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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest returns in triumphant fashion-Latestgrouplink

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest returns in triumphant fashion-Latestgrouplink
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Mike Johnson was grooving on the vibe from the moment he arrived at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

“You can feel the love walking in,” said the Sacramento resident, who was enjoying the first of three days — Aug. 12-14 — of live music in and around Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San Jose. “It’s just fun. It’s a party.”

Thousands of others appeared to be full in agreement with Johnson’s assessment of opening night of the festival. Music lovers filled the plaza to dance and sway to tunes from Friday’s main stage artists — including soul great Lee Fields — as well as enjoy performances by more than a dozen other acts on other festival stages. Featured acts included R&B-soul band Durand Jones & the Indications and local blues great Chris Cain.

The event is set to continue on Saturday with funk-soul star Charlie Wilson, vocalist-guitarist Raul Midón, Afro-Cuban outfit Sabor de Mi Cuba, versatile vocalist Kim Nalley, R&B singer Leela James and jazz music’s famed Brubeck Brothers among the acts set to appear.

The 2022 festival is scheduled to conclude on Sunday with performances from Grammy-winning Oakland R&B vocalist Ledisi, jazz bassist extraordinaire Stanley Clarke, San Jose bluesman Aki Kumar, Orquesta Latin Heat and many other notable artists.

Durand Jones and The Indications perform at the San Jose Jazz's Summer Fest 2022 in downtown San Jose, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (Josie Lepe for Bay Area News Group)
Durand Jones and The Indications perform at the San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest 2022 in downtown San Jose, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (Josie Lepe for Bay Area News Group) 

It’s the first full-scale Summer Fest since 2019. The festival was canceled in 2020, due to COVID, but held last year with limited capacity.

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