Digital Music Production

4-class series
Saturdays April 13 – May 4
Adults: 10am-1pm
Teens: 1:30-4:30pm

Non-Members: $60 per class; $240 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $45 per class; $180 full course
Phil Hawkins, Instructor

The SFJAZZ Digital Lab offers an array of instruction in digital music production, including theory and musicianship, MIDI basics, notation skills, sequencing and audio recording as well as basic introduction to the digital workstation environment. Students will explore a variety of software-based tools and programs while gaining an understanding of essential music skills such as song form, compositional technique and the aesthetics of digital production. Introductory courses are offered in two sections, on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings (for adults) and Tuesday and Saturday afternoons (for teens ages 15 and older). Our intimate Digital Lab space is ideally suited to providing small-group instruction with top-notch faculty in a state-of-the-art environment.

For older teens and adults with moderate skills and familiarity with the digital music environment, this four- week intensive course will survey the software, hardware and procedures involved with digital audio recording, MIDI sequencing and post-production. Specific subject areas include recording techniques, non-linear editing, mixing, plug-ins, mastering, digital audio for video and song creation using a Pro Tools based DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Students will complete several hands-on projects in order to develop their technical and musicianship skills. The course will incorporate the use of jazz standards to demonstrate song form, basic notation, and musical style. Maximum 15 students per class.

Musical Concepts and the Digital Environment

Teens: Tuesdays, Feb 26 - Mar 26, 4:30-6pm (Section I)
Adults: Tuesdays, Feb 26 – Mar 26, 6:30-8pm (Section I)

Non-Members: $35 per class; $210 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $25 per class; $150 full course
David White, Instructor

The SFJAZZ Digital Lab offers an array of instruction in digital music production, including theory and musicianship, MIDI basics, notation skills, sequencing and audio recording as well as basic introduction to the digital workstation environment. Students will explore a variety of software-based tools and programs while gaining an understanding of essential music skills such as song form, compositional technique and the aesthetics of digital production. Introductory courses are offered in two sections, on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings (for adults) and Tuesday and Saturday afternoons (for teens ages 15 and older). Our intimate Digital Lab space is ideally suited to providing small-group instruction with top-notch faculty in a state-of-the-art environment.

Designed for older teens and adults, this six-week course takes concepts of music creation into the digital age. Using iMacs, MIDI controllers, Sibelius and Logic Studio as the primary medium, we will explore MIDI and the basic DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) setup. Throughout the course, elements of musicianship and composition are examined, and applied directly to software environments. This is a great step into the modern age of music production for the casual artist or aspiring professional. Maximum 8 students per class.

Monday Night Band

Monday Night Band
Free Showcase Concert w/ Adam Theis
Monday, May 15, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

The Monday Night Band at SFJAZZ provides musicians of all ages (older teens through seasoned adults) with a structured approach to learning and interpreting diverse repertoire in a hip community band setting. Open by audition to intermediate/advanced level instrumentalists and vocalists, this ensemble will introduce participants to various styles and genres of jazz while developing a performance-ready program. The band is directed by acclaimed Bay Area musician, composer, and bandleader Adam Theis. The spring series will culminate in a final public performance on Monday, May 15th in Miner Auditorium.

Monday Night Band members get the opportunity to:

  • Workshop, perform, and record original compositions and arrangements
  • Work with pro clinicians 
  • Play for a 600+ audience in the renowned Miner Auditorium 
  • Record live in the Joe Henderson Lab 
  • Network and build relationships with fellow Bay Area musicians 
  • Participate in community outreach 
  • Earn credit toward professional development

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

Digital Lab Sessions
Jul 11 1:00pm

Digital Lab Intensives:
An Intro To Music Production

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Jul 18 1:00pm

Digital Lab Intensives:
Recording, Mixing & Mastering

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Jul 25 1:00pm

Digital Lab Intensives:
Audio for Visual Media

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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2017-18 Digital Lab Program
Jul 11 1:00pm

