Why dedicate a seat?

The SFJAZZ Center is the first freestanding building in the western United States built specifically for jazz performance and education; our state-of-the-art Robert N. Miner Auditorium will host some of the biggest names and brightest rising stars in music. Naming a seat in this incredible setting is a beautiful way to:

  • Celebrate your love for the music
  • Commemorate the opening of the SFJAZZ Center
  • Honor a favorite musician, or
  • Remember someone you loved, or someone who loved jazz

How do I sign up?

Seat dedications are available with gifts of $5,000 or above to The World Is Listening Campaign for the SFJAZZ Center.

There are three ways to name a seat:

  1. Online
  2. Download this form and mail it to us at 201 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  3. Contact Katiti Crawford, Major Gifts Officer at 415-283-0324 or

What comes with a seat dedication?

A plaque bearing your dedication will be affixed to the back of your seat once your pledge has been fulfilled and will remain there for as long as that seat is part of Robert N. Miner Auditorium. All fixed, permanent seats in auditorium are available for dedication. You will receive notification of the location of your seat in the mail.

Please note that dedication of a seat does not guarantee that specific seat assignment at SFJAZZ events, and seat sponsors must still purchase tickets for any SFJAZZ Center performances. Of course, if your seat is available for a performance, we will always try our best to accommodate your request to sit there.



The music of Chick Corea and new compositions

After their very successful run with the music of Stevie Wonder, the band now turns back to the jazz pantheon. An inspiration to everyone in the Collective, the works of Chick Corea will be the focus in Fall 2012. Each band member will also contribute an original composition, commissioned by SFJAZZ.

About Chick Corea

Among the many giants in jazz history, none stands taller than Armando “Chick” Corea. While still in his twenties he developed an utterly unique signature sound, on both acoustic and electric keyboards. Quickly noticed by Miles Davis in the late ‘60s, Corea appeared on Filles de Kilimanjaro and Bitches Brew, two of the era’s landmark recordings. As a leader, Chick’s adventurous work with Return to Forever helped define the fusion movement of the ‘70s and introduced younger stars such as Al Di Meola and Stanley Clarke. Corea’s numerous collaborations include stunning duets with Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton and Bobby McFerrin, as well as historic groups with Michael Brecker, Joe Farrell, John McLaughlin, Hubert Laws, John Patitucci, Steve Gadd, Roy Haynes and dozens of others. Several of his compositions, including “Spain,” “La Fiesta” and “Windows” have become established standards in the jazz canon. Chick has been nominated for 52 Grammy Awards, winning 18 of them to date. Now 70, he continues to tour worldwide with an array of contemporary jazz projects.

"I've been looking forward to working on Chick's music with the Collective for a very long time. He is one of my biggest inspirations as a player and composer and his music has in many ways shaped the direction of jazz for the past 40 years. I'm sure that delving into his vast songbook will be an amazing experience for the band, and for our audiences. " — Miguel Zenón
"Chick encompasses my definition of a true and complete artist: a master of his instrument and a prolific composer who continues to explore new arenas and break down barriers between musical genres. Without doubt, he has been and continues to be one of the strongest living musical forces of our time... a great source of inspiration. " — Edward Simon
"I love Chick's music because it's playful and deep at the same time, and you always feel that there's a restless creative spirit behind it. Since he burst onto the scene in the late ‘60s he's been a major factor in defining the various movements within jazz right up to the present day, and his tunes are some of the most played worldwide. " — Matt Penman


Obed Calvaire, a native of Miami and of Haitian descent is a graduate with both a master and bachelor degree of music from one of America’s premiere private music conservatories in the nation, Manhattan School of Music. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2003, completing the undergraduate degree requirements in three years and receiving his master’s in 2005. Mr. Calvaire has performed and recorded with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Seal, Eddie Palmeri, Vanessa Williams, Mark Murphy, David Foster, Mary J. Blidge, Stefon Harris, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Music Soulchild, Nellie McKay, Yellow Jackets, Joshua Redman, Steve Turre, and Lizz Wright to name a few. He has also performed with large ensembles such as the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band, and the Bob Mintzer Big Band. Currently, Obed Calvaire can be found playing with Peter Cincotti, Richard Bona, Monty Alexander, Sean Jones, Yosvany Terry, The Clayton Brothers Quintet, Mike Stern among others.

Since his early exposure with Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra, Puerto Rican tenor saxophone virtuoso David Sánchez has become a one of the most celebrated instrumentalists in jazz, recording nine albums as a leader and winning a Latin Grammy Award for his 2004 orchestral session, Coral. The five-time Grammy nominee has performed with a roster of greats including Charlie Haden, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Haynes, Tom Harrell and countless others. Sánchez has an impressive résumé as an educator, conducting master classes, workshops and residencies at the world’s top universities and conservatories. His latest album is Ninety Miles: Live at Cubadisco, a project recorded in Cuba and co-led by trumpeter Christian Scott and vibraphonist Stefon Harris.

