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Daymé Arocena

Online Concert Series

Fridays at Five

Every Friday At 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

ABOUT FRIDAYS AT FIVE 
Fridays at Five is a weekly membership-based online concert series that brings people closer to the music, while providing support for artists, through exclusive hour-long broadcasts of SFJAZZ Center archival performances every Friday at 5 PM PT. Conceived to create a unique shared experience, each event features multi-camera HD video and state-of-the-art audio, as well as real-time chats with artists, jazz fans, and SFJAZZ Members.

ENCORE REBROADCAST TIMES
Each week's Fridays At Five concert is now also streaming the following Saturday at 10AM PT. Please note that this rebroadcast does not include a real-time chat.
1PM NYC · 6PM LONDON · 7PM PARIS · 7PM JOHANNESBURG

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"A chance to support the artists and catch up on memorable concerts from years past."SF Classical Voice

"That was super-great ... really immersive, amazing camerawork and the sound was excellent. I just felt like I was inside the music and really in the hall." — SFJAZZ Member

"As coronavirus cancels concerts, I tried a new way to listen to live music." (SFGate)

SFJAZZ's New Virtual Concert Series Embraces the Streaming Age (SFist)

Fridays at Five: Launching a Digital Experience (On the Corner)

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UPCOMING FRIDAYS AT FIVE ARTISTS 

APR 16 Daymé Arocena
APR 23 Sun Ra Arkestra
APR 30 Orquesta Akokán
MAY 7 Miles From India
MAY 14 Chano Domínguez: Flamenco Sketches
MAY 21 Robert Glasper: Everything's Beautiful
MAY 28 Miles Electric

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APR 16 | Daymé Arocena

WATCH APR 16 • 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

Recorded NOV 11, 2019

“A magical mash-up of The Queen of Latin Music, Celia Cruz, and The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin” (NPR). With a voice possessed of equal parts grace and fire, Daymé Arocena has become one of the dynamic new faces of Cuban music, versed in jazz, Cuban neo-soul, and West African traditions.

Brought to the world stage by Canadian saxophone great Jane Bunnett as part of her Juno-winning Maqueque project, the singer came to the attention of taste-making British DJ Gilles Peterson, who signed Arocena to his Brownswood label and released her 2015 debut Nueva Era — listed among NPR Music’s Top 50 albums of the year. Following her 2017-2018 Season double bill with Cuban piano genius Roberto Fonseca, she returned for this performance in November 2019 with music from her latest Brownswood release, Sonocardiogram.

On the Corner: Five Things You Should Know About Daymé Arocena

SFJAZZ's Fridays at Five with Daymé Arocena is sponsored by Sava: Bringing California's Best Cannabis to Your Doorstep. Sava is an SF-based women, LGBTQ, Latinx-owned company committed to ushering in a modern and more inclusive era of cannabis. They deliver the highest quality cannabis products throughout the Bay Area. 

APR 16 | Daymé Arocena

WATCH APR 16 • 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

Recorded NOV 11, 2019

“A magical mash-up of The Queen of Latin Music, Celia Cruz, and The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin” (NPR). With a voice possessed of equal parts grace and fire, Daymé Arocena has become one of the dynamic new faces of Cuban music, versed in jazz, Cuban neo-soul, and West African traditions.

Brought to the world stage by Canadian saxophone great Jane Bunnett as part of her Juno-winning Maqueque project, the singer came to the attention of taste-making British DJ Gilles Peterson, who signed Arocena to his Brownswood label and released her 2015 debut Nueva Era — listed among NPR Music’s Top 50 albums of the year. Following her 2017-2018 Season double bill with Cuban piano genius Roberto Fonseca, she returned for this performance in November 2019 with music from her latest Brownswood release, Sonocardiogram.

On the Corner: Five Things You Should Know About Daymé Arocena

SFJAZZ's Fridays at Five with Daymé Arocena is sponsored by Sava: Bringing California's Best Cannabis to Your Doorstep. Sava is an SF-based women, LGBTQ, Latinx-owned company committed to ushering in a modern and more inclusive era of cannabis. They deliver the highest quality cannabis products throughout the Bay Area. 

APR 23 | Sun Ra Arkestra

For this special performance filmed in August 2017, the enduring legacy of jazz visionary and legendary eccentric Sun Ra is celebrated by this ensemble made up of Arkestra veterans and a younger generation of exploratory musicians led by alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, who has been a fixture of Sun Ra’s bands since 1958.

Born Herman Blount, the enigmatic composer and keyboardist known as Sun Ra created an entire universe of expression through his pioneering Afro-futurist concepts in music and philosophy. He integrated Ellington-influenced big band swing with free jazz, the blues, electronics, and African musical traditions while establishing a singular visual style that combined futuristic concepts with ancient Egyptian iconography.

Sun Ra claimed to have come from the planet Saturn to bring peace to Earth. Since his death in 1993, the Arkestra has continued his mission, needed now more than ever.

