Destination: The 19th Annual Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival

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Over one hundred bands comprising over 1,000 musicians on 10 will come alive in downtown San Jose Aug. 8-10 at the 19th annual Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival presented by Southwest Airlines and more people than ever before are expected to arrive on alternative forms of transportation.

There are sensible transportation options available for local, out-of-state and even out-of-the-country festival goers. And now, with the Guadalupe River trail complete, people from outlying neighborhoods can easily walk or bike to this festival.

Over one hundred bands comprising over 1,000 musicians on 10 will come alive in downtown San Jose Aug. 8-10 at the 19th annual Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival presented by Southwest Airlines and more people than ever before are expected to arrive on alternative forms of transportation.

The festival's central location in downtown San Jose at Caesar Chavez Park makes it accessible by plane, train, car, bike and foot.

Headlining performers will include David Sanborn, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Summit and Zakir Hussain, the Bill Holman Orchestra, James Hunter, the Shotgun Wedding Hip Hop Symphony, and more.

"This year's festival is one of the most accessible and affordable events this summer," says Geoff Roach, Executive Director of San Jose Jazz. "There are sensible transportation options available for local, out-of-state and even out-of-the-country festival goers. And now, with the Guadalupe River trail complete, people from outlying neighborhoods can easily walk or bike to this festival."

For out-of-town travelers, the Mineta San Jose International Airport, only three miles from downtown offers over 160 daily commercial arrivals from both national and international locations. For an added convenience for overnight guests, the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau has arranged an array of discount hotel accommodations at several nearby hotels, starting at $89 a night, so festival goers can enjoy a jazz weekend getaway.

For Bay Area residents, the jazz festival is accessible via four major freeways, with free weekend parking facilities in close proximity to the event. As the official public transportation partner of the festival, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is encouraging attendees to leave the car at home and take bus or light rail to the event. With VTA, festival goers can leave the car in the garage and save on gas by taking light rail, trains run every 15 minutes on weekends, and bus lines to downtown San Jose.

Rail service from other Bay Area cities will be available via Caltrain and ACE Rail. Capitol Corridor in Sacramento will offer service to San Jose and connections to BART at Richmond and Oakland Coliseum. All trains arrive at the Diordon Station, which is a short walk from the Jazz Festival stages.

Tickets to the Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival are $10 per day or $25 for a three-day admission pass. Children ages 12 and under attend the festival for free. To plan your visit to the jazz festival now and to purchase tickets online, please visit http://festival2008.sanjosejazz.org/travel.html.

About Comcast: Comcast Corporation is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 24.2 million cable customers, 11.5 million high-speed Internet customers, and 2.5 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, four regional Comcast SportsNets and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet business. Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia. For more information about Comcast Corporation, please visit http://www.comcast.com.

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About San Jose Jazz: San Jose Jazz, producer of the annual Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival, is a public benefit corporation dedicated to promoting jazz through performance and education to enrich the lives of people in our community. Proceeds from the performances help to support San Jose Jazz’s education and outreach programs, including an in-school program that reaches 4,000 school-aged children a year about jazz and innovation while also delivering an anti-tobacco message. For more about the 19th Annual Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival presented by Southwest Airlines, please visit http://www.sanjosejazz.org.

Contacts:
Dan Orloff
Orloff/Williams
Office: (408) 293-1791, ext. 103
Mobile: (408) 202-3188
E-mail: dorloff @ orloffwilliams.com

Geoff Roach                     
Executive Director                 
San Jose Jazz                     
Office: (408) 288-7557, ext. 2332         
Mobile: (415) 699-1592             
E-mail: geoffr @ sanjosejazz.org

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