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Fall 2011 Staff Picks

TJ Gorton

Here are my picks for the upcoming 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. There was many to choose from this year, however I've done my best to narrow it down just to my top 5.

      Sunday, October 2, 7:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

It's probably safe to say that Wayne Shorter is in a class of his own. With groundbreaking albums like Juju, Speak No Evil, Schizophrenia, Odyssey Of Iska, and many others to his name, Shorter is easily one of the greatest and most notable jazz artists. If you don't believe me, go listen to the entire Juju record.

      Thursday, September 29, 7:30pm      
      at YBCA Forum

After listening to his 2009 album Double Booked, I've become a fan of Glasper's diverse style of playing. His ability to play both acoustic compositions and funked-out electric jams remind me a bit of seventies-era Herbie Hancock. Definitely a show not to be missed!

      Sunday, October 16, 7:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

From his work with John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, as well as his solo material, McCoy Tyner is easily one of my all-time favorite jazz pianists. With that being said, it will be an extra treat to see Tyner, on this particular performance, revisit the 1963 Impulse! album John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

      Sunday, October 30, 7:00pm      
      at YBCA Forum

As a huge fan of African music, I'm very excited to see Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba. Over the past few years, Kouyate has really started to make a name for himself and his music internationally. It will be great to finally witness and hear his culturally rich and intriguing blend of African music during this live performance.

      Saturday, December 10, 8:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

I was first introduced to Ahmad Jamal just like many other people, with his groundbreaking 1958 album Live at the Pershing. Since then I've come to enjoy many of his other records like Macanudo, Outertimeinnerspace, and Jamal Plays Jamal. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of the best shows of the fall!

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San Francisco Jazz Festival 2012

Discover Jazz Course 1

El Son Afro-Cubano

Co-presented with Yerba Buena Gardens Festival & Museum of the African Diaspora

Taught by five-time Grammy-nominated producer and historian John Santos, El Son Afro-Cubano is an eight-part series that delves into the origins, evolution, and relevance of the Cuban Son, one of the most important and influential musical/dance genres in the history of the Americas. The Son is the quintessential melding of Africa and Spain, with a tumultuous history and unparalleled role in the development of contemporary Latin American music. The classes will include listening, viewing video footage, discussion, and Q&A. This Discover Jazz course may be enjoyed as a series or individually.

Discover Jazz Course 2

The Language of Jazz: Exploring the foundations and sharpening your listening skills

To the initiated, jazz is a language that vibrates with meaning, while to many others jazz is highly complex — with concealed “points of entry” for the new or even advanced listener. Greater exploration of the essentials of jazz help provide deeper understanding and appreciation of this brilliant musical art form. This fall in Discover Jazz, we’re heading back to the basics, and moving beyond. Series taught by lecturer, bassist and composer Cory Combs. This course can be taken as a series, or as individual classes.

Hailing from the same renowned Houston performing arts high school as Eric Harland, Kendrick Scott is an acclaimed drummer who has recorded and played with a host of music luminaries including Terence Blanchard, Kenny Garrett, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Gretchen Parlato and Angelique Kidjo. He leads the Kendrick Scott Oracle and has recorded a pair of albums as a leader, including his latest Criss Cross release, Reverence.

2011 San Francisco Jazz Festival Catalog