School Day Concerts

In celebration of African-American Heritage Month SFJAZZ Education hosted its first ever School Day Concert on February 11, 2016! We welcomed over 500 students from over 6 schools to our Miner Auditorium for a highly interactive performance by Terrence Brewer’s Quintet featuring vocalist Naima Shalhoub. This program aims to further enhance our relationships with our partner schools, and continue our work in developing and nurturing the future jazz audience.

Participating students and teachers:

  • Witnessed call and response, improvisation, and the blues.
  • Explored how the African Diaspora has shaped our musical landscape.
  • Learned how jazz is alive, relevant, and continuing to grow today!

This was the first of many School Day Concerts SFJAZZ will host. If you would like to coordinate a field trip for your school group or wish to receive information about future events please submit this short form. SFJAZZ Education staff will respond to your request.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Vanessa Varela
Community Outreach Coordinator
vvarela@sfjazz.org

Support SFJAZZ Music Education Programs

Zoe Keating

Zoë Keating

 

Zoë Keating

Tuesday, June 14, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

On sale to members: Tuesday, May 17
On sale to the public: Thursday, May 19, 11:00 a.m.

Zoë Keating

Groundbreaking composer and performer Zoë Keating creates a universe of music with just a cello, a laptop computer and her own boundless imagination. A prodigy who began cello studies at the age of eight, the Canadian-born Keating worked extensively in the tech industry while performing at night with various rock bands, eventually ditching the day job and combining her formidable musical and technological skills into a visionary hybrid in which layers of cello are combined to form deeply evocative webs of melody and harmony. She has lent her sublime musicianship to a gamut of artists including Amanda Palmer, Thomas Dolby, Pomplamoose, DJ Shadow, Dan Hicks, and Curt Smith of Tears For Fears, and worked extensively for film, television and radio, contributing to the soundtrack of the hit show Breaking Bad and NPR’s Radiolab. Rather than rely a record label, Keating has employed a wildly successful DIY approach for her career, selling 60,000 copies of her self-produced recordings Into The Trees, One Cello x 16: Natoma and One Cello X 16 (EP). This evening promises an experience like no other – a performance by a singular artist exploring an enchanted territory where passion and technology dance in perfect sync.

Artist Personnel

Zoë Keating cello, electronics

Artist Website

"...a distinctive mix of old and new -- layers of sound, that feel more like orchestrations than a solo instrument. " — NPR
"Swoon-inducing. Like taking a triple-shot of Absinthe before stepping outside of the bar just in time to see the sun exploding. " — SF Weekly
"...sublime minimalist music with a pop sensibility. " — SF Weekly

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John Handy Tribute Curated by Miguel Zenón

 

John Handy Tribute
Curated by Miguel Zenón

Sunday, January 22, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

John Handy Tribute Curated by Miguel Zenón

Bobby Hutcherson Tribute Curated by Stefon Harris

 

Bobby Hutcherson Tribute
Curated by Stefon Harris

Saturday, January 21, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

Bobby Hutcherson Tribute Curated by Stefon Harris

Joe Henderson Tribute Curated by Joshua Redman

 

Joe Henderson Tribute
Curated by Joshua Redman

Friday, January 20, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

Joe Henderson Tribute Curated by Joshua Redman

Tony Williams Tribute Curated by Cindy Blackman

 

Tony Williams Tribute
Curated by Cindy Blackman

Thursday, January 19, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

Tony Williams Tribute Curated by Cindy Blackman

Emmy 2016

Saturday, June 4, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

Emmy 2016

Saturday, June 4, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 
Visiting Presenter Series: Emmy 2016  

Emmy 2016

Saturday, June 4 · 7:00PM
SFJAZZ Center · Robert N. Miner Auditorium

SFJAZZ Collective: Michael Jackson & Original Compositions

 

SFJAZZ Collective

Music of Michael Jackson
& Original Compositions

Friday, July 1, 7:30pm
at Sonoma State University, Green Music Center

SFJAZZ Collective
Music of Michael Jackson Series: SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Michael Jackson  

SFJAZZ Collective: Michael Jackson & Original Compositions

 

SFJAZZ Collective

Music of Michael Jackson
& Original Compositions

Friday, July 1, 7:30pm
at Sonoma State University, Green Music Center

SFJAZZ Collective
Music of Michael Jackson Series: SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Michael Jackson  

SFJAZZ Collective

SFJAZZ’s resident all-star ensemble presents sparkling new arrangements of music by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and freshly minted compositions by the band. Jackson’s celebrity burned so brightly it often obscured the brilliance of his musical mind, a situation that’s only grown more pronounced since his death in 2009. The SFJAZZ Collective puts the spotlight back where it belongs, interpreting lesser known gems as well as epochal hits from his diverse and endlessly inventive songbook. Much like the investigation of Stevie Wonder’s musical treasure trove, the Collective brings the same probing intelligence, incisive lyricism, harmonic insight and rhythmic energy to well-crafted pop tunes as to material conceived for jazz settings. Inspired by the full breadth of American music, the octet continues to build on a bold decade-long legacy creating original music and exploring the work of nonpareil composers from Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Thelonious Monk to Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner to Horace Silver, Chick Corea and Joe Henderson.

