Ring in the Holidays with the “West Coast Cool” of Octobop featuring special guest vocalist Nancy Gilliland, opened by our San Jose Jazz High School All Stars. These free concerts coincide with the SoFA District’s South First Friday Artwalk, with galleries and museums open until 9pm.
Formed in 1999, Octobop balances influences from post-bop artists like Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank and Howard Rumsey to other special musicians like Jelly Roll Morton and the Allman Brothers. Add to that mix some movie and TV music and you will never know what you get at an Octobop gig.
As an octet, Octobop has enough structure to create interesting nuances and colors in the music. Yet it is small enough to provide lots of blowing room for everyone in the group. Writers and arrangers as well as players, the members of Octobop create music you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.
Special guest artist Nancy Gilliland has a repertoire of over 2,000 songs. Her favorite tunes to perform are from The Great American Songbook, which she sings with emotion and sensitivity. The collaboration between Nancy and Octobop goes back to 2001 when she was featured vocalist on the octet’s second release, Night Lights.
The evening’s opener is SJZ’s audition-based jazz ensemble the High School All Stars, playing repertoire certain to get you into the Holiday spirit.
High School All Stars
This set will also be streamed on our YouTube and Facebook pages.
Post-Bop, Straight Ahead
Our new popup venue and video recording studio that we've developed in our offices at First and 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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