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Fridays at Five

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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 (8 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.

"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

JUL 17 Afro-Cuban All Stars w/ Juan de Marcos
JUL 24 Cécile McLorin Salvant 
w/Sullivan Fortner
JUL 31 Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 3
w/ Branford Marsalis & Terence Blanchard, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, & Brian Blade
AUG 7 John Santos: 60th Birthday Celebration
AUG 14 Bokanté
AUG 21 Dianne Reeves: Music of Bridges
AUG 28 Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 4
w/ Joshua Redman & Ambrose Akinmusire, Danilo Pérez, John Pattitucci, & Brian Blade 
SEP 18 Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 5
w/ Wayne Shorter, Danilo Pérez, John Pattitucci, & Terri Lyne Carrington
& MORE TBA

See below for full descriptions.

JUL 17 | Afro-Cuban All Stars w/ Juan de Marcos

Watch JUL 17 • 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

Recorded MAY 3, 2019

The enduring spirit of the Buena Vista Social Club was felt and heard in this superb performance filmed in May of 2019. After gaining international fame for reviving the classic sound of Cuban son, tres master Juan de Marcos turned the Afro-Cuban All Stars into a sensational showcase for Cuba’s most prodigious young musicians. While long revered in Latin America and Europe as a founding member of Cuba’s great son revival band Sierra Maestra, de Marcos first gained notice in the US as founder of the Buena Vista Social Club. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, the group draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary timba dance rhythms in this dance-inspiring performance.

JUL 17 | Afro-Cuban All Stars w/ Juan de Marcos

Watch JUL 17 • 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

Recorded MAY 3, 2019

The enduring spirit of the Buena Vista Social Club was felt and heard in this superb performance filmed in May of 2019. After gaining international fame for reviving the classic sound of Cuban son, tres master Juan de Marcos turned the Afro-Cuban All Stars into a sensational showcase for Cuba’s most prodigious young musicians. While long revered in Latin America and Europe as a founding member of Cuba’s great son revival band Sierra Maestra, de Marcos first gained notice in the US as founder of the Buena Vista Social Club. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, the group draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary timba dance rhythms in this dance-inspiring performance.

JUL 24 | Cécile McLorin Salvant

WITH SULLIVAN FORTNER

Recorded SEP 7, 2018

This intimate opening night performance from the 2018-19 Season, filmed in September 2018, features three-time GRAMMY Winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and virtuoso pianist Sullivan Fortner — a collaboration that resulted in the 2018 Mack Avenue duo album The Window, the GRAMMY-winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

First working together on Salvant’s 2017 release Dreams and Daggers, Salvant and Fortner expand on their remarkable chemistry with The Window, performing a selection of material ranging from early 20th century hits of the French cabaret to Stevie Wonder, Sondheim, and original compositions. This concert is presented in acknowledgment that Cécile’s last SFJAZZ performance, the Bay Area debut of her song cycle Ogresse, was our first concert to be canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak in early March.

 

JUL 24 | Cécile McLorin Salvant

WITH SULLIVAN FORTNER

Recorded SEP 7, 2018

This intimate opening night performance from the 2018-19 Season, filmed in September 2018, features three-time GRAMMY Winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and virtuoso pianist Sullivan Fortner — a collaboration that resulted in the 2018 Mack Avenue duo album The Window, the GRAMMY-winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

First working together on Salvant’s 2017 release Dreams and Daggers, Salvant and Fortner expand on their remarkable chemistry with The Window, performing a selection of material ranging from early 20th century hits of the French cabaret to Stevie Wonder, Sondheim, and original compositions. This concert is presented in acknowledgment that Cécile’s last SFJAZZ performance, the Bay Area debut of her song cycle Ogresse, was our first concert to be canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak in early March.

 

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.

Wayne Shorter Benefit Boasts Streams From Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington (Rolling Stone)

Recorded JAN 4, 2019

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.

Wayne Shorter Benefit Boasts Streams From Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington (Rolling Stone)

Recorded JAN 4, 2019

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 7 | John Santos: 60th Birthday Celebration

Recorded NOV 1, 2015

Master percussionist, educator, activist, and composer John Santos has been part of the lifeblood of the Bay Area music scent for more than four decades, and has played an essential role in expanding Latin jazz’s rhythmic lexicon. Santos is truly a part of the SFJAZZ family, having performed at the very first Jazz in the City festival in 1983 and helping open the SFJAZZ Center in 2013 as part of the first crop of SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Directors. We were honored to present John’s 60th Birthday Celebration as part of our fourth season in the SFJAZZ Center in November 2015, featuring his longstanding sextet and a number of special guests including legendary timbalero Orestes Vilató, violinist Anthony Blea, and vocalists Destani Wolf and Rico Pabón.

AUG 7 | John Santos: 60th Birthday Celebration

Recorded NOV 1, 2015

Master percussionist, educator, activist, and composer John Santos has been part of the lifeblood of the Bay Area music scent for more than four decades, and has played an essential role in expanding Latin jazz’s rhythmic lexicon. Santos is truly a part of the SFJAZZ family, having performed at the very first Jazz in the City festival in 1983 and helping open the SFJAZZ Center in 2013 as part of the first crop of SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Directors. We were honored to present John’s 60th Birthday Celebration as part of our fourth season in the SFJAZZ Center in November 2015, featuring his longstanding sextet and a number of special guests including legendary timbalero Orestes Vilató, violinist Anthony Blea, and vocalists Destani Wolf and Rico Pabón.

