San Jose Jazz continues to roll out stellar artists set to perform at the 25th anniversary Summer Fest 2014 taking place in and around Plaza de César Chavez Park in downtown San Jose, CA from Friday, Aug. 8 – Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
Silicon Valley’s premier annual music event, the 25th Annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2014 announces the addition of numerous heavyweight performers, including NYC’s leading soul-jazz pianist Kris Bowers appearing on the Jazz Beyond Stage; Bay Area favorite Ledisi on the Kaiser Permanente Main Stage; “Salute to Armando Peraza” featuring The Poncho Sanchez Band and special guests on the Main Stage; two exclusive label showcases featuring artists from the celebrated San Jose-born Stones Throw Records (Jazz Beyond Stage) and Harlem’s innovative Motéma Music (Cafe Stritch Stage), and much more!
Nationally recognized as one of the biggest Latin festivals in the country, San Jose Jazz extends its longstanding commitment of presenting the very best Latin music throughout Summer Fest 2014’s numerous stages, including the Kaiser Permanente Main Stage, Blackbird Tavern Stage, Salsa Stage, YP Gordon Biersch Stage, and others. As California boasts the largest Latino population in the US, Summer Fest 2014 marks the evolution of an iconic festival with Latin roots at the heart of its identity. Today, San Jose Jazz also announces newly confirmed Latin artists, including The Poncho Sanchez Band paying tribute to percussionist Armando Peraza (George Shearing, Cal Tjader, Santana) with an all-star band featuring guest artists John Santos, Pete Escovedo, and Emil Richards.
Legendary percussionist Armando Peraza was Cuban by birth, but called the Bay Area home for a majority of his life. Peraza came to the US alongside fellow Cuban music legends Mongo Santamaria and Celia Cruz. While these fellow icons were embraced by East Coast fans, Peraza was renowned throughout California and the Bay Area. Jazz legends such as Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee made Peraza their first call percussionist, and his real contributions were from his recordings with George Shearing, Cal Tjader and Santana. Even years after retiring, Peraza could be seen occasionally sitting in at Yoshi’s, hanging with his family at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest or haunting the percussion departments of B Street Music in San Mateo or Haight Ashbury Music in San Francisco.
For the first time in its history, the prominent music industry website jazzweek.com holds the annual JazzWeek Summit in San Jose, in conjunction with Summer Fest. On Aug. 7 & 8, jazz broadcasters, agents, artists and other jazz professionals from all over the country will gather at The Fairmont San Jose to discuss ways to program and promote jazz. Many of the participants will stay on through the weekend to enjoy the Fest.
To commemorate the 25th festival season, San Jose Jazz releases a limited-edition commemorative book; a beautiful, keepsake volume highlighting the Fest’s past decades, present, and future. With archival photos and exclusive editorial content, the book showcases the non-profit’s commitment to education, performance, and community outreach. Former San Jose Mercury News arts editor Charlie McCollum is editor of the book, and longtime festival photographers Andrew Nozaka and Walter & Marilyn Wagner provide historic, rarely seen images. Books will be available for purchase online starting mid-July 2014, and sold onsite at the Jazz Store at Summer Fest.
For more information on San Jose Jazz’s education and live music programs including Summer Jazz Camp, High School All Stars, San Jose Jazz Winter Fest, and its free weekly live music events including “Music at the Market” each Friday at San Pedro Square Market, please visit sanjosejazz.org.