Live Music: "Orquesta Saboricua" Aug 2nd @ 7:00pm

orquesta saboricua 400x200San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join San Jose Jazz & SPSM for a special performance with Orquesta Saboricua in downtown San Jose on Friday August 2nd, 2013 @ 7:00pm.

Orquesta Saboricua is made up of some of the Bay Area’s best salsa players; together, they make magic. Founder Mike Ramos, keyboards, has been involved with salsa in the Bay Area for 10 years and has performed with such well-known groups as Orquesta Soroa, Cimarron and La Verdad. His musical influences include both Palmieri brothers, Papo Luca, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans Y “El Maestro” Carlos Frederico. Tony Acevedo, vocals, sang in regional radio competitions in his native Puerto Rico and has a smooth sonero style reminiscent of Adalberto Santiago and Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez. Julio Colon, trombone, started playing at age 13 when he heard Willie Colon’s amazing sound.

Steve Marshall, saxophone and flute, began his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at the age of twelve and has performed with Charanga ’76, Orquesta Broadway and Potato. He brings his pacheco style flute and smooth sax playing to round out the Saboricua horn section. Jose Santiago, bongo, was selected for the Pan American Games Big Band. Santiago’s major musical influences include Chucho Valdez, Paquito D’Rivera and Cal Tjader. Ali Choco Luna, conga, has been performing since he was ten years old. He’s shared the stage with artists like Edwin Pabon, Chichito Cepeda and 2013 Summer Fest artist John Santos.

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Movie Night Wed July 31 @ 6:30pm "Mi Mambo"

starlight cinemas downtown san joseJoin San Pedro Square Market and Starlight Cinemas for the free summer movie series in the SPSM plaza:

Bring your family & friends out for some popcorn, and don't forget to grab a bite to eat at the San Pedro Square Market vendors!

  • July 31st: "Mi Mambo" (2006 / not rated) presented by KQED: Music meets the streets of East Harlem at the Harbor Conservatory where Latin rhythms create a lifeline for kids. Mi Mambo! goes inside the Conservatory, exploring how it captures and fees on the musical energies of the street. Students perform son, mambo, and salsa along side professionals, demonstrating why this music deserves the same respect as classical and jazz. The film follows the ups and downs of five students as they learn to navigate what is, for them, an uneven playing field. PRE-SHOW: The San Jose Jazz High School All Stars will perform in the Market Garage starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Live Music: Ron Scott Friday July 26th @ 7:00pm

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Joins SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Ron Scott on Friday, July 26th @ 7:00pm.


Born in San Jose, Ron Scott began playing keyboard as a hobby. He started as a self-taught musician, and still plays by ear, incorporating a sound that joins the smooth with the funky, including spicy Latin rhythms, R&B and neo jazz.

At the age of 34, Scott created his first band The 650 Connection, and the band have many successful ventures, playing with recording artist like Chaka Khan, Temptations, Whispers, and more. Ron has released three CD’s, including his recent solo album Ron Scott in the Keys of Love. This project flirts with an array of genres ranging from samba, to smooth jazz, to R&B ballads.

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Live Music: Sugar Sauce Saturday July 20th @ 8pm

SPSM Live Music: Join us for a special performance by Sugar Sauce at the San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose on Saturday, July 20th, 2013 @ 8pm.

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Currently based in the Monterey Bay, Sugar Sauce primarily performs the original songs of salinas-born singer and guitarist michael glines. drummer david hardie was living in a pantry with a girlfriend in seaside when they met via justin stie of the trees, and formed the performing backup band for krime wave in 2009. shortly after releasing his debut album let yourself on june 15th 2012 with drummer/engineer ben rosett from the strawberry girls, he began performing with ben and bassist bobby guinvarch, whom he met in drew waters' courses at csumb. when ben left the band to focus on strawberry girls, david picked up all the material and the trio have been performing regularly since monterey to san jose.

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Special Event: Viva La Vida Girls Night Out Art Exhibit July 20th @ 7pm

SPSM Special Events: Join Ay Dios Mio Shop and San Pedro Square Market for a special art exhibit on Saturday, July 20th, 2013 from 7-10pm

Register here for this FREE event:

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Live Music: Ron E Beck Friday July 19th @ 7:00pm

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join us for a live show with Ron E. Beck in Downtown San Jose on Friday, July 19th @ 7:00pm

ronebeckliveRon 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, amd Carlos Santana. He contributed as a drummer, vocalist, and producer on Tower of Power’s albums and toured with the band.  He also has released his own albums including Soul Cry in 2005, and Love Comes and Goes in 1998. He currently 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: SJ Jazz High School All Stars Friday July 12th @ 7:00pm

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join San Jose Jazz and the San Pedro Square Market in welcoming the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars for a live performance in downtown San Jose on Friday, July 12th @ 7:00pm

Photo Credit: Jordan River

Now in its 15th season, the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars feature some of the Bay Area’s most gifted young musicians. Representing ten high schools and led by Dr. Aaron Lington, the audition-based big band challenges students to gain a mastery of improvisation techniques while advancing their knowledge of music theory, arranging, composition, performance, and Jazz history.

High School All Stars webpage

San Jose Jazz education programs are brought to you in part by

Southwest Airlines

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