Get Ready for the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2017!

Two guitarists playing at a concert

Hot weather and even hotter music means that it's time for the annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest! San Jose Jazz, a nonprofit music education and enrichment group, began this annual event in 1990 when it was known as the San Jose Jazz Festival. After 27 years, the festival has grown immensely and now includes 12 stages throughout downtown.

Last year was my first time going to the Summer Fest and it was an absolute blast, filled with infectious music, dancing, and amazing fun. Sergio Mendes and Brasil 2016 celebrated 50 years of Brasil '66 by headlining the concert. They got the whole crowd, which filled most of the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, moving.

Sergio Mendes and Brasil 2016 between songs at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

We also checked out the Salsa Stage and the Swing Stage, where a group of professors and engineers called The Footnotes played songs that kept people lindyhopping in the cool air conditioning.

Looking Ahead for the 2017 Festival

This year, I'm especially excited to watch George Clinton & Parliment Funkadelic and The Whispers perform on the main stage. While researching this blog, I also discovered Taimane, a musician from Hawaii who performs beautiful music on an electric ukelele. Now I can't wait to catch her set at the Jade Leaf stage, too!

Planning on attending for the first time this year? Don't forget to prepare for the festival. Since a lot of the stages are outdoors and we're in the middle of August, be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water. Thankfully, tickets can be bought at the festival so you can decide even at the last minute to go. There are also several free stages staggered throughout downtown San Jose, such as the Swing Stage, where you don't even need to purchase tickets to listen to music.

Get Started with San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2017 Music at Your Library

Interested in learning more about some of the featured artists attending? You can listen to some of their albums at the San Jose Public Library!

Peter Cincotti's Self-Titled album coverCover of the album Eve by Angelique KidjoCover of The Very Best of Chris Botti by Chris BottiCover of PMO by Pacific Mambo OrchestraCover of Black Radio by the Robert Glasper ExperimentCover of "Habana Dreams" by The Pedrito Martinez Group

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Also, be sure to look out for Carmen Lundy's Good Morning Kiss, not pictured here. San Jose Jazz has also created a few playlists with featured artists that can be streamed from their official Summer Fest blog.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Jazz Albums

For fun, I thought I'd mention a few jazz albums I love. These are by no means rare albums, but on the off chance you haven't heard one, perhaps you'll discover a new favorite, too?

Cover of Tanto Tempo by Bebel GilbertoCover of A Charlie Brown Christmas album, by Vince Guaraldi TrioCover of Rattle Them Bones by Big Bad Voodoo DaddyCover of The Intimate Ella by Ella FitzgeraldCover of Nothing But the Best by Frank Sinatra

Who are you looking forward to seeing at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest? What are a few of your favorite jazz albums? Let us know in the comments below!

Microphone at Club

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