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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.

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Now Select Your Own Seats!

SFJAZZ is excited to announce that we have just upgraded our online ticketing system. This upgrade has many new features including the option to Select-Your-Own-Seats for all Paramount Theatre, Davies Symphony Hall, and upcoming SFJAZZ Center performances.

From September through June, the most creative and compelling musicians on the scene — Dave Holland, Brad Mehldau, Jason Moran, Mariza and Bill Frisell — perform at the beautiful new SFJAZZ Center, often in four-night runs showing their artistic range.

Thank you!

On Monday, January 21st, our long-time vision became a reality as SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director John Santos and High School All-Stars alum Laila Smith cut the ribbon, offically opening the new SFJAZZ Center to the public.

SFJAZZ wants to thank everyone who took part in this festive celebration, which included the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, four sold out tours, live music, games, and more!

Opening Day Sponsors

SFJAZZ gratefully acknowledges the following companies for their generous sponsorship of the SFJAZZ Center Grand Opening events, including the exclusive Member events, Grand Opening Day and the Historic Opening Night Concert. SFJAZZ Grand Opening artists accommodations generously provided by the Fairmont San Francisco.