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2018–19 Resident Artistic Directors

Every two years, SFJAZZ selects a new group of forward-thinking musicians to participate in the program. Past SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Directors include Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, Miguel Zenón, Regina Carter, John Santos, Esperanza Spalding, Zakir Hussain, and Eric Harland.   

Notable world premieres have included pianist Moran's pairing of jazz and live skateboarding, guitarist Bill Frisell's adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved featuring actor Tim Robbins, drummer Harland's Voyager band paired with live video gamers, and an extensively revised presentation of trumpeter Terence Blanchard's fully-staged opera Champion: An Opera in Jazz.

Past SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Directors include Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, Miguel Zenón, Regina Carter, John Santos, Esperanza Spalding, Zakir Hussain, Eric Harland, Christian McBride, Vijay Iyer, Mary Stallings and Rosanne Cash. 

NOV 28–DEC 2

Laurie Anderson

One of America’s most daring creative pioneers, the writer, director, visual artist and musician has created a series of groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. Introduced to mainstream pop culture through the single “O Superman” from her 1981 debut album 'Big Science' and large-scale theater production 'United States', Anderson continues to create innovative new work.

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NOV 28–DEC 2

Laurie Anderson

One of America’s most daring creative pioneers, the writer, director, visual artist and musician has created a series of groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. Introduced to mainstream pop culture through the single “O Superman” from her 1981 debut album 'Big Science' and large-scale theater production 'United States', Anderson continues to create innovative new work.

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FEB 1–3

Chucho Valdés

Winner of six GRAMMY and three Latin GRAMMY Awards, pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. Son of Cuban music icon Bebo Valdés, Chucho was co-founder of the seminal ensemble Irakere, forging an unprecedented synthesis of bebop, Afro-Cuban jazz, rock and R&B that changed the course of Latin music.

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FEB 1–3

Chucho Valdés

Winner of six GRAMMY and three Latin GRAMMY Awards, pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. Son of Cuban music icon Bebo Valdés, Chucho was co-founder of the seminal ensemble Irakere, forging an unprecedented synthesis of bebop, Afro-Cuban jazz, rock and R&B that changed the course of Latin music.

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FEB 21–24

Dianne Reeves

GRAMMY winner and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves is jazz’s greatest living vocalist. Her string of GRAMMYs includes an unprecedented three consecutive Best Jazz Vocal Performance awards and another for the soundtrack of George Clooney’s film 'Good Night and Good Luck'. Her most recent release, 'Beautiful Life', won the GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album, melding jazz with R&B, pop and Latin music.

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FEB 21–24

Dianne Reeves

GRAMMY winner and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves is jazz’s greatest living vocalist. Her string of GRAMMYs includes an unprecedented three consecutive Best Jazz Vocal Performance awards and another for the soundtrack of George Clooney’s film 'Good Night and Good Luck'. Her most recent release, 'Beautiful Life', won the GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album, melding jazz with R&B, pop and Latin music.

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MAR 14–17

Joe Lovano

The most acclaimed saxophonist and composer in modern jazz, Lovano won a 2010 triple crown in the DownBeat Critics Poll for Jazz Artist of the Year, Tenor Saxophonist, and Jazz Group. He had long-term collaborations with the late drummer Paul Motian and guitarist John Scofield, performed with innumerable jazz greats, and released nearly 30 albums. He was a member of the SFJAZZ Collective from 2007–2009.

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MAR 14–17

Joe Lovano

The most acclaimed saxophonist and composer in modern jazz, Lovano won a 2010 triple crown in the DownBeat Critics Poll for Jazz Artist of the Year, Tenor Saxophonist, and Jazz Group. He had long-term collaborations with the late drummer Paul Motian and guitarist John Scofield, performed with innumerable jazz greats, and released nearly 30 albums. He was a member of the SFJAZZ Collective from 2007–2009.

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MAY 23–26

Marcus Shelby

Bassist, composer, arranger, educator and bandleader Marcus Shelby is a major figure synonymous with Bay Area jazz and the spirit of collaboration. His work focuses on the history, present, and future of the African- American experience, with major suites for jazz orchestra devoted to abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman, Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., and the Port Chicago disaster and mutiny of 1944.

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MAY 23–26

Marcus Shelby

Bassist, composer, arranger, educator and bandleader Marcus Shelby is a major figure synonymous with Bay Area jazz and the spirit of collaboration. His work focuses on the history, present, and future of the African- American experience, with major suites for jazz orchestra devoted to abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman, Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., and the Port Chicago disaster and mutiny of 1944.

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