New Works Fest 2021 - San Jose Jazz

New Works Fest

Inaugural Edition
Streamed from SJZ’s new state-of-the-art popup venue, the Break Room.

New Works Fest 2021 Promo Video

The SJZ New Works Festival, April 29–May 8, will feature four nights of streamed performances by some of the most exciting artists in jazz, blues, R&B, soul and electronic music in the SF Bay Area and New York. The festival is an outgrowth of SJZ’s Jazz Aid Fund initiative, which provided grants individually to 33 artists, each to produce a new work. A direct response to the Coronavirus pandemic, these grants provided immediate funds to these musicians, who had been largely excluded from regional and national aid efforts. The works submitted have proven to be extraordinary, and we’ve chosen 11 artists to present 25-minute segments available to create great evenings of music on a pay-per-view basis. The Fest also includes a free International Jazz Day live stream on April 30 at 7:30pm featuring the Oran Etkin Open Arms Project.

These concerts will be captured in the SJZ Break Room, a popup video recording studio and venue that SJZ has developed in its ground floor 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.

Supporting Sponsors

Sponsored by AARP California
Sponsored by Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Artists

Chris Cain

Chris Cain

San Jose

Chris Cain offers up a soulful stew of Memphis-style electric blues. His powerfully deep vocals and blues guitar riffs are unforgettably his own, while reminiscent of legends like BB King.

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Claudia Villela

Claudia Villela

Santa Cruz

Claudia Villela’s glorious five-octave voice is lithe and startlingly beautiful in every register. The Rio de Janeiro native writes and sings mostly in with keen emotional insight and supple rhythmic command.

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Howard Wiley

Howard Wiley

Oakland

Saxophonist Howard Wiley is a major force in the Bay Area music scene, steeped in African-American idioms like gospel, blues, jazz, funk and R&B.

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Ian Santillano

Ian Santillano

Hayward

Hayward multi-instrumentalist Ian Santillano taught himself how to play the guitar after years of playing Guitar Hero.

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Javier Santiago

Javier Santiago

San Francisco

Javier Santiago is one of the most prolific young pianists in the Bay Area and a notable force in the jazz, beat and hip-hop scenes.

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Justin Ouellet

Justin Ouellet

Sacramento

Justin Ouellet, named 2019’s Best Jazz Instrumentalist by San Francisco Classical Voice, has garnered a reputation as a fearless performer and dedicated educator.

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Kev Choice

Kev Choice

Oakland

Oakland native Kev Choice is a classically-trained pianist, emcee, composer and bandleader who uses wit and creative lyricism to bring a positive and inspiring message to his unique blend of jazz, R&B and soul.

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Oran Etkin

Oran Etkin

New York

Oran Etkin has been described as “ebullient” by The New York Times, a “composer of eminent individuality” by Yusef Lateef and was voted #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in DownBeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll.

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Robbie Benson

Robbie Benson

San Jose

Learning to play a Wurlitzer electric piano while still in diapers, Robbie “Gwobs” Benson had a rich musical upbringing where a Hammond B3 organ was just an arm’s length away.

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Tammy Hall

Tammy Hall

Santa Cruz

Tammy Lynne Hall began playing the piano at age four, and has become one of the most respected and beloved performers and music directors in the SF Bay Area.

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Ten Spencer

Ten Spencer

Oakland

Ten Spencer is a rising, Oakland-based vocalist and visual artist. Her sultry, honey-sweet voice captures the minds of her audience and invites them into her world.

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Van-Ahn Vo

Vân-Ánh Võ

Fremont

A fearless musical explorer, Vân-Ánh Võ is an award-winning performer of the 16-string đàn tranh (zither) and an Emmy Award-winning composer who has collaborated with Kronos Quartet and Yo-Yo Ma.

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FAQ

You must first purchase access to the show you wish to watch on the ticket page. After purchasing your ticket to the concert(s) you will receive an email order confirmation that contains “Watch Live Stream” links to the performance(s). If you purchase the “All Streams Pass” you will be provided with four individual tickets with separate “Watch Live Stream” links.

Each performance stream will premiere at 7:30pm on the date listed for the event. The live stream link sent in your email order confirmation will then be live. If you miss the premiere, you will be able to view the archived video through May 31. Be sure to give yourself ample time to complete watching the concerts.

Once the live stream link is live/active you will have 48 hours from the time you first click the live stream link to complete your viewing and/or re-watch it.

Due to copyright restrictions you are not able to download the shows. You will only have access for 48 hour from your first click on the live “Watch Live Stream” link until May 31.

Please check your spam or junk folder in your email and search ‘San Jose Jazz’. If you are still unable to find the confirmation email, please contact us and your email order confirmation will be resent to you.

Performances

New Works Fest

Ian Santillano, Tammy Hall & Claudia Villela

Thu, Apr 29

7:30pm Pacific / Online

New Works Fest

International Jazz Day Live Stream: Oran Etkin's Open Arms Project

Fri, Apr 30

7:30pm Pacific / Online

New Works Fest

Robbie Benson, Justin Ouellet, Howard Wiley & Kev Choice

Sat, May 8

7:30pm Pacific / Online

New Works Fest

Ten Spencer, Vân-Ánh Võ, Javier Santiago & Chris Cain

Thu, May 6

7:30pm Pacific / Online

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