AUG 14 | Bokanté

Recorded SEP 16, 2018

SFJAZZ has long maintained a relationship with the members of jazz/funk superband Snarky Puppy. Named with the word meaning “exchange” in the Antillean Creole language spoken on vocalist Malika Tirolien’s Caribbean home island of Guadeloupe, Bokanté is one of the latest omnivorous conglomerations assembled by bassist and Snarky Puppy mastermind Michael League. This joyous performance, filmed in September 2018, combines the Snarky Puppy guitar line and lap steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier with a trio of percussionists including Swedish virtuoso André Ferrari and Ghanaian master Weedie Braimah. Bokanté brings a dynamic multicultural musical approach that marries the electric blues of Led Zeppelin with Afropop and folkloric Caribbean styles, unified by the soaring vocals of Tirolien, whose lyrics paint unflinching portraits of joy, protest, racism, triumph, crisis, hope, and unity.

AUG 14 | Bokanté

Recorded SEP 16, 2018

SFJAZZ has long maintained a relationship with the members of jazz/funk superband Snarky Puppy. Named with the word meaning “exchange” in the Antillean Creole language spoken on vocalist Malika Tirolien’s Caribbean home island of Guadeloupe, Bokanté is one of the latest omnivorous conglomerations assembled by bassist and Snarky Puppy mastermind Michael League. This joyous performance, filmed in September 2018, combines the Snarky Puppy guitar line and lap steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier with a trio of percussionists including Swedish virtuoso André Ferrari and Ghanaian master Weedie Braimah. Bokanté brings a dynamic multicultural musical approach that marries the electric blues of Led Zeppelin with Afropop and folkloric Caribbean styles, unified by the soaring vocals of Tirolien, whose lyrics paint unflinching portraits of joy, protest, racism, triumph, crisis, hope, and unity.

AUG 21 | Dianne Reeves: Music of 'Bridges'

Recorded FEB 24, 2019

The concerts by former SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Dianne Reeves during her 2018-19 and 2019-20 Season residencies were some of the most popular and anticipated events each year, and her 2020 performances were some of the last held in Miner Auditorium before live events were canceled due to the coronavirus. In February 2019, the five-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist celebrated the 20th Anniversary of her GRAMMY-nominated 1999 Blue Note release Bridges a standout session produced by her late uncle, keyboardist and composer George Duke, that focuses on a selection of lovingly re-imagined pop songs by Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen.

Reeves honored the legacy of Duke with this special performance featuring her stellar quintet including harmonica master Grégoire Maret and guitarist Romero Lubambo.

 

AUG 21 | Dianne Reeves: Music of 'Bridges'

Recorded FEB 24, 2019

The concerts by former SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Dianne Reeves during her 2018-19 and 2019-20 Season residencies were some of the most popular and anticipated events each year, and her 2020 performances were some of the last held in Miner Auditorium before live events were canceled due to the coronavirus. In February 2019, the five-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist celebrated the 20th Anniversary of her GRAMMY-nominated 1999 Blue Note release Bridges a standout session produced by her late uncle, keyboardist and composer George Duke, that focuses on a selection of lovingly re-imagined pop songs by Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen.

Reeves honored the legacy of Duke with this special performance featuring her stellar quintet including harmonica master Grégoire Maret and guitarist Romero Lubambo.

 

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.

Wayne Shorter Benefit Boasts Streams From Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington (Rolling Stone)

Celebrating Wayne Shorter (San Francisco Classical Voice)

Recorded JAN 6, 2019

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.

Wayne Shorter Benefit Boasts Streams From Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington (Rolling Stone)

Celebrating Wayne Shorter (San Francisco Classical Voice)

Recorded JAN 6, 2019

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.

SEP 18 | Wayne Shorter Quartet

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

This fifth part of our ongoing Wayne Shorter Celebration series features masterful performances by Wayne and his quartet, filmed during his residency in April 2017. Wayne has led a legendary, near-mythic career spanning more than half a century that included monumental memberships in Art Blakey’s star-making Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis’ iconic 1960s quintet, and the fusion superband Weather Report in addition to an incomparable path as a leader. The NEA Jazz Master, 2015 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 2018 Kennedy Center Honoree is, simply, the music’s most influential living instrumentalist and composer. His longevity as a creative force isn’t as astounding as the fact that he’s spent the past two decades leading his most prodigious and consequential band with pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade. For this Fridays at Five stream, the masterful drummer and SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Terri Lyne Carrington replaces Blade, bringing her singular approach to Shorter’s music that she’s cultivated over a three-decade association with him including appearances on his 1988 album Joy Ryder, 1995’s High Life, and 2003’s Alegria.

 

 

SEP 18 | Wayne Shorter Quartet

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

This fifth part of our ongoing Wayne Shorter Celebration series features masterful performances by Wayne and his quartet, filmed during his residency in April 2017. Wayne has led a legendary, near-mythic career spanning more than half a century that included monumental memberships in Art Blakey’s star-making Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis’ iconic 1960s quintet, and the fusion superband Weather Report in addition to an incomparable path as a leader. The NEA Jazz Master, 2015 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 2018 Kennedy Center Honoree is, simply, the music’s most influential living instrumentalist and composer. His longevity as a creative force isn’t as astounding as the fact that he’s spent the past two decades leading his most prodigious and consequential band with pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade. For this Fridays at Five stream, the masterful drummer and SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Terri Lyne Carrington replaces Blade, bringing her singular approach to Shorter’s music that she’s cultivated over a three-decade association with him including appearances on his 1988 album Joy Ryder, 1995’s High Life, and 2003’s Alegria.

 

 

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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.

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