AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival Continues Tradition of Great Music, Family Fun, and Affordability

Event Celebrates 20th Year as the Jazz Festival of Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–San Jose Jazz today announced the annual AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival to be presented August 7-9 in downtown San Jose. From Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, music lovers will converge on the heart of Silicon Valley to enjoy three days of jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, electronica and many other forms of contemporary music. The festival continues its tradition of affordability (only $15 a day) and increases its commitment to families and the Silicon Valley community.

“Jazz is the basis for most of the popular music of today, and the AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival showcases that breadth,” said Geoff Roach, CEO of San Jose Jazz. “Like the tradition of innovation here in Silicon Valley, jazz composition and performance continue to evolve and change. During the three days of this year’s festival, we promise that the cravings of even the most diverse music lover will be satisfied.”

The festival lineup features the straight-ahead jazz of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Denise Donatelli, Sylvie Cuenca, Dave Pell, Med Flory, Buster Williams, Winard Harper, and many more. Music fans looking for more diverse music will find three complete stages of salsa, blues, and Latin music from Allen Toussaint, Bettye Lavette, Wild Magnolias, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, SambaDa, the festival Harmonica Blowout, and Karabali.

San Jose Jazz also features San Jose and Bay Area legends Edgardo Cambon, a tribute to Louie Bellson, John Santos, John Worley and Bari Bari, Wayne Wallace and local rising stars such as Panthelion, Hristo Vitchev, and Fil Lorenz.

San Jose Jazz is increasing its efforts to make the festival a family-focused event. The “Future of Jazz Stage” features some of the best young musicians in Silicon Valley. Children 12 and under are admitted free and admittance to the Tech Museum of Innovation is included in the festival admission. This year’s festival also includes a music scavenger hunt in the Tech Museum and a special area for kids’ entertainment.

After hours events such as the “Jazz Beyond Stage” featuring French artist ElodieO, Midival Punditz, and Supertaster as well as the Festival Club Crawl with local restaurants, hotels, and bars deliver non-stop music for three days.

Accessibility is another great perk of the jazz festival. Through four major freeways, “stay-cationers” from around Bay Area will have access to the event with free weekend parking facilities nearby. Valley Transit Authority (VTA) weekend trains will run every 15 minutes to and from downtown San Jose. CalTrain, Capitol Corridor and ACE rail are just three more options for local music fans to get to the show.

For out-of-towners, the Mineta San Jose International Airport is only three miles from downtown. Twelve major airlines provide an average of 384 commercial arrivals and departures from both national and international locations. Discounted hotel rates are available for festival attendees, starting at $98.

About San Jose Jazz

San Jose Jazz, producer of the annual AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival, is a public benefit corporation dedicated to promoting jazz through performance and education to enrich the lives of people in Silicon Valley. Proceeds from the performances help to support San Jose Jazz’s education and outreach programs as well as other year-round performances throughout Silicon Valley.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world’s most advanced IP-based business communications services, the nation’s fastest 3G network and the best wireless coverage worldwide, and the nation’s leading high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of their three-screen integration strategy, AT&T operating companies are expanding their TV entertainment offerings. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE®magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

Monica Turner
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