Resident Artistic Directors

Resident Artistic Directors

SFJAZZ Center · Season 2

For our second season, five of the most forward-thinking musicians in jazz will each be curating exclusive programming. These shows will premiere new works, feature unprecedented collaborations between world-renowned artists, and jumpstart the boundary-breaking creative mission of the SFJAZZ Center.

Regina Carter

Improvisational jazz violinist and MacArthur fellow Regina Carter was trained as a classical musician and weaves Motown, bebop, swing, folk, Afro-Caribbean, and world influences into her adventurous music. She has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Max Roach, Oliver Lake, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, and Dolly Parton.

Bill Frisell

Widely regarded as the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist to emerge in the 1980s, Grammy-winning artist Bill Frisell has long been exploring the music of America’s rural past. A composer and sought-after bandleader, he has launched dozens of unique projects. He has been named DownBeat critics’ poll Guitarist of the Year nine times.

Jason Moran

MacArthur fellow Jason Moran crosses musical genres, blending jazz, blues, rock, funk, and hip-hop in his compositions and multimedia performances. In 2011 he was named Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center and was a triple-crown winner of DownBeat magazine’s Critics Poll, collecting awards for Jazz Artist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year and Pianist of the Year. He has been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory since 2010 and is a longtime member of the Charles Lloyd New Quartet.

John Santos

Since the 1970s, no one has done more to maintain and advance the Bay Area’s singular synthesis of Caribbean rhythms and postbop forms than percussionist John Santos. A charismatic bandleader, captivatin improviser, and dedicated educator, Santos is a master of folkloric traditions from Cuba and Puerto Rico who’s consistently found distinctive ways to merge Latin grooves with jazz orchestration. Since performing at the first Jazz in the City Festival in 1983, he has presented Afro-Cuban music at SFJAZZ and led many educational programs.

Miguel Zenón

Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur fellow Miguel Zenón has masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American folkloric music and jazz. Zenón has topped the Rising Star Alto Sax category of the DownBeat critics’ poll four times.