Still groggy from Friday's late night of music, I am collecting my thoughts for the day ahead. With coffee mug in hand, I give you my hour-by-hour recommendations for Saturday's Day 2 of the 25th annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.
Proviso: I like my music to be intimate, or as intimate as possible. As a result, I tend to shy away from the Main Stage with its crowds and distractions. If you're not like me -- if you enjoy the outdoor spread-your-blanket festival experience -- just check the San Jose Jazz schedule. The Main Stage opens at noon with Snarky Puppy.
Here are my personal choices:
Noon, Noel Jewkes on the Cafe Stritch Stage. The tenor saxophonist has numbered among the Bay Area's cream-of-the-crop players for decades.
1 p.m., Leon Joyce, Jr. Trio on the Silicon Valley Stage. The drummer swings.
2 p.m., Snarky Puppy on the Blackbird Tavern Stage. The buzz keeps growing. Arrive plenty early, or you won't get in.
3 p.m., Crossing Borders on the Silicon Valley Stage. This group features a bunch of superb players, starting with saxophonist Kristen Strom.
4 p.m., two choices: Ben Flocks Trio on the Cafe Stritch Stage. Originally from Santa Cruz, the tenor saxophonist flows like a veteran; he's got imagination and chops, and he's doing all Sonny Rollins music.
Or: Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band on the California Theatre Stage. The legendary trumpeter and conguero has drum titan Jeff "Tain" Watts in his band, as well as Larry Willis, among the best New York pianists since his days with Jackie McLean in the 1960s.
4:30 p.m., C.J. Chenier on the Big Easy Stage. Zydeco, hard-cooking.
6 p.m., two choices: Nicole Henry on the California Theatre Stage. Top-notch jazz singer, with a big band.
Or: Akira Tana's Otonowa Project on the Blackbird Tavern Stage. The drummer's band recently toured northern Japanese communities still recovering from the 2011 tsunami. His quartet looks great; Art Hirahara will blaze on piano.
7 p.m., Aaron Lington on the Silicon Valley Stage. The ace baritone saxophonist is playing his arrangements of Paul Simon music with a slick band: Jason Lewis, John Shifflett, Dahveed Behroozi, Drew Zingg.
8:30 p.m., Conjunoto Chappottin y sus Estrellas on the Salsa Stage. Do not miss this storied Afro-Cuban son band. (They're also on the Main Stage at 4 p.m.) The street will be filled with dancers.
9 p.m., Descarga with the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet on the Blackbird Tavern Stage. The superb trombonist is a local hero; he will pack this joint. Again, arrive early.
10 p.m., Karriem Riggins on the Jazz Beyond Stage. The Detroit-based drummer/percussionist made his name early on with the likes of Ray Brown and Betty Carter. Expect him to explore his future-percussion side; hip-hop, digital, a world of beats.
10:30 p.m. to well past midnight, Trombonist Steve Turre leads an astonishing band featuring saxophonist James Carter at Cafe Stritch. Technically, this show is not part of the festival. (And you'll have to pay a cover at the door.) But you shouldn't miss it; This is jazz at its most transporting. It feels like an event, like magic, as the group performs the music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
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