This Friday (May 4th) we welcome San Jose Jazz to host it’s First Friday monthly Jazz performance as well as our reguarly scheduled D1ME DJ series. The evening festivities are broken into two parts. Starting at with doors opening at 8pm, Dana Leong hits the Pagoda stage at 8:30pm and will play straight through til 10pm. At that point the D1ME portion of the evening begins with our tastemaker resident DJ’s The CME and G-WREX playing soulful minded dance-floor gems. The whole evening is FREE.
More on Dana Leong below…
Hip-Hop beats, trombone licks and a playful cello melody are an eclectic musical combination. Composer, cellist and trombonist Dana Leong pulls this distinct sound off; fusing Jazz, Classical and Pop to create a signature boundless musical experience. Often referred to as a “hi-def Yo-Yo Ma,” Dana’s pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world. He has collaborated with top jazz artists including Paquito D’Rivera and Christian McBride, and has worked with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Barry White, Kanye West, Wynton Marsalis, Bjork, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoko Ono, and many more. Through all of this, Leong still finds time to visit his home state of CA.
The Dana Leong Trio, featuring Dana (cello/trombone), John Shannon (guitar) and DJ Icewater (turntables), is the latest incarnation of Leong’s ever-expansive compositions, bringing together an exciting blend of instrumental techniques and musical styles. The trio was a featured act in the 2011 Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City and the Sleepless Night Miami Beach festival in November 2011.
This concert is part of South First Friday, an eclectic evening of arts & culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district, held every First Friday of the month. More at southfirstfridays.com