DYKSJ? – Rose Garden Edition

5:45pm Amy D. “a.k.a. Amy Dabalos”
7:15pm Michael O’Neill Quintet featuring Kenny Washington

Our Do You Know San Jose? series continues, with the SJZ Boombox Truck heading out to the Municipal Rose Garden.

Bay Area jazz virtuosos and frequent collaborators multi-reedist Michael O’Neill and vocalist Kenny Washington, with a stunning four-octave range, come together again.

O’Neill has performed and/or recorded with Idris Muhammad, Joe Locke, Michael Wolff, Giacomo Gates, Eddie Fisher, Rodney Jones, Kim Nalley, Jackie Ryan, Tony Lindsay, Dave Mathews, and many others. His major recordings include The Long and the Short of It and Still Dancin’, featuring Kenny Washington with special guest Joe Locke. He is also featured on Margie Baker and Friends Live at Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society.

Currently leading several jazz groups in the Bay Area, O’Neill produced a weekly jazz evening at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay and managed an engagement with his quartet at Cetrella on the coast. He has performed with several of the region’s leading big bands, including the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. He plays frequently at Yoshi’s, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, The Jazz School, the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, and at festivals including the Jazz on the Hill, Art and Soul in Oakland and many others. The Michael O’Neill Quartet featuring Kenny Washington headlined the San Jose Jazz Festival in 2011.

New Orleans native Kenny Washington joined the honorary US Navy Band in 1986 where he performed and toured throughout the US, Asia, Russia and Australia. After nine years as a musician in the US Navy, he made his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began performing and recording in various jazz clubs in the with other well known artists. Washington appeared in Roy Nathanson’s off-Broadway production Fire at Keaton’s Bar and Grill, with Elvis Costello and Deborah Harry, in London and New York. He was the featured vocalist at San Francisco’s world famous Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel’s “Top of the Mark” for eight years.

Do You Know San Jose? is our new initiative that explores the music, people and special places of San Jose, spotlighting the important role of live music as a part of its cultural identity. April–October, 2019, 15 events will pop up in every corner of the city featuring a variety of musicians and cultural activities.

Free Event


Michael O’Neill – multi-reedist
Kenny Washington – vocals
Amy D. “a.k.a. Amy Dabalos” –  vocals
Hristo Vetches – guitar
Jason Lewis – drums

Special Thanks