San Jose Jazz Winter Fest this weekend

If the finale of Cinequest isn’t enough for you this weekend, or if you’re more of a music-lover than a film-buff, check out San Jose Jazz’s Winter Fest this weekend.

This festival, running from tonight, March 9, through Sunday, March 11, is smaller by far than August’s Summer Fest. Most of the concerts are being held at the “intimate” Theater on San Pedro Square, with music ranging from the straight ahead vocal jazz of the Jamie Davis Quintet, to Blues from local festival regulars Blues All-Stars with J.C. Smith and friends, to Latin sounds from Pacific Mambo Orchestra. There’s also a pub crawl program covering many of the bars at San Pedro Square and around the corner at The Brit and Los Gatos Brewing Company.

I’ll be seeing Rupa and the April Fishes on Sunday night. This local fusion band mixes everything from Gypsy Swing to South American traditional music to Indian ragas into their sound. When I last saw this band, they were playing on a South First Friday at MACLA, which is more or less a concrete barn, giving them a sound that was more about noise and echoes than music…but they have a fantastic local reputation and I’m hoping a more friendly audio environment can help them to shine.

For complete line-ups and show times visit the Winter Fest schedule.

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