The Soka University International Jazz Festival kicks off its three-day weekend run tonight, Friday, in the campus' Performing Arts Center.
The lineup has some pretty big names, too, with the Friday and Saturday night appearance of the Delfeayo Marsalis Octet. Yes, that would be Delfeayo Marsalis of the famed New Orleans Marsalis clan of jazz players.
On Friday, they share the bill with Stephanie Haynes and Karen Hammack, with special guest Kornel Fekete-Kovacs. On Saturday, Anthony Wilson B-3 Organ Trio -- again with Fekete-Kovacs -- opens the evening. Both shows begin at 8 p.m.
Saturday afternoon, the Wilson B-3 Organ Trio headline their own bill, sharing it with the Matt Slocum Trio and Fekete-Kovacs. The Sunday afternoon gig features Walter Smith III and Matt Slocum's Jam Session, with Anthony Smith and the omnipresent Fekete-Kovacs. Both afternoon shows start at 3 p.m.