Pizarro: San Jose Jazz Winter Fest to open with some sizzle


“Sonic Runway” — the illuminated arches at San Jose City Hall — has been a real crowd-pleaser since it opened in November. But I didn’t expect that it would become such a fun platform for performance art, too. That’ll be the case again Thursday when Grammy-winning drummer Will Calhoun — best known for his work with Living Colour — performs there at 6 p.m. as part of the Experiments in Sound series.

The performance is part of the opening night of San Jose Jazz’s Winter Fest, the intimate counterpart to summer’s bigger spectacle. Don’t confuse intimate with sedate, however, as the festival has some real sizzle in store over the next two weeks. The San Jose Museum of Art is showcasing jazz at its Third Thursday event, starting at 5 p.m., with performances by Mason Razavi, the SJZ High School All Stars U19s and Mino Yanci. The museum also will have a 6 p.m. interview with Cyrus Chestnut, who will perform with his trio at Cafe Strtich later that night.

Other acts following this weekend and beyond at various downtown stages include an organ extravaganza with Ronnie Foster (Feb. 16), La Misa Negra (Feb. 17), Dee Dee Bridgewater (Feb. 18), Mike Clark’s Four and More (Feb. 24) and Orquesta Latin Heat (Feb. 25). You can check out the schedule and buy individual tickets (or an all-stages pass for $260) at sanjosejazz.org/winter-fest.

ON THE ROAD WITH ‘BLESS ME, ULTIMA’: Opera Cultura founder Hector Armienta‘s new opera based on the Rudolfo Anaya novel, “Bless Me, Ultima” has its world premiere in Albuquerque this weekend — and Armienta will have a good contingent from the South Bay in New Mexico for the opening.

SPUR Director Teresa Alvarado, VTA Executive Director Nuria Fernandez, SV Creates CEO Connie Martinez and San Jose Deputy City Manager …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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