Summer Fest - San Jose Jazz

Summer Fest 2021

1990–Ongoing
It’s on! Our internationally renowned event is back, featuring established stars and buzz-worthy discoveries.

August 13-15 2021,
it’s the Rebirth of “Live!”

This August Summer Fest will be one of the first significant live music events in the Bay Area, reclaiming its place as “one of the world’s great urban jazz festivals” (DownBeat). We’re bringing back the great live music, food, fun and being together with family and friends. In a more compact footprint centered on the Sobrato Organization Main Stage in the Plaza de César Chavez we’ll bring you five stages with the same great vibe and a mix of international stars, emerging artists and local gems playing jazz, blues, R&B, New Orleans, Latin and more.

At the Fest’s Main Stage, we’re making some key changes in 2021 due to this year’s unique situation, including the streamlining of access levels from four to three; locating the VIP Pavilion joined with premium seating, in a new spot next to the stage; a dedicated area for Priority Access ticket holders next to the stage. 

More information to come with the launch of the 2021 Fest website in the coming days.

Confirmed Artists

7th Street Big Band

7th Street Big Band

Fri, Aug 13, 5:30pm

Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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Ozomatli

Ozomatli

Fri, Aug 13, 7pm

Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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Morris Day and The Time

Morris Day and The Time

Fri, Aug 13, 9pm

Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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Butcher Brown

Butcher Brown

Sat, Aug 14, 2pm

Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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Judith Hill

Judith Hill

Sat, Aug 14, 4pm

Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra

Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra

Sat, Aug 14, 6pm

Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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Shamarr Allen

Shamarr Allen

Sun, Aug 15, 12pm

Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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Kurt Elling

Superblue: Kurt Elling feat. Charlie Hunter

Sun, Aug 15, 2pm

Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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The Motet

The Motet

Sun, Aug 15, 4pm

Sobrato Organization Main Stage

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Hotel Deals

Stay in a luxury hotel for the weekend to enjoy all the Fest has to offer. We’ve negotiated spectacular deals with hotels near the festival grounds. More hotels are being added daily!*

AC Hotel San Jose Downtown

AC Hotel San Jose Downtown

The newest hotel in downtown San Jose, AC Hotel San Jose Downtown offers elegant design and the modern essentials for today’s leisure travelers, in a coveted location. Unwind in our spacious guestrooms, take a dip in the pool, and indulge with a quick bite or drink from our on-site AC Pantry or Lounge. Find peace of mind with Marriott’s Commitment to Clean keeping your health and safety our number one priority.

General King Room—Starting at $139.00

Hotel De Anza

Hotel De Anza, a boutique hotel steeped in history, first opened its doors in 1931. Over the last 90 years, this Art Deco masterpiece has welcomed presidents, first ladies, famous musicians, and movie stars. Today, Hotel De Anza pays homage to its storied past with glamorous décor inspired by its Jazz Age splendor—and all the modern comforts of the 21st century.

Standard King Room—Starting at $199 per night

Westin San Jose (Sainte Claire)

Westin San Jose (Sainte Claire)

The Westin San Jose located immediately across from the Main Stage at Plaza de César Chavez. Complementary features include: fitness room, business center Complimentary in room: WIFI, bottles of water, coffees and teas and mini refrigerators. Walking distance to an abundance of restaurants and activities.

King and Double Room—$169 per night

DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose

DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose

DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, located within minutes of the San Jose International Airport, offers complimentary shuttle to/from SJC, the largest guest room in the area at 450 sq. feet with dual vanities, Queen/Queen beds and balconies. The hotel boasts a large resort style pool, fitness center and onsite dining options. We are two blocks from the Metro/Airport Light Rail Station that will take you to the Main Stage at the Plaza de César Chavez.

Standard King and Standard Double Queen—$140.00 per night

 

*Due to the pandemic, Fairmont San Jose has closed permanently.

Sponsor Adobe
Sponsor Heritage Bank

Summer Fest 2019 Photo Gallery

SUMMER FEST IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE MUSIC; IT’S ABOUT COMMUNITY. WE MAKE OUR COMMUNITY COME ALIVE BY ENSURING INTERACTION, VIBRANCY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. WE ARE COMITTED TO BRINGING IT BACK STRONGER THAN EVER IN 2021.

-Julie Ramirez, President, SJZ Board of Directors

Summer Fest History

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, formerly known as the San Jose Jazz Festival, is emblematic of the Silicon Valley start-up spirit. The first San Jose Jazz Festival took place in 1990 over two days in August at the Plaza de César Chavez. Its first day focused on fusion and its second day was dedicated to straight-ahead jazz, attracting about 10,000 attendees. This was a true grassroots effort, with the festival organizers cleaning up festival grounds well after the last notes had been played in the park.

Festival Director Bruce Labadie funded the first two festivals out-of-pocket, and luckily the gamble paid off. Ever since, the plaza has remained the festival’s epicenter and is now our Main Stage centerpiece. The festival’s second year featured a stage on Post Street and the event has continued to grow. Through the 90s, the festival’s expansion made it the largest free jazz festival in the United States. The new millennium has seen the event grow to include more than 1,000 musicians on 12 stages in a walkable footprint in the urban core, playing jazz, Latin jazz, blues, R&B, Salsa, New Orleans and more.

30th Anniversary History Project

At the 30th annual Fest in 2019, we presented a look back to the artists and events that defined the event.

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