2018 Jazz Festival


Soka Jazz Festival is a gathering of new and familiar jazz musicians performing standards and original compositions in a world-class venue in one weekend. Presented in cooperation with Bluport Jazz.

Tickets: $30 ($26 student/senior/military)
Package: 4 Jazz Festival Performances
Package Price: $92 ($80 student/senior/military)
Package Savings: $24-28 (23%)
Location/Configuration: Concert Hall/Amplified

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Pianist Mike Garson - From Bach to Bowie 
Friday, September 21, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.

Mike Garson has worked to make the world a more creative, compassionate, and compelling place. Best known for his impressive skills as a pianist with the late David Bowie, he is a respected composer and an evolving computer artist. Program: Garson’s newest composition, Symphony of Love. Special guests will include the Section Quartet, a “rock band-disguised-as-a-string-quartet” that scored Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It.

Roni Ben-Hur Quartet
Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.

Guitarist Roni-Ben-Hur has earned a sterling reputation as a musician and educator, renowned for his golden tone, improvisational brilliance, and compositional lyricism. Acclaimed for his “dazzling dexterity and tasteful elegance” (Washington Post) and “crisp, fluid style” (New York Times), he will be joined onstage by his quartet performing both originals and jazz standards.

Jazz Duo: Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson
Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.    

Vocalist Gazarek’s top flight interpretations of the vast and varied American songbook are buoyed by the sensitivity of Nelson’s supple command of the piano. Gazarek is “the next important jazz singer” (LA Times). Nelson has performed and worked with some of the most respected names in music, including Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah, John Clayton, Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, Seamus Blake, and Matt Wilson.

Latin Folkloric Jazz with Miguel Zenón Quartet
Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.

Nominated for a 2018 Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy, Guggenheim and MacArthur fellow Miguel Zenón masterfully balances and blends innovation and tradition. As composer and conceptualist, he strives to perfect a fine mix between Latin American folkloric music and jazz. The quartet includes Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo, Austrian bassist Hans Glawischnig, and fellow Puerto Rican, drummer Henry Cole.

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Mark Your Calendar!

Current Package Holder Renewals begin on May 8.

Current series package holder renewals will begin on May 8, 2018. Current package holders will receive a special renewal email notice with instructions and a link to renew their current seats. Current package holder seats will be reserved until June 5, 2018. After that date, seats that are not renewed will be released for general sale. Online Renewal Instructions

Online Package Sales for new package subscribers will begin on June 12.

New series package requests will begin on June 12, 2018. An email notice will be sent out to all Soka Performing Arts Center patrons just prior to that date.

Package Sales end the day of the first performance in the series. 

Single-Event Tickets and Create Your Own Series packages go on sale July 10.

Tickets for individual events (Single-Event Tickets) will go on sale July 10, 2018. At that time, you may purchase any or all of the individual performances. You may also Create Your Own Series by selecting four events from our Season calendar.

PLEASE NOTE: Artists, programs, dates and times subject to change.