San Jose Jazz Summer Fest: 10 acts to catch at the 2022 festival

Jim Harrington, Bay Area News Group on

Published in Entertainment News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — There’s a lot to like about this year’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

Yes, of course, there’s always a lot to like about this incredible festival – which brings some of the top talents in jazz, world music, blues and other genres to multiple stages in downtown San Jose each August.

Yet, this lineup is absolutely bursting at the seams with cool acts, including such headliners as Lee Fields, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Leela James, Stanley Clarke and Ledisi.

Overall, more than 90 acts are set to perform on 12 stages — indoor and outdoor — during the three-day festival, which takes place Aug. 12-14 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez at San Carlos in downtown San Jose (enter at the ticket booth on the south end of the plaza.)

Shows that take place in San Jose Jazz’s Break Room venue will also be available to livestream.

Details and tickets are at available at summerfest.sanjosejazz.org.


Here are 10 of our top picks for the 2022 Summer Fest, organized chronologically.

—Caroline Chung & Citizens Jazz

Chung is a Bay Area bassist, songwriter and producer, who has released a full-length album of original tunes — titled “Sounds of Haejin” — as well as the EP “Citizen Jazz Tribute to the Great Nina Simone.” Earlier this year, Chung and her band Citizen Jazz — featuring a rotating roster of local musicians — performed material from Simone’s “Silk & Soul” classic record during two sold-out concerts at the SFJAZZ Center.

Details: 6 p.m. Aug. 12, Break Room Stage


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