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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.

ENCORE REBROADCAST TIMES
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 · 8PM 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)

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 FRIDAYS AT FIVE ARTISTS 

MAR 12 ACS Trio
feat. Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, & Esperanza Spalding
MAR 19 Cindy Blackman Santana: Tony Williams Spotlight 
w/ Terence Blanchard, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Kronos Quartet, Members of SFJAZZ Collective & more
MAR 26 Jane Monheit: Songs of Ella Fitzgerald
APR 2 Marcus Miller
APR 9 Claudia Villela Sings the Music of Jobim
APR 16 Daymé Arocena
APR 23 To Be Announced
APR 30 Orquesta Akokán

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MAR 12 | ACS Trio

The November 2015 performance by this remarkable trio of pianist Geri Allen, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is easily one of the landmark moments to occur on the Miner Auditorium stage, and it marked Allen’s last appearance at the SFJAZZ Center before her passing in 2017.

Allen earned her exalted place among jazz’s most influential artists as a visionary pianist and composer, while Spalding was already jazz’s brightest young star before winning a Best New Artist GRAMMY in 2011. A virtuoso drummer and 2021 NEA Jazz Master, Carrington has built a momentous career as a bandleader and composer.

“A group uninterested in resting on its laurels” (Village Voice), this collaboration emerged out of Carrington’s GRAMMY-winning 2011 Concord album The Mosaic Project, bringing telepathic interplay, daunting technique, and a questing spirit of improvisation.

MAR 12 | ACS Trio

The November 2015 performance by this remarkable trio of pianist Geri Allen, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is easily one of the landmark moments to occur on the Miner Auditorium stage, and it marked Allen’s last appearance at the SFJAZZ Center before her passing in 2017.

Allen earned her exalted place among jazz’s most influential artists as a visionary pianist and composer, while Spalding was already jazz’s brightest young star before winning a Best New Artist GRAMMY in 2011. A virtuoso drummer and 2021 NEA Jazz Master, Carrington has built a momentous career as a bandleader and composer.

“A group uninterested in resting on its laurels” (Village Voice), this collaboration emerged out of Carrington’s GRAMMY-winning 2011 Concord album The Mosaic Project, bringing telepathic interplay, daunting technique, and a questing spirit of improvisation.

MAR 19 | Cindy Blackman Santana: Tony Williams Spotlight

w/ Terence Blanchard, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Kronos Quartet, Members of SFJAZZ Collective & more

Curated by powerhouse drummer Cindy Blackman Santana during our Season 5 Gala week of tribute performances in January 2017, this night honors the work of her mentor and primary inspiration, master drummer Tony Williams. She was joined by an all-star lineup including the Kronos Quartet, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Terence Blanchard, Edward Simon, Matt Penman, and others.

A bandleader from the start, Blackman Santana made a splash with her all-star 1987 debut before exploding onto the international pop scene with singer Lenny Kravitz. She’s collaborated with Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, and Cassandra Wilson in addition to recent work with her husband, guitar icon Carlos Santana.

A hugely influential artist who rose to fame powering Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet in the mid 1960s, Williams helped pioneer the fusion movement with his Lifetime band. In 1990 the longtime Bay Area resident premiered an SFJAZZ-commissioned work “Rituals” that featured Herbie Hancock and the Bay Area’s Kronos Quartet — a composition that Blackman Santana performs with Kronos for this concert. 

MAR 19 | Cindy Blackman Santana: Tony Williams Spotlight

w/ Terence Blanchard, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Kronos Quartet, Members of SFJAZZ Collective & more

Curated by powerhouse drummer Cindy Blackman Santana during our Season 5 Gala week of tribute performances in January 2017, this night honors the work of her mentor and primary inspiration, master drummer Tony Williams. She was joined by an all-star lineup including the Kronos Quartet, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Terence Blanchard, Edward Simon, Matt Penman, and others.

A bandleader from the start, Blackman Santana made a splash with her all-star 1987 debut before exploding onto the international pop scene with singer Lenny Kravitz. She’s collaborated with Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, and Cassandra Wilson in addition to recent work with her husband, guitar icon Carlos Santana.

