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Live Music: Ron E Beck Friday March 20th @ 7pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Ron E. Beck on Friday, March 20th, 2015 @ 7:00pm.

Ron E. Beck has spent the last forty years playing in bands such as Tower of Power, as well as with other R&B, blues and jazz bands including: Bell and James, Bobby Womack, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., 5th Dimension, Danny Hull Quintet (Spang-a-Lang), Sista Monica, Chris Cain, Steve Cropper, Herbie Hancock, and Carlos Santana. He contributed as a drummer, vocalist, and producer on Tower of Power’s albums and toured with the band. Beck has also released his own albums including Soul Cry in 2005, and Love Comes and Goes in 1998. His newest CD Baby Boomer was recently released in 2012, and will be available at the performance. Beck is founder and an instructor at Ron E. Beck Drum Institute, where he educates up-and-coming drummers about the trade.

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Live Music: Mary Ellen Duell Thurs Mar 19th @ 7pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a live performance with Mary Ellen Duell on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 @ 7:00pm.

One of the best Vocalists in the Bay Area, Mary Ellen is well known and legendary in the South bay and with San Jose folks , as well as performing with The Garage Band. With her husband Thom they crank out the hits from Fleetwood Mac to you name it!

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SJ Earthquakes Soccer Legacy Book Signing Thurs Mar 19 @ 5pm

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San Pedro Square Market Special Events: Join SPSM for the Official Book Launch Party for The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy where you can meet the author Gary Singh!

  • Thursday, March 19, 2015
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm

 

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St Patty's Day Live Music: Celtic Duo Tues Mar 17th @ 7:00pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM on St Patty's Day, Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 @ 7:00pm for a live performance in celebration of thi festive holiday.

The celtic duo plays Irish flutes and Horns, and sings...along with a Keyboard player.  Shelley (Pic) is well immersed in the Celtic and Irish world and is the Instructor and organizer of a few community Celtic groups in the area- as well as has a few CD's out.

We look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday night at the market!  There will be multiple beer and spirirts specials at the market bars, so come one, come all!

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Live Music: Jackie Turner & Mojo Blanc! Sat March 14th @ 7pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a special performance with Jackie Turner & Mojo Blanc! on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 @ 7:00pm.

Featuring Dana Withers, Miles Pruitt, and Wil Roberts who make up the new San Francisco bay area R & B cover and dance band.

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Live Music: Ren Geisick Friday March 13th @ 7pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Ren Geisick on Friday, March 13th, 2015 @ 7:00pm.

Ren Geisick’s greatest joy is to be the messenger for a song that touches the heart of another person. With a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from Cal-State Long Beach, and a DownBeat award for Outstanding Undergraduate Jazz Vocalist as well as the Ella Fitzgerald Scholarship, she has shown her love for music that goes beyond genre to the heart and soul of the experience. Her greatest influences are two women: Nina Simone and Eva Cassidy, who were never married to genre but to singing from the heart. This performance will showcase the depth of Ren’s style, featuring new arrangements and original material born from the diversity of her musical life.

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Live Music: Wil Roberts Thursday March 12th @ 7pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a live performance with Wil Roberts on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 @ 7:00pm.

Wil has toured across the U.S. and now lives in the San Francisco bay area. He has performed at world class resorts in the Caribbean, Ireland, Alaska, Hawaii, Colorado, and California. He has been a featured solo artist on the maiden voyage of a luxury cruise ship and has performed his solo for President Ford and his guest’s in Vail. Some highlights:

Vail & Beaver Creek (Ritz Carlton, Park Hyatt, Cordillera Golf Resort)
Belize (Journey’s End Resort)
Lake Tahoe, Ritz Carlton
San Diego, Princess Hotel, La Costa Country Club
Palm Desert, La Quinta Resort

Wil creates an atmosphere of musical excellence where ever he performs his mix of R&B, coffee house, and adult contemporary pop.  His beautiful voice and relaxed style set him apart from other entertainers and make him a favorite at intimate events.

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Live Music: Multiple Jazz Bands Sunday March 8th @ 12:00pm

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for their Winter Fest performances with multiple jazz bands on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 starting at 12:00pm at the market.

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Homestead High School Jazz Ensemble @ 12:00pm

The Homestead Jazz Ensemble is comprised of 22 of the top student musicians in Homestead High School’s large and vibrant music program.

The Homestead Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1974 by then band director, Rory Snyder. John Burn, a Homestead Jazz Ensemble Alum, has been the director since 1991.

Throughout the past four decades, the Homestead Jazz Ensemble has continually earned high ratings at adjudicated festivals such as the CMEA Jazz Festival, the Reno Jazz Festival, and the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival. In 2009, the Homestead Jazz Ensemble performed in the Australian International Music Festival in Sydney, Australia and in 2005 the Homestead Jazz Ensemble performed in both the “Next Generation” Monterey Jazz Festival and the Kobe Jazz Festival in Kobe, Japan.

