This incredible coffee table book traces 30 years of SFJAZZ from its humble beginnings as Jazz In The City through the construction of the SFJAZZ Center. Jam-packed with interviews and hundreds of exclusive photos, this 150-page hardbound limited edition published by Chronicle Books is an invaluable document of jazz history and a vital addition to any music fan’s collection.

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Herman Leonard's photographs of jazz musicians have been crucial in shaping the image of the music. His luminous images of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and many others are supreme examples of the photographer's art and a unique record of a musical revolution. In this definitive collection, Leonard retrieved scores of previously unseen photographs, published here alongside his most widely recognized images.

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SFJAZZ Center Murals by Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet

"Jazz and The Nation", "Jazz and The City",
& "Jazz and The Afterlife"

The SFJAZZ Center’s second floor features three commissioned tiled murals, created by the team of Sandow Birk, a Los Angeles-based artist is whose past work has embraced social themes across a wide spectrum — inner-city violence, graffiti, prisons, skateboarding, and a consideration of the Qur’an as relevant to contemporary life in America; and Elyse Pignolet, an American of Filipino descent who grew up in Oakland, California, who works primarily in ceramics and who often addresses the “permanence and traditions of ceramics with the fleeting and transitory nature of the contemporary world.”

Two of the murals, in public view in the upstairs lobby, combine to form one overall composition - a fictionalized cityscape made up of influential and important jazz venues from across the United States and San Francisco. One, titled “Jazz and the City,” depicts storied San Francisco clubs, including Jimbo’s Bop City, home to all-night jam sessions during the music’s heyday, and the Keystone Korner, last of the city’s iconic jazz rooms. The second, "Jazz and the Nation," blends historical images and references of jazz from its roots in African music and the early days of New Orleans' second line traditions to the jazz styles of St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, New York, the West Coast, and Europe.

As Sandow Birk said, "Since the history and scope of jazz is enormous and couldn't be contained in one mural, we have tried to depict places where jazz happened, to be located in the Center where jazz will be happening now."

The third and final mural, "Jazz and the Afterlife,” rests in the Center's second floor green room. It is a parody of religious "Judgment Day" murals with club goers going up to a "heaven" of harps and bagpipes or down to a swinging party in a jazz "hell," where horns blast and jazz fans celebrate.

Created in Pignolet's studio in San Pedro, CA, the ceramic tile murals draw on the extensive global traditions and history of blue and white "azulejo" murals made popular in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. The murals are hand-painted by the artists on handmade ceramic tiles using underglazes. The tiles were then glazed and fired for a permanent, glossy finish resistant to wear and spills.

About The Artists

Sandow Birk

Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well-traveled graduate of the Otis/Parson's Art Institute. With an emphasis on social issues, frequent themes of his past work have included inner city violence, graffiti, political issues, travel, war, and prisons, as well as surfing and skateboarding.

Elyse Pignolet

Born in Oakland, CA, Elyse Pignolet is an American with Filipino heritage, who lives and works in Los Angeles. She lived and studied in Madrid and Barcelona, and took an intensive ceramics tour through Mainland China and Korea in 2007. Pignolet works primarily in ceramics and her work has dealt with numerous social and urban topics.

Jim Goldberg, SFJAZZ Photographer Laureate

The SFJAZZ Photographer Laureate chair was created to further the call and response between photography and jazz, celebrating their mutual search for understanding of self and the musicality of life.

Jim Goldberg, the first ever SFJAZZ Photographer Laureate, is a master artist admired for his innovative use of image and text to tell stories in poetic new ways. A professor at the California College of Art and member of the famed Mangum Photos agency, Goldberg has produced a rich body of work over the last 30 years. His books include Rich and Poor, in which he explores notions of class, power and happiness by juxtaposing images of people in welfare with affluent subjects in elegantly furnished homes. Rich and Poor has often been cited as one of the greatest photo books of the 20th century.

