Launched in spring of 2016, this program aims to further enhance our relationships with our partner schools, and continue our work in developing and nurturing the future jazz audience. These School Day Concerts are accompanied by a curriculum tailored for young students, making important connections to the roots of jazz.

During these concerts students and teachers:

  • Experience and participate in call and response, improvisation, and the blues in Miner Auditorium, a venue especially built for jazz  
  • Explore how the African Diaspora shaped our musical landscape  
  • And learn how jazz is alive, relevant, and continuing to grow today!

Previous Concerts

Jazz & the American Spirit
Thursday, February 11, 2016
10-11AM

In celebration of African-American Heritage Month SFJAZZ Education hosted its first ever School Day Concert on February 11, 2016! We welcomed over 500 students from over 6 schools to our Miner Auditorium for a highly interactive performance by Terrence Brewer’s Quintet featuring vocalist Naima Shalhoub.

Rebeca Mauleón & Friends
Born in the Bay: The Roots of Latin Rock
Thursday October 27, 2016
10-11AM

In this exciting assembly especially designed for middle school students, pianist, bandleader, and SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón was joined by some of the Bay Area’s top musicians in presenting a mini-history of our shared Latino musical heritage, tracing the foundations of the music from its African roots through present-day sounds. SFJAZZ Education is proud to have honored Latino Heritage Month with this exciting and interactive program that introduced students to the rich musical traditions of the Bay Area.

Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Sounds of Freedom
Wednesday February 8, 2017
10-11AM

In honor of Black History Month, SFJAZZ Education’s School Day Concert program presented award-winning bassist and bandleader Marcus Shelby and his Quintet on February 8, 2017. Shelby curated an interactive look at a rich tapestry of songs celebrating Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Over 800 students representing 11 schools across the Bay Area attended in SFJAZZ's Miner Auditorium, while over 470 students from schools across California engaged digitally from their school sites thanks to California’s Research & Education Network (CENIC).

> Read: Broadcasting Harriet Tubman’s Legacy Beyond SFJAZZ

Contact Information

Vanessa Varela
Community Outreach Coordinator
vvarela@sfjazz.org

SFJAZZ School Day Concerts are generously supported by:
The Koret Foundation

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Jim Marshall Installation

Photography installation from legendary photographer and longtime San Francisco resident Jim Marshall in the windows
of the vacant San Francisco Unified School District building across the street from the SFJAZZ Center on Franklin Street at Fell Street.

Roll over the artist images below to see who is who, or scroll down to view the key.

Read the press release

Top Row

  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Gerry Mulligan
  • Mary Lou Williams
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Miles Davis
  • Sonny Rollins
  • John Coltrane
  • Horace Silver

Middle Row

  • Charles Lloyd
  • Teddy Edwards
  • Count Basie
  • Joe Henderson
  • Elvin Jones
  • Vi Redd
  • Mary Stallings
  • Jackie McLean

Bottom Row

  • Anita O'Day
  • Duke Ellington
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Charles Mingus
  • Nina Simone
  • Bill Evans
  • Nancy Wilson
  • Tony Williams
Dizzy Gillespie Horace Silver Charles Lloyd Teddy Edwards Count Basie Joe Henderson Elvin Jones Vi Redd Mary Stallings Jackie McLean Anita O'Day Duke Ellington Thelonious Monk Charles Mingus Nina Simone Bill Evans Nancy Wilson Tony Williams Sonny Rollins John Coltrane Gerry Mulligan Mary Lou Williams Dave Brubeck Miles Davis

ALL MEMBERS GET 30% OFF JAZZ FESTIVAL: JIM MARSHALL

We are very excited to announce this new installation by legendary photographer Jim Marshall in the windows of the SFUSD building across Franklin Street. The installation will be illuminated for all of Opening Weekend and run through May 2017.

Reel Art Press is offering all SFJAZZ Members a 30% discount on the new photography book Jazz Festival: Jim Marshall through September 30.Visit Reel Art Press and enter promo code SFJMJAZZ at checkout.

The discount will also be available for a limited number of copies at SFJAZZ during Opening Weekend, and is valid online only through September 30. Read this article in The Guardian about the release of this exciting collection of images, many never-before-seen.

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington

 

Kamasi Washington

Sunday, January 8, 3:00pm · 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 
Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington

 

Kamasi Washington

Saturday, January 7, 7:30pm · 10:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 
Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington

 

Kamasi Washington

Friday, January 6, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 
Terrace Martin

Terrace Martin and the Polly Seeds

 

Terrace Martin
and the Polly Seeds

Thursday, January 5, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 
Terrace Martin

Terrace Martin and the Polly Seeds

 

Terrace Martin
and the Polly Seeds

Thursday, January 5, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

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