A series of wintertime, Sunday afternoon jazz concerts was one of the first performance programs SJZ produced after its founding in 1986. In 2013, we refashioned it into a concentrated group of 20–25 events in a two week period. It was conceived as a reflection of Summer Fest, with its diversity of music types and audiences, but has always had a special bent towards experimentation by innovative artists pushing the boundaries of what jazz can be.
In the last seven years, Winter Fest has presented artists like José James, Charles McPherson, Thundercat, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Robert Glasper Experiment, Vijay Iyer Trio, Diane Schuur, Donny McCaslin, Kris Bowers, La Santa Cecilia, Mark Guiliana and many more.
2019 Winter Fest
Aaron Diehl / Anton Schwartz and Kenny Washington / Bells Atlas / Catherine Russell With the SJSU Jazz Orchestra / Charles McPherson / Chéjere / Gilles Peterson DJ Set / JC Smith Band All-Star Blues Blowout Feat. Fillmore Slim, Kid Andersen and Rick Estrin / Kathy Kosins / La Dame Blanche / Richie Goods / SJZ Collective plays Mingus / The Bad Plus / The Rad Trads / Tiffany Austin With Leon Joyce, Marcus Shelby and Adam Shulman
2018 Winter Fest
A Circle Has No Beginning by Sameer Gupta (Feat. David Boyce) / Cyrus Chestnut Trio / Dee Dee Bridgewater With the SJSU Jazz Orchestra / Hip Spanic AllStars / International Guitar Night with Lulo Reinhardt, Calum Graham, Marek Pasieczny and Michael Chapdelaine / Jacob Jolliff Band / KNOWER / La Misa Negra / Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet / Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr., Led Kaapana and Jeff Peterson / Mike Clark’s Four and More / Organ Extravaganza with Ronnie Foster / Osunlade / SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk (Project Premiere) / Veronica Swift Featuring the Benny Green Trio / Will Calhoun, Sonic Runway: Experiment in Sound
2017 Winter Fest
Ben Allison and Think Free / Donny McCaslin Group / Huntertones / International String Trio With Emily Day /Jazz Organ Fellowship’s 2nd Annual Organ Extravaganza With Wil Blades, Akiko Tsuruga, and Tony Monaco / Kim Nalley Band Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald With Special Guest Kalil Wilson / Mary Stallings / Reva Devito at The Changing Same / Ron E. Beck Soul Revue / Roy Ayers / The Cookers / Troker / Wallace Roney
2016 Winter Fest
Bill Doggett 100th Birthday Celebration with Chester ‘CT’ Thompson / Bria Skonberg / Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet / Incendio / Marquis Hill Blacktet / Nicholas Payton Trio/ Regina Carter /Jackie Ryan / J.C. Smith Blues Guitar Slingers / John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet / Kadhja Bonet / KING / Kneedelus: Kneebody + Daedelus
2015 Winter Fest
Denise Perrier Trio W/Houston Person / Diane Schuur / Kris Bowers / Kendrick Scott Oracle / Les Yeux Noirs /Mads Tolling Quartet W/Tierney Sutton / Marc Cary Focus Trio / Taylor McFerrin
2014 Winter Fest
Amina Figarova Septet / Anton Schwartz Quintet ft. Special Guest Taylor Eigsti / Grupo Samba Rio /Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys / Kim Nalley / La Santa Cecilia / Miguel Atwood-Ferguson ft. Mara Hruby / Moses Sumney / Nikki Hill /Pamela Rose & Wayne De La Cruz Hammond Organ Party / Thundercat
2013 Winter Fest
Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic Feat. Miko Marks & Pam Hawkins / Cado & Friends: A Night in Brazil / Carolyn Wonderland / Delhi 2 Dublin /José James / Robert Glasper Experiment / Rumbaché /Sean Jones /Tony Monaco Trio / Vijay Iyer Trio