San Jose Jazz Winter Fest, Feb 28-Mar 2, presents emerging artists that are blurring genres, breaking new ground and moving the art form forward. Featured this year are musicians that are blowing up in LA’s thriving live music scene: Thundercat, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Moses Sumney.
Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within. Music runs deep in his blood—his father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally known jazz drummer, and Steven started his career in high school, touring with his brother in the punk band Suicidal Tendencies.
As Thundercat, Bruner works with a mix of artists that suit his wildly experimental sensibilities – anyone ranging from Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, and Stanley Clarke to more recent collaborations with rappers Wiz Khalifa and Earl Sweatshirt. FlyLo is the executive producer of Thundercat’s latest album, Apocalypse. The album blurs the confines of pop, funk, electronica and prog rock to create something entirely new.
Multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer/DJ Miguel Atwood-Ferguson has contributed to over 300 recordings and countless live concerts. As a violist, he has appeared with Big Boi (Outkast), Rihanna, Hall & Oates, and many other international artists. In orchestral settings, Atwood-Ferguson has joined the likes of Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson Thomas. As a studio musician, he has recorded for will.i.am, Dr. Dre, Flying Lotus and Raphael Saadiq and he’s been a featured performer on the internationally acclaimed BBC Radio 1 program “Worldwide” in London hosted by Gilles Peterson. Atwood-Ferguson will be joined by Oakland vocalist Mara Hruby whose recent EP From Her Eyes has received a lot of notice.
With just a guitar, a looping station, and his voice, Moses Sumney has quickly become one of 2014’s hottest emerging artists. LA Weekly raved “the soulful singer has an entire band residing within his throat.” Timeout LA noted Sumney is a “mix of D’Angelo, Elliott Smith, and Active Child,” and Buzzbands LA referred to his sound as “evocative folk-soul” and observed that “no artist in recent memory has gone from zero to must-see more quickly than Sumney.”
Winter Fest also presents alternative Latin powerhouse La Santa Cecilia, who just won a 2014 Grammy; saxophone hotshot Anton Schwartz with his quintet, including young talent Taylor Eigsti; blues/soul diva Nikki Hill; hot zydeco band Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys; straight ahead pianist, composer and bandleader Amina Figarova and more. Buy tickets now
MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON ENSEMBLE featuring MARA HRUBY
@ The 2014 San Jose Jazz Winter Fest
co-presented by Universal Grammar
@ Theatre on San Pedro Square…[more]
Late Show Discount Code: UG14ATWOOD
Official SJ Jazz Winter Fest After Party
hosted by Mara Hruby presented by Universal Grammar
@ SP2 Communal Bar…[more]