Stars Come Out to Play at San Jose Jazz Winter Fest

Dee Dee Bridgewater plays the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest

Dee Dee Bridgewater plays the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)

The San Jose Jazz Winter Fest brings established and rising stars to the South Bay every year. The big names include pianist Cyrus Chestnut and his trio with its bluesy brilliance; Tony and Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, fresh off an album devoted to the songs of her home town of Memphis; and Berkeley-born Benny Green returns to the Bay Area with his piano trio to back young singer Veronica Swift, whose scat-saturated bebop style channels Sarah Vaughn.

The cumbia meets punk band La Misa Negra, one of the bands performing at the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest this month
The cumbia meets punk band La Misa Negra, one of the bands performing at the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest this month (Photo: Courtesy of SJ Jazz Winter Fest)

Those should be terrific shows, but I’m most excited for the cumbia-meets-punk-sound of Oakland’s La Misa Negra. Guitarist, accordionist, and songwriter Marco Polo Santiago leads this eight-member band that includes an upright bass, heavy percussion and horns. “You know I’m a rock guy,” Santiago says, “a punk guy, a metal guy. And I wanted to have that dynamic, latin orchestra thing on stage, and then a mosh pit kind of dynamic in the audience.” La Misa Negra’s show will feature a dance floor, so be ready to sweat.

Details for the San Jose Jazz Winterfest (also in Palo Alto) February 15-28 are here.

Stars Come Out to Play at San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 7 February,2018Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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