APR 23 | Sun Ra Arkestra

For this special performance filmed in August 2017, the enduring legacy of jazz visionary and legendary eccentric Sun Ra is celebrated by this ensemble made up of Arkestra veterans and a younger generation of exploratory musicians led by alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, who has been a fixture of Sun Ra’s bands since 1958.

Born Herman Blount, the enigmatic composer and keyboardist known as Sun Ra created an entire universe of expression through his pioneering Afro-futurist concepts in music and philosophy. He integrated Ellington-influenced big band swing with free jazz, the blues, electronics, and African musical traditions while establishing a singular visual style that combined futuristic concepts with ancient Egyptian iconography.

Sun Ra claimed to have come from the planet Saturn to bring peace to Earth. Since his death in 1993, the Arkestra has continued his mission, needed now more than ever.

APR 30 | Orquesta Akokán

Recorded JUN 16, 2019

Brainchild of pianist and arranger Michael Eckroth, producer Jacob Plasse and vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, this loving salute to the Cuban mambo revolution of the 40s and 50s, and in particular the work of legendary vocalist and bandleader Beny Moré, began with a recording project at Havana’s historic Areito Studio in 2016. Named for the Yoruba word meaning “from the heart,” the multi-generational big band assembled for the recording was culled from the ranks of Cuba’s finest, including members of Irakere and Los Van Van, and the alchemy they created inspired Eckroth, Plasse, and Gómez to transition the band from a one-time assemblage for the recording studio to a working band for the concert stage. They made their SFJAZZ debut with this performance, filmed in June 2019.

APR 30 | Orquesta Akokán

Recorded JUN 16, 2019

Brainchild of pianist and arranger Michael Eckroth, producer Jacob Plasse and vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, this loving salute to the Cuban mambo revolution of the 40s and 50s, and in particular the work of legendary vocalist and bandleader Beny Moré, began with a recording project at Havana’s historic Areito Studio in 2016. Named for the Yoruba word meaning “from the heart,” the multi-generational big band assembled for the recording was culled from the ranks of Cuba’s finest, including members of Irakere and Los Van Van, and the alchemy they created inspired Eckroth, Plasse, and Gómez to transition the band from a one-time assemblage for the recording studio to a working band for the concert stage. They made their SFJAZZ debut with this performance, filmed in June 2019.

MAY 7 | Miles From India

A project sparked by discussion between visionary jazz producer/arranger Bob Belden and label owner Yusuf Gandhi regarding the Indian instrumentation used by Miles Davis on his classic 1972 fusion album On the Corner, Miles from India is devoted to re-imagining Davis’ music by an ensemble made up of Miles Davis alumni, today’s jazz greats, and a host of master Indian classical musicians. Almost a decade after the Belden-produced all-star album was released, this group featuring Davis’ nephew and drummer Vince Wilburn, the late drumming icon Ndugu Chancler, bassist Daryl Jones, saxophonist Javon Jackson, khanjira virtuoso V. Selvaganesh, and guitarist Rez Abbasi came together in April 2017 to explore the rich trove of the Miles Davis songbook, from Kind of Blue to Bitches Brew.

MAY 7 | Miles From India

A project sparked by discussion between visionary jazz producer/arranger Bob Belden and label owner Yusuf Gandhi regarding the Indian instrumentation used by Miles Davis on his classic 1972 fusion album On the Corner, Miles from India is devoted to re-imagining Davis’ music by an ensemble made up of Miles Davis alumni, today’s jazz greats, and a host of master Indian classical musicians. Almost a decade after the Belden-produced all-star album was released, this group featuring Davis’ nephew and drummer Vince Wilburn, the late drumming icon Ndugu Chancler, bassist Daryl Jones, saxophonist Javon Jackson, khanjira virtuoso V. Selvaganesh, and guitarist Rez Abbasi came together in April 2017 to explore the rich trove of the Miles Davis songbook, from Kind of Blue to Bitches Brew.

MAY 14 | Chano Domínguez: Flamenco Sketches

Born and raised in the traditional flamenco hotbed of Cádiz, Spanish pianist Chano Domínguez has found a singular niche as a pianist in the language of flamenco, viewed through the lens of the post-bop tradition. He has released over 20 albums and collaborated with Paquito D’Rivera Wynton Marsalis, and Paco de Lucía, among others.

In tribute to the enduring influence of Miles Davis, Domínguez brought his fresh arrangements of “So What,” “All Blues,” and “Freddie the Freeloader” to this performance in May of 2018 during our Miles Davis tribute week, accompanied by a fine band including bassist Alexis Cuadrado, drummer Henry Cole, flamenco singer Blas Córdoba and dancer Daniel Navarro.

Steeped in the soul-searching Iberian concept of duende, these reconceived versions of Davis classics were documented on Domínguez’s GRAMMY-nominated 2012 Blue Note release Flamenco Sketches.

MAY 14 | Chano Domínguez: Flamenco Sketches

Born and raised in the traditional flamenco hotbed of Cádiz, Spanish pianist Chano Domínguez has found a singular niche as a pianist in the language of flamenco, viewed through the lens of the post-bop tradition. He has released over 20 albums and collaborated with Paquito D’Rivera Wynton Marsalis, and Paco de Lucía, among others.