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Los Gatos High School Jazz Band @ 1:30pm

The Los Gatos High School Jazz Band is an audition-based big band comprised of students in grades 9-12. In the past 5 years, the jazz band has grown in both size and quality; in addition to performing around the Bay Area at town events, school concerts and adjudicated festivals, the group has also consistently received “unanimous superior” ratings at CMEA jazz festivals.

The jazz ensemble performs diverse styles of music such as swing, Latin, bebop, ragtime, and pop/rock/jazz fusion. Clinicians who specialize in various jazz styles will also guest lecture during the year, helping students gain a deeper understanding about the performance style. Members of this ensemble explore improvising and playing in smaller “combo” groups. Students in this ensemble typically take this class as their second music elective in addition to taking a foreign language and Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble.

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ 3:00pm

Led by Director, Dillon Baiocchi and Ensemble Advisor, Eddie Mendenhall, theKuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians from Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas.

Having successfully auditioned, band members attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory, improvisation and arranging, and learn essential life skills such as communication, cooperation and critical thinking. The Honor Band performs at community benefits, festivals and special events, ending each school year with a concert at the renowned Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

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Live Music: Multiple Jazz Bands Saturday March 7th @ 12:00pm

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for their Winter Fest performances with multiple bands on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 starting at 12:00pm at the market.

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Valley Christian Jazz Ensemble @ 12:00pm

The Valley Christian High School Jazz Program was founded in 1990 and is under the direction of Dr. Marcus Wolfe and Dr. Michael Jones.  The program features the award winning VCHS Jazz Ensemble along with other large and small jazz ensembles and improvisation classes at the High School and Junior High levels.  In 2006, members of the Jazz Ensemble were instrumental in the creation of the Valley Christian Conservatory of the Arts, the first conservatory-model training program in the Bay Area.  The Conservatory has a robust guest artist program and regularly hosts jazz artists with international reputations for concerts and workshops.  Our students have recently enjoyed master classes and workshops from Pete Escovedo, Ray Brown, Sheila E, Mark Sherman, Carl Allen, and Scott Whitfield.

In 2013 the Jazz Ensemble placed first in an international competition, The Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards, tied for first overall at the Reno Jazz Festival, and was invited to perform at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival.  They have consistently placed first or second at jazz festivals such as, Folsom, Cabrillo, Campana, Fullerton and Santa Cruz.

Three members of the Jazz Ensemble were named finalists in the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble.  Graduates of the Valley Christian Jazz Ensemble have been awarded positions top college music programs in the United States including the University of North Texas, Stanford University, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Harvard University.

The Jazz Ensemble frequently performs at top music venues in the Bay Area, including Villa Montalvo, the historic California Theatre in San Jose, and The Fairmont Hotel San Jose.  They have an annual recording session at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA and they regularly participate in many benefit concerts, including one in collaboration with UCLA Jazz Band for Global Outreach International.

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San Jose Jazz High School All Stars @ 1:00pm

Led by Dr. Aaron Lington, the High School All Stars is a regional, audition-based music education program for students who are interested in the study and performance of jazz. The program includes a large ensemble and a combo. It’s designed to help students achieve a mastery of improvisation techniques while advancing their knowledge of music theory, arranging, composition, performance, and jazz history.

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Live Music: Swing Dance Party w/ Cosmo Alleycats Fri Mar 6th @ 7p

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance and swing dance party with the Cosmo Alleycats Band on Friday, March 6th, 2015 @ 7:00pm.

The Cosmo Alleycats is an emerging San Francisco dance band that brings to the stage a potent mix of vintage dance music with a dynamic, soulful delivery. The band draws from several decades of exhilarating American music spanning the eras of Swing & Big Band, Blues, 60s Soul and R&B, and Motown.

The five-piece swing jazz and retro R&B band performs regularly at both Le Colonial and Blondie’s Bar in San Francisco, a consistent favorite to audiences and dancers throughout the Bay Area. The Band also appears at concert events such as the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival and Sausalito’s Jazz & Blues by the Bay series. A professional, full-service ensemble, The Cosmo Alleycats’ diverse repertoire is well-suited for all types of events, from weddings to corporate receptions to dance parties. The talented group consists of vocalist Emily Day, pianist Noam Eisen, bassist Steve Height, drummer Mike Burns, saxophonist Pete Cornell, and trumpeter Zach Meyerowitz.

Don’t know how to dance to swing? Arrive at the beginning of the evening to learn new steps or just brush up on technique with expert dance instructors including SJZ Board member Margot Helm.

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