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San Jose Jazz SummerFest Set for August 10-12
Dianne Reeves

Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves headlines this year's San Jose Jazz Festival, August 10-12
 



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Leave it to the folks in San Jose to put the "festive" back in "festival" as more than 1,000 artists and 100,000 music lovers converge for a weekend of fantastic musical diversity, tradition, and innovation at SummerFest, aka the 2012 San Jose Jazz Festival, Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12, in the heart of downtown San Jose.

The hottest weekend of the summer features a stellar lineup of international music stars and new discoveries playing straight-ahead jazz, blues, salsa, Latin and more on 11 stages and venues over three days. The annual festival transforms the heart of the downtown area with grooves, food and family fun.

Headlining artists for the 2012 San Jose Jazz Festival include The Jazz Crusaders (with original members Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder), trumpeter Terence Blanchard, smooth jazz saxophonist Boney James, songstress Dianne Reeves, sax sensation Tia Fuller, and Ivan Neville's New Orleans-flavored R&B/funk ensemble Dumpstaphunk.

There's also plenty of homegrown talent gracing the multiple stages all weekend long: Adam Theis and Subharmonic; singers Alexa Weber Morales, Joyce Randolph, and Sandra Marlowe (the latter performing with the Larry Dunlap Quartet); pianist Murray Low and his Mobius Trio; Nate Pruitt and Primary Colors; the Red Dragon Quartet featuring John Worley and Oscar Pangilinan; Kat Parra's Latin World Ensemble; guitarist Ed Johnson's Novo Tempo (in a tribute to Ivan Lins); and the 18-member Full Spectrum Jazz Big Band.

There's also something of a family affair this year, as Sandy Cressman leads her Homenagem Brasileira ensemble tribute to Brazilian jazz, and New York-based daughter Natalie (a triple threat: vocalist, trombonist and composer) performs with the Secret Garden band.

(We're not sure if papa Jeff will be performing somewhere around the festival during the weekend)

Mix in some of the best high school students in the Bay Area, a strong dose of Latin jazz, a bit of the blues, Morris Day & The Time, the Spinners, and the Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Foundation with Marcus L. Miller and his Freedom Jazz Movement... it just doesn't get any better!

And the ticket prices are certainly affordable: $45 for the entire weekend ($15 for kids), and $15-20 for one-day passes. Of course, San Jose Jazz members get in free.

Want even more music? The festival lights up downtown San Jose with great music on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 6 pm. There are no cover charges, and all venues are within walking distance of each other, just outside the festival grounds. Artists and venues have not yet been announced.

Here's the full schedule for this year's jazz festival:

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12

Friday, August 10
Main Stage
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Market Street between San Carlos and San Fernando Streets
6:30 pm Monophonics
8:30 pm Morris Day & The Time
Kaiser-Permanente Salsa Stage
San Fernando Street at Almaden Blvd.
6:30 pm Pacific Mambo Orchestra
8:30 pm Wil Campa y su Gran Union
Metro Market Stage
San Pedro Square Market, 87 N. San Pedro Street
6 pm DeJazz Vu
8 pm The Poblano Project
10 pm The Yesberger Band
12 am Marcus L. Miller with Freedom Jazz Movement
Swing Stage
Theatre on San Pablo Square, 29 N. San Pedro Street
6 pm Swing Dance Lesson
7 pm Sons of Jubal
9 pm Swing Dance Lesson
11 pm The Swing Solution

Saturday, August 1
1
Main Stage
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Market Street between San Carlos and San Fernando Streets
12 noon Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys
2 pm Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
4 pm Boney James
6 pm The Jazz Crusaders featuring Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder
San Jose Rep Stage
Paseo de San Antonio and Third Street
12 noon Lula Washington Dance Theatre featuring Marcus L. Miller with Freedom Jazz Movement
2 pm Tony Monaco Group
4 pm Rene Marie's "Experiment in Truth" Quartet
6 pm Tia Fuller Quartet
Castellano Latin Stage
Post and Market streets
12 noon Avotcja
2 pm Alexa Weber Morales
4 pm Kat Parra Latin World Ensemble
6 pm Maria Marquez
Bella Mia Stage
Bella Mia Restaurant, First Street at Post Street
12 noon San Jose Jazz High School All Stars
2 pm Ben Flocks
4 pm The Yesberger Band
6 pm The Aaron Lington Quartet Plays the Music of Sting
Kaiser-Permanente Salsa Stage
San Fernando Street at Almaden Blvd.
12:30 pm Grupo Bakkan
2:30 pm Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor
4:30 pm Orquesta Borinquen
6:30 pm Avance
8:30 pm Louie Romero's Mazacote
Blues Stage
San Fernando Street at Almaden Blvd.
1:30 pm Kyle Rowland Band
3:30 pm Red Hot Mamas
5:30 pm Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
7:30 pm TBA
Silicon Valley Stage
Club Regent, Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market Street
1 pm Laila Smith Duo
3 pm Vitchev/Tamburr New Quartet
5 pm Kristen Strom Quartet
7 pm Sandra Marlowe with the Larry Dunlap Quartet
Jazz Beyond Stage
Post Street at Market Street
8 pm BlackMahal
10 pm Adam Theis and Subharmonic
Metro Market Stage
San Pedro Square Market, 87 N. San Pedro Street
10 am Harold Fethe Quartet
12 noon JustAzz
2 pm "Taking Flight" Female Songwriters
4 pm Fatum Brothers' Peacetet
6 pm Yoshiaki Miyanoue Tokyo Quartet
8 pm Dara Tucker
10 pm Ben Flocks
12 am TBA
Nex Gen Stage
Tech Museum of Innovation, Market Street at Park Avenue
12 noon Youth in Jazz, Mr. Clifford Music School (Santa Clara)
1 pm Monta Vista High School Jazz Combo (Cupertino)
2 pm Archbishop Mitty High School Jazz Band (San Jose)
3 pm Young Jazz Allstars, Mr. Clifford Music School (Santa Clara)
4 pm Room 107 Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Valley Christian High School (San Jose)
5 pm Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Stars Big Band (Monterey)
6 pm Monterey Jazz Festival Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble (Monterey)
Swing Stage
Theatre on San Pablo Square, 29 N. San Pedro Street
11 am Los Gatos-Saratoga Big Band
1 pm Swing Dance Lesson
2 pm Ron Gariffo Orchestra
4 pm Swing Dance Lessons
5 pm Millennium Sounds Orchestra
7 pm Swing Dance Lessons
8 pm The Lyratones
10 pm South Bay Big Band Jazz

