San Jose Jazz will soon have a new website

San Jose Jazz selects Solid Branding
to reimagine its website experience


When Massimo Chisessi, the Marketing Director for San Jose Jazz asked Solid Branding to re-design the SJZ website, it was music to our ears. San Jose Jazz is the non-profit organization behind San Jose Summer Fest, one of the Bay Area’s biggest music festivals as well as other great offerings. Its programming includes innovative live music performances, concerts streamed online, a variety of wonderful education programs for children of all ages, and more. We’ve been hard at work on the new site, and should launch it soon. We look forward to sharing it with you.


It was time to refresh and improve the website experience

Founded in 1986, San Jose Jazz is one of the most important cultural organizations in San Jose. With its eclectic music programming and innovative education offerings, SJZ preserves the jazz tradition while actively supporting a new generation of performers. The current website was designed quite a while back, and what was once considered a dynamic web experience started to feel dated. More importantly, the site did not offer the level of sophisticated functionality that is possible today, and that Massimo Chisessi – the SJZ Director of Marketing – wanted to deliver to his audience.


Like most of our projects the design process has been iterative and collaborative

Having done this before, Massimo was prepared from the start. He put together a detailed Creative Brief that outlined the functional improvements he wanted to deliver, the technology requirements, and a description of the process that he wanted to put in place to streamline site maintenance once it is launched. The internal team at San Jose Jazz tasked with site maintenance is fairly small, so Massimo wanted to make sure it would be as easy as possible to migrate existing content and add new content on a regular basis. We have been working closely with Massimo, iterating the site design, improving the user experience, and addressing a myriad of issues that invariably emerge when working in this type of project. We had hoped to launch sooner, but because of a lot of reasons the final launch date has had to change. The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely not helped. SJZ has been very busy pivoting its programming in order to continue deliver musical experiences during these unprecedented times. As soon as the new site is ready to go, we will make an announcement.


The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges

Unfortunately, the current health crisis and the restrictions around social gatherings have made concerts and live music performances practically impossible at this time. COVID 19-related quarantines and cancellations have deeply affected independent musicians. In response to this crisis, San Jose Jazz has launched “Live From Home”, an experimental series of live streamed concerts in response to the quarantines sweeping the world due to the COVID-19 crisis. Look for these 30-40 minute live streams every Monday and Thursday until further notice, when we’ll give you the opportunity to financially support artists during this difficult time.

For more information about the “Live From Home” events ,
please take a look here:

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