[JPL] Silicon Valley CEOs to jam at S.J. Jazz Festiva

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
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
Mercury News

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 
education programs.

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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