Sunday, August 1
2
Main Stage
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Market Street between San Carlos and San Fernando Streets
12 noon Alessandro Penezzi Duo
2 pm Terence Blanchard
4 pm Dianne Reeves
6 pm The Spinners
San Jose Rep Stage
Paseo de San Antonio and Third Street
1 pm Yoshiaki Miyanoue Tokyo Quartet
3 pm Sara Gazarek
5 pm Joyce Randolph
7 pm Jeff Hamilton Trio
Castellano Latin Stage
Post and Market streets
12 noon Santos Perdidos
2 pm Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira
4 pm Kata-Vento Brazilian Sextet
6 pm Jacqueline Rago & The Venezuelan Music Project
Bella Mia Stage
Bella Mia Restaurant, First Street at Post Street
12 noon Fatum Brothers' Peacetet
2 pm Primary Colors featuring Nate Pruitt
4 pm Allan Harris Band
6 pm La Tenaza Trio
Kaiser-Permanente Salsa Stage
San Fernando Street at Almaden Blvd.
12:30 pm Danilo and his Orquesta Unversal
2:30 pm Jose Guaman y su Orquesta La Fuerza Gigante
4:30 pm Anthony Blea y su Charanga
6:30 pm Team Bahia
Blues Stage
San Fernando Street at Almaden Blvd.
1:30 pm John "Broadway" Tucker
3:30 pm Girls Got the Blues
5:30 pm JC Smith Band
7:30 pm Coco Montoya
Silicon Valley Stage
Club Regent, Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market Street
3 pm Murray Low and the Mobius Trio
5 pm Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo, "Tribute to Ivan Lins"
7 pm Red Dragon Quintet featuring John Worley and Oscar Pangilinan
Metro Market Stage
San Pedro Square Market, 87 N. San Pedro Street
10 am The Dixie Six
12 noon Kevin Coehlo
2 pm Jackie Gage and The Jurassic
4 pm Tony Johns & The Street Lucy Project
6 pm Monica Maquis
Nex Gen Stage
Tech Museum of Innovation, Market Street at Park Avenue
12 noon San Jose Jazz High School All Stars (San Jose)
1 pm Natalie Cressman and Secret Garden, Manhattan School of Music (New York)
2 pm Synchronicity, West Valley College (Saratoga)
3 pm Marin School of the Arts Jazz Choir (Novato)
4 pm Joaquin Miller Middle School Vocal Jazz Group (Cupertino)
5 pm TBA
6 pm TBA
Swing Stage
Theatre on San Pablo Square, 29 N. San Pedro Street
11 am Full Spectrum
1:30 pm Swing Dance Lesson
2:30 pm Footnotes Big Band
5 pm Sweet Mama String Bean: Vallimar Jansen as Ethel Waters

For tickets or more information, please visit the San Jose Jazz Festival website at jazzfest.sanjosejazz.org. Tickets are available for purchase online, and at the festival.

Boney James

Smooth Jazz saxophonist Boney James headlines this year's San Jose Jazz Festival, August 10-12
 
Tia Fuller

Saxophonist Tia Fuller performs at the 2012 San Jose Jazz Festival
 
Kat Parra

Kat Parra and her Latin World Ensemble perform at the 2012 San Jose Jazz Festival
 
Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard performs at the 2012 San Jose Jazz Festival
 
Jacqueline Rago

Jacqueline Rago brings her Venezuelan Music Project to the 2012 San Jose Jazz Festival
 
John "Broadway" Tucker

John "Broadway" Tucker belts the blues Sunday afternoon at the San Jose Jazz Festival
 
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