Jazz and Blues Legends of the Bay Area

4-class series
Tuesdays, May 7 - 28, 7PM-8:30PM • Jazz Heritage Center
Non-Members: $25 per class; $100 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $20 per class; $80 full course

Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Koret Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults.

We are thrilled to co-present another dynamic program in the historic Fillmore District of San Francisco! This unique four-part series in partnership with the Jazz Heritage Center highlights the rich tradition of extraordinary jazz and blues musicians in the Bay Area – the unsung heroes in our own backyard – featuring distinct renowned guest artists each week in the visually inspired setting of the Lush Life Gallery. Combining story-telling, live performance and multi media, this program will bring audiences up close and personal with the legends in our midst. Joining us for this very special series will be Bay Area vocal treasure Denise Perrier (May 7), blues ambassador Alvon Johnson (May 14), jazz guitar virtuoso Calvin Keys (May 21) and soulful vocalist Nicolas Bearde (May 28).

Koret Discover Jazz Series is generously supported by

Ain’t I Got a Right to The Tree of Life

6-class series
Wednesdays, April 3 - May 8, 7PM-8:30PM • Joe Henderson Lab
Non-Members: $25 per class; $125 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $18 per class; $90 full course
Linda Tillery, Instructor

Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Koret Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults.

Join vocalist, educator and Bay Area treasure Linda Tillery on a six-week exploration of music and rhythms of the African Diaspora. Participants will learn African chants, African-American spirituals, field hollers, work songs, children’s play songs, ring shouts, traditional Afro-Caribbean songs and music from the Gullah traditions of Georgia and South Carolina. Class sessions will include lots of singing, plus the use of videos and recordings to stimulate discussion. Articles and reflections that are rooted in the socio-historical experiences of African-Americans and Africans will be incorporated into a simple course reader.

Koret Discover Jazz Series is generously supported by

The Bass

6-class series
Wednesdays, February 13 - March 20, 7-8:30PM • Joe Henderson Lab*
*Due to popular demand, the February 27th class will be held in Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Non-Members: $25 per class; $125 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $18 per class; $90 full course

Cory Combs, Instructor

Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Koret Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults. In our first spring series in the new SFJAZZ Center, we will go in depth on the bass, showcasing the development, sounds, influential musicians, and legacy of the instrument. Joining us will be several world-renowned bassists, including Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Mark Dresser and Michael Manring, and celebrated drummers Peter Erskine and Matt Wilson, who will provide the drummer’s unique perspective. Additional musical guests include Jeff Marrs (drums), Mark Levine and Myra Melford (piano), Andrew Speight and Mary Fettig (sax), Peter Horvath (keyboards), members of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars and more! Taught by bassist and educator Cory Combs, this course may be enjoyed individually or as a series.

Koret Discover Jazz Series is generously supported by

Family Matinees

in Miner Auditorium

These affordably priced family-friendly concerts are a great way for you to pass your love of jazz onto the next generation. Bring the kids, the grandkids, and the neighbor’s kids to the gorgeous new SFJAZZ center for an engaging, entertaining and interactive musical experience.

Check out this article from Red Tricycle about our Family Matinees.

Family Workshops
Select Family Matinees are followed by interactive workshops in the Joe Henderson Lab. Capacity is limited to 50 participants and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign ups take place at a table in the lobby on the day of the concert.

A limited number of free tickets are available to low-income Bay Area school or community groups. If you are interested in bringing your school or community group to a Family Matinee, please fill out our ticket request form.

 

Education Events Calendar

Classes, Workshops & Family Matinees

SFJAZZ has a number of educational programs designed for children and adults, aspiring musicians and experienced singers and instrumentalists.

A limited number of full and partial need-based scholarships are available to all programs. Please contact SFJAZZ Education for info: scholarships@sfjazz.org.

