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Review: San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Aug. 8-10, 2014

At 25, a major player player on the West Coast festival scene

Kris Bowers, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, 2014
Kenny Washington, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, 2014
Snarky Puppy, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, 2014
Jennifer Scott (Crossing Borders), San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, 2014
Jeff "Tain "Watts, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, 2014
Jerry Gonzalez (Fort Apache), San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, 2014

Silicon Valley packs an international wallop when it comes to high tech, but in arts and culture the South Bay has long punched well under its weight. That’s starting to change, especially when it comes to jazz. The 10th largest city in the country, San Jose now boasts one of the best jazz clubs on the West Coast, Café Stritch, and a festival, San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest, that has established itself as one of the nation’s premiere showcases for Latin jazz and its essential tributaries.

Celebrating its milestone 25th season last weekend, Summer Fest struck an ideal balance between highlighting the region’s wealth of talent and presenting top acts from out of town. Taking over about 10 downtown city blocks surrounding the Plaza de César Chávez, the event unfolded on a dozen stages, making use of theaters, clubs and outdoor stages set up for the weekend. Warm weather, abundant parking, and a bargain basement ticket price ($20 in advance provided day-long access to every stage except one) attracted a family-friendly crowd, including a large contingent from out of the area.

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