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Sunday Jazz Series at the Palm Room

By Jim Harrington


Hyatt St. Claire
302 South Market St., San Jose.
408.288.7557; www.sanjosejazz.org
13 Sundays, beginning Jan. 2, tickets are $12-$30 per show; $125-$175 for series packages

JAZZ CATS dig the winter. While the summer is all about the biggest names in pop playing the biggest venues, the colder months usually bring the hottest acts in jazz to the Bay Area. And that's certainly the case in the South Bay this winter as the San Jose Jazz Society presents its 17th annual Sunday Jazz Series at the Palm Room in downtown San Jose.

Organizers recently announced the lineup for the new 13-week series, which runs from Jan. 2 to March 27, and it's an eclectic schedule of top-notch local and national acts that range stylistically from blues and swing to Brazilian and contemporary jazz.

Highlights include East Bay vocal-great Kim Nalley (pictured) on Jan. 9, San Mateo County piano-hotshot Taylor Eigsti on Jan. 16 and the explosive duo of pianist Benny Green and guitarist Russell Malone on Feb. 27.

Although best known for putting on the free San Jose Jazz Festival each summer, SJJS keeps the music pumping all year long in the Bay Area.


2005 LINEUP:
Jan 2: Claudia Villela with Ricardo Peixoto (Brazilian jazz)
Jan 9: Kim Nalley (bluesy vocal jazz)
Jan 16: Taylor Eigsti Trio (piano trio)
Jan 23: Tierney Sutton (vocals, standards)
Jan 30: Mimi Fox with Harvie Swartz (guitar and bass)
Feb 6: San Jose Youth Jazz Orchestra
Feb 13: Jon Mayer Trio (piano trio)
Feb 20: Aaron Lingtonís SJSU Sextet (post-bebop)
Feb 27: The Benny Green/Russell Malone Duo (piano and guitar)
Feb 6: Khalil Shaheed (trumpet)
Mar 13: Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo (Brazilian jazz)
Mar 20: Jovino Santos Neto (Brazilian jazz)
Mar 27: Michelle Amador and the True Believers (contemporary jazz)


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From the December 22-28, 2004 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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