Zakir Hussain: Bio

Zakir Hussain The pre-eminent classical tabla virtuoso of our time, Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A national treasure in his native India, he is one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians, renowned for his genre-defying collaborations. He was the foremost disciple of his father, the legendary Ustad Allarakha, and a child prodigy who began his professional career at the age of twelve, touring internationally with great success by the age of eighteen.

Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir’s contribution has been unique, with many historic and groundbreaking collaborations, including Shakti and Remember Shakti with John McLaughlin, Masters of Percussion, the Diga Rhythm Band and Planet Drum projects with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science with Bill Laswell, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland, in trio with Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer and, most recently, with Herbie Hancock. He appeared on saxophonist John Handy’s landmark 1975 album Karuna Supreme, which is widely considered one of the earliest successful fusions of Indian classical music and jazz. In 2016, Zakir was invited by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to perform in the 5th Anniversary International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert at the White House.

As a composer, he has scored music for numerous feature films, including Ismael Merchant and James Ivory’s Heat and Dust, in which he also acted. He has composed three concertos including the first-ever concerto for tabla and orchestra, which premiered in India in September 2015, in Europe and the UK in 2016, and will be performed in the USA in April 2017 by the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center. His collaborations in dance have included work with Mark Morris Dance Group and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. He is the recipient of countless honors, including multiple GRAMMY awards, the Padma Bhushan, National Heritage Fellowship and Officier in France’s Order of Arts and Letters. In 2015, he was voted “Best Percussionist” by both the DownBeat Critics’ Poll and Modern Drummer’s Reader’s Poll.

Zakir settled in the Bay Area to teach at San Rafael’s Ali Akbar College of Music in 1972, and has maintained his role as an educator, conducting many workshops and lectures each year. He has been in residence at Princeton University and Stanford University, and in 2015, was appointed Regents Lecturer at UC Berkeley. Zakir first appeared with SFJAZZ in 1990 in collaboration with tenor saxophone legend Joe Henderson, and was an SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director from 2013 until 2016.

Learn more about the SFJAZZ Gala 2017.

6th Annual In Concert with Caminar featuring David Sanborn, Mindy Abair

Saturday, October 15, 8:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

6th Annual In Concert with Caminar featuring David Sanborn, Mindy Abair

Saturday, Oct 15 · 8:00 pm
SFJAZZ Center · Robert N. Miner Auditorium

Tickets are for the concert only. For more information about the event please visit, http://www.caminar.org/events-1/icwc6

KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Thalea String Quartet Plays Kronos’ Fifty for the Future

Saturday, Feb 4 · 5:00 pm
SFJAZZ Center · Joe Henderson Lab

KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Music of Sahba Aminikia / Amaranth Quartet, Delphi Trio, Mobius Trio

Saturday, Feb 4 · 2:00 pm
SFJAZZ Center · Joe Henderson Lab

KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Day 2 / Kronos Quartet with Van Dyke Parks, Soo Yeon Lyuh

Friday, Feb 3 · 7:30 pm
SFJAZZ Center · Robert N. Miner Auditorium

KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Day 3 / Kronos Quartet with Vân-Ánh Võ, Living Earth Show

Saturday, Feb 4 · 7:30 pm
SFJAZZ Center · Robert N. Miner Auditorium

KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Opening Night / Kronos Quartet with Mahsa Vahdat, SF Girls Chorus

Thursday, Feb 2 · 7:30 pm
SFJAZZ Center · Robert N. Miner Auditorium

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

 

Sharon Jones
and the Dap-Kings 

Wednesday, January 18, 9:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Today’s most in-demand, mind-blowing soul band, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, return for our Gala AfterJam, a fundraiser in support of artistic and education programs. Tickets include complimentary drinks and late night food from our favorite neighborhood spots, a dance floor, and valet parking.

UNLIMITED DRINKS + FOOD
DANCE FLOOR
COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING

While other artists have ridden the waves of passing fads, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have bypassed the hype-and-hit superhighway and taken a detour straight to the hearts of their listeners, delivering a visceral rhythm and soul sound to an ever-expanding fan base. The band has traveled the world for more than a decade, blowing minds with their explosive live performances and their raw, hand-crafted studio recordings. The prolific survivor that she is, Sharon Jones returned to the stage after a 2013 cancer diagnosis and bounced back with a 2014 Grammy nomination for her album Give the People What They Want, and a new album of holiday classics, It's A Holiday Soul Party! Sharon’s battle with cancer has also been documented in a new film, Miss Sharon Jones!, by two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple. The film is now in theaters nationwide.

All proceeds support our artistic and education programs. Each ticket is tax deductible. For more information please contact SFJAZZ Gala at 415-283-0342, gala@sfjazz.org, or visit sfjazz.org/gala.

KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Family Concert / Around the World with Kronos

Saturday, Feb 4 · 11:00 am
SFJAZZ Center · Robert N. Miner Auditorium

Yakov Smirnoff, Happily Ever Laughter: the Neuroscience of Romantic Relationships

Saturday, December 3, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

Yakov Smirnoff, Happily Ever Laughter: the Neuroscience of Romantic Relationships

Saturday, Dec 3 · 7:30PM
SFJAZZ Center · Robert N. Miner Auditorium