Fridays at Five Overview
Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo, & Gonzalo Rubalcaba at the piano

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.

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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)

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

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UPCOMING FRIDAYS AT FIVE ARTISTS 

VIRTUAL SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL 2021
JUN 25 Ernesto Lecuona Tribute w/ Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo & Gonzalo Rubalcaba

JUL 2 Hot Club of Cowtown
JUL 9 Mariza
JUL 16 DakhaBrakha
JUL 23 Con Brio

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JUN 25-26 | Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo, & Gonzalo Rubalcaba

ERNESTO LECUONA TRIBUTE

WATCH FRI, JUN 25 • 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

Recorded MAY 27, 2017

This exclusive performance filmed in May 2017 was a monumental gathering of the three greatest living Caribbean pianists, brought together in tribute to pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona, renowned as one of the most important and influential figures in Cuban music.

Son of Cuban music icon Bebo Valdés and a six-time GRAMMY winner, Chucho Valdés was co-founder of the seminal ensemble Irakere and forged an unprecedented synthesis of ritualistic Afro-Cuban percussion, post-bop improvisation, European classical music, rock and R&B.

Gonzalo Rubalcaba has integrated huge swaths of the European classical and jazz traditions, while maintaining bone-deep ties to the rhythmic currents of Cuba. He quickly gained fame on the American scene, distinguishing himself with his bravura technique and hair-raising rhythmic prowess.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Michel Camilo has been widely recognized for his astounding technique, winning a Latin GRAMMY Award for the 2000 Verve album Spain and the 2004 Best Latin Jazz Album GRAMMY for Live at the Blue Note.

Ernesto Lecuona: The Gershwin of Cuba (On the Corner)
Pianísimo: Cuban Piano Titans Across The Ages (On the Corner)
The Maestro: Chucho Valdés (On the Corner)
Interview: Gonzalo Rubalcaba (On the Corner)

JUN 25-26 | Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo, & Gonzalo Rubalcaba

ERNESTO LECUONA TRIBUTE

WATCH FRI, JUN 25 • 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

Recorded MAY 27, 2017

This exclusive performance filmed in May 2017 was a monumental gathering of the three greatest living Caribbean pianists, brought together in tribute to pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona, renowned as one of the most important and influential figures in Cuban music.

Son of Cuban music icon Bebo Valdés and a six-time GRAMMY winner, Chucho Valdés was co-founder of the seminal ensemble Irakere and forged an unprecedented synthesis of ritualistic Afro-Cuban percussion, post-bop improvisation, European classical music, rock and R&B.

Gonzalo Rubalcaba has integrated huge swaths of the European classical and jazz traditions, while maintaining bone-deep ties to the rhythmic currents of Cuba. He quickly gained fame on the American scene, distinguishing himself with his bravura technique and hair-raising rhythmic prowess.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Michel Camilo has been widely recognized for his astounding technique, winning a Latin GRAMMY Award for the 2000 Verve album Spain and the 2004 Best Latin Jazz Album GRAMMY for Live at the Blue Note.

Ernesto Lecuona: The Gershwin of Cuba (On the Corner)
Pianísimo: Cuban Piano Titans Across The Ages (On the Corner)
The Maestro: Chucho Valdés (On the Corner)
Interview: Gonzalo Rubalcaba (On the Corner)

JUL 2-3 | Hot Club of Cowtown

Recorded JUL 12, 2018

Taking equal inspiration from Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France and the Western Swing of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, the Austin-based trio of violinist Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin have created a seamless and delightful hybrid that has built a global fan base and earned them a place on stage with Bob Dylan, Roxy Music, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, and more.

This performance from July 2018 was filmed during their tour marking the 20th anniversary of their 2008 debut album Swingin’ Stampede. Over the two decades since that auspicious debut, the group has released 16 albums and was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2004. Their newest album, Wild Kingdom, was released in 2019.

JUL 2-3 | Hot Club of Cowtown

Recorded JUL 12, 2018

Taking equal inspiration from Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France and the Western Swing of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, the Austin-based trio of violinist Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin have created a seamless and delightful hybrid that has built a global fan base and earned them a place on stage with Bob Dylan, Roxy Music, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, and more.

This performance from July 2018 was filmed during their tour marking the 20th anniversary of their 2008 debut album Swingin’ Stampede. Over the two decades since that auspicious debut, the group has released 16 albums and was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2004. Their newest album, Wild Kingdom, was released in 2019.

JUL 9-10 | Mariza

Recorded OCT 28, 2016

No living artist has embraced the Portuguese fado tradition with more passion and charisma than Mariza, the music’s greatest star and a full-throated singer who revels in the music’s emotional power. With its blend of Portuguese folk poetry, Arabic cadences and African and Brazilian rhythms, fado remains both a vital art form and a reminder of Portugal’s far-flung historical empire.

