San Jose Jazz has announced more of the talent lined up for its 25th anniversary bash, set for August 8-10 at Plaza de César Chavez Park in downtown San Jose. The names include DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu; Kris Bowers; Ledisi; Motéma Music Showcase with Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo, Marc Cary Focus Trio, and Charnett Moffett and Jana Herzen, Stones Throw Records Showcase, David Sanborn with Joey Defrancesco, Warren Wolf and Gene Lake, Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express, Nicole Henry and Orchestra, Christian Tamburr Quintet, Wally Schnalle's Idiot Fish, The Bad Five Plays the Music of Roy Hargrove, Crossing Borders featuring Kristen Strom and Jennifer Scott, Sista Monica, BeaufunK with Michael Jeffries, Pearl Alley Band, Marta Lledo Quartet, Geoff Gallante Trio, Dixie Dominus, JC Smith Band with Maxx Cabello Jr. and Tia Carroll, and Rhythmtown-Jive Marching Brass.
Speaking of festivals, single-day Arena tickets are now on sale for September’s 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Also you can catch the young performers who comprise the festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra on July 20 at Yoshi’s in Oakland. The lineup follows below. I am happy to note that along with all the great California talent there are a couple of players from Livingston, N.J., the town wherein I — along with Jason Alexander, Chelsea Handler and Chris Christie — grew up.
Emery Mesich, alto/Folsom High School, Folsom, CA
Immanuel Wilkins, alto/Upper Darby High School, Upper Darby, PA
Andy Arditi, tenor/Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, CA
Max Lesser, tenor/LA County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles
Henry Solomon, baritone/Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI
Coleman Hughes/Newark Academy, Livingston, NJ
Nicholas Lee/LA County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles
Kevin Jiang/Newark Academy, Livingston, NJ
Steven Robinson/Westlake High School, Westlake Village, CA
Peter Wikle(bass)/Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA
Michael Gutierrez/Buchanan High School, Clovis, CA
Andrew Stephens/Rio Americano High School, Sacramento, CA
Anthony Hervey/Dillard Center for the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Noah Halpern/Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA
Wallace Roney/Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NJ
Chris Fishman, piano/LA County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Daryl Johns, bass/Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ
Joseph Bell, guitar/ Princeton High School, Princeton, NJ
Ashwin Prasanna, drums/Holmdel High School, Holmdel, NJ
Cameron MacIntosh, drums/Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ
Lizzi Trumbore, vocals/Rancho Bernardo High School, San Diego, CA
Finally, if you attended last month’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival now is the time to complete the online audience survey. Indeed, time is of the essence…
The deadline for completing the survey is July 31, and all survey respondents will be entered into a drawing for CDs by jazz artists.
• One first prize of the winner’s choice from available music of three CDs.
• Three second prizes of the winners' choice of two CDs.
However, if you complete the survey by July 8, you will automatically be entered in a raffle to win our Grand Prize: two tickets to see Pat Metheny's Unity Group and Bruce Hornsby at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa on July 17.
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