30th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival

30th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival

This Week: October 8 - 14, 2012

An exciting range of instrumental virtuosity is on tap this week, as we present four piano luminaries and one electric bass icon. The fun starts Wednesday with a birthday celebration for the great Thelonious Monk at the Herbst, featuring Barry Harris, Jacky Terrasson and Alfredo Rodriguez. Thursday, bassist Marcus Miller brings his hard-hitting new band, and the week wraps on Sunday at the SF Conservatory with piano star Danilo Perez’s telepathic trio.

Monk's Birthday
Barry Harris, Jacky Terrasson & Alfredo Rodriguez

Wednesday, October 10, 7:30pm • Herbst Theatre
Celebrating Thelonious Monk’s birthday each year has become yet another tradition at SFJAZZ. This triple bill features an audacious collection of piano masters from three generations including Barry Harris, Jacky Terrasson and Alfredo Rodriguez, each with a solo performance to explore Monk’s ingenious book of compositions.

Marcus Miller

Thursday, October 11, 7:30pm • Herbst Theatre
Marcus Miller’s new Concord album Renaissance could easily refer to the bassist himself — a true Renaissance man who has made an indelible mark on the music as a performer, producer and composer. Miller is a studio legend, heard as a sideman on over 500 albums, but he’s also found time to put forth 16 records as a leader.

Danilo Pérez

Sunday, October 14, 7:00pm • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Panama-born piano virtuoso Danilo Pérez has established himself as one of the preeminient jazz musicians of his generation. He’s won every conceivable award and even serves as Panama’s goodwill ambassador to UNICEF, but Pérez is best known as a member of saxophone legend Wayne Shorter’s quartet with John Patitucci and Brian Blade — perhaps the greatest working band in jazz.