First Friday with San Jose Jazz: Tracy Cruz Trio

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6–9pm • Live sets at 7pm + 8pm
Free admission

Celebrate the beginning of Women’s History Month with the Tracy Cruz Trio. Presented in partnership with San Jose Jazz, we are thrilled to welcome award-winning vocalist Tracy Cruz, backed by Bennett Roth-Newell on keys and JPaul Macklin on drums. Influenced by neo-soul, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and Filipino fusion, Tracy’s soulful ballads are reflections of hope, beauty, love, and personal discoveries. Andrew Gilbert of the Mercury News describes Tracy Cruz's voice as “gloriously rich with a deep feel for the syntax of African American music,” taking listeners on a journey that is authentic, resonant, and encouraging.

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In addition, this First Friday also offers family-friendly, hands-on artmaking activity with Starting Arts.

Art lovers can enjoy an evening of open galleries complemented with live music. The Museum Store is also open late, and stop by El Cafecito by Mezcal Restaurant for light bites and refreshments.

Tracy Cruz

Born in Quezon City, Philippines, and raised in the Bay Area, Tracy Cruz is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter, recording artist, music advocate, and vocal coach. Her illustrative and sophisticated sound of sultry hurdling breaths of piercingly clear reverberating mezzo-soprano melodies will cleanse your soul in a dream-like wonder. She has an earnest sound that comes deep within her soul, enthralled by the playful melodic, upbeat, rhythmic soul, jazz, R&B, and Filipino fusions. 

She has won over 40 prestigious music awards, such as the 2022 Intercontinental Music Awards for “Best of North America in the R&B genre,” 2022 Josie Music Award for “Vocalist of the Year” (R&B/Soul), 2022 One Earth Award GOLD for “Best Jazz Single," 2021 InterContinental Music Awards “Best of North America” in the R&B category, 2020 Gold International Singer Songwriters Association Award for “Female Emerging Artist of the Year,” World Songwriter Award for “Best R&B Song,” 2020 National Black Music Award for “Best Recorded Song” and 2020 Bay Area Black Music Award for “Best Female Neo Soul Performer." She also received over 80 nominations, including seven Hollywood Music in Media nominations and five Readers Choice Awards.