers anthem “A Lovely Day,” to the closer, a triumphant take on Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now.” It was two weeks before California officially reopened on June 15, and Gage’s performance with pianist Tammy Hall’s trio offered a tantalizing glimpse at the pleasures ahead. Live jazz is back, though San Francisco’s Mr. Tipples jazz club is still a rarity. For the next few months, musicians will be performing outdoors more than in. But good news is pouring in from every direction. Forced to cancel last summer’s festival for the first time in more than six decades, the Monterey Jazz Festival is back on Sept. 24-26 with a scaled down event taking place almost entirely in and...
    San Jose Jazz has made the announcement fans had been waiting for all year: Summer Fest is coming back Aug. 13-15 in downtown San Jose. Headliners will be announced later this week, and tickets go on sale at noon June 18 at www.sanjosejazz.org. In an email sent to supporters Sunday, festival organizers said the three-day festival will be centered around the Sobrato Organization Main Stage at Plaza de Cesar Chavez and ticket sales will be limited because of capacity restrictions. “Although the Fest will have a smaller footprint, you can still expect the same great festival experience and a mix of international stars, emerging artists and local gems playing jazz, blues, R&B, New Orleans, Latin and more,” the email read. Related Articles San Jose Jazz opens new streaming concert series from its Break Room venue San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2020 canceled due to coronavirus pandemic San Jose Jazz set to debut new jazz venue in downtown San Jose Jazz Summer Fest stays true to its community roots Last year’s Summer...
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