Summer Fest Kickoff Fundraiser - San Jose Jazz

Summer Fest
Kickoff Fundraiser

On June 23, 2023, the community came together to raise funds for our Jazz Aid Fund initiative.

A party with a purpose

It was an evening to remember, with great local music, delicious food and delightful drinks. More importantly, our 2023 Summer Fest Kickoff Fundraiser was a rousing success, meeting our goal to fully fund our Jazz Aid Fund and New Works Fest in 2024!

Over 200 attendees from a broad cross section of Silicon Valley life strolled through three levels of the elegant new Blanco Urban venue. They sampled 10th Street Distillery whisky, Los Gabachos mezcal and bites from Full Circle Catering while enjoying performances by Jazz Aid Fund artists David Lechuga, Ian Santillano and High School guitarist Ryota Sato, playing with our High School All Stars U19s. Bidding was fast and furious on over 50 auction items and our Fund-the-Need brought in $40,000.

Our heartfelt thanks go to our wonderful emcee, KCSM Jazz 91 radio personality Greg Bridges, Board President Julie Ramirez and Board member Tony Alexander for hosting a program which drove home our message of support for local musicians and the Silicon Valley music scene. Thanks also go to Len Ramirez, who produced the appeal video for the event, all of our auction donors and the San Jose Jazz Board of Directors, who initiated the Jazz Aid Fund in 2021 and whose continued support pushed us past our fundraising goal.

2023 Photo Gallery

Auction Donors

Our heartfelt thanks go to the generous auction donors who made our auctions a smash hit!

10th Street Distillery
Bach Dancing & Dynamite
Bertucelli’s La Villa
Broadway San Jose
California Center for the Arts,
C’est Si Bon Bakery
Dos Gabachos Mezcal
Robert Escobar &
Danette Green
Freight & Salvage
Full Circle Catering
Daniel Garcia
Vera & Alex Gert

Hammer Theatre Center
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Hotel Valencia Santana Row
ICA San José
Kuumbwa Jazz
LB Steak - Santana Row
Bruce Labadie
Left Bank
Livermore Valley Arts
Meso Modern Mediterranean
Montalvo Arts Center
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Jazz Festival
Musco Center at Chapman
Opera San José

Ryman Auditorium
San Jose Country Club
San Jose Sports Authority
San Pedro Social
Santana Row
Scott’s Seafood
Stanford Live
Sunset Cultural Center
Symphony San Jose
The Center for the Arts,
Grass Valley
The Tech Interactive
Jeff & Maria West
Joel Wyrick

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