San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2021 returns for its 31st festival season
Silicon Valley’s first annual music event, San José Jazz Summer Festival 2021 returns for its 31st season of festivals from Friday August 13 through Sunday August 15 in and around Cesar Chavez’s Plaza Park in downtown San Jose, California. One of the biggest musical events, San Jose Jazz returns to the stage with an ever-exciting Summer Fest artist lineup for one of the first major outdoor music festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Artistic and cultural programmers are at the heart of renewal and restoration efforts following the COVID-19 pandemic, and the San Jose Jazz remains a leading institution in the Bay Area, preserving downtown San Jose as as an exciting hub for the arts and entertainment while adhering to all of Santa Clara County COVID-19 protocols.
San Jose Jazz is stepping forward to help revive the city of San Jose and rebuild its inclusive community through cultural collaborations with many of the festival’s longtime partners. For the first time, the Fountain Blues Foundation, in collaboration with Jay Meduri of the legendary Poor House Bistro in South Bay, will reserve and host a dedicated stage for the SJZ Summer Fest featuring blues and New Orleans artists on the new Fountain Blues stage located at the southern part of the Plaza de César Chavez park. The San Jose Museum of Art stage shines a light on the emerging talent that occurs throughout the three days of festivities. The historic 1936 Montgomery Theater brings its elegant decor and excellent acoustics to the Summer Fest as the premier indoor concert space for national and regional artists. Other local conservation and performance partners include St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Mosaic America, Bloco do Sol, Jazz Organ Fellowship, and Universal Grammar.
With more than 45 acts on five stages, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2021 today announces its first series of established artists, including Morris Day and The Time, Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra, Superblue: Kurt Elling with Charlie Hunter, Judith Hill, Ozomatli, The Motet, Shamarr Allen, Butcher Brown, 7th Street Big Band, Bloco do Sol, and more will be announced soon. The main stage of the Sobrato organization and the Fountain Blues stage will be located at the epicenter of the SJZ Summer Fest 2021 in the Plaza park of César Chavez with additional performances presented on the stage of the Montgomery theater, the stage of the art museum of San Jose and the SJZ Break Room scene.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have launched programs to help Bay Area artists and local youth, such as our Live at Home concert series, Backstage talk series, Progressions educational sessions. , the SJZ Jazz Aid Fund and the SJZ New Works Fest, ”said SJZ Executive Director Brendan Rawson. “Now we are all in the return of our pride and joy, SJZ Summer Fest. What is so important to us is the true value of the community experience of live music. The Summer Fest will bring no only an economic recovery for downtown businesses and workers., it provides much needed healing for the Bay Area community to come together to dance, laugh, sing and feel joy again with in-person engagement . We are honored to be among the first festivals to bring people back to parks and downtown venues. “
SJZ Artistic Director and Festival Goer Bruce Labadie adds, “SJZ Summer Fest attendees can expect the same experience as in previous years, but with a smaller footprint. We work closely with the city to ensure a safe environment for all while many of the best in the industry perform on our stages. Live concerts will be centered around the Plaza de César Chavez park with our favorite vendors offering delicious food and drinks, as well as creative crafts. We’re excited to finally be able to return to concerts in person and have the opportunity to perform for the first time at the Montgomery Theater and in our own SJZ break room with a live audience. “
The SJZ Break Room, San Jose Jazz’s state-of-the-art pop-up video recording and performance venue, will feature a live audience for the first time. Some concerts will be broadcast live for music fans who will not be able to attend this year’s festivities. The SJZ Break Room is located inside the downtown San Jose Jazz office on South 1st Street (in San Carlos) with a multimedia digital video wall that projects live performances with ultra-short throw projectors on a high-end projection cloth mounted on a motorized roller skate support. Sound from outdoor speakers and projections fills a 35 x 14 foot bank of floor-to-ceiling windows, providing a special multimedia concert experience for spectators, inside and outside the venue. Access to the SJZ break room is restricted to holders of Priority Access and VIP tickets.
San Jose Jazz is partnering with the San Jose team and hotel concierges to present live jazz bands in downtown halls August 13-15. A jazz mass at Saint Joseph’s Basilica-Cathedral will take place on Saturday August 14 and Sunday. 15, 2021.
Additional acts and exciting new programs for SJZ Summer Fest 2021 will be announced soon.
General admission, priority access and VIP tickets range from $ 35 to $ 190 / day; and passes from $ 105 to $ 470 for 3 days. To purchase tickets, please visit: summer festival.sanjosejazz.org
Returning sponsors for SJZ Summer Fest 2021 include The Sobrato Organization, Adobe, Heritage Bank and media partners DownBeat magazine and KCSM Jazz 91.
About San José Jazz
Founded in 1986, San Jose Jazz is a public benefit organization celebrating jazz as a dynamic and evolving art form and is the producer of the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest and Winter Fest. San Jose Jazz innovates in forward-thinking initiatives to foster artistic ingenuity and preserve the tradition of jazz as a forward-thinking movement. Through a diverse musical and educational programming, San Jose Jazz delivers unique content and events by investing in the Bay Area ecosystem of SF of exceptional talent for local and national audiences.
For more information, please visit sanjosejazz.org.