Installed in the SFJAZZ Center lobby is a pigment print of his iconic photograph "Prized Possession"—the same photograph used as the album cover of the SFJAZZ Collective's 2012 album Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder—from his acclaimed Open See collection, which tells the story of refugees, immigrants, and trafficked individuals journeying from their countries of origin to their new homes in Europe. The installation is courtesy of the artist, Robert Mailer Anderson, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, and Pace MacGill Gallery.

Genny Lim

Genny Lim, SFJAZZ Poet Laureate

The SFJAZZ Poet Laureate chair was created to celebrate the connection between poetry, jazz and spoken word, and to inspire young poets and musicians to further their craft and contribute to the global conversation of art.

Genny Lim is a native San Francisco poet, playwright and performer. She has previously published three poetry collections, Paper Gods and Rebels, Child of War, and Winter Place; a children’s book, Wings for Lai Ho; and is co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, which received the American Book Award. Her award-winning play, Paper Angels, a prison drama about Chinese immigrants held on Angel Island, was the first Asian American play featured on PBS’s American Playhouse in 1985, and has been produced throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Reprised in 2010 at the San Francisco Fringe Festival in Chinatown Portsmouth Square, it received Best Site Specific Award and is being presented at the Seattle Fringe Festival this year. A noted jazz poet whose collaborators have included the late Max Roach, bassist, Herbie Lewis, Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Anthony Brown and Hafez Modirzadeh, Lim has performed at jazz festivals and venues from coast to coast, including SF Jazz Poetry Festival at SF Jazz and World Poetry Festivals in Caracas, Venezuela and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her poetry and vocals can be heard on Asian ImprovArts recordings with Francis Wong, Devotee and Child of Peace; and on Jon Jang’s Immigrant Suite. Lim is the subject of a feature documentary, The Voice, which aired on PBS in 2002; and was featured in the five-part PBS series, The United States of Poetry and San Francisco Chinatown. She served as SF Arts Commissioner under Mayors Art Agnos and Frank Jordan.

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You will flip your lid with our stylish 100% cotton baseball cap featuring our sleek SFJAZZ logo!

Non-Member: $20
Member: $18.00

You will flip your lid with our stylish 100% cotton baseball cap featuring our sleek SFJAZZ logo!

Non-Member: $20
Member: $18.00

Season 2

Benefit Concert For SFJAZZ
Terence Blanchard
Resident Artistic Director Bill Frisell · Fall Shows
Southern Exposure
Resident Artistic Director Regina Carter · Fall Shows
Dave Holland's Prism
SFJAZZ Collective 10 Year Anniversary
Jorge Dexler
Piano Masters
ACS Trio
Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars
Maceo Parker
Paula West
Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard
Soulful Singers
Resident Artistic Director Jason Moran · Fall Shows
Alicia Hall Moran & Jason Moran
Eddie Palmieri
Giulia Valle
Pedrito Martinez
SFJAZZ Holiday Concerts
23rd Annual Blues Harmonica Blowout
Mary Stallings
Resident Artistic Director Bill Frisell · Spring Shows
Cameron Carpenter
Dave Chappelle - JUST ADDED!!!
Henry Butler
Maria Rita
Basseko Kouyate
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Claudia Villela & Harvey Wainapel
Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz
The Spring Quartet
Superstar Quartet
Tord Gustavsen
Terrence Brewer
Amina Figarova Sextet
Resident Artistic Director John Santos
Lavay Smith
Hiromi: The Trio Project
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Hugh Masekela
Wayne Shorter Quartet
SFJAZZ Poetry Festival
Rosanne Cash
Paris Combo
Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
Branford Marsalis
Resident Artistic Director Regina Carter · Spring Shows
SFJAZZ Hotplate Series
The Bad Plus
Family Matinees
Special Event
Herbie Hancock
Dan Hicks
Resident Artistic Director Miguel Zenón · Spring Shows
Marc Ribot: Guitar Maverick
Resident Artistic Director Jason Moran · Spring Shows
Magos & Limón: Dawn
Laurie Anderson

Season 2: Swing

Season 2: Standards

Season 2: Strings

Season 2: Fusion