On January 18, the SFJAZZ Center will fill 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. VIP supporters will enjoy an elegant cocktail hour and seated dinner with our featured artists, followed by lavish seating for the once-in-a-lifetime Gala concert featuring some of the biggest names in jazz—all erupting into the AfterJam Party featuring Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Gala-goers and after-partiers will be spoiled with an array of cuisine and drinks throughout the evening, with late night fare from our favorite neighborhood spots.
Season 5 Celebration
SEASON 5 CELEBRATION - WEEK 1
SFJAZZ GALA 2017 & SPOTLIGHT CONCERTS INCLUDE
Zakir Hussain · Joshua Redman · Terence Blanchard
Mary Stallings · Joe Lovano · Bill Frisell
Stefon Harris · Cindy Blackman Santana
Eric Harland · John Santos · Kronos Quartet
Curated by powerhouse drummer Cindy Blackman, this night honors the work of master drummer Tony Williams, a hugely influential artist who provided the polyrhythmic fire powering Miles Davis’ second great quintet in the mid 1960s. His band Lifetime helped pioneer the fusion movement, and in 1990 the longtime Bay Area resident premiered an SFJAZZ-commissioned work that featured Herbie Hancock and the Kronos Quartet.
The life and music of saxophone titan Joe Henderson is celebrated in a performance curated by saxophonist Joshua Redman that draws on Henderson’s rich songbook. A San Francisco resident since 1971, Henderson had a lengthy association with SFJAZZ beginning with his appearance at the third Jazz In The City Festival in 1986, and culminating in the 1993 “We Love Joe” tribute at Davies Symphony Hall.
Bay Area resident and founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective, vibraphonist and composer Bobby Hutcherson has been a vital part of SFJAZZ since the beginning. This performance curated by vibraphonist Stefon Harris offers highlights from Hutcherson’s musical legacy that includes over 40 classic albums and sideman work with every major jazz figure from the 1960s to today.
Rising to prominence with jazz giant Charles Mingus, saxophonist John Handy has been a Bay Area resident for most of his life. A masterful performer and composer, he performed at the first Jazz in the City Festival in 1983 as well as the Grand Opening of the SFJAZZ Center. This night curated by SFJAZZ Collective saxophonist Miguel Zenón pays tribute to Handy and his music.
SEASON 5 CELEBRATION - WEEK 2
JAZZ IN THE CITY
Bay Area's best musicians performing in large group settings.