Summer Dare

Jayn Pettingill | May 31st, 2018


To me the word jazz means: I dare you. I dare you for a meaning, for the moment: I dare you. Wayne Shorter     

As we enter summer, how will you be spending it?  Have a trip planned? A home improvement project perhaps? Or is there a Jazz festival in your summer plans?  Here, in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are very fortunate to have several top tier festivals that dovetail throughout the summer months. Each series hosts some of the nation’s top and emerging talents.

With something for every jazz lover, these festivals mix offerings of traditional sounds with new interpretations of the genre and some even expanding, or outright challenging, the horizons of the art form. It’s summer, when time takes on a relaxed attitude and the expansiveness of the season invites equally the old with the new.

We dare you to go savor the sounds of surprise, of forms old and new this summer. To help you get started here’s a list of the festivals happening now through September. And let us know where you’re going this summer if it involves hearing live music! Check the links below for more info.

Fillmore Jazz Festival


Filoli Gardens

Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

SF Jazz Festival

San Jose Summer Jazz Festival

Stanford Jazz

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