Blog - San Jose Jazz


Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Sends Aid to Progressions Students

April 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented issues in our society. Beyond the obvious spread of the illness itself, it has created problems of isolation, loneliness, lost income and halted school programs. Many of our Progressions students are forced to stay home with less supervision by their parents, who must continue to work partial or full schedules. So when our partner Urban Community asked us to help with its SHIP Kits project, we jumped at the …

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SJZ Collective: A Cultural Conversation

February 26, 2020

A multi-cultural potpourri of veteran educators, San Jose Jazz’s touring ensemble is not only exporting Silicon Valley’s jazz sensibility. It’s also an organic reflection of the region’s status as a cultural melting pot. On the flight home from Taiwan this past September, all members of SJZ Collective had their calendars open, eagerly scheming when they’d next be able to join forces. They were still brimming with excitement and wonder from the level of interplay they’d …

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Elio Villafranca: Cinque @ Summer Fest 2019

October 23, 2019

Chamber Music America awarded SJZ a 2019 Presenter Consortium for Jazz grant which allowed us to present Elio Villafranca at the 2019 Summer Fest. Closing out the Hammer Theatre on Saturday night, the theater was packed to the brim at fest-goers pushed their way in to see this unique concert. In his set Villafranca presented music he composed for his Grammy Award-nominated album Cinque, which explored the distinctive and shared cultural rhythms that connect Cuba, …

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SJZ Collective Takes Asia By Storm

October 16, 2019

The SJZ Collective just returned from a whirlwind tour of Asia. On this second outing the SJZ Collective performed in Japan, Hong Kong, China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou) and Taiwan. During their first tour, the group presented their debut project that celebrated the works of Thelonius Monk, in celebration the centennial of his birth. This year the group added fresh takes on the seminal works of Mingus to the set list. Drummer Wally Schnalle recounted the …

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SJZ Collective: 2019 Tour of Asia

September 20, 2019

And they’re off! The SJZ Collective have begun their 2019 Tour of Asia. Drummer Wally Schnalle chronicles their highly-anticipated venture. Sep 30, 2019 Gig three of the SJZ Collective 2019 Asia Tour was in Beijing. We played at a funky smaller venue named DDC which Stands for Dusk till Dawn Club. The band is playing great out here on the road and we had a blast at this venue. This audience here was great as …

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Exclusive Interview: Gilles Peterson

February 11, 2019

It can be hard to pinpoint Gilles Peterson’s contributions to modern music because they’re so wide-ranging. Since the 1980’s, he’s run three record labels (Acid Jazz, Talkin’ Loud, and currently Brownswood) and helped curate over 100 compilations; toured the world as a DJ; pioneered a musical movement (acid jazz, a term he comically coined, only for the tag to be widely misconstrued); and carved out a highly respected broadcasting career that includes a weekend spot …

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2018 SJZ Holiday Playlist

December 20, 2018

Let’s face it, hearing the same seasonal classics covered by the usual suspects can get, well…a bit boring.  So we put together a different kind of playlist for your holiday listening pleasure. You’ll find chestnuts performed by jazz greats and New Orleans artists and original songs by some new discoveries. Happy Holidays from San Jose Jazz. 

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Exclusive Videos: Tiffany Austin at Summer Fest 2018

December 19, 2018

If you were lucky, you caught Tiffany Austin’s thrilling morning set at the British Airline’s Music Lounge at the 2018 Summer Fest. We teamed up with the UK’s to use the latest technology to capture the excitement and essence of nine of the performances presented there over Fest weekend. Filmed in both full HD and Virtual Reality—with audio captured by Sennheiser—these tapings are a glorious opportunity to see how a moment in time is recorded and …

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Wally Schnalle on the SJZ Collective’s First Tour

October 17, 2018

The SJZ Collective has embarked on their first international tour as a Collective. During their tour of Taiwan, they are scheduled to perform at the 2018 Taichung Jazz Festival, the Sappho Club in Taipei, and the Blue Note in Taipei. In this special blog post, the drummer and founder of the Collective Wally Schnalle writes in about their first big performance. (Tuesday, October 16, 2018) “Our time in Taiwan has been well worth the thirteen …

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