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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 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 

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 Patitucci, & Brian Blade
SEP 4 Dee Dee Bridgewater: Horace Silver Tribute
SEP 11
 Red Baraat
SEP 18 Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 5
w/ Wayne Shorter, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, & Terri Lyne Carrington
SEP 25 John Coltrane's A Love Supreme: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
w/ Ravi Coltrane & more

& MORE TBA

See below for full descriptions.

AUG 14 | Bokanté

Recorded SEP 16, 2018

WATCH AUG 14 • 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

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

WATCH AUG 14 • 5 PM PT (8 PM ET)

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 4 | Dee Dee Bridgewater

Recorded SEP 8, 2017

With this exclusive concert from the opening week of our 2017-18 Season, one NEA Jazz Master honors the legacy of another. Featuring timeless standards including “Song for My Father,” “Nica’s Dream,” and “The Jody Grind,” the songbook of Horace Silver remains among the richest and most distinctive in jazz. In this fond remembrance of one of jazz’s greatest composers and a personal hero, 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater pays tribute to Silver, a 1995 honoree, with personal takes on his classics – material the vocalist and composer memorialized on her 2005 GRAMMY-nominated release Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver. Bridgewater has had a lengthy connection to the composer and pianist beginning in the early 1970s when her then-husband, trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, began playing in Silver’s working band.

SEP 4 | Dee Dee Bridgewater

Recorded SEP 8, 2017

With this exclusive concert from the opening week of our 2017-18 Season, one NEA Jazz Master honors the legacy of another. Featuring timeless standards including “Song for My Father,” “Nica’s Dream,” and “The Jody Grind,” the songbook of Horace Silver remains among the richest and most distinctive in jazz. In this fond remembrance of one of jazz’s greatest composers and a personal hero, 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater pays tribute to Silver, a 1995 honoree, with personal takes on his classics – material the vocalist and composer memorialized on her 2005 GRAMMY-nominated release Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver. Bridgewater has had a lengthy connection to the composer and pianist beginning in the early 1970s when her then-husband, trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, began playing in Silver’s working band.

SEP 11 | Red Baraat

Recorded MAR 18, 2016

The Boston Globe called Red Baraat’s irresistible sound “new-breed marching-band music that’s part Punjabi wedding, part New Orleans second line, and all New York.” That’s a perfect summation of this performance by the SFJAZZ favorite, filmed in March 2016 during Season 4. Led by the charismatic Sunny Jain, the hot Brooklyn octet whips up a raucously fun mix of Indian bhangra rhythms, go-go music, jazz, hip-hop and Crescent City brass funk. It’s a Big Apple crew that “looks to South Asia,” says the The New York Times, “pumping out Bollywood tunes and Sufi songs with a crackling beat and the muscle of horns blasting in unison, putting some New York bluster atop faraway roots.” They performed at SFJAZZ in support of their then-recent release, Gaadi of Truth, and have returned numerous times, most recently in special performances called “Festival of Colors” in observance of the Hindu holiday Holi.

SEP 11 | Red Baraat

Recorded MAR 18, 2016

The Boston Globe called Red Baraat’s irresistible sound “new-breed marching-band music that’s part Punjabi wedding, part New Orleans second line, and all New York.” That’s a perfect summation of this performance by the SFJAZZ favorite, filmed in March 2016 during Season 4. Led by the charismatic Sunny Jain, the hot Brooklyn octet whips up a raucously fun mix of Indian bhangra rhythms, go-go music, jazz, hip-hop and Crescent City brass funk. It’s a Big Apple crew that “looks to South Asia,” says the The New York Times, “pumping out Bollywood tunes and Sufi songs with a crackling beat and the muscle of horns blasting in unison, putting some New York bluster atop faraway roots.” They performed at SFJAZZ in support of their then-recent release, Gaadi of Truth, and have returned numerous times, most recently in special performances called “Festival of Colors” in observance of the Hindu holiday Holi.

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.

 

 

SEP 25 | John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme': A 50th Anniversary Celebration WITH RAVI COLTRANE AND MORE

Recorded DEC 13, 2014

This once-in-a-lifetime performance from December 2014 was culled from one the most memorable weeks in SFJAZZ’s history, in which we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of jazz legend John Coltrane’s magnum opus A Love Supreme.

Each night of this special week was curated by saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane, John Coltrane’s son, and featured a different spectacular lineup of master musicians performing Coltrane’s timeless music. 

Recorded on December 9, 1964, Coltrane’s devotional masterpiece is among the most influential and enduring recordings in jazz history, and has earned its place as one of the definitive artistic statements of the 20th century.

SEP 25 | John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme': A 50th Anniversary Celebration WITH RAVI COLTRANE AND MORE

Recorded DEC 13, 2014

This once-in-a-lifetime performance from December 2014 was culled from one the most memorable weeks in SFJAZZ’s history, in which we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of jazz legend John Coltrane’s magnum opus A Love Supreme.

Each night of this special week was curated by saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane, John Coltrane’s son, and featured a different spectacular lineup of master musicians performing Coltrane’s timeless music. 

Recorded on December 9, 1964, Coltrane’s devotional masterpiece is among the most influential and enduring recordings in jazz history, and has earned its place as one of the definitive artistic statements of the 20th century.

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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