Season 1 Pre-Concert Talks

Dave Holland & Kenny Barron

Friday, February 8, 7:30pm
A master of duo encounters, Holland joins forces with piano great Kenny Barron, an improviser of the highest order, for a series of expansive instrumental pas de deux. Barron is an NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy nominee whose storied career has included extended associations with Stan Getz, Yusef Lateef and Freddie Hubbard in addition to his sparkling solo work.

Stefon Harris

Friday, March 29, 8:00pm • SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium
A member of the SFJAZZ Collective since 2008, Stefon Harris is committed to exploring the rich potential of jazz composition and blazing new trails on the vibraphone. As a solo artist, his string of acclaimed albums includes the Blue Note sessions Kindred, Black Action Figure, The Grand Unification Theory, African Tarantella: Dances With Duke and the Grammy-nominated Concord release, Urbanus.


Friday, April 6, 8:00pm • SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium
An utterly original improviser and composer who turns each piece into a thrilling ride, Japanese-born pianist Hiromi creates kinetic soundscapes in which through-composed passages segue seamlessly into open-ended improvisation. What’s most impressive isn’t her commanding technique. It’s her cohesive group approach in which no instrument is confined to its traditional role.

Ian Wekwerth from Palast Orchester

Friday, April 12, 8:00pm • SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium
Walking a narrow line between madcap kitsch and sublime musicality, Max Raabe and Palast Orchester evoke the heady, dancing-on-knife-point mood of the Weimar Republic. Raabe interprets vintage hits while also writing original songs and reinventing contemporary pop tunes.

Regina Carter

Friday, May 10, 8:00pm • SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium
For Regina Carter, the violin isn’t merely an improvisational vehicle. It’s a passport to unexpected realms, a Rosetta stone that unlocks the door to a myriad of cultures and worlds. An intrepid musical explorer, Carter has greatly expanded her violin odyssey since being awarded a coveted 2006 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship.

SFJAZZ Center Season 1 Catalog

Season 1: Jazz


Feb 9: Dave Holland Quintet
Mar 29: SFJAZZ Collective
Apr 28: Brad Mehldau Trio

Season 1: Multi-Media Happenings

Members: Saturday, October 13, 10AM
General Public: Saturday, November 3, 10AM

Apr 14: Club Foot Orchestra
Apr 21: The Kentucky Derby
May 4: Moran/Skateboarding

Season 1: Cuba and Puerto Rico


Season 1 will heat up with a fiery procession of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican artists gracing the stage of the Miner Auditorium. Latin jazz luminary and SFJAZZ Education Director Rebeca Mauleón showcases her Afro Kuban Fusion during Grand Opening Week 2, followed by Juan de Marcos and his Afro-Cuban All Stars later in the month. Resident Artistic Director John Santos presents his Filosofía Caribeña II as well Pavel Urkiza and Ricardo Pons' De Akokán project, Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours and Uncommon Time with piano star Omar Sosa. Miguel Zenón performs in several settings during his week as a Resident Artistic Director, including his hard-hitting Rhythm Collective, his Alma Adentro ensemble, his large group multi-media piece Identities, and an evening of duets with pianist Luis Perdomo and percussionist Paoli Mejias.

Feb 2: Rebeca Mauleón
Feb 21-24: Afro-Cuban All Stars
Mar 21: De Akokán

Season 2: Large-Ensemble

Season 1: Jazz and Poetry


Apr 10: Ute Lemper
Apr 18: Ginsberg’s Kaddish
May 11: Fiddlin’ With Stories
May 11: Fiddlin’ With Stories

Season 1: Europa


Feb 28-Mar 1: Ana Moura
Mar 14: Mariza
Apr 12: Max Raabe

Season 1: Piano


The Season 1 lineup of pianists is in focus this week, containing some of the greatest artists of the instrument. The legendary McCoy Tyner performs all five nights during Grand Opening Week 1, followed by Latin jazz luminary and SFJAZZ Education Director Rebeca Mauleón's Afro Kuban Fusion during Grand Opening Week 2. The smoldering songcraft of singer and pianist Patricia Barber lights up the Center in March, and April brings four-night residencies by keyboard powerhouse Hiromi and jazz superstar Brad Mehldau. Acclaimed pianist and Resident Artistic Director Jason Moran wraps this series with his own four-night run in May.

Mar 3: Patricia Barber
Apr 4-7: Hiromi: Trio Project
Apr 25: Brad Mehldau

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