New hotel revives old San Jose Jazz venue – The Mercury News

When the Signia by Hilton opened in downtown San Jose last month, it not only revived a respected hotel property, but a long-standing venue for the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

One of 12 stages of this year’s Summer Fest, scheduled for August 12-14 in downtown San Jose, the PG&E Silicon Valley Stage will be set at the hotel’s Club Regent. The San Jose Jazz hosted artists at the club for many years, when the hotel was under the auspices of the Fairmont. But the Fairmont declared bankruptcy and last August held a summer festival for the first time since the pandemic.

The Hilton hotel chain bought the downtown landmark and reopened it in May. Signia by Hilton is serving as the Summer Fest’s official hotel partner, and its Club Regent will again host festival musicians. Nine acts, all of which have Bay Area connections, are ready to be performed there for ticketholders with all stages or higher access.

“Partnering with the San Jose Jazz is a longstanding tradition, and we want to carry it forward,” says Jimmy Sarfaraz, general manager of Signia by Hilton San Jose.

“We are thrilled to have Club Regent back at Summer Fest in the newly opened Signia by Hilton San Jose Hotel,” says Bruce Labadi, Artistic and Festival Director for San Jose Jazz. “While the Main Stage (at Plaza de Cesar Chavez) plays host to the biggest headliners of the festival, the nearby Club Regent is a showcase of stellar local talent.”

The Bryan Andres Quartet Club Regent will kick things off August 12 at 6 p.m. with the set of Mexico City-born singer Sandra Aron. A drummer, Andrés joined the iconic Dr. Loco and his Rockin’ Jalapeo band in 2000, stepping into the role of bandleader with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel in 2007. His current Latin jazz project is Trio Latino.

Jazz Mafia featuring Adam Theis is ahead on August 12th. The Bay Area Jazz Collective will hit the PG&E Silicon Valley Stage at 8 p.m. An Oakland-based multi-instrumentalist serves as the director of the Jazz Mafia and in that capacity has gathered more than 100 over the past 20 years. Various live projects. He was one of more than two dozen local musicians who were given a $1,000 grant last year through San Jose Jazz’s Jazz Aid Fund to create a new work.

The Aaron Germain Chance Quartet opens the PG&E Silicon Valley Stage on August 13 with a 1 p.m. set. Bassist Jermaine began playing salsa and Afro-Cuban music when he moved to the Bay Area in 2000. He has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Andrés Afro-Cuban jazz cartel.

The Howard Wiley Show has a reputation for presenting jazz shows that you can dance to with jazz, soul, gospel and funk. As a member of the Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz’s All-Star Band, Berkeley-born saxophonist Willie performed with jazz greats including Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. His show is scheduled for August 13 at 3 PM

As dean of instruction, bassist Jeff Denson spent the first 18 months of the pandemic running the Berkeley-based California Jazz Conservatory online. For Summer Fest, Denson’s quartet is sharing the PG&E Silicon Valley stage with multi-instrumentalist and composer Paul McCandless. His set is August 13th at 5pm

San Francisco native Ray Obiedo’s Latin Jazz Project, featuring Peter Michael Escovedo, arrives August 13 at 7 p.m. Guitarist Obiedo’s latest release, “Latin Jazz Project Volume 1,” features artists including the Yellowjackets’ Bob Mintzer, percussionist Sheila E., and two current ones. Santana Members: Percussionist Carl Parazzo and keyboardist David K. Matthews.

Singer Kenya Moses takes the PG&E Silicon Valley stage with bossa e bossa at 1pm for Brazilian bossa nova on August 14th. Moses began his professional vocal career in the opera world, as well as studying and performing with dance companies including Alvin Ailey in New York City.

Featuring a band of Bay Area jazz veterans, “With Love to Ocher” Chet Baker’s quartet and quintet work on Pacific Jazz, Gerry Mulligan’s famed pianoless quartet, and their later recordings together for the CTI label in the 1970s Will come again This celebration of the West Coast Jazz Titans is scheduled for August 14th at 3 p.m.

Fremont-bred saxophonist Tim Lynn will conclude the stage at Club Regent with a 5 p.m. set on August 14. Taiwanese-American sax players will perform progressive jazz with drummer Billy Drummond.

The 32nd Annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest will be held August 12-14 at various locations in downtown San Jose. Tickets are $30-$170 per day, or $75-$495 for a three-day pass; Children ages 5-12 are $10. For tickets and the full performance schedule, visit,

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