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SAN JOSE JAZZ AND TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP FOR 20th AT&T SAN JOSE JAZZ FESTIVAL

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 1 July, 2009
San Jose, CA - San Jose Jazz and The Tech Museum of Innovation today announced their partnership for the 20th AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival to be held August 7-9, 2009 in downtown San Jose. This partnership builds on the work begun at the 2008 festival and adds a new focus on activities for families. The partnership also provides additional benefits for members of The Tech Museum and festival attendees. The Tech Museum will host two of the festival stages, the Smith Dobson Tribute Stage in the Hackworth IMAX Theater and the Future of Jazz Stage. The Future of Jazz Stage showcases the young musicians of Silicon Valley, many of which are involved in San Jose Jazz education programs, including the Summer Jazz Camp. Access to The Tech Museum is included as with admission to the jazz festival and museum members have access to the festival as part of their membership. Additional family activities, including a musical scavenger hunt, are planned. "Throughout the last 100 years, jazz has continued to innovate and change," said Dr. Peter Friess, President of The Tech Museum. "It is natural that The Tech Museum becomes an integral part of the festival. Both organizations appeal to children and adults to showcase the best ideas of Silicon Valley. Our partnership has extended to more than just the festival as evidenced by the Jazz Appreciation Month lectures last April. In the future, we will continue to collaborate on the intersection of music, art, and technology." "Both The Tech Museum and San Jose Jazz have education as part of their core mission" said Dr. Geoff Roach, CEO of San Jose Jazz. "Smith Dobson was a musician / educator that played a significant role in the growth of the festival in its first decade. Having The Tech Museum host that stage and the Future of Jazz Stage shows our commitment to the next generation of entrepreneurs, leaders, and artists. So much of music and science is intertwined and our collaborations illuminate that relationship." The Smith Dobson Stage in the Hackworth IMAX Theater features music from noon until 8pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Future of Jazz Stage presents student groups from noon until 6pm on both days. The Tech Museum members can obtain their festival passes at the Festival Information Booth by the San Jose Museum of Art. For more information about musicians and activities, see http://jazzfest.sanjosejazz.org/. About San Jose Jazz San Jose Jazz, producer of the annual AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival, is a public benefit corporation dedicated to promoting jazz through performance and education to enrich the lives of people in our community. Proceeds from the performances help to support San Jose Jazz's education and outreach programs as well as other year-round performances throughout Silicon Valley For more on San Jose Jazz and the 20th Annual AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival, please visit www.sanjosejazz.org. About The Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Tech Museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit educational resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc. The Tech Museum of Innovation celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org. Contact: Geoff Roach San Jose Jazz Office: 408-288-7557 x2332 Mobile: 415-699-1592 geoffr@sanjosejazz.org