SFJAZZ Center is Now Open!

Receives Rave Reviews!!!

"...a glimpse of the future...This long-awaited enterprise is off to a bang-up start." — The New York Times
"…celebratory and often jaw-dropping collaborations." — San Francisco Chronicle
"In what is arguably the most important milestone in West Coast jazz since the advent of the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958..." — The Seattle Times
"…a feeling that this indeed may approximate what jazz looks like in 2013." — Los Angeles Times
"The building is breathtaking, a human-scale glass box that sweeps you in off the sidewalk. Jazz has an enviable new home in San Francisco." — JazzTimes
"They built it, and now it is time for people who take their jazz listening seriously to come." — SF Examiner
"This is an institution that understands where it comes from, and it will be a pleasure to see where it goes." — DownBeat

Read the Reviews:
As Open as the Genre It Celebrates by The New York Times
SFJAZZ Center Opens as Temple of Jazz in California by The New York Times
This Building Sounds The Right Note by Wall Street Journal
San Francisco turns up the sound on jazz by LA Times
SFJAZZ Center Makes a Splash on Opening Night by LA Times
SFJAZZ Concert Hall - Upbeat Opening by SFGate.com
West Coast gets swing at San Francisco jazz center by San Jose Mercury News
SFJAZZ Center a West Coast oasis for the genre by The Seattle Times
The first week of concerts at the new SFJAZZ Center by SF Examiner
SFJAZZ Center's Opening Night Concert by SF Weekly
SFJAZZ Christens New Facility with All-Star Gala by DownBeat
SFJAZZ Center Is Open for Business by JazzTimes
Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet Murals for SFJAZZ Center Mural by Juxtapoz Magazine
A New Cultural Hub For San Francisco by Dwell Magazine

Dave Holland Residency, Feb 7-10

Far more than one of the jazz’s greatest bassists, Dave Holland has inhabited the music’s adventurous edge ever since Miles Davis hired him to anchor his band in 1968 as it rapidly morphed from an acoustic powerhouse to a pioneering fusion combo. After spending years exploring the outer reaches with Anthony Braxton and Sam Rivers, the British-born bassist started leading his own ensembles, which have served as a proving ground for a legion of celebrated improvisers. His SFJAZZ Center residency offers a chance to experience Holland in an array of settings, both alone and with a dauntingly talented cast of collaborators.

Attending an SFJAZZ Center event for the first time?

Make your first show at the SFJAZZ Center memorable and relaxing! Get answers to questions frequently asked by new concertgoers.

Can I bring the kids to an SFJAZZ show?

We recommend that you don’t bring children younger than ten to SFJAZZ shows, which tend to be too long for most young children. Kids of all ages can enjoy our Family Concerts. All children must have a ticket to be admitted to the show.

Where are the nearest ATMs?

Get cash fast by visiting a number of ATMs on Gough & Fell Streets (including Walgreens), but don't worry, credit cards are accepted at the SFJAZZ Center's Box Office, Gift shop, as well as all the lobby bars.

Is there handicap accessible seating in the auditorium?

Absolutely. The SFJAZZ Center is fully accessible to all patrons. To locate handicap accessible seats online, select the seats that feature a wheelchair symbol. To purchase handicap accessible seating over the phone, call our Box Office at (415) 788-7353.

Are cameras allowed in the theatre?

No cameras or photography are allowed in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium.

Can I bring food and/or drinks into the auditorium?

You can bring drinks purchased at one of our lobby bars into the auditorium. Food is not allowed in the auditorium.

Are there food and drinks available at the SFJAZZ Center?

The renowned chef Charles Phan of The Slanted Door Group runs the cafe/bar at the SFJAZZ Center. South is open for dinner with an exciting new menu featuring rustic sustainable Mexican small dishes and refreshing tropical cocktails, with lots of rum and tequila. Rymee Trobaugh, formerly of Zuni Cafe, is offering dishes like albondigas, clam ceviche, shrimp sopes, and rabbit in yellow mole.

Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner (5:30pm-10:00pm).

Reservations are strongly encouraged on performance nights via Open Table.

Additionally, SFJAZZ Center has a number of lobby bars that serve both alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages.

What should I wear?

Have fun, dress up, put on your favorite hat or come casual! We kindly just ask that all patrons respect everyone attending the concert and avoid wearing anything offensive. Shirt and shoes are also required.

Does the SFJAZZ Center have a Lost & Found?

Articles lost or found will be held at the first floor Box Office until the end of the performance. If lost or found items are not claimed at the end of a performance please contact a customer service represenative at (415) 788-7353, where you'll receive further instructions on how to reclaim your lost item.

What if I am late for a performance?

