Joe Henderson
Hotplate Festival

Thu-Sun, Aug 14-17

Joe Henderson Lab

Joe Henderson Hotplate Festival

Joe Henderson Hotplate Festival · Aug 14-17

Jazz legend Joe Henderson had a long and memorable history with SFJAZZ, performing over a dozen times in various settings including a duet with tabla great Zakir Hussain at Grace Cathedral, a salute to Antônio Carlos Jobim with Herbie Hancock, and a 1993 tribute night entitled “We Love Joe” featuring his quintet with John Scofield, Charlie Haden and Al Foster, his Big Band, and the Kronos Quartet.

We formally dedicate the Joe Henderson Lab, named for the iconic saxophonist, with a week of performances that pay tribute to four of his greatest recorded moments.

The official Dedication Ceremony will take place Thursday, August 14th at 6:30pm and will feature remarks by SFJAZZ co-founder Randall Kline, as well as Joe Henderson's two sons Malcolm Daniel and Kim Vasquez.

Patrons that hold tickets to that evenings 7pm show are invited to show up early for this special event.

Joe Henderson Lab | Two Sets Per Night | 7PM & 8:30PM | $25 | Members Save 25%
Dedication Ceremony: Thursday, August 14 at 6:30PM

Mel Martin plays Page One

Thursday, August 14
Saxophone great and Joe Henderson collaborator Mel Martin presents the music of Henderson’s 1963 debut, Page One, a landmark session and a self-assured first statement as a bandleader, containing the timeless standards “Recorda Me” and “Blue Bossa.”


Matt Clark plays The Real McCoy

Friday, August 15
Pianist Matt Clark’s group performs the hugely influential 1967 Blue Note debut by pianist McCoy Tyner, The Real McCoy. Boasting a quartet that also includes Ron Carter and Elvin Jones, The Real McCoy is a prominent feature for Joe Henderson as a peerless soloist and ensemble player.

Adam Shulman plays Song For My Father

Saturday, August 16
Joe Henderson was an integral part of Horace Silver’s immortal 1965 Blue Note release, which features the Henderson composition “The Kicker” – a jazz standard and a potent demonstration of the saxophonist’s formidable skill as a composer.

Michael Zilber plays Lush Life

Sunday, August 17
Sunday brings a performance of Henderson’s GRAMMY-winning 1992 Verve album Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn by acclaimed Bay Area saxophonist Michael Zilber. Lush Life is Henderson’s enduring late-career landmark, hitting #1 on Billboard’s jazz chart when released.

SFJAZZ Collective perform the music of Joe Henderson!
2014-15 Season · Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26 · Miner Auditorium

SFJAZZ Collective

Original Compositions & the music of Joe Henderson

Fresh off of their riveting Newport Jazz Festival performance, the SFJAZZ Collective debut new compositions and the bracingly original music of Joe Henderson, the late tenor saxophone giant and composer who lived in San Francisco and was long associated with SFJAZZ.