Saturday, February 25
Hotel De Anza
Our recent gala celebrated Carnival “Veracruz style” in support of SJZ’s education programs, taking cues from Veracruz, Mexico, the Caribbean port city that hosts one of Mexico’s most colorful Carnival celebrations. Hosted by longtime KCSM Radio 91 DJ Greg Bridges, the evening featured a rousing performance by Veracruz natives The Villalobos Brothers, who were a major hit at Summer Fest 2015.
The inspired evening featured cocktails and hors d’oeuvres accompanied by our High School All Stars Combo, silent and live auctions, delicious seated dinner, a program featuring a live auction led by Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro and an after party featuring Santana lead singer Tony Lindsay.
The reason behind the fun? To raise awareness and support of San Jose Jazz’s education programs, including our comprehensive Progressions after-school program, the prestigious High School All Stars and our annual two-week intensive Summer Jazz Camp. These programs ensure that many Silicon Valley children from all backgrounds have the opportunity to experience the joy of learning to play an instrument and make music together.
The Villalobos Brothers were born and raised in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, and are acclaimed as one of today’s leading contemporary Mexican ensembles. Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully blend and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Havana, the United Nations, and the Guggenheim Museum; they’re also the first Mexican band to ever play the Apollo Theater in New York.
Mardi Gras Gallery