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Fridays at Five

Every Friday At 5 PM PT

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 Digital Member and tune in each Friday at 5 PM (PT) 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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UPCOMING ARTISTS

JUN 5 Marcus Shelby Quartet w/ Angela Davis
Blues Legacies and Black Feminism
Ft. Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller, Tammy Hall, Paula West, Kim Nalley, & Tiffany Austin
JUN 12 Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi
JUN 19 Paris Combo
JUN 26 Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 2
w/ Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Terrace Martin, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, & Brian Blade
JUL 31 Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 3
w/ Branford Marsalis & Terence Blanchard, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, & Brian Blade
AUG 28 Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 4
w/ Joshua Redman & Ambrose Akinmusire, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, & Brian Blade

& MORE TBA

See below for full descriptions.

JUN 5 | Marcus Shelby Quintet w/ Angela Davis

WATCH JUN 5 • 5 PM PT

BLUES LEGACIES AND BLACK FEMINISM
Ft. Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller, Tammy Hall, Paula West, Kim Nalley, & Tiffany Austin

For this week's broadcast, SFJAZZ will be donating our half of the Tip Jar proceeds to Black Lives Matter.

This special performance was filmed on May 24, 2019 during the bassist and composer’s 2018-2019 Season week as Resident Artistic Director, featuring author, activist, and educator Angela Davis in a program of music and spoken word dedicated to her 1999 book Blues Legacies and Black Feminism that illuminates the legacies of blues and jazz legends “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday. An all-star quartet including saxophonist Tia Fuller, pianist Tammy Hall, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington joined Marcus for this once-in-a-lifetime event, along with several special guest vocalists. This night was a particularly powerful showcase for Marcus, whose work has been dedicated to the history, present, and future of the African-American experience.

We present this concert in recognition that Marcus’ week of residency was canceled this season due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Jazz & Social Justice: A Playlist by Angela Davis (On the Corner)

JUN 5 | Marcus Shelby Quintet w/ Angela Davis

WATCH JUN 5 • 5 PM PT

BLUES LEGACIES AND BLACK FEMINISM
Ft. Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller, Tammy Hall, Paula West, Kim Nalley, & Tiffany Austin

For this week's broadcast, SFJAZZ will be donating our half of the Tip Jar proceeds to Black Lives Matter.

This special performance was filmed on May 24, 2019 during the bassist and composer’s 2018-2019 Season week as Resident Artistic Director, featuring author, activist, and educator Angela Davis in a program of music and spoken word dedicated to her 1999 book Blues Legacies and Black Feminism that illuminates the legacies of blues and jazz legends “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday. An all-star quartet including saxophonist Tia Fuller, pianist Tammy Hall, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington joined Marcus for this once-in-a-lifetime event, along with several special guest vocalists. This night was a particularly powerful showcase for Marcus, whose work has been dedicated to the history, present, and future of the African-American experience.

We present this concert in recognition that Marcus’ week of residency was canceled this season due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Jazz & Social Justice: A Playlist by Angela Davis (On the Corner)

JUN 12 | RHIANNON GIDDENS & FRANCESCO TURRISI

SFJAZZ has enjoyed a lengthy history with the singer, composer, violinist, banjo player, actress, GRAMMY-winner, and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, presenting her numerous times over the years. This performance, filmed in February of this year, was part of one of the last week-long residencies we presented before closing our doors in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and was easily among the most highly anticipated and popular weeks of our season.

For this string of shows, the 2017 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” fellowship recipient performed music from her latest Nonesuch album, There Is No Other, tracing the influence of Africa and the Middle East on the musical traditions of Europe and the Americas, in collaboration with Italian pianist and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi and joined by bassist Jason Sypher.

JUN 12 | RHIANNON GIDDENS & FRANCESCO TURRISI

SFJAZZ has enjoyed a lengthy history with the singer, composer, violinist, banjo player, actress, GRAMMY-winner, and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, presenting her numerous times over the years. This performance, filmed in February of this year, was part of one of the last week-long residencies we presented before closing our doors in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and was easily among the most highly anticipated and popular weeks of our season.