In tribute to the enduring influence of Miles Davis, Domínguez brought his fresh arrangements of “So What,” “All Blues,” and “Freddie the Freeloader” to this performance in May of 2018 during our Miles Davis tribute week, accompanied by a fine band including bassist Alexis Cuadrado, drummer Henry Cole, flamenco singer Blas Córdoba and dancer Daniel Navarro.

Steeped in the soul-searching Iberian concept of duende, these reconceived versions of Davis classics were documented on Domínguez’s GRAMMY-nominated 2012 Blue Note release Flamenco Sketches.

MAY 21 | Robert Glasper: Everything's Beautiful

The most prominent artist blurring lines between acoustic jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary R&B, GRAMMY-winning pianist and composer Robert Glasper returned in May 2018 with music from Everything’s Beautiful, his project devoted to re-conceptualized versions of Miles Davis compositions originating from his score to director and actor Don Cheadle’s 2015 Davis tribute film Miles Ahead. Like Davis, Glasper has been a driving force keeping the music moving forward, becoming a crossover star with his electro-acoustic Experiment band following the game-changing 2012 release Black Radio, which won that year’s GRAMMY for Best R&B Album.

The Houston native and veteran of work with Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Christian McBride, and Terence Blanchard is joined for this show by a telepathic band including guitarist Michael Severson, bassist Burniss Travis, drummer Justin Tyson, and R&B star Bilal on vocals.

SFJAZZ’s Fridays at Five with Robert Glasper is sponsored by Blue Note at Sea, which is working toward a revival sailing in 2023 hosted by Glasper and Marcus Miller alongside dozens of the world’s best contemporary jazz musicians.

MAY 21 | Robert Glasper: Everything's Beautiful

The most prominent artist blurring lines between acoustic jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary R&B, GRAMMY-winning pianist and composer Robert Glasper returned in May 2018 with music from Everything’s Beautiful, his project devoted to re-conceptualized versions of Miles Davis compositions originating from his score to director and actor Don Cheadle’s 2015 Davis tribute film Miles Ahead. Like Davis, Glasper has been a driving force keeping the music moving forward, becoming a crossover star with his electro-acoustic Experiment band following the game-changing 2012 release Black Radio, which won that year’s GRAMMY for Best R&B Album.

The Houston native and veteran of work with Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Christian McBride, and Terence Blanchard is joined for this show by a telepathic band including guitarist Michael Severson, bassist Burniss Travis, drummer Justin Tyson, and R&B star Bilal on vocals.

SFJAZZ’s Fridays at Five with Robert Glasper is sponsored by Blue Note at Sea, which is working toward a revival sailing in 2023 hosted by Glasper and Marcus Miller alongside dozens of the world’s best contemporary jazz musicians.

MAY 28 | Miles Electric

Fronted by former SFJAZZ Collective trumpeter Sean Jones, a group of stellar instrumentalists and fusion-era Miles Davis alumni performed in June 2016 as Miles Electric, a multi-generational band specializing in the wired-up and funky music Davis created from the late 1960s to the ‘80s on albums including Bitches Brew and You’re Under Arrest. Led by the legendary trumpeter’s nephew, drummer Vincent Wilburn, Jr., the band features many of the musicians Davis tapped for his various ensembles, among them bassist Darryl Jones, keyboardist Robert Irving III, guitarist and Parliament/Funkadelic icon DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight, and percussionist Munyungo Jackson, a veteran of multiple Miles Davis tours and recordings from the late 80s and early 90s. They are joined by saxophone ace Antoine Roney, keyboardist Greg Spero, percussionists Abbos Kosimov and Debashish Chaudhuri, and electronic musician Jeremy Ellis.

MAY 28 | Miles Electric

Fronted by former SFJAZZ Collective trumpeter Sean Jones, a group of stellar instrumentalists and fusion-era Miles Davis alumni performed in June 2016 as Miles Electric, a multi-generational band specializing in the wired-up and funky music Davis created from the late 1960s to the ‘80s on albums including Bitches Brew and You’re Under Arrest. Led by the legendary trumpeter’s nephew, drummer Vincent Wilburn, Jr., the band features many of the musicians Davis tapped for his various ensembles, among them bassist Darryl Jones, keyboardist Robert Irving III, guitarist and Parliament/Funkadelic icon DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight, and percussionist Munyungo Jackson, a veteran of multiple Miles Davis tours and recordings from the late 80s and early 90s. They are joined by saxophone ace Antoine Roney, keyboardist Greg Spero, percussionists Abbos Kosimov and Debashish Chaudhuri, and electronic musician Jeremy Ellis.

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Become a Digital Member

Starting at just $5 a month ($50 annually), you can sign up for or gift a digital membership and tune in with friends each Friday at 5 PM (PT) for the latest concert. Proceeds will help the SFJAZZ team prepare to reopen the SFJAZZ Center and bring you the same breadth of live concert and educational programming you're used to. The music will outlive the virus.

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