First Glance: Kaiser Permanente San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 16 presented by Metro - San Jose Jazz

First Glance: Kaiser Permanente San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 16 presented by Metro

Kaiser Permanente San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 16 presented by Metro is just six weeks away! This year's compact concert series presents more live music than ever before, featuring some of the distinguished voices at the forefront of modern jazz, Latin, blues, R&B, New Orleans and more, alongside emerging talents, innovative pairings and excellent student talent. John Scofield and Joe Lovano, long-time friends who are each jazz heavyweights in their own right, join forces once more February 27 at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. The two first came together on John Scofield's celebrated 90s Blue Note releases, including Meant to Be and Time on My Hands, and recently resurrected their quartet. As the clip below reveals, the two are as potent as ever. The festival comes to a close nearly two weeks later when SJZ welcomes NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis from the "first family" of jazz to Cafe Stritch on March 8. The Grammy Award-winning trombonist will highlight tunes from his landmark recording, The Last Southern Gentlemen, which pairs Delfeayo with his father, Ellis Marsalis, Jr., on a collaborative album for the first time. Paying tribute to the Southern lifestyle, the music is relaxed, thoughtful and provocative featuring The Secret Love Affair, Autumn Leaves, That Old Feeling and other signature songs embracing grooves, up-tempo ballads and blues. Delfeayo's quartet performance will feature rising star pianist Sullivan Fortner, winner of the American Pianists Association 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, bassist Glen Fisher and drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith. Grammy Award-winning trumpet virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton will appear with his trio at the new SJZ venue Jade Leaf Lounge on March 4, located steps away from our Summer Fest Main Stage at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The gorgeous new venue makes a raised stage its centerpiece, one that's sure to catch each accent of Nola native Payton, whether he's soloing on trumpet or piano -- or playing both simultaneously! #BAM MacArthur "Genius" Regina Carter will surely add a touch of folk sensibility when she appears at the Trianon Theatre February 28 to present selections from her celebrated album, Southern Comfort. Her latest work finds the jazz violin virtuoso exploring the tunes her paternal grandfather likely heard in Alabama while living as a coal miner, and she uses this collection of songs to interpret her roots through a modern lens. Once again, San Jose Jazz will be teaming up with curating partner Universal Grammar on the acclaimed Jazz Beyond series, including two successive Thursday night performances at the Continental, located in downtown San Jose's SoFA District. Singer/songwriter Kadhja Bonet kicks off Winter Fest on February 25. She will be followed one week later by acclaimed trio KING, set to release their debut album on February 5. Additionally, Winter Fest 16 will feature performances by Marquis Hill Blacktet, Kneedelus, Bria Skonberg, Chester "CT" Thompason, Jackie Ryan, and more. For a full list of performances, visit our Winter Fest page. Check our blog in the coming weeks as we take a closer look at some of the artists performing at this year's Winter Fest, including the free Next Gen series that showcases the region's top student ensembles. With a robust and diverse selection of no less than 25 shows, this year's Fest may still be compact, but it's bigger than ever. We look forward to exploring its amazing offerings this February and March throughout the South Bay. Click here to purchase your Winter Fest tickets.

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