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Highlights of the 2003 San Jose Jazz Festival
with Nestor Torres and the Bay Area Latin All Stars

The 2003 San Jose Jazz Festival offers warm sun and friendly faces in Cesar Chavez Park. Many arrive early to reserve good spots before crowds gather, while vendors and artists display their work for the public to see. It's a community event.
Nestor Torres

The San Jose Jazz Festival is the largest free, outdoor jazz festival in the world. Great jazz, including blues, and salsa, burst from seven different stages. Flute virtuoso Nestor Torres is on the main stage with conguero John Santos, pianist Rebeca Mauleon and percussionist Orestes Vilato. Bassist Saul Sierra and drummer Paul von Wageningen join them.

Nestor Torres was born and raised in Puerto Rico and currently lives in South Florida. A Latin Grammy Winner, Torres often tours internationally with symphony orchestras. When he performs, Nestor is full of energy. Nestor says that when he plays popular music, the songs, the arrangements, and the mood are primary. And when he plays jazz, he goes for something else -- spontaneity and interaction.

Nestor Torres plays and conducts with such enthusiasm at the San Jose Jazz Festival that half the time his feet aren't even touching the ground! Nestor's song, "Make You Dance," (and all of his performance, for that matter) will do just that!

"Luna Latina"
"Make You Dance"
"El Condor Pasa"
"Watermelon Man"
"Café Cubano"


  • Nestor Torres' Official Web Site

  • San Jose Jazz Society Web Site

    JazzSet thanks San Jose Festival Director Steve Saperstein, Artist in Residence Dennis Wilson, and Technical Director Dennis Broughton and his entire crew.

    Our recording engineer is Phil Edwards with Bill Ruck. JazzSet Technical Director Duke Markos co-produced the set with our writer, Becca Pulliam. Thanks to Katie Simon, and Steve Remote at Aurosonic Limited. Our studio engineer at KNPR is Ginger Bruner. Executive Producer is Thurston Briscoe III at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ.

    Copyright 2007 NPR