Live Music: George Cole Friday March 21st @ 7:00pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with George Cole on Friday, March 21st, 2014 @ 7:00pm

George Cole: guitarist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, producer, arranger, music educator, and San Francisco native is a consummate performer, bringing vast experience and enormous talent to each show and every project he is a part of. George played lead guitar in the bands: Young Country, The Upstarts, Zula Pool, Beatnik Beatch (Atlantic Records), and Big Blue Hearts (Geffen/Interscope). He has toured with Joe Walsh, recorded with producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Foreigner, The Cars), and performed, played guitar and sang duets with jazz legend Keely Smith. He recorded on Chris Isaak’s platinum selling Forever Blue album. George was guitar instructor and mentor to Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day.

Garnering rave reviews and standing ovations, George has dazzled audiences at musical landmarks across the country. He continues to tour, compose and record extensively while placing music education and his students as a high priority. He is curator/director of violin and guitar for the annual Esprit de Django et Stéphane Festival at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. George and the band are now in preproduction for a new record with Grammy Award winner John Cuniberti.

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Live Music: Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience Saturday March 15th @ 8pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a live performance with the Kavanaugh Brothers & Celtic Experience with Celtic Soul on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 @ 8:00pm in downtown san jose in the market garage.

An acoustic band steeped in the tradition of Irish folk songs, the Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience deliver rebel tunes and pub songs, as well as dabbling in Americana, blues and country. Influenced by the Clancy Brothers, the Dubliners, the Pogues, the Grateful Dead, and all points between and beyond, a rollicking good time is guaranteed.

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Live Music: Ron E Beck Friday March 14th @ 7pm

ron e beck 400x200San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Ron E. Beck on Friday, March 14th, 2014 @ 7:00pm in the Market Garage.

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: Witchdream Mansion - A Million Creatures - Andrew Conner March 8th @ 8pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a special multi-band performance on March 8th, 2014 @ 8pm in the market garage for the album release party of Withdream Mansion, A Million Creatures & Andrew Conner.

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Witchdream mansion sing quiet songs inspired by folk and lo-fi music immersed in dark imagery and haunting landscapes. Live performances are usually Robert Raymond performing solo, but for this performance Robert will be backed by a seven-piece band. Witchdream Mansion also just recorded an album, and will be debuting copies of it at the show. The songs on the album are richly layered and have an almost orchestral feel to them, featuring violin, piano, booming percussion, and stirring harmonies.

For this set, there will be a special treat- Robert Raymond will be accompanied by Molly Murphy on vocals, Andrew Conner on vocals and electric guitar, Zach Pallin on bass, Emily Octopys on piano, Tyler Rusten on harmonium, and Della Duncan on drums!

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An unforgettable and haunting voice radiates from Molly Murphy, the musician behind the heartfelt songs of a million creatures. Deeply evocative lyrics put together with poetic imagery and powerful honesty creep into your soul as Molly shares her inner world over lightly plucked, delicately finger-picked acoustic guitar. A million creatures just released an album called 'in this hour'.

Andrew Conner
For his first full solo performance, Andrew will draw inspiration from his eclectic musical influences to offer up a mixture of classic and original songs played from the heart.

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Live Music: Dirty Cello March 7th @ 7:00pm

dirty cello1 400x200San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a liver performance with Dirty Cello on March 7th, 2014 @ 7:00pm in the Market Garage.

From wild Eastern-European gypsy music through the blues and ending with some shredding classic rock, Dirty Cello takes audiences on a tour of all the cello can do. The band--led by cellist Rebecca Roudman--morphs from a solo project, quartet, and large ensemble that includes musicians from Symphony Napa Valley.

Dirty Cello has performed at House of Blues (Voodoo Lounge), the Hard Rock Cafe (Oahu and Maui), the De Young Museum and tours to China, Hawaii, L.A./San Diego, Portland, Austin, and Seattle, among other venues.

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Live Music: Daydream Nation Band Night Sat Feb 22 @ 8pm

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join us for the next installment of the Daydream Nation band series, live at the market, on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 @ 8pm



Mike Huguenor

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The Y Axes

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The Oarsmen

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Live Music: Raq Filipina Friday Feb 21st @ 7:00pm

raq filipina 400x200San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Raq Filipina on Friday, Februrary 21st @ 7:00pm in the market garage.

