Do You Know San Jose? - San Jose Jazz

Do You Know San Jose?


2019–ongoing
Our traveling concert series explores the music and special places of San Jose.

Discover the sound of San Jose

On four consecutive Friday evenings between August 26 and September 16, 2022, discover some of downtown San Jose District 3 parks with free live music on the SJZ Boombox Truck plus a food truck, beer garden and vendors.

Beginning in 2019, DYKSJ has invited the public to explore San Jose’s rich cultural vibrancy at our series of free concerts featuring a variety of musicians and cultural activities. Popping up in every corner of the city, the events allowed attendees to discover new music, things to do and places to visit—plus, special experiences that only San Jose has to offer.

Do you know San Jose?

The DKYSJ project is supported through the generosity of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Coming Events

Big Trippin': DYKSJ in District 3

Big Trippin’ performs on the Boombox Truck at Raymond Bernal Park in San Jose District 3, part of SJZ’s 2022 “Do You Know San Jose?” series exploring the iconic and special places of San Jose.

Super Soul Bros: DYKSJ in District 3

Super Soul Bros perform on the Boombox Truck at Ryland Park in San Jose District 3, part of SJZ’s 2022 “Do You Know San Jose?” series exploring the iconic and special places of San Jose.

Frunkyman: DYKSJ in District 3

Frunkyman performs on the Boombox Truck at Roosevelt Park in San Jose District 3, part of SJZ’s 2022 “Do You Know San Jose?” series exploring the iconic and special places of San Jose.

Isaiah: DYKSJ in District 3

Isaiah performs on the Boombox Truck at Backesto Park in San Jose District 3, part of SJZ’s 2022 “Do You Know San Jose?” series exploring the iconic and special places of San Jose.

About the Project

In response to the 50th anniversary of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David ode to our city “Do you Know the Way to San Jose?” we asked the musical questions: “What is the soundtrack of San Jose, today?” What part does live music play in our city’s social life? How can music help us explore and celebrate San Jose rich, hyper-local cultures?

2019 partnering events and locations across the city included Eastridge Center, San Jose Flea Market, the Rose Garden, Calabazas Park, Meadowfair Park, Valle Verde Seedling Market, San Jose’s Rose Garden, History San Jose, Village Fest, Japantown Immersive, SoFA Street Fair, and more. Featured musicians include emerging San Jose-based jazz, hip-hop, indie rock, Latin jazz, electronic, soul and R&B, world, Latin alternative, DJs, and more paired with nationally recognized acts in similar musical styles.

Select Artists

- B. Lewis
- Lyrics Born
- Javier Santiago
- BIGYUKI
- Elujay
- Ruby Ibarra
- Diamond Ortiz
- Quita Penas
- Mexico68
- SOL Development
- Cado
- Le Vice
- Ian Santillano
- Gene Washington and M-Tet
- Valley Wolf
- Maringuero
- Current Personae
- Jonah Melvon
- Noah and the Arkiteks

Resident Artist:
B. Lewis

As part of the initiative we selected San Jose songwriter, musician and producer B. Lewis to serve as our Artist-in-Residence, for 2019-20. He was a featured guest artist instructor at the 2019 Summer Jazz Camp working with local students to expand their own music-making boundaries. He also served as curatorial advisor for 2019Jazz Beyond programming and was featured in two DJ sets at the 30th Anniversary Summer Fest on the Jazz Beyond Stage.

Out Now!
"Sunset On Carmella"

San Jose Jazz, as part of the initiative, commissioned B. Lewis' first full LP, Sunset On Carmella, which represents a giant leap forward in his music making. During years collaborating with EDM and hip-hop’s vanguard, his work has appeared on Fox hit shows Empire and Star, as well as on the recent Kanye West release Jesus is King

Videos

Jazz Beyond Stage, Summer Fest 2019

DYKSJ: SoFA Edition Recap

Photo Gallery

Upcoming events

Give the Drummer Some Master Class: Charles Haynes

Thu, Aug 8

5pm Pacific / SJZ Break Room

Charles Haynes is a true drumming multi-talent. The forty-year-old Boston resident has toured the globe with the pop stars Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, and Queen Latifah.

Lenny White with Tarus Mateen and Joe Warner

Thu, Jul 11

7pm Pacific / SJZ Break Room

At 19, Lenny White played with Jackie McLean, recorded Bitches Brew with Miles Davis, and Red Clay with Freddie Hubbard. Lenny is one of the founding fathers of the jazz-rock movement and is a four-time Grammy Award winner.

Give the Drummer Some Master Class: Lenny White

Thu, Jul 11

5pm Pacific / SJZ Break Room

At 19, Lenny White played with Jackie McLean, recorded Bitches Brew with Miles Davis, and Red Clay with Freddie Hubbard. Lenny is one of the founding fathers of the jazz-rock movement and is a four-time Grammy Award winner.

Mark Geary

Thu, Jun 27

8pm Pacific / SJZ Break Room

Time Out NY said about Irish singer-songwriter Mark Geary, “His delicate songs about love and defiance recall Richard Thompson and John Lennon.” Geary has played alongside Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, Coldplay, and more.

Photo by Patrick Glennon

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Ron E. Beck with Joe Warner & Essiet Essiet

Thu, Jun 13

7pm Pacific / SJZ Break Room

Ron E. Beck was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. At age nineteen, after reaching the top of the Omaha music scene, Beck decided to go west along with his twin brother Donnie. 1975 through 1978 Ron E. toured and recorded with the highly acclaimed group Tower of Power.

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