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2022 RESIDENT ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

Every two years, SFJAZZ selects a new group of forward-thinking musicians to participate in the program where they are invited to present new and unique works at SFJAZZ.

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.

Season 1–Season 2 (2013-14)
Regina Carter
Bill Frisell
Jason Moran
John Santos
Miguel Zenón

Season 3–Season 4 (2014–16)
Esperanza Spalding
Eric Harland
Terence Blanchard
Zakir Hussain

Season 5–Season 6 (2016-18)
Christian McBride
Mary Stallings
Rosanne Cash
Vijay Iyer

Season 7–Season 8 (2018–19)
Chucho Valdés
Dianne Reeves
Joe Lovano
Laurie Anderson
Marcus Shelby

View All Past SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Directors

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. 

ANAT COHEN

With three GRAMMY nominations, ten consecutive DownBeat Critics Poll Best Clarinetist awards, and twelve consecutive Clarinetist of the Year awards from the Jazz Journalists Association, Anat Cohen is easily the instrument’s greatest living virtuoso. Her music has encompassed everything from 1920s jazz to Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, Afro-Cuban jazz, and classical music, and her current project is her stylistically omnivorous Tentet. She is a member of the all-star supergroup ARTEMIS.

ANAT COHEN

With three GRAMMY nominations, ten consecutive DownBeat Critics Poll Best Clarinetist awards, and twelve consecutive Clarinetist of the Year awards from the Jazz Journalists Association, Anat Cohen is easily the instrument’s greatest living virtuoso. Her music has encompassed everything from 1920s jazz to Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, Afro-Cuban jazz, and classical music, and her current project is her stylistically omnivorous Tentet. She is a member of the all-star supergroup ARTEMIS.

TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON

One of the great living drumset masters, Carrington has transcended her prodigious beginnings to become a highly respected bandleader, an in-demand producer, an invaluable collaborator, a three-time GRAMMY Award winner, and a 2021 NEA Jazz Master. She is a veteran of work with Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Shorter, and Geri Allen, is the founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON

One of the great living drumset masters, Carrington has transcended her prodigious beginnings to become a highly respected bandleader, an in-demand producer, an invaluable collaborator, a three-time GRAMMY Award winner, and a 2021 NEA Jazz Master. She is a veteran of work with Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Shorter, and Geri Allen, is the founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

SOWETO KINCH

The London-born saxophonist and rapper stands at the vanguard of explosive British jazz scene, firmly established as a leader at the intersection of jazz and hip-hop. Winner of the Rising Star award from the BBC Jazz Awards and the White Foundation World Saxophone Competition prize from the Montreux Jazz Festival, Kinch has released seven albums including his 2019 album The Black Peril.

SOWETO KINCH

The London-born saxophonist and rapper stands at the vanguard of explosive British jazz scene, firmly established as a leader at the intersection of jazz and hip-hop. Winner of the Rising Star award from the BBC Jazz Awards and the White Foundation World Saxophone Competition prize from the Montreux Jazz Festival, Kinch has released seven albums including his 2019 album The Black Peril.

CHRIS POTTER

“One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” (DownBeat), Chris Potter is a boundary-breaking composer, improvisor, and bandleader who moves deftly from acoustic post-bop and funk to global fusion and the fringes of experimentalism. He has collaborated with Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, and Herbie Hancock, and joins the SFJAZZ Collective this Fall as Music Director.

CHRIS POTTER

“One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” (DownBeat), Chris Potter is a boundary-breaking composer, improvisor, and bandleader who moves deftly from acoustic post-bop and funk to global fusion and the fringes of experimentalism. He has collaborated with Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, and Herbie Hancock, and joins the SFJAZZ Collective this Fall as Music Director.

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE

The Oakland-born trumpeter rose from the jazz program at Berkeley High to become one of the music’s crucial creative voices. He won the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition, has worked with Vijay Iyer, Brad Mehldau, and Jason Moran, and recorded five acclaimed albums including his 2020 Blue Note release On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment.

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE

The Oakland-born trumpeter rose from the jazz program at Berkeley High to become one of the music’s crucial creative voices. He won the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition, has worked with Vijay Iyer, Brad Mehldau, and Jason Moran, and recorded five acclaimed albums including his 2020 Blue Note release On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment.

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