San Jose Jazz Winter Fest brings an intimate music experience to downtown

San Jose Jazz, a public benefit corporation, presents San Jose Jazz Winter Fest, a series of over 20 intimate shows at venues all over San Jose.

The event runs Feb. 14 through Feb. 29 and will include artists from all over the world as well as Bay Area artists.

Winter Fest has brought live music to San Jose for the past seven years, showcasing artists such as Charles McPherson, Thundercat and Kris Bowers. 

Founded in 1986, San Jose Jazz began to hold performances every Sunday. This led to the creation of Winter Fest, a twoweek event showcasing the diversity of jazz.

San Jose Jazz also offers youth education programs year-round, such as the High School All Stars Program. 

“The High School All Stars is important to local music programs as it allows a different kind of experience for passionate and dedicated high school jazz musician,” said Aaron Lington, High School All Stars director and San Jose State University Coordinator of Jazz Studies.

According to its website, “High School All Stars is a regional, audition-based music education program for students who are interested in the study and performance of jazz.”

This year’s Jazz Winter Fest lineup includes the following artists along with many more:

The Revelers:

Coming from Lafayette, Louisiana, the Revelers “blur the lines between traditional and original, Cajun, country, zydeco, swamp pop and the blues,” according to San Jose Jazz’s website. They have worked with many recording artists and have produced music for the HBO show “Tremé.”

The Revelers appear Feb. 14 at 91 S. Autumn St. at 8 p.m.

Stacey Kent:

Stacey Kent is a grammy-nominated American Jazz singer coming from New Jersey. Kent was awarded Jazz Vocalist of the Year by BBC Jazz Awards in 2001. She often performs in French and was invited to perform the French program at the Francofolies Festival. 

Kent will perform two shows back-to-back at Cafe Stritch at 374 S. First St. on Feb. 25 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Black Strings:

Black Strings is a Korean improvisational contemporary band that was founded in 2011 as a part of a government cultural exchange program between the U.K. and South Korea. 

“Black String seeks a new sound that can incorporate a variety of expressions in traditional music, as well as harmonize with other expressions in world music,” according to Black Strings’ website.  Black Strings utilizes unique sounds such as the geomungo (a 6-stringed zither), Korean bamboo flutes and traditional Korean percussion.

Black Strings will perform at Art Boutiki at 44 Race St. on Feb. 29 at 8 p.m.

For more information about tickets and the rest of the lineup, visit https://sanjosejazz.org/.