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Fridays at Five

Every Friday At 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

This Week's Concert

The coronavirus separates us, threatening the fabric of community – but music connects, which is why we’ve launched Fridays at Five. It’s what we need right now: a new series of weekly pre-recorded concerts that aspire to connect you – to music, to musicians, to the warm and unique feeling of experiencing live music at the SFJAZZ Center.

For just $5 a month ($60 annually), you can become a Member and tune in each Friday from 5–6 PM PT (8–9 PM ET) for the latest concert. Make it a regular date. Bring a glass of wine and cozy up – we think you will discover that digital technology can reveal new dimensions of musical performance. Fridays at Five is not your typical video concert series; it is designed to take you inside the music.

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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 ARTISTS 

NOV 27 Gregory Porter 
DEC 4 Pink Martini
DEC 11 The Klezmatics: Happy Joyous Hanukkah
DEC 18 The Blind Boys of Alabama: Holiday Gospel Concert
DEC 24 (Special Thursday Broadcast!) Adam Shulman Plays Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas 

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NOV 27 | Gregory Porter

Recorded August 4, 2019

WATCH NOV 27 • 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

A two-time GRAMMY-winner and six-time nominee, Gregory Porter is jazz’s most celebrated male vocalist, whose long history at SFJAZZ includes this most recent night recorded in August 2019, devoted to music from across his career and his newest Blue Note album All Rise. After gaining buzz in jazz circles for his soulful artistry, the Bakersfield-born Porter broke through to mainstream stardom with his third album and Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit, winning the 2013 GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album. His 2017 tribute to Nat “King” Cole, Nat “King” Cole & Me, was supported by a 2018 orchestral SFJAZZ performance at Davies Symphony Hall.

Gregory Porter: Soul Connections (On The Corner)

NOV 27 | Gregory Porter

Recorded August 4, 2019

WATCH NOV 27 • 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

A two-time GRAMMY-winner and six-time nominee, Gregory Porter is jazz’s most celebrated male vocalist, whose long history at SFJAZZ includes this most recent night recorded in August 2019, devoted to music from across his career and his newest Blue Note album All Rise. After gaining buzz in jazz circles for his soulful artistry, the Bakersfield-born Porter broke through to mainstream stardom with his third album and Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit, winning the 2013 GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album. His 2017 tribute to Nat “King” Cole, Nat “King” Cole & Me, was supported by a 2018 orchestral SFJAZZ performance at Davies Symphony Hall.

Gregory Porter: Soul Connections (On The Corner)

DEC 4 | PINK MARTINI

Recorded DEC 12, 2019

With the combined power of a dozen musicians, Pink Martini brought its rollicking cross-genre mix of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop back to SFJAZZ for this holiday time concert, filmed in December 2019.

Formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon, the group has built a monstrous fan base through performances in settings ranging from the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Opening of Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall to late night television with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and Jools Holland and even a video greeting to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Fronted by the dynamic vocalist China Forbes, Pink Martini perform music spanning their career and material from their most recent Heinz Records release, Je dis oui! (I say yes!).

DEC 4 | PINK MARTINI

Recorded DEC 12, 2019

With the combined power of a dozen musicians, Pink Martini brought its rollicking cross-genre mix of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop back to SFJAZZ for this holiday time concert, filmed in December 2019.

Formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon, the group has built a monstrous fan base through performances in settings ranging from the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Opening of Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall to late night television with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and Jools Holland and even a video greeting to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Fronted by the dynamic vocalist China Forbes, Pink Martini perform music spanning their career and material from their most recent Heinz Records release, Je dis oui! (I say yes!).

DEC 11 | The Klezmatics

The GRAMMY-winning klezmer superstars made their SFJAZZ Center debut with this inspiring concert filmed in December 2015, performing seasonal music from their 2006 album Happy Joyous Hanukkah that set lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie to their delightful original compositions. Led by the soaring vocals of multi-instrumentalist Lorin Sklamberg, Klezmatics jumpstarted the resurgence of the nearly-forgotten klezmer tradition and contemporized it with an irreverent dose of punk rock attitude, and since their inception, have been one of most visible faces of today’s Yiddish culture. They have collaborated with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman and Pulitzer prize winner Tony Kushner, and have released eleven diverse albums, including the GRAMMY-winning Wonder Wheel and their most recent, Apikorsim.