For this string of shows, the 2017 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” fellowship recipient performed music from her latest Nonesuch album, There Is No Other, tracing the influence of Africa and the Middle East on the musical traditions of Europe and the Americas, in collaboration with Italian pianist and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi and joined by bassist Jason Sypher.

JUN 19 | Paris Combo

Filmed in July 2018 during that year’s Summer Sessions, this concert perfectly exemplifies the reasons why SFJAZZ audiences love Paris Combo and why we’ve regularly brought them back to Miner Auditorium over the years. Delightfully cosmopolitan and seductively swinging, they are as diverse and sophisticated as their home city, combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret. Holding all these diverse elements together is the sprightly vocalist Belle du Berry, joined by Australian trumpeter/keyboardist David Lewis, bassist Benoît Dunoyer de Segonzac, drummer François Jeannin, percussionist Rémy Kaprielan, and Potzi, an Algerian Gypsy guitarist whose virtuosic style recalls Django Reinhardt. The band had their 2019-2020 Season performances canceled in response to the crisis, so this concert is presented as a salute to them.

JUN 19 | Paris Combo

Filmed in July 2018 during that year’s Summer Sessions, this concert perfectly exemplifies the reasons why SFJAZZ audiences love Paris Combo and why we’ve regularly brought them back to Miner Auditorium over the years. Delightfully cosmopolitan and seductively swinging, they are as diverse and sophisticated as their home city, combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret. Holding all these diverse elements together is the sprightly vocalist Belle du Berry, joined by Australian trumpeter/keyboardist David Lewis, bassist Benoît Dunoyer de Segonzac, drummer François Jeannin, percussionist Rémy Kaprielan, and Potzi, an Algerian Gypsy guitarist whose virtuosic style recalls Django Reinhardt. The band had their 2019-2020 Season performances canceled in response to the crisis, so this concert is presented as a salute to them.

JUN 26 | Wayne Shorter Celebration PT. 2

WITH HERBIE HANCOCK, TERENCE BLANCHARD & TERRACE MARTIN, DANILO PÉREZ, JOHN PATITUCCI, AND BRIAN BLADE

For this special broadcast, 100% of Tip Jar proceeds will go directly to Wayne Shorter for his ongoing medical needs.

Legendary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter had been scheduled to perform with his quartet over four nights in Miner Auditorium in January of 2019, but an illness that precluded travel prevented Wayne from appearing that week. Masterminded by piano legend and Wayne’s best friend Herbie Hancock as a tribute and benefit for Wayne’s medical expenses, an all-star roster of jazz greats assembled over those four nights to perform classic material written by the 11-time GRAMMY winner, 1998 NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Honoree, anchored by Wayne’s longtime quartet including pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade.

This special opening night performance featured Herbie on piano and keyboards along with master trumpeter Terence Blanchard and saxophonist/keyboardist Terrace Martin, celebrating Wayne’s legacy for this exclusive, one-time event.

JUN 26 | Wayne Shorter Celebration PT. 2

WITH HERBIE HANCOCK, TERENCE BLANCHARD & TERRACE MARTIN, DANILO PÉREZ, JOHN PATITUCCI, AND BRIAN BLADE

For this special broadcast, 100% of Tip Jar proceeds will go directly to Wayne Shorter for his ongoing medical needs.

Legendary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter had been scheduled to perform with his quartet over four nights in Miner Auditorium in January of 2019, but an illness that precluded travel prevented Wayne from appearing that week. Masterminded by piano legend and Wayne’s best friend Herbie Hancock as a tribute and benefit for Wayne’s medical expenses, an all-star roster of jazz greats assembled over those four nights to perform classic material written by the 11-time GRAMMY winner, 1998 NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Honoree, anchored by Wayne’s longtime quartet including pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade.

