Zakir Hussain

SFJAZZ Center
Season 5 Celebration
SFJAZZ Gala & All-Star Concerts
JAN 16-22

Zakir Hussain
Cindy Blackman

SFJAZZ Center
Season 5 Celebration
SFJAZZ Gala & All-Star Concerts
JAN 16-22

Cindy Blackman
Joshua Redman

SFJAZZ Center
Season 5 Celebration
SFJAZZ Gala & All-Star Concerts
JAN 16-22

Joshua Redman
Stefon Harris

SFJAZZ Center
Season 5 Celebration
SFJAZZ Gala & All-Star Concerts
JAN 16-22

Stefon Harris
Miguel Zenón

SFJAZZ Center
Season 5 Celebration
SFJAZZ Gala & All-Star Concerts
JAN 16-22

Miguel Zenón
Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

SFJAZZ Center
Season 5 Celebration
SFJAZZ Gala & All-Star Concerts
JAN 16-22

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra
Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

SFJAZZ Center
Season 5 Celebration
SFJAZZ Gala & All-Star Concerts
JAN 16-22

Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy
Lavay Smith

SFJAZZ Center
Season 5 Celebration
SFJAZZ Gala & All-Star Concerts
JAN 16-22

Lavay Smith
John Santos

SFJAZZ Center
Season 5 Celebration
SFJAZZ Gala & All-Star Concerts
JAN 16-22

John Santos
Rova Saxophone Quartet

SFJAZZ Center
Season 5 Celebration
SFJAZZ Gala & All-Star Concerts
JAN 16-22

Rova Saxophone Quartet

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
SFJAZZ Collective

Wednesday, January 18, 7:00pm

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.

Thursday, January 19, 7:30pm

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.

Friday, January 20, 7:30pm

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.

Saturday, January 21, 7:30pm

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.

Sunday, January 22, 7:30pm

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.

Tommy Igoe
Thursday, January 26, 7:30pm

Led by one of the most in-demand drummers and educators in the world, the hard-hitting Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy band includes members of Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Tower of Power, and the Doobie Brothers. The band has established a devoted following for their superb musicianship and unique, fresh arrangements of material from the big band canon, with the powerhouse drumming of the leader at the heart of it all.

Friday, January 27, 7:30pm

Nobody plays classic jump-blues and jazz with more punch and authority than Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Fronted by the sultry Smith, an alluring singer whose style draws on Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Little Esther Phillips, the band performs tasty arrangements of tunes from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as original numbers.

Saturday, January 28, 7:30pm

Percussion great John Santos and his longstanding Afro-Cuban sextet return to pay tribute to the Bay Area artists who have helped enrich local culture. For this exclusive event, vocalist Maria Marquez, multi-instrumentalist Jose Roberto Hernandez, and a pair of young siblings who are making great waves in jazz, pianist Samora Pinderhughes and flutist, vocalist, and SFJAZZ High School alum Elena Pinderhughes, join the band.

Sunday, January 29, 7:30pm

A treasured Bay Area ensemble whose connection to SFJAZZ goes back to the second Jazz in the City festival in 1984, the Rova Saxophone Quartet has consistently explored the fertile territory at the edges of composition and improvisation. In a reprise of their 2005 performance celebrating the 40th anniversary of John Coltrane’s ecstatic masterpiece Ascension, Rova revisits their electrified re-imagining of the work with a number of guests artists.