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2014-15 Season View

  2014-15 Season

Tenor Titans: The Great Jazz Saxophonists

5-class series · Wednesdays, October 8 - November 5, 7PM-8:30PM
Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ Center
Members: $20/class or $80/full course
Public: $25/class or $100/full course
Cory Combs, Instructor


The great saxophonists have been at the forefront of jazz’s growth and evolution, pushing the music in new and often unexpected directions. Each week, we’ll take a look at the most important and influential tenor saxophonists and discover their extraordinary impact on America’s art form. Special guests for the series include David Sanchez and the SFJAZZ Collective, and renowned tenor artists Howard Wiley, Paul Contos, Teodross Avery, Ben Flocks and more!

Koret Discover Jazz Series is generously supported by

2015-16 SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Directors

The SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director program was established to give today’s most innovative and influential musicians the chance to curate exclusive programming at the SFJAZZ Center and participate in educational outreach within the community. Every two years, SFJAZZ selects four of the most forward-thinking musicians in jazz to participate in the program. Notable world premieres have included pianist Jason Moran’s pairing of jazz and live skateboarding, guitarist Bill Frisell’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved featuring actor Tim Robbins, and drummer Eric Harland’s Voyager band with live video gamers. The Resident Artistic Director program features unprecedented collaborations between world-renowned artists, and continue to jumpstart the boundary-breaking creative mission of the SFJAZZ Center. Past Resident Artistic Directors have included Bill Frisell, John Santos, Miguel Zenón, Regina Carter and John Santos.

Zakir Hussain

The scion of a legendary Hindustani percussion dynasty, Zakir Hussain is universally acknowledged as the world’s greatest tabla virtuoso, a master of classical North Indian music who has collaborated with a glittering roster of international stars including Charles Lloyd, Mickey Hart and the legendary group Shakti with guitarist John McLaughlin and violinist L. Shankar.

Eric Harland

Multi-Grammy Nominated Drummer Eric Harland is the most in demand drummer of his generation. It's been his privilege to perform with jazz legends like Betty Carter, Joe Henderson and McCoy Tyner, and has played on more than 200 recordings with such artists as Terence Blanchard, Greg Osby, Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain. In DownBeat’s 65th Annual Readers Poll, he was included in the short list of top drummers, in the company of masters like Roy Haynes and the late Elvin Jones.

Terence Blanchard

Trumpeter Terence Blanchard is jazz's foremost Renaissance man. A savvy bandleader, celebrated film composer, brilliant jazz writer and influential educator, the GRAMMY-winning New Orleans native is a creative force who sits at the apex of the contemporary jazz scene.

Esperanza Spalding

Bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding is the most alluring ambassador in jazz, a spellbinding talent who has brought her sleek and soulful sound to a vast international audience. Through network television appearances and command performances at the White House, she has captured a new generation’s imagination while maintaining the highest standards as an improviser.

RAD - Esperanza Spalding

RAD - Terence Blanchard

RAD - Eric Harland

RAD - Zakir Hussain

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  2014-15 Season