By Program

Education Events by Program

  Upcoming Education Events

Koret Discover Jazz Series: The Great Women
Mar 29 7:00pm

Koret Discover Jazz Course:
Vi Redd w/ special guest Tia Fuller

Joe Henderson Lab

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2016-17 Digital Lab Sessions
Apr 05 7:00pm

Live Looping:
Spontaneous Improvisational Composing

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 12 7:00pm

Digital Lab:
Jazz and Hip Hop in the Mix

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 15 1:00pm

Making Your Mixes Shine:
Intro to Mastering Techniques & Critical Listening

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 19 7:00pm

Digital Lab:
DJing and Live Performance w/ Ableton

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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2016-17 Family Matinees
Apr 15 11:00am

Family Matinee: Rebeca Mauleón
& Juan de Marcos

Miner Auditorium

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May 27 11:00am

Family Matinee: Michel Camilo

Miner Auditorium

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2016-17 Season Master Classes & Workshops
Apr 29 1:00pm

Without a Net: Reimagining the Stage Dynamic
Masterclass w/ Danilo Perez

Joe Henderson Lab

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SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Season 5 Concerts
May 07 1:00pm

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars 
w/ Mary Stallings

Miner Auditorium

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Monday Night Band: 2016-17 Concerts
May 15 7:30pm

Monday Night Band
Showcase w/ Adam Theis

Miner Auditorium

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Digital Lab Sessions
Jul 11 1:00pm

Digital Lab Sessions:
An Intro To Music Production

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Jul 18 1:00pm

Digital Lab Sessions:
Recording, Mixing & Mastering

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Jul 25 1:00pm

Digital Lab Sessions:
Audio for Visual Media

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Jazz Appreciation
Jul 19 7:00pm

Mujeres: Iconic Women
in Latin Music

Joe Henderson Lab

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Aug 09 7:00pm

Koret Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, class 1

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Aug 16 7:00pm

Koret Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, class 2

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Aug 23 7:00pm

Koret Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, class 3

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Aug 30 7:00pm

Koret Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, class 4

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Sep 06 7:00pm

Koret Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, class 5

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Sep 13 7:00pm

Koret Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, class 6

Museum of the African Diaspora

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5th Annual World Drum Weekend
Aug 05 1:00pm

Sábado de Rumba

Joe Henderson Lab

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Aug 06 11:00am

Gumbo Caribbean Drum Line

Joe Henderson Lab

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Aug 06 1:30pm

Steel Pan in the City!

Joe Henderson Lab

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Aug 06 4:00pm

Bomba Puertorriqueña

Joe Henderson Lab

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By Date

Education Events by Date

  Upcoming Education Events

March 2017
Mar 29 7:00pm
Jazz Appreciation Event

Koret Discover Jazz Course:
Vi Redd w/ special guest Tia Fuller

Joe Henderson Lab

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April 2017
Apr 05 7:00pm
Digital Lab Class

Live Looping:
Spontaneous Improvisational Composing

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 12 7:00pm
Digital Lab Class

Digital Lab:
Jazz and Hip Hop in the Mix

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 15 11:00am
¡Música Cubana!

Family Matinee: Rebeca Mauleón
& Juan de Marcos

Miner Auditorium

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Apr 15 1:00pm
Digital Lab Class

Making Your Mixes Shine:
Intro to Mastering Techniques & Critical Listening

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 19 7:00pm
Digital Lab Class

Digital Lab:
DJing and Live Performance w/ Ableton

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 29 1:00pm
Master Class

Without a Net: Reimagining the Stage Dynamic
Masterclass w/ Danilo Perez

Joe Henderson Lab

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May 2017
May 07 1:00pm
Re-visiting The Standards

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars 
w/ Mary Stallings

Miner Auditorium

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May 15 7:30pm
Free Concert Showcase!

Monday Night Band
Showcase w/ Adam Theis

Miner Auditorium

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May 27 11:00am
Tribute to Ernesto Lecuona

Family Matinee: Michel Camilo

Miner Auditorium

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Sonny Rollins

After winning every possible distinction including 2011 Kennedy Center Honors (saluted by Barack Obama, broadcast on CBS), the NEA Jazz Master title, Montreal’s Miles Davis Award, the National Medal of Arts, multiple Grammys and honorary doctorates, what is there left for Sonny Rollins to do? Plenty. At 82, the tenor sax titan just keeps raising the bar, delivering performances of stunning brilliance and intensity. The music world is still abuzz over Road Shows Vol. 2, which includes four tracks from his epochal 80th birthday celebration at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. It’s the latest treasure from Rollins since he launched his own label, Doxy, with the acclaimed studio recording Sonny, Please. From his early career as a sideman with legends Bud Powell, Miles Davis and Clifford Brown to his unrivaled solo career that produced such jazz cornerstones as Saxophone Colossus, Tenor Madness, Way Out West, The Bridge and East Broadway Rundown, Sonny Rollins continues to chart a course as a true giant and perhaps the greatest living improviser in jazz. We’re proud that his performances have been a glorious part of SFJAZZ tradition across the past two decades.