Javier Santiago - San Jose Jazz

Javier Santiago

SJZ Break Room
Sat, Mar 18
6pm doors; 7pm showtime (Pacific)
$25 / SJZ Break Room

Pianist and composer Javier Santiago is one of the promising voices in the international music scene today. His music blends tradition with innovation and is for audiences of all ages, genders, races and creeds.

He has played with some of the top musicians in the jazz scene such as Terrace Martin, Alex Isley, Theo Croker, Kenneth Whalum, John Raymond, Sheila Jordan and Yosvany Terry. Santiago’s debut album, Phoenix (2018) on Ropeadope Records was named the “#1 Jazz Album of the Year” by Vinyl Me, Please. Javier has become a notable force in both the beat and hip-hop scenes as well as the jazz world.

This diversity brings a lot of people from different backgrounds together. In addition to being a pianist and sideman, Javier is also an accomplished educator, arranger and producer/beatmaker. He was an alumnus of The Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC, a finalist in the 2015 American Jazz Pianist competition and a recipient of the 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Musicians. He was also selected to participate in the 14th Annual Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in 2011.

He was also a grantee and performer in our inaugural Jazz Aid Fund and New Works Fest in 2021. Currently, Javier is based in Los Angeles, CA and currently attends the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz at UCLA.

Javier Santiago on Bandcamp
Javier Santiago Linktree

Streaming Options

This event will be live-streamed on SJZ’s YouTube and Facebook pages. 


Hip-Hop, Hybrid Event, Jazz, Jazz Beyond, Soul


Javier Santiago - piano Josh Thurston-Milgrom - bass Michael Mitchell - drums

SJZ Break Room

Our popup venue and video recording studio that we've developed in our offices at 310 S. First (map) at San Carlos in San Jose’s SoFA District. The technology of the space is first-class with marvelous sound, lighting and video, and all the action is projection-mapped to a 35′ X 14′ bank of windows, providing the show free to the public and enlivening downtown street life.

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