SFJAZZ Ticket Policies

Ticket Refunds

Tickets purchased for SFJAZZ concerts are non-refundable, except in the event of a cancelled performance. Refunds are then given in original form of payment. Per ticket and per order handling fees are non-refundable, with no exceptions.

Ticket Exchanges

Tickets purchased for SFJAZZ concerts are non-exchangeable, except for members of SFJAZZ at the Contributor level ($120/year) and above. This valuable benefit of membership allows members to make ticket exchanges for concerts within the same season or to receive ‘ticket credit’ for purchasing tickets to a concert in a future season. Ticket credits can only be used for purchases made directly thru SFJAZZ (i.e. not available when purchasing thru Ticket exchanges are accepted up to 24 hours prior to the performance.

If you are a Contributor level member and have tickets you would like to exchange either for another concert or for ticket credit, then please mail the tickets back to SFJAZZ, or rip the tickets in half, photocopy the ripped tickets, discard the ripped tickets and fax the photocopy to (415) 398-5569. Please remember to include your phone number, email address and exchange instructions.

Print-at-Home Tickets

How do I print my tickets?
Print-at-Home tickets require that you’ve installed Adobe Reader, version 7 or later, on your computer. Adobe Reader is a free program for viewing PDF files. Download Adobe Reader. Once you have Adobe Reader installed, open the PDF attachment that contains your tickets. Click "File" then "Print."

What if I don’t receive my tickets?
Typically, you should receive your tickets within 10-15 minutes of placing your order. If you do not receive your Print-at-Home tickets within 2 hours, please contact the SFJAZZ Box Office at (415) 788-7353 or

I lost my tickets and lost my original e-mail. What do I do?
Please contact the SFJAZZ Box Office at (415) 788-7353 or Reprinted tickets will be held at the Box Office for pick up on the day of the concert. You will be asked to show a photo ID in order to pick up the tickets.

I lost my Print-at-Home ticket but still have the original e-mail. Can I reprint my tickets?
You can reprint your tickets from the original e-mail. However, each ticket’s barcode only allows one entry into the hall. If you lost your ticket at home, we suggest you reprint from the original e-mail. If you are unsure where you lost your tickets and it’s possible someone may try to use the tickets, please contact Box Office and we’ll arrange duplicate tickets for you to pick-up at the venue on the day of your show. This will invalidate the barcode on your Print-at-Home tickets, and you will be asked to show a photo ID in order to pick up your tickets. 

Ticket Replacement

SFJAZZ is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets and is not obligated to replace/reissue lost or stolen tickets. Once tickets are purchased, paid and given/sent to the purchaser, they are the sole property and liability of the purchaser. Tickets for “General Admission” concerts cannot be reissued. If you have questions about lost or stolen tickets, please contact the Box Office.

Ticket Donations

Tickets to SFJAZZ concerts can be donated back to SFJAZZ as a tax-deductible contribution. Tickets donated by generous SFJAZZ patrons enable awaiting jazz fans to experience some incredible musical moments. And proceeds from tickets purchased or donated help provide funding for SFJAZZ concert programming and community-based jazz education. Donations are accepted in advance by phone/fax/in person no later than 24 hours prior to show time and in person at the concert venue box office up until scheduled show time. Only unused tickets may be submitted for donation. Donation acknowledgement letters from SFJAZZ will be sent out at the end of the concert season.

Tickets for Children

SFJAZZ discourages audience members from bringing infants to concerts so as not to disturb the performers or other patrons (the one exception applies to family matinee concerts, where children of all ages are welcome). Non-infant children under two years of age do not need tickets to regular concerts and may sit on parents’ laps. Children over two years are required to have a ticket for entry.

For any ticket related inquiries, please contact the SFJAZZ Box Office.


Welcome SFCM Students!

SFJAZZ is thrilled to move to Hayes Valley and become neighbors with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music! As part of the transition into our new home, we’re extending a special offer to Conservatory students - $5 Student level memberships (normally $25 per year).

The SFJAZZ Center opens in January 2013, but in the meantime we’ll still be presenting concerts in the nearby Herbst Theatre and Davies Symphony Hall, as well as your own SFCM Concert Hall. SFJAZZ membership gives you insider access to nearly 100 concerts and events per year.

Benefits include:

  • Best Seats First - buy tickets weeks before the general public
  • No Ticket Service Fees - save up to $7.50 per ticket
  • Up to 35% Off Tickets - when you combine:
    • 25% off select shows each season
    • 10% off orders of 10 or more tickets
  • Members-Only Events - incl. exclusive concerts and our Members Listening Parties

Two simple steps to join:

  1. Make a $5 gift here (if you don't have an account already, you'll be prompted to create one). If you'd prefer to sign-up via phone, call us at (415) 283-0354.
  2. Take a pic/scan of your SFCM student ID and send it to us at

Once we match your SFCM ID with your donation, we'll activate your Student level membership and put your Member card in the mail. As a Member, you'll receive first notice of all performances as well as our weekly eNews, keeping you up-to-date on the latest SFJAZZ events and news.

Thank you for supporting SFJAZZ, we look forward to hearing some incredible music with you in the year to come!