San Jose Jazz Summer Fest Lineup Announced

24th annual event takes place Aug. 9-11

Grace Kelly
Dafnis Prieto
Pink Martini
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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The 24th annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is set to run Friday Aug. 9 through Sunday the 11th in and around Plaza de César Chavez Park in downtown San Jose. The festival takes place on 11 stages.

This year’s line-up includes Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pink Martini, Charlie Hunter, Grace Kelly, Le Jazz Hot, the Cookers, John Santos, Dafnis Prieto, Stacey Kent, Yosvany Terry, Derrick Hodge, Mingo Fishtrap, Javon Jackson with Les McCann, and Murali Coryell. Additions to the artist lineup will be announced May 30.

New attractions this year will include Jazz Plus performances, which will bring select main stage acts to the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Theatre on San Pedro Square and Blackbird Tavern (Saturday and Sunday evening); Jazz Plus shows will be ticketed separately from the main festival entrance fees, and a festival pass is not required for entrance. Jazz Plus tickets will go on sale May 30, and ticket prices will vary per show.

According to a press release, “Summer Fest 2013 will also boast the brand new Poor House Big Easy Stage, and along with the Blues Stage, this dynamic area of the festival will offer special food and drink options in one of San Jose’s most historic districts. The Kaiser Permanente Salsa Stage will have an emphasis on music from three diverse international salsa scenes, including New York (Friday), Puerto Rico (Saturday) and Cuba (Sunday). Opening the Kaiser Permanente Salsa Stage on Friday, August 9, local percussionist Josh Jones will honor salsa great Ray Barretto with a high-energy set filled with many of Barretto’s classic dance tunes. Legendary percussionist Louie Romero’s hard-swinging, old-school salsa group Mazacote will close out the Salsa Stage that evening. On both Saturday and Sunday, the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco will open the stage; festival newcomer Ricardo Lemvo y Makina Loca will perform the closing set on Saturday night, and salsa favorite Wil Campa will close it out on Sunday. Several salsa acts will make their debut appearance at this year’s Summer Fest, including Josh Jones, Ricardo Lemvo y Makina Loca, Futuro Picante, and Orquestra Saboricua.”

The release continues: “For the first time, San Jose Jazz will have a parade from Plaza de César Chavez Park to the Poor House Big Easy Stage on Saturday, August 10 at 1:30 pm, to kick off the first concert on that stage. The evening Club Crawl will also appear at select venues in downtown to extend exclusive night-time music offerings on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10; venues will include The Fairmont Hotel, Hilton, Hyatt, Hotel De Anza, Blackbird Tavern, and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.

For the fourth year in a row, “DRUM! Night” will take place at the San Jose Repertory Theatre, on Friday, August 9. This year’s show will feature clinic performances by Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Cindy Blackman-Santana (solo artist/Lenny Kravitz/Santana), and Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall/Anthrax). Street Drum Corps will return as masters of ceremonies.”

Ticket Information

General Admission-Single Day: $20; Weekend Pass through 7/31: $45; Online until 8/9: $55; At Gate: $60)

VIP-Weekend Pass through 7/31: $250; Online until 8/9: $300

Children-Daily Pass: $5; Weekend Pass: $15

For more info visit San Jose Jazz Fest or call (408) 288-7557.