SFJAZZ Center: An Introduction

The story of the SFJAZZ Center

A short film by Ken Ellis that discusses the making and overall artistic vision of the SFJAZZ Center. The film includes behind-the-scenes footage of the Center being built, a brief historical look at San Francisco's vibrant jazz scene and a number of fascinating interviews featuring SFJAZZ Co-founder & Artistic Director Randall Kline, legendary jazz singer Mary Stallings, Resident Artistic Director John Santos, SFJAZZ Center architect Mark Cavagnero, Education Director Rebeca Mauleón & more!

The film was narrated by acclaimed actor Delroy Lindo. This video was first shown in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium during SFJAZZ Center's Grand Opening on January 21, 2013.

Recent Awards


Randall Kline, First Winner of Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award
Randall Kline, Patron of Culture, MOAD San Francisco
CENIC 2015 Innovations in Networking Award
Architect Annual Design Review Award - SFJAZZ Center
Architectural Record Pitch-Perfect Performance Space - SFJAZZ Center
Chicago Athenaeum Museum, Green Good Design Award - SFJAZZ Center
Chicago Athenaeum Museum, American Architecture Award - SFJAZZ Center
Int’l Design Awards First Prize in Architecture - SFJAZZ Center
United States Institute for Theatre Technology Merit Award - SFJAZZ Center
AIA San Francisco Excellence in Architecture Honor Award - SFJAZZ Center
6th Pro AV Spotlight Award Winner: Best Entertainment/ Arts AV Project: SFJAZZ Center
Winner, Bond category ( Cultural) for ARCHITECT magazine's 2014 Annual Design Review
Winner, 2013 Real Estate Deals Award - Public or Cultural from San Francisco Business Times
Auditoria Magazine Magnificent 7 - SFJAZZ Center

John Santos Listening Party

 

John Santos

Listening Party

Wednesday, January 8, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

John Santos

Zhukov Dance Theatre

 

Zhukov Dance Theatre
featuring world premieres
by Yuri Zhukov & Idan Sharabi

Wednesday, October 30, 8:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Zhukov Dance Theatre
Product 06 Series: Zhukov Dance Theatre  

Zhukov Dance Theatre

 

Zhukov Dance Theatre
featuring world premieres
by Yuri Zhukov & Idan Sharabi

Tuesday, October 29, 8:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Zhukov Dance Theatre
Product 06 Series: Zhukov Dance Theatre  

Body Music Workshop

Saturday, November 9, 10:30am
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Keith Terry
International Body Music Festival Series: Rentals - International Body Music Festival  

Concert: It's All Body Music

Saturday, November 9, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Keith Terry
International Body Music Festival Series: Rentals - International Body Music Festival  

Body Tjak 13

Friday, November 8, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Keith Terry
International Body Music Festival Series: Rentals - International Body Music Festival  

Michelle Schmitt Meals on Wheels of San Francisco Benefit Concert

 

Michelle Schmitt
Meals on Wheels of San Francisco Benefit Concert

Wednesday, December 18, 8:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Photo by Danielle Rubii-Dentzel
Benefit Concert Series: Visiting Presenter  

Jazz At The Center on KPOO 89.5FM · Mondays, 7-9am

From bebop giant Thelonious Monk, to modern guitarist John Abercrombie, to South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, the new Jazz At The Center radio program on KPOO 89.5 FM, hosted by Tom Porter, covers quite a wide spectrum of jazz. Jazz At The Center also taps the resources of the new SFJAZZ Center, featuring interviews and live performances from today’s top artists. Airing every Monday, 7-9am, on San Francisco's endeared community radio station, Jazz At The Center provides a connection to the world of jazz.

ABOUT OUR DJ: Tom Porter grew up listening to classics such as "Stormy Weather" and "Blue Skies," played by his father on the family upright. Porter later discovered the virtues of free-format community radio through an apprenticeship at KGLT 91.9 FM in Montana. A champion of community radio, Tom crafts his shows in the moment, and always considers it a victory when a listener calls in and says, “I didn’t think I liked jazz, until I heard you play...”

ABOUT KPOO: KPOO is an independent, listener-sponsored, noncommercial radio station, whose ongoing mission has been to open the airwaves to the disenfranchised and underserved. KPOO Radio has always operated with a volunteer staff, ranging from students, musicians, community activists, actors, doctors, attorneys, young people, seniors, blind and disabled, record collectors, as well as broadcasters and engineers. In addition to broadcasting a wide variety of music not typically heard on commercial stations, KPOO focuses on topics of concern to minorities, women, LGBT, low income households, and youths.

Season 2 Staff Picks

Andrew Goodrich

Amy Woloszyn

Tina Leinenweber

Jeff Umetsu

TJ Gorton

Allison Blomerth

Randall Kline

Marshall Lamm

Rebeca Mauleón

Megan Mock

Bannus Hudson

Ross Eustis

Claire Phillips

Andrew Rumer

Ronnie Shapiro

Srinija Srinivasan

Greg Stern

Felice Swapp

Jen Utsey

Rick Warren

Mark Zitter