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San Jose Jazz Celebrates International Jazz Day

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San Jose Jazz (SJZ) and SJSU present an entire afternoon of free community music celebrating International Jazz Day. Stop by the Hammer Theater Center from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 30 to catch some serious music. The festivities include a screening of the documentary “1959, The Year That Changed Jazz,” followed by drummer Will Calhoun’s Tribute to Elvin Jones and the San Jose State University Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Tiffany Austin. Outside on the Plaza, our mobile Boom Box Stage will be active from 12-4:45pm, with a hip-hop dance show and clinic by Future Arts Now; performances by SJZ’s Progressions…

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Big Weekend. How to Plan It.

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Your mission for this weekend, should you choose to accept it (and we highly hope you do) is to catch as much local, live music in downtown San Jose as possible. Here’s what you need to do to prepare: Go to VTA’s website and learn more about their new mobile app so you can get special fares for the events and make park and ride on Light Rail easy. Check out the line up for the Live and Local SJ Silicon Valley ComicCon free local music showcase. Design your personal schedule for #SoFAStreetFair using the SCHED app. That way you can…

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Stones Throw Records is a panoply of inventive music, a cadre of artists whom flout convention while making some of the most varied, artful projects in recent memory. It’s all due to Chris Manak, who helms the powerhouse label which he founded in San Jose, his hometown and early base of operations. Manak, known widely as Peanut Butter Wolf, was already known when the San Jose Mercury News featured him years ago. It was for an upcoming, ballyhooed performance and despite having toured the world since the ‘90s, attendance for the show was dismal, “completely empty” according to Manak. “I…

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To SxSW and back again

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One of the biggest music industry showcases in the country wrapped up in March, and San Jose was represented. Here’s a look at who went to South by Southwest in Austin this year from San Jose. Know someone we missed? Give us a holler. Paradox Black (Dox) is a internationally known hip-hop artist who did two official sets at the Austin music festival the year. He’s been part of the Vans Warped Tour and opens an international tour this July. San Jose-based promoter Barb Wahli hosted two days of local music at the Balanced Breakfast Showcase during the South by Southwest…

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