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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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Wealth of Drummers at Winter Fest 2018

February 9, 2018

This year’s Winter Fest is a drummer’s fest, of sorts. Drummers lead no less than six of the groups performing February 15–28. Leading off on opening night will be drummer Will Calhoun in a free performance on the Sonic Runway, a sound-responsive art installation direct from Burning Man to San Jose’s City Hall Plaza. Will has performed with many A-list musicians after coming to fame in the rock group Living Colour. This outdoor performance of …

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Winter Fest 2018 Playlist

January 24, 2018

Quality and variety are two hallmarks of any San Jose Jazz festival and this year’s Winter Fest, running from February 15 through 28, is no different. From the world’s best vocalists, including Grammy and Tony Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, to rising artist Veronica Swift; to some of the planet’s most virtuosic guitar players at International Guitar Night, there is a lot to discover, for any musical taste. Not sure which artists you want to …

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Returning Home: A Conversation with Donny McCaslin

January 31, 2017

Though saxophonist Donny McCaslin made his name in the jazz world after moving to New York, he still has fond memories of growing up in the greater Santa Cruz area, where he cultivated his musical foundation. He recalls traveling over the hill to San Jose to participate in summer workshops, of sitting in with the late Smith Dobson at Garden City, then a South Bay hotbed for jazz. Back in Santa Cruz, he recalls watching …

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Did You Say Free? A Rundown of SJZ Winter Fest Community Events

February 22, 2016

Kaiser Permanente San Jose Jazz Winter Fest presented by Metro isn’t just an opportunity to see world-class jazz talent converge on the South Bay. It’s also a great chance for SJZ to shine a spotlight on the year-round activities that provide a glimpse into San Jose’s creative culture. With over 25 separate events scheduled between February 25 and March 8, SJZ Winter Fest has never presented so much music. It’s also never included so many FREE events …

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

January 15, 2016

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 …

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(Winter) Fest Five: Amy Anderson

March 4, 2015

You can catch Amy Anderson soaking up live music three or more nights a week–supporting local musicians and the scene is one of her main passions.  Amy has been actively working to enliven downtown San Jose for over a decade as events and promotions manager for the San Jose Downtown Association.  She currently sits on the newly-formed Fountain Blues Foundation Board, working to make sure the long-running Fountain Blues Festival remains a part of the …

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(Winter) Fest Five: Sam Ramirez

March 4, 2015

Born and raised in San Jose, Bar Owner/Operator Sam Ramirez is known for his entertainment expertise spanning over a decade and his work and efforts with some of the most successful nightlife and live music venues throughout the Bay Area. From DB Coopers, Paradise Beach Club, Studio 47, Club F/X, AJAX Lounge and Cactus Club, The Edge, DNA Lounge SF, Townsend Club SF, End Up SF, The Cardiff Lounge, The Branham Lounge, El Guapo’s and …

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(Winter) Fest Five: Ross McMahon

February 24, 2015

Though he’s a newcomer to SJZ’s Board, Ross McMahon has always been involved in the arts, first as an Irish step dancer and later as an ice skater, competing in both disciplines at the national level. He played guitar in bands throughout the bay area while getting his bachelor of arts in American Literature at Santa Clara University, volunteered at campus radio station KSCU and then later, while attending Tulane Law School, at WTUL New Orleans. Ross …

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(Winter) Fest Five: Dandiggity

February 19, 2015

A cultural connoisseur and proud San Jose native, Danny “Dandiggity” Le is a constant collaborator in the art scene here at home and abroad. He is a curator of ideas, a poet, and has been dubbed “The Mayor” by his contemporaries for his involvement in the many different scenes that make up the Bay Area’s creative community. He is a co-owner of PLSTK, a design and consulting agency that specializes in creative solutions for clients …

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