Discover Jazz Course 1

Criolla y Sabrosa: La Música Puertorriqueña

Co-presented with Yerba Buena Gardens Festival & Museum of the African Diaspora

Criolla y Sabrosa: La Música Puertorriqueña (Puerto Rican Music: Creole and Tasty) is an eight-week lecture series by five-time Grammy-nominated musician John Santos that delves into the origins, evolution and relevance of Puerto Rican music, encapsulating the folk and popular trends of this tiny yet highly expressive Caribbean nation. European, African, and Indigenous roots - and an often-violent political history - form the foundation of Puerto Rican traditional and popular music, setting the stage for the birth of Salsa in New York's Puerto Rican community. Mr. Santos will illuminate Puerto Rico's musical evolution from a socio-political perspective through audio examples from his legendary collection, video clips and historical background based on his lifetime of immersion in Puerto Rican music. The eight, two-hour sessions will cover a variety of themes and may be enjoyed as a series or individually.

Discover Jazz Course 2

Música Cubana: Jazz in Cuba and Beyond

Of all the Antilles, no island has done more to influence the outcome of American jazz than Cuba…from the infectious mambo to modern-day timba and beyond. Jazz, too, made its indelible mark on the island’s music, exploring the perfect marriage of luscious harmony and dance-churning rhythms, and finding a host of innovators along the way who would share the wealth of this “new” music, much of which would evolve far to the north in New York City. From the classic sounds of Machito and Mario Bauzá, Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente to the explosive modernists such as Chucho Valdés, Irakere and Emiliano Salvador, Jazz and Cuban music continue to walk – and dance – hand in hand. Taught by pianist, musicologist and SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón, this five-week series will explore the remarkable history of jazz in and out of Cuba, and will feature live performances by Mauleón herself along with many special guest artists! This course may be enjoyed as a series or individually.

Discover Jazz: The Melting Pot

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The Melting Pot

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00pm
at Jazz Heritage Center

Cab Calloway

Discover Jazz: Women in Jazz pt.2

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Women in Jazz Part 2

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00pm
at Jazz Heritage Center

Rosa Parks

Discover Jazz: Jews, African Americans & Women

Discover Jazz

Jews, African Americans
& Women in Popular Songwriting

Tuesday, April 3, 7:00pm
at Jazz Heritage Center

Doris Fisher

Discover Jazz: Blues Women Songwriters

Discover Jazz

Blues Women Songwriters

Tuesday, March 27, 7:00pm
at Jazz Heritage Center

Billie Holiday

Discover Jazz: Forgotten Women, Lost Songs

Discover Jazz

Forgotten Women, Lost Songs

Tuesday, March 20, 7:00pm
at Jazz Heritage Center

Valaida Snow

Discover Jazz: Mary Lou Williams

Discover Jazz

Mary Lou Williams

Tuesday, March 13, 7:00pm
at Jazz Heritage Center

Mary Lou Williams

Discover Jazz: Women in Jazz pt.1

Discover Jazz

Women in Jazz Part 1

Tuesday, March 6, 7:00pm
at Jazz Heritage Center

Bessie Smith
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