Season 1: Swing


A look at the Season 1 shows that celebrate the best of the Swing tradition. During our second Grand Opening week, we present the Jazz Mafia's Realistic Orchestra in a double bill with the acclaimed Montclair Women's Big Band, followed by local favorite Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers back-to-back with the superb Hot Club of San Francisco. Later in February comes saxophonist Scott Hamilton's hard-swinging quintet with guest tenor player Harry Allen, and Resident Artistic Director Jason Moran concludes the fun in May with his dance party tribute to Fats Waller featuring guest star Meshell Ndegeocello.

Season 1: Art of the Trio


Season 1: Art of the Duo


Season 1: Art of the Solo


A look at the lineup of intimate solo shows scheduled for the first season at the SFJAZZ Center. Bass giant Dave Holland begins the action with his inimitable virtuoso style on February 7, followed with a turn by modern piano genius Brad Mehldau on April 25. Resident Artistic Director and acclaimed pianist Jason Moran presents a solo recital like no other on May 2, and banjo star Béla Fleck rounds out the season with a series of four solo performances, May 16 through 19.

Season 1: Afro-Cuban Events

SFJAZZ Center Season 1

Now through June 9, 2013


Now select your own seats for all shows!

Miguel Zenón presents
SFJAZZ Poetry Festival
Family Matinees
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
SFJAZZ Members Only
Grand Opening: Legacy
Jazz In The City
Dave Holland
Afro-Cuban All Stars
Zakir Hussain
John Santos presents
SFJAZZ Collective
Hiromi: The Trio Project
Weimar Germany
Bill Frisell presents
Brad Mehldau: 1, 2, 2, 3
Jason Moran presents
Regina Carter presents
Béla Fleck, solo
Paula West

The Lyrical Side of Jazz Playing

with Paul Contos
Wednesday, June 5, 7-9pm • Joe Henderson Lab

Non-Members: $40
SFJAZZ Members: $30

In this very special master class for musicians of all levels, renowned saxophonist, educator and Monterey Jazz Festival Education Director Paul Contos demonstrates how to express various forms of melody in the jazz language through playing techniques, including: developing your own personal approach to melody, incorporating varying techniques to improve your improvisational skills, and using harmonic knowledge to enhance melodic playing. The jazz lexicon will be used to display the many tools utilized by musicians to interpret song as an individual expressive medium and develop one’s personal style. Open to all melodic instruments, this unique class will help push musicians to embrace a more creative side of melodic interpretation and highlight the many possibilities within the standard jazz repertoire. Open to musicians and vocalists of all levels, and ideal for students having a basic familiarity with chords and scales as well as proficiency on his/her instrument.

Afro Puerto Rican Drum & Song

with Hector Lugo & Grupo Aguacero
Sunday, June 2, 1-3pm • Joe Henderson Lab

Non-Members: $35
SFJAZZ Members: $25

This hands-on workshop will focus on four of the most popular Seises de Bomba (Bomba sub-genres) from the Santurce tradition: the sicá, the yubá, the cuembé and the holandés. Participants will learn the basic rhythmic patterns characteristic of each one of these styles, as well as techniques of playing the barriles (barrel drums), cuás (sticks) and maraca (shaker), the traditional instruments of the Puerto Rican Bomba. Participants will also learn one song for each of these seises, exploring the origins, evolution, and significance of Bomba in Puerto Rico’s rich musical culture. Héctor Lugo, musical director of Bay Area-based ensembles Grupo Aguacero and La Mixta Criolla, will lead the workshop. The session will begin a fabulous demonstration of Bomba music and dance by Grupo Aguacero! No previous experience necessary; instruments provided.

Body Music

3-week series with Keith Terry
Wednesdays May 15, 22 & June 5, 7-8:30pm • Joe Henderson Lab
May 29th's class has been rescheduled for June 5th, same time and place. Thank you!

Non-Members: $35 per class; $105 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $25 per class; $75 full course

Body Music – also known as Body Percussion and Body Drumming – is the oldest music on the planet. Before people were hollowing logs and slapping rocks, they were using their bodies to stomp, clap, snap, sing and chant their musical ideas. Join Keith Terry in a three-part exploration of this amazing music played on the instrument we all share – the human body. Session one (5/15) surveys the field of traditional styles, from African-American hambone and Flamenco palmas to Sumatran saman and Ethiopian armpit music. Session two (5/22) introduces the basics of Keith's contemporary style of Body Music he's been developing over the past thirty-five years, based on his training as a jazz drummer, as well as his years of intensive study and collaboration with world rhythmic systems. Session three culminates the series with a performance by Keith Terry with special guests Evie Ladin & Cecilia Engelhart. No previous experience necessary.

*May 29th's class has been rescheduled for June 5th.

Club Skills for Brass Players



6-week series with Chuck MacKinnon
Sundays, Apr 7 - May 19, 1-2:30pm • Joe Henderson Lab

Non-Members: $35 per class; $210 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $25 per class; $150 full course

Taught by jazz trumpeter Chuck McKinnon, Club Skills is a six-week group lesson that prepares trumpeters and trombonists for the club performance environment. This will be a supportive atmosphere where you will attain the repertoire and improvisational skills necessary to perform in the jazz tradition, focusing on memorization of the easiest songs that can be played at jam sessions worldwide. Individualized, level-appropriate repertoire preparation will be developed for each participant in addition to instruction in jam session etiquette. Historical perspective of the jazz trumpet tradition will be presented, including transcriptions and analysis of key trumpeters such as Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw. Space is limited to ten (10) aspiring brass players (older teens and adults) with knowledge of major scales and the desire to improvise.