Raq Filipina’s music is a unique mix of Filipino roots with Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean and chill electronica sounds. Her songs are mysterious and uplifting, innovative and modern, nostalgic and iconoclastic. Her voice is sultry, haunting and sensuous.
She’s an award winning composer and performer who grew up in a musical family in the San Juan neighborhood in Manila, singing and dancing from a young age. Since she arrived in the United States as a young woman, she has sung, danced and performed a range of styles, earning recognition and numerous awards along the way. In early 2010, the legendary world music producer Greg Landau contacted her to work on a new project combining roots music of the Philippine Islands with eclectic rhythms and a touch of electronica. The chemistry of Raq Filipina’s compositions and Landau’s innovative production was immediate and powerful, and they have recorded a unique album.

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Live Music: A Yawn Worth Yelling Sat. Feb 15th @ 8pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a special performance with A Yawn Worth Yelling Band on Saturday, February 15th, 2014 @ 8:00pm

For emerging indie-rock outfit A Yawn Worth Yelling, thinking different is more than just a revolutionary marketing catchphrase; it’s an ethic deeply ingrained in the personalities of the young musicians that comprise the San Jose, California four-piece. “Our musical tastes and backgrounds are diverse, so challenging ourselves to make different and exciting music is second nature to us,” states lead vocalist, guitarist, and percussionist Tyler Boyd. The band’s sophisticated, and whimsical indie-rock sound hosts dashes of math-rock, alternative rock, and even R&B, with the experimental style paying homage to influences such as The Dirty Projectors, The Dear Hunter, Manchester Orchestra, and Joanna Newsom, among others. As bassist Johannes Heine adds; “We love the unpredictability and foreignness of experimental artists. It’s definitely a creative ambition of ours to channel that degree of musicianship.”

Since their early-2011 inception, the band has been ever-active in the studio, having amassed an EP and a full-length to their name. As lead guitarist Brayden Deskins explains, “Our debut full-length ‘Hieme Bellum’ is really special to us. It’s a concept album about a kid who becomes fascinated with death and learns that love is more powerful than negative thoughts and feelings. It’s weird and it’s perfectly us – our individual personalities and spontaneity really shines through.” With an unshakeable group dynamic and chemistry, the future looks bright for the band. “We’re best friends and we want to make music together. We want our music to reach as many people who enjoy what we have to say as possible. There’s nothing that could be more fulfilling than that for us,” adds drummer Taylor Stover. The band will be releasing new music and touring extensively, particularly around the west-coast, for the remainder of 2014.

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Live Music: Peppe Merolla Friday Feb 14th @ 7:00pm

peppe merolla 400x200San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Peppe Merolla on Friday, February 14th, 2014 @ 7:00pm

Drummer, trumpeter, singer, and actor Peppe Merolla is as versatile as can be. Past work as an Italian singer, and actor has won him aan Italian Oscar.


Video: Peppe Merolla Quartet Featuring Vincent Herring - Massimo Farao'- Aldo Zunino

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SAVE THE DATE: San Jose Jazz WinterFest Feb 28 - Mar 2

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: SAVE THE DATE!

San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2014, presented by Metro, continues its trend of providing a “cool” counterpart to the celebrated Summer Fest by presenting emerging jazz talent that’s pushing the art form forward. They also place a spotlight on education with two afternoons of student band performances accompanied by master classes taught by some of their featured performers.

This year, they present saxophone hotshot Anton Schwartz with his quintet, featuring young talent Taylor Eigsti. Other performers include LA-based composer and viola player Miguel Atwood-Ferguson with local singer Mara Hruby; adventurous bass virtuoso Thundercat, who recently announced his collaboration with Herbie Hancock; blues/soul diva Nikki Hill; rising LA vocalist Moses Sumney; hot zydeco band Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys; straight ahead pianist, composer and bandleader Amina Figarova, alternative Latin powerhouse La Santa Cecilia, who just won a 2014 Grammy, and more.

Student performances include the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars, San Jose State University Jazz Orchestra, and Folsom High School Jazz Band. Master classes will be led by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Amina Figarova, and Taylor Eigsti.

Hotel De Anza is the official hotel sponsor of Winter Fest 2014.


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