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Nationally known for its Summer and Winter Fests, SJZ also brings the community together for more than 100 free live music events each year, and provides much-needed education programs which allow access to music for everyone.

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San Jose Jazz
310 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

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Organizational Highlights

These are a few of the things your support enabled us to do in 2019.

Our highly acclaimed youth development program on San Jose’s East Side is now in six school sites, reaching more than 1,000 students with a new general music program, instrument training, homework assistance, mentorship and nutritious snacks. 2019 saw the introduction of new music programming for communities at school sites that had expressed interest in specific musicianship classes like guitar and violin as well as a focus on professional development opportunities for Progressions teachers. With the addition of the new school site this year, SJZ purchased 60 new instruments and had 20 instruments generously donated for the students to use all year long. Most of the Progressions students would not have access to music education without the program.

High School All Stars
Our audition-based big band and its small advanced combo, the U19s, offer high school students pre-professional training and competitive performance experience. Our High School All Stars big band performed at the prestigious State of the Valley and Monterey Next Gen Jazz Festival along with opening for legendary jazz vocalist Catherine Russel during our 2019 Winter Fest. In addition to playing multiple gigs on the Boombox Truck throughout the year, the U19s had their big performance at the 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival.

Summer Jazz Camp 
For over 20 years, our Summer Jazz Camp has inspired and taught promising middle and high school students in all aspects of jazz. Each year, more than 100 campers have the opportunity to work with an internationally known jazz star—in 2019 it was two-time Grammy winning drummer Peter Erskine. This year marked the addition of another guest musician composer, DJ and producer B. Lewis who expanded the camps music composition course. 2019 also marked the highest attendance on record for the summer camp! Your donations fund scholarships to ensure access to all promising students.

SJZ Boombox Truck
Our Boombox mobile stage was a nearly ubiquitous feature at Bay Area community events in 2019, including Viva Calle, the SoFA Street Fair, Japantown Immersive, Pow! Wow! San Jose, Juneteenth to name a few. In 2019, the Do You Know San Jose? pop-up concert series (April-October) allowed the Boombox Truck to host 65 free and open to the public shows in all 10 council districts, while showcasing local artists, vendors and locations unique to SJ.

SJZ Collective 
Silicon Valley has phenomenal musicians that deserve a wider audience. In 2019 the SJZ Collective began their second tour of Asia performing in Japan, Hong Kong, China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou) and Taiwan.

Winter Fest 2019
There was a tremendous energy around this year’s Winter Fest, which featured 24 free and ticketed events in San Jose and Palo Alto. Many of the concerts were filled to capacity including concerts by Charles McPherson, Catherine Russell, Aaron Diehl, Tiffany Austin and The Bad Plus.

30th Anniversary Summer Fest 2019
43,000 celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Summer Fest downtown San Jose with a record 14 stages of jazz, Latin, Jazz Beyond, R&B, blues and everything in between. Ticket sales support half the cost of this great event—we rely on grants, sponsorships and your donations for the rest.

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