2017 Jazz Festival

Jazz Festival Series


Soka Jazz Festival is a gathering of new and familiar jazz musicians performing standards and original compositions in a world-class venue in one weekend. Presented in cooperation with Bluport Jazz.

Tickets: $30 ($26 student/senior/military)
Package: 4 Jazz Festival Performances
Package Price: $92 ($80 student/senior/military)
Package Savings: $24-28 (23%)
Location/Configuration: Concert Hall/Amplified

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An Evening with Jazz Vocalist Diane Schuur
Friday, September 22, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.

Long regarded as one of contemporary jazz's leading vocalists, multiple-Grammy winner Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Blind since birth, she is gifted with perfect pitch and is a proficient pianist. Schuur's music explores almost every corner of the twentieth century musical landscape, having collaborated with Count Basie Orchestra, Barry Manilow, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano.

Gilbert Castellanos Latin Jazz Ensemble
Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.    

Skilled with impressive dexterity, control, and clarity of expression, trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos makes music that sounds effortless but moves listeners on a deeply emotional level. Recognized as an American Master by DownBeat magazine, Castellanos is one of the nation's most inventive improvisers in stirring live performances as a member of prominent jazz ensembles and as leader of his own groups.

Hard-Bop Jazz with The Cookers
Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.    

“Player for player, there’s no better working band in jazz” (Boston Globe). The Cookers is an all-star septet comprised of Billy Harper (tenor saxophone), Cecil McBee (bass), George Cables (piano), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Billy Hart (drums), David Weiss (trumpet), and Donald Harrison (alto saxophone). Their music resonates with the depth and beauty that only 250 years of combined experience can bring.

Cool Modern West Coast Jazz with The Phil Norman Tentet
Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

Listening to a tentet is like hearing the very essence of big band jazz–with all the thrills of that remarkable, varied sound. Consider a tentet to be the chamber ensemble of jazz with rich potential for creative diversity and new, illuminating ways to arrange music for ten players in authentic jazz fashion. The Phil Norman Tentet will play a combination of standards and original tunes, with each member soloing. 

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Mark Your Calendar!

Current Package Holder Renewals begin on May 9.

Current series package holder renewals will begin on May 9, 2017 using our online renewal system. Current package holders will receive a special renewal email notice with instructions and a link to renew their current seats. Current package holder seats will be held for renewal until June 6, 2017. After that date, seats that are not renewed will be released for general sale. Renewal Instructions

Online Package Sales for new package subscribers will begin on June 13.

New series package requests will begin on June 13, 2017. An email notice will be sent out to all Soka Performing Arts Center patrons just prior to that date.

Package Sales end the day of the first performance in the series. At that time you may Create Your Own Series with these and other events.

Single-Event Tickets go on sale July 11.

Tickets for individual events (Single-Event Tickets) will go on sale July 11, 2017. At that time, you may purchase any or all of the individual performances.

PLEASE NOTE: Artists, programs, dates and times subject to change.