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Ray Charles In 5 Songs

Ray Charles In 5 Songs

August 7, 2017

The “Genius of Soul” is nearly unsurpassed in his contribution to American music. We highlight five songs that span Ray Charles' prolific career, before the SFJAZZ -UnderCover Presents "singles" tribute concert featuring six Bay Area bands on August 17, part of a weeklong UnderCover series.

Video: John Luther Adams

Video: John Luther Adams' 'Inuksuit' at Lands End, S.F.

July 21, 2017

“The ultimate environmental piece,” John Luther Adams' 'Inuksuit' for up to 99 percussionists allows the audience to create their own experience. SFJAZZ and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy team up to present the epic work at S.F.'s iconic Lands End on July 29 at 1pm – free to all – part of a weeklong John Luther Adams Festival.

11 Young Artists To Look Out For In The 2017-18 Season

11 Young Artists To Look Out For In The 2017-18 Season

June 27, 2017

With over 330, there's a lot to catch in SFJAZZ's mammoth 2017-18 Season. While we've brought back many fan favorites and SFJAZZ mainstays, there's also a ton of emerging artists who'll make their SFJAZZ debut (as a leader) this Season. Here's 11 to look out for!

New Faces of the San Francisco Jazz Festival

New Faces of the San Francisco Jazz Festival

May 24, 2017

The San Francisco Jazz Festival has always brought new blood to SFJAZZ's lineup, and the 35th annual Festival running June 6-18 is no exception. Here are nine young artists who make their SFJAZZ Center debut as a leader at this year's Festival.

Video: Mary Stallings remembers sitting in with Dizzy Gillespie

Video: Mary Stallings remembers sitting in with Dizzy Gillespie

May 5, 2017

Resident Artistic Director Mary Stallings​ tells the story of how she first met and performed with Dizzy Gillespie​ at the Black Hawk nightclub in San Francisco in the early 60s, and how it led to a musical partnership.

Broadcasting Harriet Tubman

Broadcasting Harriet Tubman's Legacy Beyond SFJAZZ

March 16, 2017

In honor of Black History Month, SFJAZZ Education’s School Day Concert program presented award-winning bassist and bandleader Marcus Shelby, celebrating Harriet Tubman with 800 students in Miner Auditoirum, plus 470 students from schools across California engaged digitally through California’s Research & Education Network (CENIC).

Fat Tuesday: SFJAZZ In New Orleans

Fat Tuesday: SFJAZZ In New Orleans

February 27, 2017

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo kicked off 2017 traveling to New Orleans, performing original compositions and arrangements for educators, students, and professional musicians at the annual Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference.

Aaron Parks In 5 Songs

Aaron Parks In 5 Songs

February 21, 2017

Pianist and composer Aaron Parks performs with his new trio including bassist Ben Street and veteran drummer Billy Hart on 2/25 as part of ECM Records Week, in a double bill with fellow ECM pianist Craig Taborn’s quartet. We take a look back at highlights from Parks’ impactful career.

Anahata: Zakir Hussain and the "un-struck sound"

Anahata: Zakir Hussain and the "un-struck sound"

February 7, 2017

A short film celebrating world music icon Zakir Hussain, directed by Anisa Qureshi (Zakir's daughter), featuring interviews with Vijay Iyer, Eric Harland, Bela Fleck, Mickey Hart, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Charles Lloyd and many others.

Recap: SFJAZZ Gala 2017 Honoring Zakir Hussain

Recap: SFJAZZ Gala 2017 Honoring Zakir Hussain

February 1, 2017

On January 18, 2017, the SFJAZZ Center filled with cultural and political leaders, celebrities, artists, and music enthusiasts to present Zakir Hussain with the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award and celebrate our 5th Anniversary Season in the SFJAZZ Center.