Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joni.
SFJAZZ Gala 2015 To Honor Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell is an icon. Her innovative, far-ranging vision has influenced countless musicians across all genres. We honor her in an all-star tribute at the SFJAZZ Gala on May 8, where Ms. Mitchell will receive the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented by Wayne Shorter.
VIP Packages and Individual Tickets are currently available at sfjazz.org/galatickets.
Led by musical directors Brian Blade and Jon Cowherd, the Gala concert will feature special guests Kris Kristofferson, Joe Jackson, Patti Austin, Kurt Elling, Tom Scott, Mark Isham, and Laurie Antonioli interpreting Ms. Mitchell’s groundbreaking work. The SFJAZZ Collective will also debut new arrangements of Joni Mitchell compositions.
Other musicians appearing in the concert include Greg Leisz, Melvin Butler, Marvin Sewell, Kelly Jones, Christopher Thomas, Aaron Embry, and Jeff Haynes.
Following the Gala concert, guests at the Giant level and above will be treated to a late-night supper with menu by chef Michael Tusk and decor by Stanlee Gatti Designs.
During supper, guests will enjoy performances by the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra, which recently received Outstanding Solo Awards at the Crescent City Jazz Festival in New Orleans, and won their division at both the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Festival and DownBeat Magazine’s 38th Annual Student Music Awards.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
The party continues after supper with a full concert by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Known to many through the HBO series Treme, Trombone Shorty has performed with everybody from B.B. King and Dr. John to Lenny Kravitz and Mick Jagger, with recent appearances at the White House and GRAMMY Awards. This Trombone Shorty performance is only open to guests at the Giant level and above.
Chairs & Honorary Committee
This year’s Gala is chaired by Nion McEvoy and Penny Coulter.
SFJAZZ Gala 2015 Honorary Committee: Rosanna Arquette and Todd Morgan, Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet, David Blaine, Orlando Cepeda, Sheryl Crow, Kurt Elling, United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, Jim Goldberg and Alessandra Sanguinetti, Glen Hansard, Bobby and Rosemary Hutcherson, Naomi Judd and Larry Strickland, Kelly Sultan, Philip Kaufman, Delroy and Nashormeh Lindo, Taj Mahal, Davia Nelson, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Mr. Paul Pelosi, Bonnie Raitt, Ishmael Reed, Carla Reed, Tennessee Reed, Smokey Robinson, Winona Ryder, Mary Stallings, James Taylor and Caroline Smedvig, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, and Lizz Wright.
· $100,000 Legend Package - Premier seating and private dinner with Joni Mitchell
· $50,000 Hero Package - Premier seating
· $25,000 Giant Package - Preferred seating
· $10,000 Legend Ticket - Premier seating
· $5,000 Hero Ticket - Premier seating
· $2,500 Giant Ticket - Preferred seating
· $1,000 Concert-Only Ticket - Concert-Only seating