Artist Personnel

Miguel Zenón alto saxophone
David Sánchez tenor saxophone
Sean Jones trumpet
Robin Eubanks trombone
Warren Wolf vibraphone
Edward Simon piano
Matt Penman bass
Obed Calvaire drums

"The Collective [is] the best kind of jazz laboratory; one where the heroes of the past are celebrated alongside these relatively young icons in the making. " — All About Jazz
"You can propose various definitions for what this band represents, but it’s a superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now. " — The New York Times

Audience Services Manager

Job Description

SUMMARY

SFJAZZ is seeking an experienced full-time Audience Service Manager. This position is responsible for providing performance and special event supervision in support of all SFJAZZ departments.  The successful candidate will oversee the coordination of personnel, equipment, and contracted services in the front of house throughout the event lifecycle for SFJAZZ activities.  As a key member of the SFJAZZ team the Audience Services Manager will provide critical operational interface to the ongoing focus of creating a supportive and optimized work environment.

 

ABOUT SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ is one of the world’s most popular and important presenters of jazz. The SFJAZZ Center is a beautiful and perfect stage for jazz artists and the community to celebrate the living American art form of jazz. The $64 million dollar Center launched in 2013 and the 33-year-old non-profit organization now crafts distinguished programming and education services from the heart of the San Francisco arts district. The budget for the 2015-16 Season is more than $14 million with about half coming from ticket revenues.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Primary on-site performance/special events manager accountable to provide a safe and conducive environment for the execution of activities at SFJAZZ, to include pre and post-performance/special event management of all SFJAZZ guests
  • Manages, trains, evaluates and schedules the Front of House guest services staff, including House Managers, House Ushers and Volunteer Ushers
  • Manages the artists merchandising program with accountability and accuracy
  • Establishes standards and continuous improvement protocols for audience chamber preparedness and execution
  • Collaborates across SFJAZZ departments and industry partners to ensure appropriate and timely coordination/compliance of matters related to venue life safety and security
  • Manages the fulfillment of the SFJAZZ Volunteer Participation and Recognition Program
  • Supports and implements the workplace policies of the San Francisco Jazz Organization
  • Interacts and performs collaboratively with counterpart Audience Services Manager and remaining members of the SFJAZZ Team  
  • Work collaboratively and professionally within the Development team and within the organization at large.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Comfortable operating in a fast-paced, creative, entrepreneurial, technology-forward, not-for-profit cultural institution
  • Ability to manage sizable workloads concurrently and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced work environment
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including strong English verbal and written communication skills
  • Curiosity and habit of learning and educating others on new and existing guest services practices, venue management procedures and life safety standards.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with co-workers, vendors, and others as needed to perform assigned work duties

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of five-years public assembly venue management experience, a bachelor’s degree in a related field of study, or an equivalent combination thereof
  • General knowledge of life safety standards
  • Physically able to walk, stand, climb stair, and lift up to 30 pounds
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft and integrated cloud applications environment
  • Industry experience with event and/or venue management software a plus

 

Donor Services Assistant

Job Description

SUMMARY

The Donor Services Assistant - Solicitations reports to the Donor Services Manager, and provides assistance to the full Development Department in making sure the Donor Services operation runs smoothly and meets growth goals outlined in organizational planning. While based in the SFJAZZ fundraising department, this position is also an excellent introduction to direct marketing techniques and principles.

 

ABOUT SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ is one of the world’s most popular and important presenters of jazz. The SFJAZZ Center is a beautiful and perfect stage for jazz artists and the community to celebrate the living American art form of jazz. The $64 million dollar Center launched in 2013 and the 33-year-old non-profit organization now crafts distinguished programming and education services from the heart of the San Francisco arts district. The budget for the 2015-16 Season is more than $14 million with about half coming from ticket revenues.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under the direction of department gift officers, produce and distribute outgoing solicitation and stewardship mailings, both digital and print. Duties include (but are not limited to):
    • Analyzing/establishing criteria and extracting accurate mailing lists from the Tessitura database. 
    • Managing regular mail and email renewals, and pledge reminders for individual donors at the membership, Leaders Circle and Board levels.
    • Working with outside mail house to coordinate and complete large mailings.
    • Overseeing the timeline, assembly and distribution of all special donor mailings such as season catalogs, event invitations and newsletters, in conjunction with Marketing Production Manager. 
    • Coordinating the fulfillment of donor gifts such as CDs, art work, etc. 
    • Coordinating volunteers for assembly and distribution of mailings and other projects.
    • Research and implement potential efficiencies or opportunities in solicitation and stewardship activities.
    • Assist with compilation of analytic reports.
    • Review daily contributions reports to ensure accurate entry. Provide support in gift entry as needed.
    • Update constituent information in Tessitura to match SFJAZZ business conventions as necessary, including returned mail, customer service issues, etc.
    • Create and maintain a regular report of department collateral and event materials; Communicate with department fundraisers any issues or concerns regarding inventory and future projects.
    • Provide front-line customer service, including intake of donor gift inquiries, processing customer service issues generated via web or store, and direct follow-up with donors.
    • Work collaboratively and professionally within the Development team and within the organization at large.
    • Any other duties as assigned.

 

STATUS AND SCOPE

  • Superior organizational and interpersonal skills; attention to detail and ability to work on a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to prioritize varied and time-sensitive projects; ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of MS Office; strong Word and Excel skills required.
  • Hands-on experience with a database; Tessitura knowledge a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong customer service skills with the ability to communicate effectively with diverse array of constituents.
  • Ability to appropriately handle confidential and sensitive documents.
  • Professional demeanor; tact and diplomacy are imperative.
  • Position requires very occasional evening hours.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelors Degree with one year of direct experience within a nonprofit development department OR two years of progressive job related experience as an Administrative Assistant or Executive Assistant. 

To Apply: To be considered, please send us: your resume, cover letter and salary history to: jobs [at] sfjazz [dot] org. Include “Donor Services Assistant” in the subject line. 

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.