A hugely influential artist who rose to fame powering Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet in the mid 1960s, Williams helped pioneer the fusion movement with his Lifetime band. In 1990 the longtime Bay Area resident premiered an SFJAZZ-commissioned work “Rituals” that featured Herbie Hancock and the Bay Area’s Kronos Quartet — a composition that Blackman Santana performs with Kronos for this concert. 

MAR 26 | Jane Monheit

A singer possessed of “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (NY Times), Jane Monheit returned to the Miner stage in July 2017 with music from her 2016 Emerald City release The Songbook Sessions, her tribute to the music of the legendary First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald — her greatest influence.

Monheit has come a long way since her debut at the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 International Vocal Competition, and the stylistic breadth of her eleven subsequent albums clearly shows a love for the Great American Songbook, the Brazilian pop of Ivan Lins and the hits of Paul Simon, Judy Collins, and Judy Garland. But the undeniable compatibility of Monheit’s incandescent instrument with Ella’s mellifluous, evocative voice and genre-defying approach makes this celebration of Fitzgerald, backed by her longtime trio, a match made in musical heaven.

MAR 26 | Jane Monheit

A singer possessed of “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (NY Times), Jane Monheit returned to the Miner stage in July 2017 with music from her 2016 Emerald City release The Songbook Sessions, her tribute to the music of the legendary First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald — her greatest influence.

Monheit has come a long way since her debut at the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 International Vocal Competition, and the stylistic breadth of her eleven subsequent albums clearly shows a love for the Great American Songbook, the Brazilian pop of Ivan Lins and the hits of Paul Simon, Judy Collins, and Judy Garland. But the undeniable compatibility of Monheit’s incandescent instrument with Ella’s mellifluous, evocative voice and genre-defying approach makes this celebration of Fitzgerald, backed by her longtime trio, a match made in musical heaven.

APR 2 | Marcus Miller

Recorded JUN 11, 2018

Among the greatest electric bassists in the history of the instrument, Marcus Miller is a jazz renaissance man — a multiple GRAMMY-winning producer, arranger, keyboardist, bass clarinetist, bandleader and in-demand film composer who has been heard on hundreds of recordings, was instrumental to Miles Davis’ resurgence in the 1980s, and collaborated with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and McCoy Tyner to Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra. Following his guest appearances with Herbie Hancock during Season 2, Miller returned to the Miner stage in June 2018 with his remarkable young quintet including saxophonist Alex Han, trumpeter Marquis Hill, keyboardist Brett Williams, and drummer Alex Bailey. The brought a seamless blend of jazz, funk, and modern R&B captured on Miller’s GRAMMY-nominated 2018 Blue Note album, Laid Black.

APR 2 | Marcus Miller

Recorded JUN 11, 2018

Among the greatest electric bassists in the history of the instrument, Marcus Miller is a jazz renaissance man — a multiple GRAMMY-winning producer, arranger, keyboardist, bass clarinetist, bandleader and in-demand film composer who has been heard on hundreds of recordings, was instrumental to Miles Davis’ resurgence in the 1980s, and collaborated with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and McCoy Tyner to Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra. Following his guest appearances with Herbie Hancock during Season 2, Miller returned to the Miner stage in June 2018 with his remarkable young quintet including saxophonist Alex Han, trumpeter Marquis Hill, keyboardist Brett Williams, and drummer Alex Bailey. The brought a seamless blend of jazz, funk, and modern R&B captured on Miller’s GRAMMY-nominated 2018 Blue Note album, Laid Black.

APR 9 | Claudia Villela

Recorded JUN 19, 2019

“A Brazilian-born genius with a blistering voice" (JazzTimes), the dynamic Rio-born artist Claudia Villela has developed a reputation as a singularly unique singer, pianist and composer, lending her five-octave voice to work with jazz luminaries Kenny Werner, Michael Brecker and Toots Thielemans. Villela began singing professionally as a teen and moved to the Bay Area before crossing the country for studies with the legendary Sheila Jordan at the Manhattan School of Music. She returned as an artist on a mission to create fresh, original music born of her Brazilian upbringing and passion for jazz.

