[JPL] Silicon Valley CEOs to jam at S.J. Jazz Festiva
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Sat Aug 5 12:38:42 EDT 2006
Posted on Fri, Aug. 04, 2006
Pizarro: Valley CEOs to jam at S.J. Jazz Festival
By Sal Pizarro
Turns out there's a lot of musical genius inside the offices of Silicon Valley.
Geoff Roach, executive director of the San Jose Jazz Festival, didn't know
what to expect when he put out the call for valley executives to perform in
the ``CEO Jams'' concert, set for Aug. 18, the first night of the festival.
To his pleasant surprise, he ended up with 15 brave souls who will spend
the evening away from their law firms and tech companies to be on stage.
The list includes Gordon Biersch Brewery CEO Dan Gordon on trombone;
Jeffrey Jones, Chief Operating Officer of Reliant Technology, and Saratoga
Union School District Superintendent Lane Weiss on sax; Valley Medical
Center Foundation Executive Director Chris Wilder on bass; Synopsys CEO
Aart de Geus on guitar; Sonics CEO Grant Pierce on guitar and vocals; and
Good Technology Vice President Joel Jewitt on drums.
``The fact that these CEOs are giving their time to support what we're
doing is really important,'' Roach said. The $20 suggested admission for
audience members will go toward the San Jose Jazz Society's year-round
Fans can expect quality sounds for their money, too; many of the execs on
the lineup also play in bands on the side. ``Anybody that was going to step
forward to play at the jazz festival will be at a certain level where
they're not going to embarrass anybody, especially themselves,'' said
Roach, who plays sax for the jazz group Octobop and is relishing the jam as
his ``one chance to play at the festival'' alongside the execs.
The concert gets rolling at 9 p.m. at the cozy Theatre on San Pedro Square.
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