DEC 11 | The Klezmatics

The GRAMMY-winning klezmer superstars made their SFJAZZ Center debut with this inspiring concert filmed in December 2015, performing seasonal music from their 2006 album Happy Joyous Hanukkah that set lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie to their delightful original compositions. Led by the soaring vocals of multi-instrumentalist Lorin Sklamberg, Klezmatics jumpstarted the resurgence of the nearly-forgotten klezmer tradition and contemporized it with an irreverent dose of punk rock attitude, and since their inception, have been one of most visible faces of today’s Yiddish culture. They have collaborated with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman and Pulitzer prize winner Tony Kushner, and have released eleven diverse albums, including the GRAMMY-winning Wonder Wheel and their most recent, Apikorsim.

DEC 18 | Blind Boys of Alabama

More than a gospel institution, the Blind Boys of Alabama are a cultural force that has swept up musicians from every stylistic precinct, including Prince, Willie Nelson, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Ben Harper. Formed by a group of elementary students at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s, the group has won five GRAMMY awards (including one for lifetime achievement). Filmed in December 2018, this performance is an uplifting celebration of the holidays that draws upon the trove of classic songs from their star-studded 2003 Christmas release, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and their 2014 collaboration with blues great Taj Mahal, Talkin’ Christmas.

Holiday concerts by the Blind Boys have become a yearly tradition and we promise an evening of truly sanctified spirit!

DEC 18 | Blind Boys of Alabama

More than a gospel institution, the Blind Boys of Alabama are a cultural force that has swept up musicians from every stylistic precinct, including Prince, Willie Nelson, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Ben Harper. Formed by a group of elementary students at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s, the group has won five GRAMMY awards (including one for lifetime achievement). Filmed in December 2018, this performance is an uplifting celebration of the holidays that draws upon the trove of classic songs from their star-studded 2003 Christmas release, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and their 2014 collaboration with blues great Taj Mahal, Talkin’ Christmas.

Holiday concerts by the Blind Boys have become a yearly tradition and we promise an evening of truly sanctified spirit!

Dec 24 | Adam Shulman Plays Vince Guaraldi's 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Special Thursday Broadcast!

The holiday performances by pianist Adam Shulman celebrating Bay Area jazz legend Vince Guaraldi and his soundtrack to Charles Schulz’s 1965 holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, are an SFJAZZ tradition. Among the most beloved holiday albums of all time, A Charlie Brown Christmas was voted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame and was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry’s list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” American recordings.

A San Francisco native, Shulman is a masterful soloist, bandleader and composer known for work with Marcus Shelby, Stefon Harris, Miguel Zenón, Paula West, Larry Coryell, and Bobby Hutcherson. For this concert filmed in December 2019, Shulman brings Guaraldi’s classic to life with his trio including bassist John Wiitala and drummer James Gallagher.

 

Dec 24 | Adam Shulman Plays Vince Guaraldi's 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Special Thursday Broadcast!

The holiday performances by pianist Adam Shulman celebrating Bay Area jazz legend Vince Guaraldi and his soundtrack to Charles Schulz’s 1965 holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, are an SFJAZZ tradition. Among the most beloved holiday albums of all time, A Charlie Brown Christmas was voted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame and was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry’s list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” American recordings.

A San Francisco native, Shulman is a masterful soloist, bandleader and composer known for work with Marcus Shelby, Stefon Harris, Miguel Zenón, Paula West, Larry Coryell, and Bobby Hutcherson. For this concert filmed in December 2019, Shulman brings Guaraldi’s classic to life with his trio including bassist John Wiitala and drummer James Gallagher.

 

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Starting at just $5 a month ($60 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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Get Access to 'Fridays at Five'

Become a Digital Member

Starting at just $5 a month ($60 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.

Join Today