Hip-hop star Common to headline San Jose Jazz Festival

Organizers have lined up an Oscar winner, a Grammy winner and an Emmy holder to perform at this year’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

And all of these titles apply to the same person:


The award-winning hip-hop artist will headline the big summer party in downtown San Jose on August 14.

Common will be backing her latest album, “A Beautiful Revolution Part 1,” with a song – “A Place In This World” – which was used as part of Michelle Obama’s “When We All Vote” campaign for the 2020 election. .

Common – whose many career highlights include winning an Oscar for Best Original Song with co-writer / performer John Legend for “Glory” from the 2014 movie “Selma” – is one of the most 45 acts appearing at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, which runs August 13-15.

One-day tickets cost between $ 35 and $ 190 and three-day passes cost between $ 105 and $ 470; summer festival.sanjosejazz.org.

Other newly announced artists who will perform on the festival’s seven stages include Goapele, James Francies, Kandace Springs, Christian Sands, Helen Sung Quartet, Jamie Baum Septet +, Sarah McKenzie, Jazz Organ Fellowship Tribute to Doug Carn, New West Guitar Trio with Leah Zeger, Mimi Fox B3 Trio, SJZ Collective, Tony Lindsay Ray Charles Project, Claudia Villela and Roberto Lumbambo, the Futurelics, Idiot Fish, George Brooks and Arjun Verma.

They will join a number of previously announced acts including Morris Day and The Time, Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra, Superblue: Kurt Elling with Charlie Hunter, Judith Hill, Ozomatli, The Motet, Butcher Brown, 7th Street Big Band, and Bloco do Sol, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Sons of the Soul Revivers, Chris Cain Band, Junior Watson Band, Sonny Green & Tia Carroll with the Greaseland Allstars, Gary Smith and the House Rockers and Delgado Brothers.

That’s an impressive lineup for the festival, which returns in 2021 after disappearing last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are pleased that the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is bringing events and music back to our city,” said John LaFortune, President and CEO of Visit San Jose. “We invite all visitors to support the musicians, our community and our local businesses throughout the festival weekend to experience downtown and all of our unique neighborhoods that are always alive with music.”

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