SJZ Break Room - San Jose Jazz

SJZ Break Room

SJZ's first venue, the SJZ Break room provides a unique and intimate way to experience live music.

Kassa Overall at the SJZ Break Room at Winter Fest 2023. View the video below.

Attending SJZ Break Room shows

Venue Address

310 S. First Street, San Jose CA 95113 // Map



Drinks and snacks bar with lounge seating (beverages are allowed in the performance space); immersive video wall projecting our live stream in real time

Where to Park

Some street parking is available, but we recommend the Second and San Carlos Street Garage, just 1 block from the venue. First 90 minutes are free; $10 max after 6pm. More parking options


Where to Eat

Make an evening of it with great restaurants within easy walking distance, including Petiscos, SoFA Market and Original Joe's.

A Venue to Anchor Downtown San Jose's SoFA Arts District

Our first proprietary venue, the SJZ Break Room is a unique setting for live music, shaped by the evolution of audience habits and technology. As you arrive, you’ll recognize the bold new aqua entrance vestibule painted by artist Ben Henderson to refer the venue’s symbolic water cooler. Lighting turns an office into a hip, bar-appointed club space with a psychedelic animated backdrop and twinkling table lights. Most performances are livestreamed, with the feed projected onto a towering bank of windows to for an immersive experience not found anywhere else.

With a capacity of just 100, almost every seat is within 30 feet of the action. With the performers on the same level as the audience, each show has the intimate feel of a private concert.

Kassa Overall 

More SJZ Break Room Sessions

Brandon Coleman

Aneesa Strings

Mark Guiliana

View more SJZ Break Room videos on our YouTube page

Rent the Space

The SJZ Break Room is available for concerts, video and sound recording sessions, meetings and other events. Contact SJZ Break Room project manager Scott Fulton with your ideas. 

About the Project

Created through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation the project was born in 2020 at the eve of the Pandemic. As live music spaces closed, we pivoted to make the space a state-of-the-art video and sound production studio to allow us to live stream concerts to the public in their homes. The live stream would also be projected via ultra-short throw projectors onto a 35’ X 14’ bank of windows to enrich street life.

As society began to open up, we welcomed audiences into the space for the first time in April 2021 for our inaugural New Works Fest. Since then, more than 80 artists have appeared on the stage including Butcher Brown, James Francies, Joel Ross, Kassa Overall, Keyon Harrold, MAE.SUN, Mark Guiliana, Marquis Hill, Oran Etkin, Salami Rose Joe Louis, Sasha Berliner and Takuya Kuroda.

Photo Gallery

The SJZ Break Room was created with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation 

Sponsored by Knight Foundation

Past Programming Partners

Topo Chico

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