San Jose Jazz Summerfest celebrates its 26th year from August 7-9, 2015. The 3 day celebration will see over 100 performances spread across 12 stages in downtown San Jose. There is something for every one from jazz to blues to salsa to soul to zydeco music.
The opening night features San Francisco Bay Area’s Con Brio and Chicago’s JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound in the main stage.
Here are some of the guests featured in this year’s jazz festival: Eddie Palmieri, Oran Etkin, Javon Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz and Donald Harrison, Bob Schulz Frisco Jazz Band; Dave Haskell Group, Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma, Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Armonia, Bombay Jazz and others.
The festival always features local musicians and high school bands. Sylvia Cuenca New York Quartet, Natalie Cressman, Aaron Lington, Le Boeuf Brothers, San Jose Jazz High School All Stars and San Jose Jazz Summer Camp Combo are some of the musicians from the bay area. You can catch most of them in the Silicon Valley stage during the festival.
Brazil’s award winning 20-piece jazz band Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz will play at this year’s festival. The band is also playing at New York’s Lincoln Center.
Trumpeter Etienne Charles will have his world premiere of “San Jose Suite.” The piece explores stories, rituals, native chants, rhythms, and other cultural elements of 3 different San Jose’s – in Trinidad, Costa Rica and California.
For tickets and information about San Jose Jazz Summerfest visit their website.