The first Portuguese musician nominated for a GRAMMY and winner of three BBC Radio 3 Best European Artist awards, Mariza made a stop at SFJAZZ in October 2016 for this special performance in support of her double-platinum selling Nonesuch album Mundo, produced by Spanish guitarist and songwriter Javier Limón of the acclaimed duo Magos & Limón. A superb band including Portuguese guitar master José Manuel Neto joined her for this concert.

JUL 9-10 | Mariza

Recorded OCT 28, 2016

No living artist has embraced the Portuguese fado tradition with more passion and charisma than Mariza, the music’s greatest star and a full-throated singer who revels in the music’s emotional power. With its blend of Portuguese folk poetry, Arabic cadences and African and Brazilian rhythms, fado remains both a vital art form and a reminder of Portugal’s far-flung historical empire.

The first Portuguese musician nominated for a GRAMMY and winner of three BBC Radio 3 Best European Artist awards, Mariza made a stop at SFJAZZ in October 2016 for this special performance in support of her double-platinum selling Nonesuch album Mundo, produced by Spanish guitarist and songwriter Javier Limón of the acclaimed duo Magos & Limón. A superb band including Portuguese guitar master José Manuel Neto joined her for this concert.

JUL 16-17 | DakhaBrakha

Recorded JUN 23, 2019

A sonic feast as well as a visual spectacle, Kiev’s DakhaBrakha weaves ancient Ukrainian folk melodies into a subversive musical tapestry that embraces indie rock, pop, hip hop, the avant-garde, and traditional instrumentation from around the world. With a name (ДахаБраха) that translates as “give/take” in old Ukrainian, the quartet began in 2004 as the musical component of avant-garde stage performances at the DAKH Theater in Kiev, and that theatricality is stunningly represented by this performance filmed in November 2018.

With an approach based around unearthly vocal harmonies and thunderous percussion, augmented by floating cello and accordion sonorities, the group was heralded by Rolling Stone as the “Best Breakout” performers at 2014’s Bonnaroo festival. With the recent political and social unrest in Ukraine, DakhaBrakha has taken on the mission of cultural ambassador, celebrating national pride in uncertain times through the limitless power of music.

JUL 16-17 | DakhaBrakha

Recorded JUN 23, 2019

A sonic feast as well as a visual spectacle, Kiev’s DakhaBrakha weaves ancient Ukrainian folk melodies into a subversive musical tapestry that embraces indie rock, pop, hip hop, the avant-garde, and traditional instrumentation from around the world. With a name (ДахаБраха) that translates as “give/take” in old Ukrainian, the quartet began in 2004 as the musical component of avant-garde stage performances at the DAKH Theater in Kiev, and that theatricality is stunningly represented by this performance filmed in November 2018.

With an approach based around unearthly vocal harmonies and thunderous percussion, augmented by floating cello and accordion sonorities, the group was heralded by Rolling Stone as the “Best Breakout” performers at 2014’s Bonnaroo festival. With the recent political and social unrest in Ukraine, DakhaBrakha has taken on the mission of cultural ambassador, celebrating national pride in uncertain times through the limitless power of music.

JUL 23-24 | Con Brio

Recorded JUN 17, 2017

Fronted by the magnetic singer Ziek McCarter, the Bay Area-based Con Brio is the most electrifying soul/funk/R&B band on the scene. Named after the Italian musical direction meaning “with spirit” or “with fire,” the band mixes the old school funk influences of Sly Stone and James Brown with contemporary luminaries like Prince and D’Angelo into a fresh sound, so clearly in evidence for this performance filmed in June 2017 during the 35th San Francisco Jazz Festival.

The band has shared the stage with Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fishbone, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Trombone Shorty, and their appearance on Austin City Limits inspired PopMatters to call them “the best new live band in America.”

Their full-length debut, Paradise, was produced by the legendary Mario Caldato Jr. of Beastie Boys fame. 

JUL 23-24 | Con Brio

Recorded JUN 17, 2017

Fronted by the magnetic singer Ziek McCarter, the Bay Area-based Con Brio is the most electrifying soul/funk/R&B band on the scene. Named after the Italian musical direction meaning “with spirit” or “with fire,” the band mixes the old school funk influences of Sly Stone and James Brown with contemporary luminaries like Prince and D’Angelo into a fresh sound, so clearly in evidence for this performance filmed in June 2017 during the 35th San Francisco Jazz Festival.

The band has shared the stage with Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fishbone, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Trombone Shorty, and their appearance on Austin City Limits inspired PopMatters to call them “the best new live band in America.”

Their full-length debut, Paradise, was produced by the legendary Mario Caldato Jr. of Beastie Boys fame. 

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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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