San Jose Jazz Society Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Performances include Bud Shank, Nate Pruitt, The San Jose Jazz Society Youth Orchestra Directed by Aaron Lington, Gail Dobson and Smith Dobson Jr., Terry Summa, Dave Eshelman, Denny Berthiaume Trio.

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 29, 2006 – Celebrating 20 years of music, education and great Bay Area jazz, the San Jose Jazz Society ( today announced details of their platinum celebration. On April 25, 2006 the Society will hold a concert and fundraiser at the Park Valencia at Santana Row in San Jose, California. Additionally, the celebration will feature a live auction and a tribute to musicians and Jazz Society members who have helped make the San Jose Jazz Society one of the most respected and successful arts organizations in the Bay Area. The April 25 also marks the kick off of the 24-week Santana Row Summer Series, produced by the San Jose Jazz Society. Details on the Summer Series are available at

“For 20 years the San Jose Jazz Society has lived true to our mission of celebrating jazz through education and performance. The April event celebrates those who have been an integral to our success,” said Geoff Roach, executive director of the San Jose Jazz Society. “Since April 2006 has been designated ‘Jazz Appreciation Month’ by the Smithsonian we felt this was the perfect time to celebrate jazz in our community. This event highlights jazz as pure art form and showcases the important way music can positively impact the quality of life in Silicon Valley.”

The San Jose Jazz Society 20th Anniversary Gala and Concert will feature performances by legendary saxophonist Bud Shank, vocalist Nate Pruitt, the San Jose Jazz Society Youth Orchestra directed by Aaron Lington, as well as artists Gail Dobson, Smith Dobson Jr. , Terry Summa, Dave Eshelman and the Denny Berthiaume Trio. Attendees will enjoy a formal dinner provided by Maggiano’s as well as merchant gift bags.

1986 – 2006: 20 Years of Celebrating Jazz
Founded in 1986 by a small group of jazz devotees, the San Jose Jazz Society has become synonymous with excellence in performance and education. Best known for the highly regarded annual Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival, which presents hundreds of top jazz artists to the community, the San Jose Jazz Society also produces hundreds of in-school programs, concerts, and educational activities. These workshops bring jazz to kids in schools throughout Santa Clara County where there are little or no music programs.
Gala Tickets and Availability
Tickets are now on sale and are limited. San Jose Jazz Society members $130/non-members $150 (VIP includes preferred seating). Regular tickets Society members $75/non-members $80 all include dinner and show. Tickets available through the San Jose Jazz Society or by phone at 408- 288-7557 ext.2310, email at at the Santana Row Concierge 408-551-4611 by email at
About the San Jose Jazz Society:
The San Jose Jazz Society, producers of the annual Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of celebrating jazz through performance and education in order to enrich and improve the lives of people in Sil! icon Valley. Proceeds from the Festival help to support the Society’s education and outreach programs, including an in-school program that reaches 10,000 schoolchildren a year about jazz and innovation while also delivering an anti-tobacco message. For more information visit
Media Contact
Anne Smith
San Jose Jazz Society Publicist

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