Jazz Aid Fund - San Jose Jazz

Jazz Aid Fund

New Initiative
Uplifting SF Bay Area Musicians by stimulating creativity and providing critically needed funds

You never know what you got,
‘til it’s gone

The Coronavirus pandemic has taught us that music and live music events are vital to our well being; bringing joy, comfort and a sense of community. 2020 lockdowns have dealt a near deathblow to the SF Bay Area music scene, with individual, working musicians among the hardest hit.

Building on a lead gift by Jan DeCarli, SJZ’s Board of Directors has established the Jazz Aid Fund providing a grant of $1,000 each for selected artists to create a new work. Artists were chosen through recommendations from a broad cross section of the Bay Area music community, including critics, presenters, artists and curators. We chose from this list an extraordinarily diverse cohort of talented artists spanning genre, generations and geography.

We’ll premiere these new works on social media and in online concert presentations later in the year. Join our email list to stay up on all developments in the program.

Grantees

Adam Theis

Adam Theis

Oakland

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, bandleader and composer Adam Theis has been an active in the Bay Area music scene for 25 years, co-founding Jazz Mafia in 2000.

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Amy D.

Amy D.

San Jose

The soulful, effortless sounds of vocalist and songwriter Amy D. (Amy Dabalos) envelop listeners in a dream-like fusion of jazz, soul, world, and R&B styles.

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Aneesa Strings

Aneesa Strings

Oakland

Aneesa Strings is a bassist, vocalist and composer from Oakland, where she recorded her first jazz album at just 13 years old.

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Archish Arun

Archish Arun

Los Altos

Archish Arun is a budding pianist / composer, also versed in production, drums, trumpet, bass, and vocals. By high school, he found his calling in jazz and improvisation.

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Ash Maynor

Ash Maynor

Alameda

Multi-instrumentalist Ash Maynor is a mix of genres. Drawing inspiration from jazz, trip-hop, and electronica, the music he creates is uniquely identifiable without limitations.

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Bobi Cespedes

Bobi Céspedes

Oakland

Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes has been at the forefront of Cuban music in the Bay Area and internationally for over 40 years, with her authentic and distinctive sound.

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Brian Ho

Brian Ho

Sunnyvale

After studying Music at UC Davis, organist Brian Ho decided to pursue his love of jazz, leading his own group from the Hammond B3 and performing as an in demand sideman.

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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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Edward Simon

Edward Simon

Emeryville

Venezuela native Edward Simon has made a name for himself over decades in America as a jazz improviser, composer and educator. He’s currently a member of the all-star SFJAZZ Collective.

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Fernando Barocio Salcedo

Ceres

Bassist Fernando Barocio is one of the driving forces behind Latin alternative outfit Valley Wolf, which he founded with his cousin Jairo Lomeli on Valentine’s Day 2016.

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Giulio Xavier Cetto

Giulio Xavier Cetto

San Francisco

Bassist/bandleader Giulio Xavier Cetto composes and records his own works, and plays bass for two-time Grammy Award winner Fantastic Negrito.

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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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James Jackson

James Jackson

Santa Cruz

The founder and creative director of the group YASSOU, James Jackson is a producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist.

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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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John Santos

John Santos

San Francisco

SF native John Santos is a prolific Afro-Latin performer, bandleader, composer, teacher and cultural activist with a musical career spanning 50 years.

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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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Kasey Knudsen

Kasey Knudsen

Oakland

Kasey Knudsen is a saxophonist, composer & educator who leads an eponymous Trio and Sextet, and co-leads The Schimscheimer Family Trio and the Holly Martins.

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Keshav Batish

Keshav Batish

Santa Cruz

Keshav Batish comes from a family of Hindustani musicians and is a third generation khandani practitioner of sitār and tablā, to which he’s added work with a Western drum set and piano.

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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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Kevin Wong

Kevin Wong

Oakland

A versatile multi-instrumentalist, composer and audio engineer, Kevin Wong gives top priority to the groove in music, whether it’s jazz, funk, soul or gospel.

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Lee Dynes

Lee Dynes

Larkspur

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator Lee Dynes has been playing professionally as a jazz guitarist since he was a teenager.

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Mark Arroyo

Mark Arroyo

Milpitas

Guitarist Mark Arroyo mixes his love of jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop, dub, and electronic music to create a sound that’s both foreign and familiar.

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Melecio Magdaluyo

Melecio Magdaluyo

Oakland

Born and raised in San Francisco, extraordinary saxophonist / flutist / educator Melecio Magdaluyo has been active in the vibrant SF Latin music scene since the mid-1970s.

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Mild Monk

Mild Monk

San Jose

Mild Monk is the brainchild of Henry Stein, a San Jose Asian-American songwriter & producer. His music ranges from alternative pop and indie rock to lofi/instrumental hip-hop.

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Monique Venezuela

San Jose

Monique Valenzuela, AKA Moni Canta, is a violinist, vocalist and composer rooted in mariachi culture. In addition to performing and composing, Monique is a well-known teaching artist.

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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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Ron E. Beck

Ron E. Beck

San Jose

Drummer/vocalist Ron E. Beck came west at the age of 18, and played with the legendary California outfit Tower of Power from 1975 through 1978.

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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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“More than anything I think the pandemic has illuminated art as a necessity to our survival and mental health. Music especially is a guiding force and a healing art form.”

– Amy D., grantee

Help us uplift more artists!

Current funds allow us to help only a small fraction of SF Bay Area musicians in need. Donate now to expand the program. Be sure to write “Jazz Aid Fund” in the text field.

Add your name below to be notified later in the year of a special way you can help create state-of-the-art concert recordings of ten of these artists. They’ll get more income and compelling media to help build their fan bases; you’ll get special benefits including artist “shout outs,” Zoom or in-person meet-and-greets and more!

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