This special opening night performance featured Herbie on piano and keyboards along with master trumpeter Terence Blanchard and saxophonist/keyboardist Terrace Martin, celebrating Wayne’s legacy for this exclusive, one-time event.

JUL 31 | Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 3

WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS, TERENCE BLANCHARD, DANILO PÉREZ, JOHN PATTITUCCI, AND BRIAN BLADE 

For this special broadcast, 100% of Tip Jar proceeds will go to Wayne Shorter for his ongoing medical needs.

Legendary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter had been scheduled to perform with his quartet over four nights in Miner Auditorium in January of 2019, but an illness that precluded travel prevented Wayne from appearing that week. Masterminded by piano legend and Wayne’s best friend Herbie Hancock as a tribute and benefit for Wayne’s medical expenses, an all-star roster of jazz greats assembled over those four nights to perform classic material written by the 11-time GRAMMY winner, 1998 NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Honoree, anchored by Wayne’s longtime quartet including pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade.

Two modern jazz giants, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, perform with Wayne’s band on this night. Each, like Wayne Shorter, are former members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and represent the first generation of masters to be influenced by Wayne’s legacy.

 

JUL 31 | Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 3

WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS, TERENCE BLANCHARD, DANILO PÉREZ, JOHN PATTITUCCI, AND BRIAN BLADE 

For this special broadcast, 100% of Tip Jar proceeds will go to Wayne Shorter for his ongoing medical needs.

Legendary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter had been scheduled to perform with his quartet over four nights in Miner Auditorium in January of 2019, but an illness that precluded travel prevented Wayne from appearing that week. Masterminded by piano legend and Wayne’s best friend Herbie Hancock as a tribute and benefit for Wayne’s medical expenses, an all-star roster of jazz greats assembled over those four nights to perform classic material written by the 11-time GRAMMY winner, 1998 NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Honoree, anchored by Wayne’s longtime quartet including pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade.

Two modern jazz giants, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, perform with Wayne’s band on this night. Each, like Wayne Shorter, are former members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and represent the first generation of masters to be influenced by Wayne’s legacy.

 

AUG 28 | Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 4

WITH JOSHUA REDMAN, AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE, DANILO PÉREZ, JOHN PATITUCCI, AND BRIAN BLADE

For this special broadcast, 100% of Tip Jar proceeds will go directly to Wayne Shorter for his ongoing medical needs.

 Legendary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter had been scheduled to perform with his quartet over four nights in Miner Auditorium in January of 2019, but an illness that precluded travel prevented Wayne from appearing that week. Masterminded by piano legend and Wayne’s best friend Herbie Hancock as a tribute and benefit for Wayne’s medical expenses, an all-star roster of jazz greats assembled over those four nights to perform classic material written by the 11-time GRAMMY winner, 1998 NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Honoree, anchored by Wayne’s longtime quartet including pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade.

This final night of the Wayne Shorter Celebration features two generations of exploratory musicians, saxophonist Joshua Redman and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, each a Bay Area native and alumnus of the remarkable Berkeley High School jazz program.

AUG 28 | Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 4

WITH JOSHUA REDMAN, AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE, DANILO PÉREZ, JOHN PATITUCCI, AND BRIAN BLADE

For this special broadcast, 100% of Tip Jar proceeds will go directly to Wayne Shorter for his ongoing medical needs.

 Legendary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter had been scheduled to perform with his quartet over four nights in Miner Auditorium in January of 2019, but an illness that precluded travel prevented Wayne from appearing that week. Masterminded by piano legend and Wayne’s best friend Herbie Hancock as a tribute and benefit for Wayne’s medical expenses, an all-star roster of jazz greats assembled over those four nights to perform classic material written by the 11-time GRAMMY winner, 1998 NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Honoree, anchored by Wayne’s longtime quartet including pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade.

This final night of the Wayne Shorter Celebration features two generations of exploratory musicians, saxophonist Joshua Redman and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, each a Bay Area native and alumnus of the remarkable Berkeley High School jazz program.

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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
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