Villela has been a regular performer at SFJAZZ, and devoted this June 2019 evening to the music of the supreme Brazilian songsmith Antônio Carlos Jobim, featuring the GRAMMY-nominated guitarist Chico Pinheiro as a special guest.

APR 9 | Claudia Villela

Recorded JUN 19, 2019

“A Brazilian-born genius with a blistering voice" (JazzTimes), the dynamic Rio-born artist Claudia Villela has developed a reputation as a singularly unique singer, pianist and composer, lending her five-octave voice to work with jazz luminaries Kenny Werner, Michael Brecker and Toots Thielemans. Villela began singing professionally as a teen and moved to the Bay Area before crossing the country for studies with the legendary Sheila Jordan at the Manhattan School of Music. She returned as an artist on a mission to create fresh, original music born of her Brazilian upbringing and passion for jazz.

Villela has been a regular performer at SFJAZZ, and devoted this June 2019 evening to the music of the supreme Brazilian songsmith Antônio Carlos Jobim, featuring the GRAMMY-nominated guitarist Chico Pinheiro as a special guest.

APR 16 | Daymé Arocena

Recorded NOV 11, 2019

“A magical mash-up of The Queen of Latin Music, Celia Cruz, and The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin” (NPR). With a voice possessed of equal parts grace and fire, Daymé Arocena has become one of the dynamic new faces of Cuban music, versed in jazz, Cuban neo-soul, and West African traditions.

Brought to the world stage by Canadian saxophone great Jane Bunnett as part of her Juno-winning Maqueque project, the singer came to the attention of taste-making British DJ Gilles Peterson, who signed Arocena to his Brownswood label and released her 2015 debut Nueva Era — listed among NPR Music’s Top 50 albums of the year. Following her 2017-2018 Season double bill with Cuban piano genius Roberto Fonseca, she returned for this performance in November 2019 with music from her latest Brownswood release, Sonocardiogram.

APR 16 | Daymé Arocena

Recorded NOV 11, 2019

“A magical mash-up of The Queen of Latin Music, Celia Cruz, and The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin” (NPR). With a voice possessed of equal parts grace and fire, Daymé Arocena has become one of the dynamic new faces of Cuban music, versed in jazz, Cuban neo-soul, and West African traditions.

Brought to the world stage by Canadian saxophone great Jane Bunnett as part of her Juno-winning Maqueque project, the singer came to the attention of taste-making British DJ Gilles Peterson, who signed Arocena to his Brownswood label and released her 2015 debut Nueva Era — listed among NPR Music’s Top 50 albums of the year. Following her 2017-2018 Season double bill with Cuban piano genius Roberto Fonseca, she returned for this performance in November 2019 with music from her latest Brownswood release, Sonocardiogram.

APR 30 | Orquesta Akokán

Recorded JUN 16, 2019

Brainchild of pianist and arranger Michael Eckroth, producer Jacob Plasse and vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, this loving salute to the Cuban mambo revolution of the 40s and 50s, and in particular the work of legendary vocalist and bandleader Beny Moré, began with a recording project at Havana’s historic Areito Studio in 2016. Named for the Yoruba word meaning “from the heart,” the multi-generational big band assembled for the recording was culled from the ranks of Cuba’s finest, including members of Irakere and Los Van Van, and the alchemy they created inspired Eckroth, Plasse, and Gómez to transition the band from a one-time assemblage for the recording studio to a working band for the concert stage. They made their SFJAZZ debut with this performance, filmed in June 2019.

APR 30 | Orquesta Akokán

Recorded JUN 16, 2019

Brainchild of pianist and arranger Michael Eckroth, producer Jacob Plasse and vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, this loving salute to the Cuban mambo revolution of the 40s and 50s, and in particular the work of legendary vocalist and bandleader Beny Moré, began with a recording project at Havana’s historic Areito Studio in 2016. Named for the Yoruba word meaning “from the heart,” the multi-generational big band assembled for the recording was culled from the ranks of Cuba’s finest, including members of Irakere and Los Van Van, and the alchemy they created inspired Eckroth, Plasse, and Gómez to transition the band from a one-time assemblage for the recording studio to a working band for the concert stage. They made their SFJAZZ debut with this performance, filmed in June 2019.

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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