Winter Fest - San Jose Jazz

Winter Fest

Each February we heat up the season with concerts in intimate San Jose venues.

The “cool” counterpart to Summer Fest

In its current form since 2013, Winter Fest presents established stars and fast-rising artists in a series of events in intimate indoor settings. Spanning genres like jazz, blues, R&B, soul, Latin, New Orleans and global music, the Fest has become known as one of the best series in Northern California to discover new artists who are on the way up.

Past artists include Gilles Peterson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Veronica Swift, Ben Allison, Kneedelus, Bria Skonberg, Kris Bowers, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Taylor McFerrin, Thundercat, La Santa Cecilia, Kathy Kosins, Robert Glasper Experiment and Vijay Iyer.

Winter Fest 2020, Presented by AARP was a huge success, with most shows at or near sellout status. We’re busy preparing for Winter Fest 2021. We’re following developments in the Covid-19 pandemic, and will work to provide you with a safe and enjoyable experience, in person or online.

2020 Artists

Aaron Abernathy / Aaron Goldberg Trio / Arnie Co / Black String / Georgia on My Mind: The Music of Ray Charles / Graham Messer Trio ft. Daiki Nakajima / Halie Loren / International Guitar Night featuring Mike Dawes, Cenk Erdoğan, Olli Soikkeli and Jim “Kimo” Wes / Ladies Sing the Blues: Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier and Tiffany Austin / The Lique / Los Hermanos Arango / Matt Wilson’s “Honey and Salt” Quintet Miguel Zenón Quartet: “Sonero” / Mikailo Kasha / The Revelers / SJZ Collective Plays Weather Report / Shayna Steele Sheléa, with the SJSU Jazz Orchestra / Stacey Kent / Yuko Mabuchi Trio

Winter Fest has turned into an opportunity to reprise the summer’s most exciting acts, while reaching out to new audiences with a jazz-and-beyond sensibility.

–KQED Arts


Winter Fest 2015 Recap

Past Winter Fests

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