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August 2018
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Jane Monheit – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

Just out of her teens when first introduced to the jazz world, warm-toned vocalist Jane Monheit can toggle between that early innocence and a time-crafted maturity. Those qualities alone make her an ideal artist to explore some of Ella Fitzgerald’s lesser-known repertoire at 2018 Summer Fest.

August 10 @ 8:00 pm
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Billy Valentine Big Band – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

Whether from his time as the singer for Young-Holt Unlimited or as half of The Valentine Brothers, Billy Valentine’s distinct voice is recognizable to generations. Valentine’s singing was featured in the series Sons of Anarchy and Boston Legal, and his crooning is timeless.

August 11 @ 1:00 pm
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Sarah Mckenzie – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

From Perth and Melbourne to Boston and Paris, swinging vocalist / pianist Sarah McKenzie’s geographic journey reflects the international nature of jazz. After graduating from Perth’s West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in jazz, she toured as a backing vocalist on Michael Bublé’s Irresponsible Tour from 2007–2008.

August 11 @ 3:00 pm
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Kishi Bashi w/ Strings – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

Kaoru “Kishi Bashi” Ishibashi studied film scoring at the Berklee College of Music before developing his own shimmering non-movie-related (but still cinematic) musical aesthetic. Incorporating live looping, he’ll be collaborating with an equally fearless string quartet at 2018 Summer Fest.

August 11 @ 5:00 pm
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Paula West With the Adam Shulman Trio – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

From the American Songbook to folk classics, Paula West sings with a creative impulse to make each song her own. Inspired by musicians like Bob Dylan, West adapts a wide variety of music into a jazz context. Both her studio albums and live performances brim with soulful sophistication and imagination.

August 12 @ 1:00 pm
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Christian Tamburr and Dominick Farinacci Quartet – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

Joining forces on the Summer Fest bandstand, vibraphonist Christian Tamburr and trumpeter Dominick Farinacci form a potent duo whose music is forward-thinking and emotive. Both musicians represent the future of jazz as a globalized artform, performing and teaching everywhere from Qatar to Tokyo.

August 12 @ 3:00 pm
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John Santos Afro-Latin Roots Project – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

The group draws from a wide variety of Cuban rhythms and forms such as son, rumba, mambo, bolero and danzón, all heavily influenced by jazz. This performance will include iconic classics from Latin America, as well as original compositions and arrangements, while reflecting the deep African roots of Caribbean-based music.

August 12 @ 5:00 pm
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Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018

One of the premier jazz pianists of his generation, Marcus Roberts is familiar with playing solo and with big bands and even symphony orchestras. For 2018 Summer Fest, he leads the Modern Jazz Generation, a lush-sounding medium-sized multi-generational ensemble that will perform his always thoughtful original compositions.

August 12 @ 7:00 pm
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February 18 @ 11:00 am
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Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

Public Transit

Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)