The Miles Smiles Hotplate Festival pays tribute to the band members of Miles Davis' Quintet: Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. On Thursday we will highlight the great quintet as a unit with Matt Clark's re-interpretation of Miles Smiles, followed by three nights of notable Bay Area musicians re-imagining a monumental recording each member of the great quintet made as a leader.

Joni Mitchell will be honored with the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Gala on May 8th. We have asked a number of recent SFJAZZ performers what they would like to say to Joni. Each week leading up to the Gala, we'll share new videos here.

Brian Blade

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Kris Kristofferson

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Judith Hill

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Joe Jackson

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Mark Isham

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Laurie Antonioli

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Tom Scott

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Greg Leisz

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Chris Turner

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Eric & Anissa Martell Harland

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Charles Lloyd

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Gerald Clayton

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Bill Frisell

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Kendrick Scott

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Lizz Wright

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Jane Monheit

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Taj Mahal

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Mary Stallings

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René Marie

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Major Gifts & Research Coordinator

Job Description

The Major Gifts & Research Coordinator reports to the Individual Giving Director and plays a critical role in increasing individual donor support. He/she is responsible for a wide variety of prospect donor research and major gift activities that increases the major gift pipeline. Key areas of emphasis include identifying, profiling, and qualifying prospects, estimating financial capacity and organizational affinity, pinpointing institutional linkages and funding interests. Additional responsibilities include supporting the Major Gifts Team (Director of Development, Individual Giving Director, Major Gifts Officer, CEO, and Executive Artistic Director) in activities such as gift processing, report generation, donor relations, event production, and general administrative duties.

Reports to: Individual Giving Director
Department: Development

About SFJAZZ: SFJAZZ is one of the world’s most popular and important presenters of jazz. The SFJAZZ Center is a beautiful and perfect stage for jazz artists and the community to celebrate the living American art form of jazz. The $64 million dollar Center launched in 2013 and the 33-year-old non-profit organization now crafts distinguished programming and education services from the heart of the San Francisco arts district. The budget for the 2014/2015 Season is more than $12 million with about half coming from ticket revenues.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and provide general administrative support for senior fundraising staff including: individual and institutional prospect research, list management, Tessitura database work, mailings, donor benefits/recognition fulfillment, and other functions as needed to support major and planned gifts fundraising.
  • Assist and support Board of Trustees and other volunteer leadership in fundraising activities as directed by senior staff.
  • Conduct, analyze, report, and present varying levels of research to support individual and institutional prospect identification, rating, and qualification for the annual fund, education programs, endowment, and planned giving.
  • Assist in the creation, tracking, and reporting of detailed major gift cultivation and solicitation moves management strategies, and corresponding plans.
  • Write confidential individual and institutional prospect profiles and briefings to prepare senior fundraisers for visits, events, and solicitations.
  • Maintain effective individual and institutional prospect research, management, and reporting systems that manage prospect tracking on and offline.
  • Review on and offline media for new donor/funder prospects as well as information pertinent to current individual and institutional prospects, donors/funders, giving trends, and individual, foundation, and corporate philanthropy.
  • Coordinate and manage individual and institutional prospect research requests and implement/maintain procedures for review.
  • Serve as Development team specialist in all prospect research needs including, but not limited to recording research in donor database, hard files, and the share drive, SFJAZZ’s prospect management system, Target Analytics and ResearchPoint, training, guidelines, and policies.
  • Conduct, report, and present research on SFJAZZ rental clients.
  • Provide customer service for Major and Planned Giving donors as needed.

Other Responsibilities:

This list of duties and responsibilities is not to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.

Qualifications Sought:

Bachelors Degree with two to three years of direct experience within a nonprofit development department OR five years of progressive job related experience.

Status & Scope:

  • Persistent, resourceful, and motivated self-starter looking for a career in non-profit performing arts fundraising.
  • Highly organized, independent worker, with the ability to work under pressure to coordinate and prioritize multiple requests and meet competing deadlines.
  • Superior writing, editing, proofreading, and verbal and nonverbal communication skills as well as strong relationship-building and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated success in using a donor database; Tessitura experience a plus.
  • Collaborative work style and history of working effectively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Commitment to and ability to articulate SFJAZZ’s mission.

Working Conditions:The work schedule varies from customary office hours to some evenings and weekends, with peak periods of long hours during critical periods such as key fundraising months, VIP presentations, and special events.

Salary: The salary will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@sfjazz.org. All applications must be accompanied by a proper cover letter to be considered. Resumes will be accepted until position filled. Please no phone calls or faxes.

SFJAZZ is an equal opportunity employer and is seeking to create a diverse and harmonious workplace.

SFJAZZ Education offers two exciting jazz performance programs for intermediate to advanced players. Whether you are an aspiring professional, a current high school student, a business professional with an urge to keep music in your after-work life, or are simply looking to play in a hip community setting, we invite you to audition and be a part of our critically-acclaimed ensembles!

