Last night I had the pleasure of catching up with some friends and fellow San Jose Jazz Summer Fest colleagues.
We began the evening by discussing the future of Jazz and how to engage the younger demographic through the festival. Past initiatives have included the addition of the Jazz Beyond & Jazz + stages; music programming dedicated to new-age jazz -- jazz fusion. Introducing acts such as Derrick Hodge, Robert Glasper Experiment, Miles Bonny and more.
We were tossing around ideas for booking a program rich in these 'jazz-fusion' genres, with the aim to include a younger, more eclectic audience. Among the ideas were, Hiatus Kaiyote, D'Angelo and Zongo Junction (advice strongly encouraged, email us with any suggestions).
Fittingly, we headed over to Moe's Alley to check out Zongo Junction's set last night. This Brooklyn afrobeat band have been receiving a lot of positive attention, seemingly making a buzz within the scene.
Zongo Junction is a large band, comprised of five horns and a six-piece rhythm section; creating a tight, energetic and engaging live performance. These cats are hip residing in Brooklyn and having either played or recorded with the likes of TV on The Radio, Man Man, Easy Star All-Stars and The Walkmen.
They are finishing up the last leg of their West Coast tour, before heading home to East Coast for some final shows.