The 2012 Fillmore Jazz Festival

by E. "Doc" Smith on June 29, 2012

The West Coast’s largest free jazz festival returns this summer with a weekend of live music, gourmet food and local arts and crafts. On Saturday and Sunday, July 7 & 8, the 28th Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival, on Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy, will showcase the Bay Area’s most talented musicians across the full spectrum of jazz music accompanied by a festival infused with the local flavors and culture of San Francisco’s historic Fillmore District.

This year’s festival will feature more than two dozen bands performing on three different stages, including a heartfelt tribute to Etta James performed each afternoon on the California Street Stage by Kim Nalley, one of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed jazz and blues vocalists. Other performers on the California Street Stage include Radio Jazz, Foxtails Brigade, the Mark Rapp Group, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Venissa Santi, and the Michael Orenstein Group presented by The Jazzschool.

The Sutter Street – Beyond Stage will feature the best of Bay Area’s world music performers. Saturday’s line-up will feature Dana Leong, the West Africa Hi Life Band, and Locura; while Sunday will focus on Latin-infused jazz music featuring Homengem Brasileira Feminina, Jai Uttal and the Queen of Hearts Orchestra, Yaelisa Y Caminos Flamencos, and the Hip Spanic Allstars.

The Eddy Street Stage will feature a wide variety of the Bay Area’s favorite Blues and R&B performers, including Carlos Zalcito, Dwight Carrier, Bobbie Webb and the Smooth Blues Band Show featuring Vinnie Florres and Paul Palizzola (a.k.a. Paul from the Streets), The King Brothers, Consonance, Jaye & Friends, Scary Larry 8 Piece Band, Coltrain and Sister Monica.

From sunup to sundown, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is a celebration of art and soul right in the heart of San Francisco. Each year, the Fillmore Jazz Festival attracts more than 90,000 jazz aficionados and music lovers from all over the Bay Area to celebrate and enjoy a rich musical tradition of live jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel while taking in the diverse local culture and cuisine of the storied Fillmore area.

The Fillmore Jazz Festival offers twelve blocks of music, fine arts and crafts, gourmet food and beverages. Art and crafts include photography, painting, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, pottery, clothing, hats, and children’s toys – over 200 artists and craftsmen. Delicious “street food” includes oysters, calamari, fish & chips, grilled chicken, BBQ pork, jambalaya, tri-tip and organic fruits and veggies accompanied by fine wine and beer.

The Fillmore Jazz Festival is hosted by the Fillmore Street Merchants and Improvement Association and produced by Steven Restivo Event Services. Special thanks to our sponsors, including Armstrong Installation Service, ZipCar, TANG Newspaper Marketing Group/San Francisco Chronicle, Xfinity-Comcast, Provident Credit Union, AT&T Advertising Solutions, Summerwinds Resorts/Midvest Equities/Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Stage Active Brand Marketing/Jadot, Renewal by Andersen Bay Area, Polk Audio inc, Bath Fitter, San Francisco Giants, RMD Group, Bay Home & Window, American Laser Skin Care, KBLX, Ellis Eye,

Getaround, Ride the Ducks, Inspira Marketing Group/Maille Mustard, Alcone/Wonka, RedPeg Marketing/GEICO, On the Avenue Marketing- NY Times, San Francisco magazine.

28th Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival –
The West Coast’s Largest Free Jazz Festival Returns
July 7 & 8, 2012 from 10am – 6pm

Featuring Kim Nalley in a Special Tribute to Etta James,
Jai Uttal, The King Brothers, and Many More for Two Days of Music, Food and Art

WHAT: 28th Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival –
The West Coast’s Largest Free Jazz Festival Returns
Twelve blocks of music, fine arts and crafts, gourmet food and beverages.

WHERE: Fillmore Street, between Jackson and Eddy, San Francisco

WHEN: Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8
10am to 6pm

LINE-UP:

SATURDAY, JULY 7 

California Street Stage:
10:00 – 11:00: Radio Jazz
11:35 – 12:45: Foxtails Brigade
1:15 – 2:25: TSP: The Song Project
2:55 – 4:00: Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
4:30 – 6PM: Kim Nalley – Dedicated to Etta James

Sutter Street Stage – Beyond Stage    
10:00 – 11:30: Dana Leong
12:00 – 1:30: West African Hi Life Band
2:10 – 3:40: Locura
4:15 – 6:00: Jai Uttal and the Queen of Hearts Orchestra

Eddy Street Stage    
10:00 – 11:00: Carlos Zalcito – (R & B)
12:00 – 1:30: Dwight Carrier – (Blues Zydeco)
2:00 – 4:00: Bobbie Webb & The Smooth Blues Band Show (Featuring) Vinnie Florres and Paul Palizzola a.k.a Paul From The Streets
4:30 – 6:00: The King Brothers

O’Farrell Street Stage Dance Floor
12:00 – 12:30: Lesson by Swing U (no partner & no experience needed)
12:30 – 2:30: Dance floor with DJ’s by Swing U
2:30 – 3:00: Lesson by Swing U (no partner & no experience needed)
3:00 – 6:00: Dancing continues with guest DJ’s and bands to be added by Swing U at SFSwingFest.com

SUNDAY, JULY 8

California Street Stage    
10:00 – 11:15: Jazzschool Presents Michael Orenstein Group
11:45 – 1:15: Venissa Santi
1:45 – 3:30: Norbert Stachel and Electric Forecast featuring Ray Obiedo
4:00 – 6:00: Kim Nalley – Dedicated to Etta James
   
Sutter Street Stage – Beyond Stage    
10:00 – 11:15: Homenagem Brasileira Feminina
11:50 – 1:30: Jai Uttal and the Queen of Hearts Orchestra
2:10 – 3:40: Yaelisa Y Caminos Flamencos
4:15 – 6:00: Hip Spanic Allstars
   
Eddy Street Stage    
10:00 – 11:00: Consonance – (Gospel)
11:30 – 12:30: Jaye & Friends From The Fillmore- (R & B)
1:00 – 2:00: Scary Larry & The Monster- (R & B)
2:30 – 3:30: Coltrane- (Jazz)
4:00 – 6:00: Sista Monica

O’Farrell Street Stage Dance Floor
12:00 – 12:30: Lesson by Swing U (no partner & no experience needed)
12:30 – 2:30: Dance floor with DJ’s by Swing U
2:30 – 3:00: Pin-up, Lindy & any-swing-goes Jack & Jill contest by Swing U
3:00 – 6:00: Dancing continues with guest DJ’s and bands to be added by Swing U at SFSwingFest.com

TICKETS: The Fillmore Jazz Festival is FREE and open to the public

INFO: Call 800-310-6563 or visit FillmoreJazzFestival.com

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