San Jose Jazz Announces Headliners for the 2007 Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival Presented by Southwest Airlines.
August 8 - 12, 2007 Downtown Event Includes Ten Stages of Jazz, New Events, More After Hours Activities
Headliners Include: Angie Stone, Red Holloway, David 'Fathead' Newman, Lee Ritenour, Gerald Albright, Greg Osby, Pete Escovedo, Denise Donatelli, the Airmen of Note, Wayne Bergeron
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Jazz today announced the headlining artists for the 18th Annual Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival The San José Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival organized by the San Jose Jazz Society and held in downtown San Jose, California, USA. It is mostly outdoors.
The festival stopped being free in 2006. The admission this year was $5 per day. Presented by Southwest Airlines. Scheduled for August 8 - 12, 2007, the festival will feature hundreds of musicians on ten indoor and outdoor stages throughout downtown San Jose Downtown San Jose is the central business district of San Jose, California, United States. The area is generally located north of Interstate 280 and east of Guadalupe Parkway, which roughly parallels Guadalupe River. . The 2007 Festival will have new attractions including an R & B stage, a change of venue A change of venue is the legal term for moving a trial to a new location. In high-profile matters, a change of venue may occur to move a jury trial away from a location where a fair and impartial jury may not be possible due to widespread publicity about a crime and/or defendant(s) for the popular Jazz Beyond stage and even more after-hours activities.
"Downtown is moving uptown for this year's Festival with a new R & B Stage at San Pedro Square San Pedro Square is located between Santa Clara Avenue and Saint John Street in San Jose, California, USA. The oldest district in the city, San Pedro Square is home to two national historic landmarks, the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House. ," said Geoff Roach, Executive Director at San Jose Jazz. "The Festival continues to grow both in size and with the scope of music we offer. This year was the perfect time to expand our jazz spectrum as well as change some of the stage venues.
The roster of talent includes festival kick off with R&B star Angie Stone (Main Stage Friday), contemporary jazz saxophonist and bass guitarist Gerald Albright (Main Stage Saturday), David 'Fathead' Newman with a tribute to Ray Charles (Main Stage Saturday), Red Holloway's 80th birthday party featuring Frank Morgan, Charles McPherson and Greg Osby (Main Stage Sunday), guitarist Lee Ritenour (Main Stage Sunday) and legendary Bay Area bandleader Pete Escovedo (Main Stage Sunday).
Opening Night Gala Moves to Wednesday
The 2007 Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival kicks off on the evening of Wednesday, August 8, 2007 with the Opening Night Gala and Concert at the Mexican Heritage Plaza The Mexican Heritage Plaza is a museum and cultural center in San José, California, USA that opened in 1999. It is operated by the Mexican Heritage Corp., which has sponsored the International Mariachi Festival and Conference every summer since 1992 . The event will feature a concert, dinner, and a live and silent auction. Details will be announced at a later date.
Friday Night Kickoff with Angie Stone
The Jazz Festival proper begins on the evening of the Friday, August 10, 2007, at 5:30pm on the Main Stage in the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Plaza de César Chávez is a small, 2.2 acre (9,000 m²) park in Downtown San Jose, California, USA, named after César Chávez (originally "The Plaza", then "Pueblo Plaza") in 1993. . Stone is a Grammy Award-nominated American R&B, hip-hop, and neo-soul singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, and actress. Her music possesses a clear old school soul music influence, and her singing vocals recall those of Aretha Franklin.
One of the most innovative and unique events at the Festival is the "Jazz Beyond" Stage. This year, the stage moves from indoors at the San Jose Repertory Theatre The San Jose Repertory Theatre (or San Jose Rep, SJ Rep or, locally, just the Rep) was founded in 1980 as the first resident professional theatre company in San Jose, California, and is currently the largest non-profit, professional theatre company in the to outside near the corner of San Pedro and Post Streets and will partner with the Pacific Arts Collective (PAC) to incorporate visual arts into the Jazz Beyond experience. Additional Friday night activities include music in many downtown restaurants, an outdoor swing dance, and the first festival club crawl. Returning for the second time this year is the Silicon Valley CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. Jam where executives from the area will gather for a jam session and fundraiser.
Saturday Features New Venues, More After Hours Activities
On Saturday, August 11, 2007, performances will commence at noon at nine of the Jazz Festival's stage venues. The Main Stage will kick off in high gear with the Airmen of Note, the big band from the United States Air Force United States Air Force (USAF)
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Other Saturday performers will include vocalist Jackie Ryan, who makes her return to San Jose from her March performance at the San Jose Jazz Sunday Series, Bay Area-native vocalist Sasha Dobson, and San Jose's Ambassador of Jazz Eddie Gale on the Jazz at the Rep Stage. Jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo and Bay Area favorite Wayne Wallace will bring some sizzle to the outdoor Latin stage, Leela James performs on the R&B Stage and blues legend Charlie Musslewhite closes the Blues Stage starting at 7:00pm.
Saturday also features "Jazz After Dark" on Post Street, Jam Sessions at the Theater on San Pedro Square, 48 Hours Jazz Club at the Smoke Tiki Tiki
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Sunday Features Birthdays and a Day of All-Stars
Happy 80th Birthday Red Holloway! Sunday's Main Stage kicks off with a birthday tribute to remember. Red Holloway will lead in a tribute to himself featuring Frank Morgan, Charles McPherson and Greg Osby. Sunday's Main Stage also features two All Star showcases with Lee Ritenour's All-Star's featuring Dave Grusin, Alex Acuna and Brian Bromberg. Closing the Festival will be a lively and unforgettable ensemble of the Latin All Stars featuring Jimmy Bosh, trombone trombone [Ital.,=large trumpet], brass wind musical instrument of cylindrical bore, twice bent on itself, having a sliding section that lengthens or shortens it and thus regulates the pitch. The descendant of the sackbut, it was developed in the 15th cent. , Ray Vega, trumpet, Arturo O'Farrill, piano, Steve Berrios, drums, Yunior Cabrera, bass, Juan Escovedo, percussion, and Pete Escovedo, timbales Timbales (or tymbales) are shallow single-headed drums, shallower in shape than single-headed tom-toms, and usually much higher tuned. The player (known as a timbalero .
Additional Sunday performers include vocalist Denise Donatelli, guitarist John Jorgensen and the Shane Dwight Blues Band.
"Comcast is proud to continue our title sponsorship for this great community event," said Eddie Garcia, Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast. "The Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival brings a welcome spotlight to the music and education programs San Jose Jazz provides all year long.
For more complete information about the San Jose Jazz Festival and how to plan your weekend, visit www.sanjosejazz.org.
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About San Jose Jazz
San Jose Jazz, producer of the annual Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival, is a public benefit corporation dedicated to promoting jazz through performance and education to enrich the lives of people in our community. Proceeds from the performances help to support San Jose Jazz's education and outreach programs, including an in-school program that reaches 4,000 school-aged children a year about jazz and innovation while also delivering an anti-tobacco message. For more on the 18th Annual Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival presented by Southwest Airlines, please visit www.sanjosejazz.org