10 Years at SFJAZZ Center
January 2023 marked the 10th anniversary of the SFJAZZ Center. As a part of the season-long celebration, a selection of photos featuring memorable live concerts and artists from SFJAZZ Center’s first 10 years are being displayed in the window-sills of the SFUSD building opposite the SFJAZZ Center
ABOUT EACH PHOTO – Franklin Street Side
Top Row (L-R):
Trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis performs during SFJAZZ Gala 2022 which honored his lifetime of work as both an artist and founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center, 6/3/22. Photo by Drew Altizer.
Drummer and composer Brian Blade debuts as a leader at SFJAZZ with his Fellowship Band including Melvin Butler, Myron Walden, Jon Cowherd, and Chris Thomas during Season 3, 9/8/14. Photo by Ronald Davis.
The GRAMMY-winning vocalist and multi-instrumentalist performs in Season 3 with the Carolina Chocolate Drops shortly after the release of her solo debut album Tomorrow is My Turn, 5/14/15. Photo by Bill Evans.
Saxophonist Marshall Allen, leader and six-decade member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, performs on EVI to accompany a screening of Space is the Place during SFJAZZ Summer Sessions, 7/18/19. Photo by Jack Brown.
The GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist performs with his eight-member West Coast Get-Down band during their sold-out SFJAZZ debut as part of our 2016-17 5th Anniversary Season, 1/7/17. Photo by Ronald Davis.
The late vibraphonist, jazz legend, SFJAZZ Collective member, and 2010 NEA Jazz Master plays in Season 2 with a quartet featuring David Sanborn, Billy Hart, and the late Joey DeFrancesco, 2/22/14. Photo by Scott Chernis.
The iconic singer and songwriter performs with fellow greats Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams during her week as SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director in our 5th Anniversary Season, 5/19/17. Photo by Ronald Davis.
Guitarist Scofield performs during the 35th San Francisco Jazz Festival with the Hudson quartet featuring organist John Medeski, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Jack DeJohnette, 6/8/17. Photo by Bill Evans.
Middle Row (L-R):
GRAMMY-winning blues great Taj Mahal plays with his trio during the 2019-20 Season, giving one of the final performances on the Miner Auditorium stage before the pandemic shutdown, 2/27/20. Photo by Bill Evans.
The iconic saxophonist and 2011 NEA Jazz Master returned with his quartet including pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Reevis, and drummer Justin Faulkner in the 2021-22 Season, 10/22/21. Photo by Ronald Davis.
The late piano master and genius composer performs in Season 4 as part of the ACS Trio with bassist esperanza spalding and drummer Teri Lyne Carrington in tribute to Wayne Shorter, 11/19/15. Photo by Rick Swig.
Bassist Marcus Shelby performs as part of a 30-piece orchestra for the world premiere of trumpeter and SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Ambrose Akinmusire’s composition Porter, 3/3/22. Photo by Bill Evans.
GRAMMY-winning guitar giant Pat Metheny opened our 5th Anniversary Season with a quartet including pianist Gwilym Simcock, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Antonio Sánchez, 9/8/16. Photo by Bill Evans.
Renowned clarinetist and composer Anat Cohen performs with saxophonist Owen Broder and cellist Rubin Kodheli for the West Coast debut of her Tentet project during the 2017-18 Season, 12/3/17. Photo by Ronald Davis.
The late spiritual jazz icon and 2016 NEA Jazz Master returned to SFJAZZ during Season 3 with his quartet including pianist William Henderson, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Joe Farnsworth, 1/8/15. Photo by Rick Swig.
Legendary San Francisco-based vocalist and 2011 SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Mary Stallings performs with an all-star quartet during Summer Sessions 2019, 7/26/19. Photo by Richard Gelfand.
Bottom Row (L-R):
Cécile McLorin Salvant
The GRAMMY-winning singer and composer brought new music from her 2022 album Ghost Song to this 2021-22 Season performance with her quartet featuring pianist Sullivan Fortner, 2/10/22. Photo by Bill Evans
The master pianist and jazz legend came out of retirement to return to SFJAZZ with his working quartet and make his debut on the Miner Auditorium stage, kicking off the 2019-20 Season, 9/6/19. Photo by Ronald Davis.
Jazz’s greatest living pianist and composer made his first appearance at the SFJAZZ Center with an all-star band including Lionel Loueke, Marcus Miller, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Zakir Hussain, 5/18/14. Photo by Rick Swig.
Terri Lyne Carrington
Drummer, composer, and SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Carrington performs as part of the ACS Trio with bassist esperanza spalding and the late piano genius Geri Allen in Season 4, 11/19/15. Photo by Bill Evans.
The percussion master, educator, and SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director brought his quintet and special guests including guitar great Calvin Keys for his Unusual Standards project in Season 3, 9/28/14. Photo by Ronald Davis.
Legendary saxophonist and composer Shorter returned during our 5th Anniversary Season with his astounding quartet including Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Terri Lyne Carrington, 4/28/17. Photo by Bill Evans.
Gospel icon, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and SFJAZZ Gala 2020 honoree for lifetime achievement, Mavis Staples performed for the first time at the SFJAZZ Center in Season 8, 2/1/20. Photo by Don Dixon.
Curated by Jim Goldberg, SFJAZZ Photographer Laureate
Photos courtesy of Drew Altizer, Jack Brown, Scott Chernis, Ronald Davis, Bill Evans, Richard Gelfand, James Knox, Rick Swig
Exhibit by SFJAZZ in association with the San Francisco Unified School District.
Originally installed January 7, 2023
ABOUT EACH PHOTO – Fell Street Side
Top Row (L-R):
Founding SFJAZZ Collective alto saxophonist Zenón starts his first week as Resident Artistic Director in Season 1 with his Rhythm Collective project featuring all Puerto Rican musicians, 5/30/13. Photo by Bill Evans.
An artist with deep ties to SFJAZZ, vocalist Dianne Reeves returned to the Miner stage in Season 4 on the heels of her Best Vocal Album GRAMMY win for her 2015 album Beautiful Life, 2/11/16. Photo by Bill Evans.
Ravi Coltrane, son of John Coltrane, and Matthew Garrison, son of John Coltrane Quartet bassist Jimmy Garrison, perform John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme commemorating his birthday, 9/23/17. Photo by Don Dixon.
Middle Row (L-R):
The bassist, vocalist, and GRAMMY winner performs with the ACS Trio featuring pianist Geri Allen and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington during spalding’s week as Resident Artistic Director, 11/19/15. Photo by Bill Evans.
Dr. Lonnie Smith
The late organ great during the 32nd San Francisco Jazz Festival with his octet, performing music from his then-current album of music arranged for large ensemble, In The Beginning, 6/16/14. Photo by James Knox.
Saxophone master and SFJAZZ Collective co-founder Redman joined The Bad Plus during Season 4, performing music from their collaborative album, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, 12/10/15. Photo by Bill Evans.
Bottom Row (L-R):
Cuban piano genius and 2019 SFJAZZ Gala honoree Chucho Valdés joined fellow piano virtuosos Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Michel Camilo in celebration of composer Ernesto Lecuona, 6/21/15. Photo by Bill Evans.
The tabla virtuoso and 2017 SFJAZZ Gala honoree performed with Kumaresh Rajagopalan and Jayanthi Kumaresh during Hussain’s first week as a Resident Artistic Director in Season 3, 10/9/14, Photo by Ronald Davis.