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Whether you’re a die-hard jazz aficionado or just looking for some exciting live music to shake off those winter blues, this is your ticket to a good time. Put together by internationally-renowned Bay Area institution San Jose Jazz, the annual festival showcases dynamic arts programming honoring the jazz tradition and ever-expanding definitions of the genre with singular concerts curated for audiences within the heart of Silicon Valley. The event presents some of today’s most distinguished artists alongside leading-edge emerging musicians with an ambitious lineup of more than 25 concerts. The Jazz Beyond series presents buzzy young stars pushing the boundaries of jazz, soul and hip-hop and the Next Gen performances showcase top regional student jazz ensembles. With new performance venues, bars and restaurants joining many existing cultural institutions, SJZ Winter Fest 2017 showcases San Jose’s vitality as an arts mecca. The fest kicks off with saxophonist Donny McCaslin (San Jose, Feb 14) who brings an expansive repertoire that includes Bowie songs; The Cookers (San Jose, Feb 16) summon up a mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of post-bop originals; the Jazz Organ Fellowship features a collection of great B-3 talent including Wil Blades, Akiko Tsuruga and Tony Monaco (San Jose, Feb 18); drummer Ron E. Beck (San Jose, Feb 18) brings his soul revue; jazz guitarist John Abercrombie (Saratoga, Feb 22) delivers modern straight-ahead jazz; a special performance brings together Wallace Roney, Patricia Rushen and Lenny White (San Jose, Feb 23), three jazz musicians that have influenced both the shape of jazz and modern popular music; jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers (Palo Alto, Feb 24) delivers his signature neo-soul; the Villalobos Brothers (San Jose, Feb 25) perform a Veracruz-style celebration; Mexican band Troker (San Jose, Feb 24) explores jazz, rock, funk, psychedelic, hip hop and cumbia in their vibrant compositions; Ben Allison and Think Free (San Jose, Jan 26) draw from the jazz tradition and a range of influences, from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music; and Kim Nalley (Palo Alto; Feb 26) celebrates the Centenary of Ella Fitzgerald as well as Black History Month. Check website for complete schedule.