Digital Lab Intensives:
An Intro To Music Production

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Jul 18 1:00pm

Digital Lab Intensives:
Recording, Mixing & Mastering

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Jul 25 1:00pm

Digital Lab Intensives:
Audio for Visual Media

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Sep 23 1:00pm

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Oct 11 7:00pm

Jazz & Hip-Hop in the Mix

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Oct 21 1:00pm

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Oct 25 7:00pm

DJing & Live Performance With Ableton

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Nov 15 7:00pm

The Art of Controllerism

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Nov 18 1:00pm

Live Looping & Spontaneous Composition

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Dec 09 1:00pm

The Art & Science of Mastering

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Mar 10 1:00pm

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Mar 24 1:00pm

Live Looping & Spontaneous Composition

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 04 7:00pm

Jazz & Hip-Hop in the Mix

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 11 7:00pm

DJing & Live Performance With Ableton

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 18 7:00pm

Intro to Composition with Logic

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 21 1:00pm

Making Your Mixes Shine

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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May 12 1:00pm

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

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

Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, Colombia & Venezuela w/ Jackeline Rago & friends

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Aug 16 7:00pm

Discover Jazz Course: Sounds of Resistance, Cuba

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Aug 23 7:00pm

Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, Salsa

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Aug 30 7:00pm

Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, Brazil

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Sep 06 7:00pm

Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, Puerto Rico

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Sep 13 7:00pm

Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, Jazz Latino & Spoken Word

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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Family Matinees
Sep 23 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Teodross Avery
& Friends

Miner Auditorium

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Oct 28 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ SFJAZZ Collective:
Music of Thelonious Monk

Miner Auditorium

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Nov 18 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Linda Tillery
& The Cultural Heritage Choir

Miner Auditorium

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Dec 16 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Daniel Handler, Marcus Shelby
& Friends

Miner Auditorium

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Feb 24 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Marcus Shelby Quintet

Miner Auditorium

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Mar 24 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Pamela Rose
& Friends

Miner Auditorium

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Apr 21 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Paula West

Miner Auditorium

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May 12 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Doug Goodkin
& The Pentatonics

Miner Auditorium

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Discover Jazz: The Music of Monk
Oct 18 7:00pm

Stride to Bebop

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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Oct 25 7:00pm

The Composer

Joe Henderson Lab

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Nov 01 7:00pm

The Collaborator

Joe Henderson Lab

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Nov 08 7:00pm

The Influencer

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band & Combo
Nov 19 7:30pm

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Alumni

Joe Henderson Lab

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Dec 09 1:00pm

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
Big Band & Combo
Winter Concert

Miner Auditorium

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May 20 1:00pm

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
Big Band & Combo
Spring Concert

Miner Auditorium

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Monday Night Band
Dec 11 7:30pm

Monday Night Band:
Winter Showcase Concert

Miner Auditorium

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May 14 7:30pm

Monday Night Band:
Spring Showcase Concert

Miner Auditorium

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Discover Jazz: The Great Jazz Women
Mar 14 7:00pm

Melba Liston

Joe Henderson Lab

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Mar 21 7:00pm

Odetta

Joe Henderson Lab

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Mar 28 7:00pm

Mary Lou Williams

Joe Henderson Lab

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Apr 04 7:00pm

Hitmakers

Joe Henderson Lab

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Master Classes & Workshop
May 17 11:00am

SFJAZZ Girls Day

Joe Henderson Lab

By Date

Education Events by Date

  Upcoming Education Events

July 2017
Jul 11 1:00pm
5-Class Series

Digital Lab Intensives:
An Intro To Music Production

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Jul 18 1:00pm
5-Class Series

Digital Lab Intensives:
Recording, Mixing & Mastering

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Jul 25 1:00pm
5-Class Series

Digital Lab Intensives:
Audio for Visual Media

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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September 2017
Sep 23 11:00am
Celebrating John Coltrane

