Jazz Beyond

Exploring Boundaries of the
Art Form

February 2013–Ongoing

Exploring the Boundaries
of the Art Form

Since 2013, San Jose Jazz has developed a programming stream we call “Jazz Beyond,” which presents artists at the nexus of jazz, soul and hip-hop. The shows were conceived to explore exciting directions jazz is headed and the profound impact jazz is having on contemporary popular music. 

“The night proved a success for all parties involved… for [Taylor] McFerrin, one artist among a collective of young, future-forward jazz talent that continues to test the boundaries of just what it means to be jazz…and for San Jose Jazz, who continue to pose that question to its audience with a festival that amplifies emerging voices in jazz’s fruitful contemporary landscape.”

–KQED Arts

About the Project

Co-curated by the local boutique presenter Universal Grammar, the program has been successful in presenting more than 50 emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to play international stages, like Kamasi Washington, Thundercat and Robert Glasper Experiment. At the 2019 Summer Fest, the Jazz Beyond Stage featured Sons of Kemet, DOMi and JD Beck, Peanut Butter Wolf and 12 other shows in two days.

Selected Artists

- Robert Glasper Experiment
- Thundercat
- Kamasi Washington
- Sons of Kemet
- José James
- Kris Bowers
- The Internet
- Ali Shaheed Muhammad
- Bobbito Garcia
- B. Lewis
- Taylor McFerrin
- Peanut Butter Wolf
- The Seshen
- Kassa Overall
- Mark de Clive-Lowe
- Aaron Abernathy
- Madison McFerrin
- Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
- Adrian Younge


Jazz Beyond Stage, 2019

"Futile," from B. Lewis' Sunset on Carmella

Jazz Beyond Sponsors

Knight Foundation
Sponsor Logo British Airways
Sponsor Universal Grammar

Hero photo: Thundercat at Winter Fest 2014; photo by Walter Wagner

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