If you arrive at the SFJAZZ Center after the performance has begun you must wait in the lobby until there is a break. Once there is a break in the music, an usher will help you to your seat. While it is best to arrive early, you can sip on a glass of wine, take in the amazing murals in our lobby, or purchase some SFJAZZ merchandise while you wait. All bars will remain open during the performance.

Silence those cell phones!

No one wants to hear a personalized ring tone during a performance, so make sure and keep cell phone ring tones on silent. We also ask that patrons answer any phone calls either in the lobby or outside the SFJAZZ Center.

Show appreciation appropriately!

SFJAZZ encourages our patrons to express enthusiastic displays of appreciation during a performance. Jazz is all about improvisation, so feel free to show your enthusiasm after a smoking solo, clap along to a groove, or get up and dance near your seat.

What about a souvenir?

From bottle openers to hoodies, we have a large variety of merchandise available at our gift shop, located in the first floor lobby.

Got a great idea?

Contact patron services to send comments and suggestions our way at (415) 788-7353 or email us at boxoffice@sfjazz.org.

Can I be added to the mailing list for the SFJAZZ Center?

Yes, sign-up for our weekly e-newsletter by clicking here and registering a new account with us. After you set-up an account with us, you should start to receive our weekly e-newsletter.

Plan Your Visit to the SFJAZZ Center

To enhance your experience at the SFJAZZ Center, here are some helpful resources on how to make the most of your visit. 

Find directions to the SFJAZZ Center, parking and public transit options, and taxi phone numbers.

The Hayes Valley neighborhood provides a wealth of options for pre-show dining including renowned Chef Charles Phan's 'South' bar & cafe, located at the SFJAZZ Center.

Staying overnight? SFJAZZ encourages you to keep these suggested hotels in mind for any future San Francisco accommodations needs.

Make your first show at the SFJAZZ Center memorable and relaxing! Get answers to questions frequently asked by new concertgoers.

The SFJAZZ Center’s second floor features three commissioned tiled murals, created by the team of Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet. Two of the murals titled Jazz and the City” and "Jazz in the Nation", in the upstairs lobby, combine to form one overall composition - a fictionalized cityscape made up of influential and important jazz venues from across the United States and San Francisco. The third mural, "Jazz and the Afterlife,” is a parody of religious "Judgment Day".

Directions, parking and more important information for all non-SFJAZZ Center venues including Grace Cathedral, Davies Symphony Hall, Paramount Theatre and others.

SFJAZZ Center is Now Open!

Receives Rave Reviews!!!

"...a glimpse of the future...This long-awaited enterprise is off to a bang-up start." — The New York Times
"…celebratory and often jaw-dropping collaborations." — San Francisco Chronicle
"In what is arguably the most important milestone in West Coast jazz since the advent of the Monterey Jazz Festival in1958..." — The Seattle Times
"…a feeling that this indeed may approximate what jazz looks like in 2013." — Los Angeles Times
"The building is breathtaking, a human-scale glass box that sweeps you in off the sidewalk. Jazz has an enviable new home in San Francisco." — JazzTimes
"They built it, and now it is time for people who take their jazz listening seriously to come." — SF Examiner
"This is an institution that understands where it comes from, and it will be a pleasure to see where it goes." — DownBeat

Read the Reviews:
As Open as the Genre It Celebrates by The New York Times
SFJAZZ Center Opens as Temple of Jazz in California by The New York Times
This Building Sounds The Right Note by Wall Street Journal
San Francisco turns up the sound on jazz by LA Times
SFJAZZ Center Makes a Splash on Opening Night by LA Times
SFJAZZ Concert Hall - Upbeat Opening by SFGate.com
West Coast gets swing at San Francisco jazz center by San Jose Mercury News
SFJAZZ Center a West Coast oasis for the genre by The Seattle Times
The first week of concerts at the new SFJAZZ Center by SF Examiner
SFJAZZ Center's Opening Night Concert by SF Weekly
SFJAZZ Christens New Facility with All-Star Gala by DownBeat
SFJAZZ Center Is Open for Business by JazzTimes
Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet Murals for SFJAZZ Center Mural by Juxtapoz Magazine
A New Cultural Hub For San Francisco by Dwell Magazine

Dave Holland Residency, Feb 7-10

Far more than one of the jazz’s greatest bassists, Dave Holland has inhabited the music’s adventurous edge ever since Miles Davis hired him to anchor his band in 1968 as it rapidly morphed from an acoustic powerhouse to a pioneering fusion combo. After spending years exploring the outer reaches with Anthony Braxton and Sam Rivers, the British-born bassist started leading his own ensembles, which have served as a proving ground for a legion of celebrated improvisers. His SFJAZZ Center residency offers a chance to experience Holland in an array of settings, both alone and with a dauntingly talented cast of collaborators.

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