Family Matinee
w/ Teodross Avery
& Friends

Miner Auditorium

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Sep 23 1:00pm
Digital Lab Program

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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October 2017
Oct 11 7:00pm
Digital Lab Program

Jazz & Hip-Hop in the Mix

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Oct 18 7:00pm
Discover Jazz Class

Stride to Bebop

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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Oct 21 1:00pm
Digital Lab Program

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Oct 25 7:00pm
Discover Jazz Class

The Composer

Joe Henderson Lab

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Oct 25 7:00pm
Digital Lab Program

DJing & Live Performance With Ableton

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Oct 28 11:00am
100 Years of Monk

Family Matinee
w/ SFJAZZ Collective:
Music of Thelonious Monk

Miner Auditorium

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November 2017
Nov 01 7:00pm
Discover Jazz Class

The Collaborator

Joe Henderson Lab

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Nov 08 7:00pm
Discover Jazz Class

The Influencer

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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Nov 15 7:00pm
Digital Lab Program

The Art of Controllerism

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Nov 18 11:00am
Hippity Hop: Play Songs & Roots Music

Family Matinee
w/ Linda Tillery
& The Cultural Heritage Choir

Miner Auditorium

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Nov 18 1:00pm
Digital Lab Program

Live Looping & Spontaneous Composition

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Nov 19 7:30pm
Big Band & Combo

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Alumni

Joe Henderson Lab

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December 2017
Dec 09 1:00pm
Award-Winning

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
Big Band & Combo
Winter Concert

Miner Auditorium

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Dec 09 1:00pm
Digital Lab Program

The Art & Science of Mastering

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Dec 11 7:30pm
SFJAZZ Community Ensemble

Monday Night Band:
Winter Showcase Concert

Miner Auditorium

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Dec 16 11:00am
Dizzy Atmosphere: Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

Family Matinee
w/ Daniel Handler, Marcus Shelby
& Friends

Miner Auditorium

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February 2018
Feb 24 11:00am
Sounds of Freedom

Family Matinee
w/ Marcus Shelby Quintet

Miner Auditorium

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March 2018
Mar 10 1:00pm
Digital Lab Program

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Mar 14 7:00pm
Discover Jazz Class

Melba Liston

Joe Henderson Lab

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Mar 21 7:00pm
Discover Jazz Class

Odetta

Joe Henderson Lab

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Mar 24 11:00am
The Blues is a Woman

Family Matinee
w/ Pamela Rose
& Friends

Miner Auditorium

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Mar 24 1:00pm
Digital Lab Program

Live Looping & Spontaneous Composition

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Mar 28 7:00pm
Discover Jazz Class

Mary Lou Williams

Joe Henderson Lab

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April 2018
Apr 04 7:00pm
Discover Jazz Class

Hitmakers

Joe Henderson Lab

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Apr 04 7:00pm
Digital Lab Program

Jazz & Hip-Hop in the Mix

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 11 7:00pm
Digital Lab Program

DJing & Live Performance With Ableton

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 18 7:00pm
Digital Lab Program

Intro to Composition with Logic

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 21 11:00am
Telling Stories: Jazz & The American Spirit

Family Matinee
w/ Paula West

Miner Auditorium

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Apr 21 1:00pm
Digital Lab Program

Making Your Mixes Shine

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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May 2018
May 12 11:00am
From Roots to Branches: Jazz for All Ages

Family Matinee
w/ Doug Goodkin
& The Pentatonics

Miner Auditorium

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May 12 1:00pm
Digital Lab Program

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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May 14 7:30pm
SFJAZZ Community Ensemble

Monday Night Band:
Spring Showcase Concert

Miner Auditorium

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May 17 11:00am
4th Annual

SFJAZZ Girls Day

Joe Henderson Lab

May 20 1:00pm
Award-Winning

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
Big Band & Combo
Spring Concert

Miner Auditorium

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