By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets

Duke Ellington said that “jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.” For those of you who think that sounds like a pretty good time, I recommend hopping on Caltrain heading south (Sadly, we don’t have an A Train), disembarking at the San Jose Diridon Station and enjoying the auditory bliss that the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest has to offer.

The Festival runs run Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, with stages located throughout downtown San Jose, themed to blues, salsa, swing and more. Tickets are still on sale, with options for the casual listener or the dude who shows up in a beret like he means business.

Fans are reminded that Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; in order to save time, passengers are encouraged to utilize the new Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Tickets are not sold onboard but can be purchased at vending machines at the stations. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off.

Caltrain asks fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open containers of alcohol are not allowed on trains after 9 p.m. following special events.

Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can only be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Parking permits cannot be purchased on the Caltrain Mobile app.

For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit


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