The "cool" counterpart to Summer Fest, Winter Fest presents jazz, blues, Latin and related genres in intimate venues in San Jose. This year's lineup features celebrated jazz artists like Aaron Diehl in a solo performance, Mingus collaborator Charles McPherson, and powerful vocalist Catherine Russell. You'll hear regional gems like Anton Schwartz with Kenny Washington, JC Smith with a long list of special guests including Fillmore Slim and Rick Estrin and Tiffany Austin, who is making waves with her new hit album Unbroken; artists bursting onto the scene like La Dame Blanche and Bells Atlas; and special projects like the premiere of our SJZ Collective's exploration of the music of Charles Mingus. More artists may be announced.
San Jose’s downtown arts district comes alive and soothes the blues during Winter Fest, with over 20 concerts featuring veterans like alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, who spent years with Charles Mingus and led many of his own ensembles, and Grammy-winning vocalist Catherine Russell, as well as emerging artists including a selection of the Bay Area’s foremost youth jazz ensembles.