A pre-professional training program for current Bay Area high school age jazz musicians. Comprised of two ensembles - the Big Band and the Combo - the All-Stars rehearse and perform throughout the school year at the SFJAZZ Center, receive mentorship and clinics with leading jazz professionals, record a professional studio album, and appear at prestigious music festivals and competitions.

A community ensemble for intermediate and advanced level musicians ranging in age from 14 to 75, directed by multi instrumentalist, bandleader and composer Adam Theis. This 12-week program highlights classic to contemporary jazz arrangements as well as original repertoire composed by the students themselves, and each session culminates in a free public performance at the beautiful SFJAZZ Center Miner Auditorium.

A limited number of full and partial need-based scholarships are available to all programs. Please contact SFJAZZ Education for info: scholarships@sfjazz.org.

SFJAZZ Education Celebrates Women in Jazz!

SFJAZZ Education Celebrates Women's History Month

This March we honor many contributions of women in jazz, blues, and beyond with an entire month devoted to instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, and educators. Every SFJAZZ Education program will highlight the power of women in America's music!

Education Events

  Upcoming Education Events

5th Annual World Drum Weekend
Aug 05 1:00pm

Sábado de Rumba

Joe Henderson Lab

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Aug 06 11:00am

Gumbo Caribbean Drum Line

Joe Henderson Lab

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Aug 06 1:30pm

Steel Pan in the City!

Joe Henderson Lab

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Aug 06 4:00pm

Bomba Puertorriqueña

Joe Henderson Lab

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Jazz Appreciation
Aug 09 7:00pm

Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, Colombia & Venezuela w/ Jackeline Rago & friends

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Aug 16 7:00pm

Discover Jazz Course: Sounds of Resistance, Cuba

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Aug 23 7:00pm

Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, Salsa

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Aug 30 7:00pm

Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, Brazil

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Sep 06 7:00pm

Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, Puerto Rico

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Sep 13 7:00pm

Discover Jazz Course:
Sounds of Resistance, Jazz Latino & Spoken Word

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Family Matinees
Sep 23 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Teodross Avery
& Friends

Miner Auditorium

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Oct 28 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ SFJAZZ Collective:
Music of Thelonious Monk

Miner Auditorium

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Nov 18 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Linda Tillery
& The Cultural Heritage Choir

Miner Auditorium

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Dec 16 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Daniel Handler, Marcus Shelby
& Friends

Miner Auditorium

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Feb 24 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Marcus Shelby Quintet

Miner Auditorium

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Mar 24 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Pamela Rose
& Friends

Miner Auditorium

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Apr 21 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Paula West

Miner Auditorium

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May 12 11:00am

Family Matinee
w/ Doug Goodkin
& The Pentatonics

Miner Auditorium

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2017-18 Digital Lab Program
Sep 23 1:00pm

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Oct 11 7:00pm

Jazz & Hip-Hop in the Mix

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Oct 21 1:00pm

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Oct 25 7:00pm

DJing & Live Performance With Ableton

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Nov 15 7:00pm

The Art of Controllerism

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Nov 18 1:00pm

Live Looping & Spontaneous Composition

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Dec 09 1:00pm

The Art & Science of Mastering

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Mar 10 1:00pm

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Mar 24 1:00pm

Live Looping & Spontaneous Composition

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 04 7:00pm

Jazz & Hip-Hop in the Mix

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 11 7:00pm

DJing & Live Performance With Ableton

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 18 7:00pm

Intro to Composition with Logic

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Apr 21 1:00pm

Making Your Mixes Shine

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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May 12 1:00pm

Intro to Audio Production & The Digital Studio

SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

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Discover Jazz: The Music of Monk
Oct 18 7:30pm

Stride to Bebop
w/ Randy Weston

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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Oct 25 7:00pm

The Composer
w/ Edward Simon

Joe Henderson Lab

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Nov 01 7:00pm

The Collaborator
w/ Patrick Wolff

Joe Henderson Lab

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Nov 08 7:30pm

The Influencer
w/ Paul Contos

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band & Combo
Nov 19 7:30pm

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Alumni

Joe Henderson Lab

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Dec 09 1:00pm

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
Big Band & Combo
Winter Concert

Miner Auditorium

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May 20 1:00pm

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
Big Band & Combo
Spring Concert

Miner Auditorium

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Monday Night Band
Dec 11 7:30pm

Monday Night Band:
Winter Showcase Concert

Miner Auditorium

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May 14 7:30pm

Monday Night Band:
Spring Showcase Concert

Miner Auditorium

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Discover Jazz: The Great Jazz Women
Mar 14 7:00pm

Melba Liston
w/ Natalie Cressman

Joe Henderson Lab

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Mar 21 7:00pm

Odetta
w/ Linda Tillery

Joe Henderson Lab

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Mar 28 7:00pm

Mary Lou Williams
w/ Tammy Hall

Joe Henderson Lab

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Apr 04 7:00pm

Hitmakers
w/ Pamela Rose

Joe Henderson Lab

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Master Classes & Workshop
May 17 11:00am

SFJAZZ Girls Day

Joe Henderson Lab

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Non-Member: $3
Member: $2.70

Copywriter

Job Description

The SFJAZZ Development department seeks a part-time, temporary contract writer to support and augment the efforts of the fundraisers on staff. Time can vary greatly, from two to 20 hours per month, depending upon the appeals and special events in production at that time. We are looking for somebody who has significant success writing fundraising appeals in the nonprofit sector as well strong familiarity with the artists and history of jazz music, and who will maintain the organization’s voice of authority and expertise in the field.

