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Fall Update from Progressions Director Julie Rinard

November 17, 2016

 This fall, Progressions officially launched its fourth site, an advanced track at Bridges Academy. It includes participants who have been a part of Progressions for three-plus years, bringing together 20 students from Meadows Elementary School, Santee Elementary School, Bridges Academy, CCA (College Connection Academy) and Ace Franklin-McKinley. Instrumentation for the new track includes saxophone and baritone (in addition to the existing clarinet, flute, trombone and trumpet). We look forward to seeing how the new instruments …

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SJZ Fall Concert Series Preview: Mariachi Flor de Toloache

October 25, 2016

San Jose Jazz closes out its first Fall Concert Series with an SJZ Boom Box performance by Mariachi Flor de Toloache as part of La Ultima Parada, a day-long Dia de Los Muertos celebration at Mexican Heritage Plaza. Like Rudresh Mahanthappa and Rez Abbasi, Mariachi Flor de Toloache represents a new musical vision of an old tradition, one in pursuit of a more open mariachi sound that incorporates elements of bachata, jazz, pop and soul. …

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SJZ Fall Concert Series: Get to Know Rez Abbasi & Junction

October 23, 2016

Celebrated guitarist Rez Abbasi performs with his latest project, Junction, as part of the San Jose Jazz Fall Concert Series on October 28 at Cafe Pink House. The series kicked off last Sunday with a frequent collaborator of Abbasi’s, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and his quintet, who performed selections from his acclaimed release, Bird Calls. Before Abbasi & Junction take the stage at the end of the month, get up-to-speed with his latest project making its Bay Area debut. …

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls Engages and Challenges

October 19, 2016

Over a two-set, nearly two-hour show, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and his quintet showed why they may be one of the best live bands on the national jazz scene today. Spurred on by the ever-changing rhythms of chameleon drummer Dan Weiss, the band showed themselves immensely capable of transforming mood and melody at a beat’s notice. Such quick changes showcased how deep these musicians listen to each other, as anything on the bandstand seemed likely to dissolve …

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SJZ PROGRESSIONS SUMMER MUSIC CAMP AND CONCERT

July 20, 2016

The third annual SJZ Progressions Summer Music Camp is off to a great start at Valley Christian Schools. Forty-five students are participating in the camp, which runs July 11-22. This year, beginning composition and improvisation classes have been added to challenge and excite our developing musicians. Camp staff are taking advantage of the music lab at Valley Christian and experimenting with the best methods for exposing students to apps like Garage Band and other music technology …

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SJZ Summer Jazz Camp Director Wally Schnalle Plays the Possibilities

May 26, 2016

Two years ago I became Camp Director of San Jose Jazz Summer Jazz Camp. What a pleasure it has been watching the camp grow! I am really looking forward to camp this year, which will be the 20th Anniversary SJZ Summer Jazz Camp, June 20 to July 1, at Valley Christian High School. I’ve been busy spreading the word at schools all over the South Bay. We’ve done jazz clinics at Westmont High School, Kennedy Middle …

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SJZ Progressions Announces Concert and Summer Music Camp Dates

May 25, 2016

Join San Jose Jazz Progressions students and families for a concert and celebration on Saturday, June 4 at 12pm at the Yerba Buena High School auditorium, 1855 Lucretia Ave., San Jose, CA 95122. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students and look forward to sharing their musical gifts with the community! The concert is free and open to the public. In the past month, Progressions students have continued to hone their performance skills. …

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SJZ High School All Stars’ First Trip to Next Generation Jazz Festival

April 8, 2016

Absolutely looking forward to the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars‘ performance this Sunday at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF) in Monterey. This is a huge honor and will be a memorable experience for the students. What is the NGJF, you may be asking yourself? It’s a competitive jazz festival that was started years ago as one of the programs on the educational side of the Monterey Jazz Festival. NGJF is now considered …

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Stepping into Spring with SJZ Progressions

March 24, 2016

This is the time of year when things really start to get good with San Jose Jazz Progressions – students have been playing their instrument for nearly seven months straight, they know and trust their peers, and have developed tight-knit relationships with the staff. We become more agile, and are poised to play “stretch” pieces and venture into new settings. But the best part of all is we still have another two months to gel as …

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The Shape of Jazz to Come: Next Gen Performances at SJZ Winter Fest 16

March 4, 2016

This year, as part of our dedication to featuring great student groups alongside world-class jazz talents at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Jazz Winter Fest presented by Metro, we will be bringing our Next Gen programming to the heart of downtown’s SoFA District. During the final weekend of San Jose Jazz Winter Fest, the top student jazz combos in the region will be showcased over two full afternoons at Cafe Stritch, a venue that has previously hosted SJZ events …

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