Jazz on the Plazz Returns June 20

Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard performs at Jazz on the Plazz on August 8.

Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard performs at Jazz on the Plazz on August 8.

Jazz on the Plazz returns to downtown Los Gatos starting June 20 for its 10th year with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Grammy-award winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard and Paula West.

The free festival, presented by Los Gatos Music And Arts, continues every Wednesday evening until August 29 at Los Gatos Plaza. Organizers anticipate about 2,500 attendees each week.

Jazz on the Plazz made its debut in Los Gatos 10 years ago after Music in the Park relocated.

“The only change is we’re more refined, yet it’s still an elegant and small event,” says Terri Hope, founder of Jazz on the Plazz. “We try to out-do ourselves every year with our lineup and our talent.”

This year will be the biggest yet for Jazz on the Plazz, according to organizers. Terence Blanchard, who performs August 8, is a well known jazz trumpeter and composer, writing the film scores for Spike Lee movies and others. His most recent project was the score for Cadillac Records, starring Beyonce Knowles and Adrien Brody.

Paula West, performing August 29th, is well renowned Jazz singer, descried by festival Executive Producer Michael Jacobi as “the best Jazz singer on the planet.”

Along with the ongoing event, Jazz on the Plazz is also hosting its annual gala fundraiser on July 24th. Proceeds go toward funding for Jazz on the Plazz as well as scholarships, grants and workshops for youth.

“Celebrating our 10th year anniversary is a big thing for us,” Hope says. “We’re really proud of that fact. Because of the economy many events have folded, and ours continues to thrive.”

Jazz on the Plazz Schedule
June 20: Freda Payne
June 27: Spider Saloff
July 11: Jamie Davis
July 18: Keith Crossan
July 25: Barbara Morrison
August 1: Akira Tana and The Secret Agent Men
August 8: Terence Blanchard
August 15: Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88’s
August 22: Monterey Jazz Festival County High School Allstars
August 29: Paula West

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