Reports to: Director of Development
Department: Development 

About SFJAZZ: SFJAZZ is one of the world’s most popular and important presenters of jazz. The SFJAZZ Center is a perfect stage for jazz artists and the community to celebrate the living American art form of jazz. The $64 million dollar SFJAZZ Center launched in 2013 and the 32-year-old non-profit organization now crafts distinguished programming and education services from the heart of the San Francisco arts district. The budget for the 2014/2015 Season is more than $12 million with about half coming from ticket revenues.

Essential Duties:

  • Produce copy for fundraising appeals, including membership renewals, special program solicitations (i.e. year-end, education appeals), and pledge reminders
  • Produce biographies and organizational background copy for special fundraising event programs, invitations, and marketing materials
  • Reorganize and/or edit existing copy for a variety of channels and formats (email, web, social media, on-site, etc.)
  • In collaboration with Development and Education staff, brainstorm fundraising concepts and themes relevant to current organizational and industry trends, and which leverage the community impact of SFJAZZ artistic and education programs
  • Other writing needs as determined by the Development department

Qualifications Sought:

  • 4-5 years experience writing fundraising copy for nonprofits
  • 2-3 years experience writing about popular music, including jazz and blues
  • Available to work with both long lead times and on short notice
  • Demonstrated familiarity with applying a campaign across multiple channels (print, email, web, social, etc)
  • High level of comfort working with collaborative software, such as Google docs, Smartsheet, Basecamp, etc
  • Superior verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work remotely

Compensation: Hourly

To apply: Please send resume and three writing samples to jobs@sfjazz.org. All applications must have these components to be considered, and must demonstrate both the music and nonprofit fundraising experience described above. Resumes will be accepted until position filled. Please no phone calls or faxes.

SFJAZZ is an equal opportunity employer and is seeking to create a diverse and harmonious workplace.

The Business of Music: Perspectives on an Ever-Changing Industry

4-class series · Wednesdays, April 8 - April 29, 7PM-8:30PM
Joe Henderson Lab
Members: $20/class or $60/full course
Public: $25/class or $75/full course
Curated by Kerry Fiero
Get one class FREE when you buy the full course!

The music business is a multi-million dollar industry, and yet even those who work within it are often unclear as to how to maximize their talent and build a career. This series is designed for vocalists, musicians, and those interested in seeking strategies and information on how to further their careers, as well as music lovers curious about the inner workings of the business. Experts from varying fields will share their perspectives, knowledge and expertise, and highlight the ongoing changes that are shaping the industry today. Non-musicians will gain an appreciation for the diverse subject matter, while musicians will find ways to leverage their talent by having their questions answered. May be enjoyed as a series or individually.

Kerry Fiero began her career in the music industry as a personal manager. For over a decade she guided and directed the careers of signed and independent music acts in the R&B and Jazz genres. Kerry's music industry endeavors also included managing a SF venue, booking an East Bay venue, marketing for a Music Awards show, production work on Music Videos, working at an entertainment law firm and a stint in the SFJAZZ Artistic Dept. Kerry is an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University's Music/ Recording Industry Program where she teaches Applied Strategies: Breaking Into The Music Business, Music Marketing, Event Marketing and Music & Entertainment Event Management. She is also the COO of Suite Treatments, Inc.

 

Sounds of Resistance: Tracing the African American Experience

4-class series · Tuesdays, February 3 - February 24, 7PM-8:30PM
African American Art & Culture Complex
762 Fulton Street, SF
Members: $20/class or $60/full course
Public: $25/class or $75/full course
Linda Tillery, Instructor
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From the field hollers and work songs of the American South through the era of civil disobedience and into the 21st century, African American music has expressed myriad forms of cultural resistance. In this special series in honor of Black History Month, we will highlight the many secular oral traditions that paved the way for contemporary music in the United States, exploring the lineage of rural forms and their impact on urban life and culture. Join Bay Area vocalist and cultural historian Linda Tillery along with celebrated guest artists for a look at the music behind the movements - from emancipation to civil rights, and from song to spoken word.

Special musical guests for this series include the Cultural Heritage Choir, vocalist Terrie Odabi, pianist Tammy Hall-Hawkins, guitarist/vocalist Alvon Johnson, Deszon Claiborne and Leon Joyce (drums), and many more!

Presented in partnership with the African American Art & Culture Complex

Koret Discover Jazz Series is generously supported by