Partnering with SFJAZZ positions your brand with a highly visible, one-of-a kind cultural institution. Engage your customers in a unique social setting that encourages networking and peer-to-peer interaction throughout our 35,000 square feet Center that features a main performance space, a glass enclosed urban stage, a tier-one restaurant, two bars and wi-fi throughout. A corporate partnership with SFJAZZ integrates a one-on-one marketing platform with the nation’s largest presenter of jazz music.

“ ...the most perfect performance space ever.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Sponsorship Benefits

Showcase your brand with on-site presence at live events to reach new audiences
  • Display information or products in the SFJAZZ Center lobby - create a social media experience
  • Distribute material and engage the SFJAZZ audience with electronic lobby signage or displays
  • Extend and integrate your reach through SFJAZZ E-blasts sent to over 75,000+ opt-in recipients
  • Amplify messaging through social media opportunities
Reward existing clients
  • Entertain your most valued clients at VIP events in a world-class jazz venue
  • Mingle with artists, SFJAZZ leadership and trustees, VIPs, and community leaders
  • Surprise and delight with SFJAZZ concert ticket packages
Support brand positioning
  • Position your brand as a leading corporate citizen by aligning with a one-of-a-kind cultural institution
  • Increase your visibility in front of our educated and diverse audience and other members of the business community

Joe Henderson Hotplate Festival · Aug 14-17

Jazz legend Joe Henderson had a long and memorable history with SFJAZZ, performing over a dozen times in various settings including a duet with tabla great Zakir Hussain at Grace Cathedral, a salute to Antônio Carlos Jobim with Herbie Hancock, and a 1993 tribute night entitled “We Love Joe” featuring his quintet with John Scofield, Charlie Haden and Al Foster, his Big Band, and the Kronos Quartet.

We formally dedicate the Joe Henderson Lab, named for the iconic saxophonist, with a week of performances that pay tribute to four of his greatest recorded moments.

The official Dedication Ceremony will take place Thursday, August 14th at 6:30pm and will feature remarks by SFJAZZ co-founder Randall Kline, as well as Joe Henderson's two sons Malcolm Daniel and Kim Vasquez.

Patrons that hold tickets to that evenings 7pm show are invited to show up early for this special event.

Joe Henderson Lab | Two Sets Per Night | 7PM & 8:30PM | $25 | Members Save 25%
Dedication Ceremony: Thursday, August 14 at 6:30PM

SFJAZZ Collective perform the music of Joe Henderson!
2014-15 Season · Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26 · Miner Auditorium

The San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival

Sunday, November 15, 4:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Visiting Presenter Series: Rentals - Series  

Technical Director, Production

Job Description

Lead SFJAZZ in all phases of technical production of events – jazz concerts, performances, multi- media presentations – with a team of core production staff create world class listening and viewing experiences for patrons. The Technical Director, Production has oversight responsibility (maintenance, repair, capital recommendations) of all theatrical systems at the SFJAZZ Center.

Reports to: Director of Production
Department: Director, Production

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 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.


  • Oversee Stage Crew to provide high quality patron experiences at SFJAZZ. Particularly, manage Audio Engineers, Lighting Designer/Engineers, Video Engineers, Stage Managers and Stage Crew. Additionally, oversee Events Services staff.
  • Collaborate with the Production Managers for all events to assess and determine technical requirements for any show or production at the SFJAZZ Center.
  • Oversee creation and maintenance of standard operating procedures, drawings and documentation related to all staging and technical systems in performance spaces.
  • Manage technical projects - from start to finish - including maintenance schedules, technical upgrades, employee trainings on technical systems including Crestron and Paradigm and all theater installations, etc.
  • Work with Finance Director and Director of Production to establish asset management system for all theatrical equipment (including backline, microphones, chairs, stands and all other theatrical gear). Create system to track all gear for repair and scheduled maintenance.
  • Provide oversight of and be the subject matter expert of the video capture, production and editing systems at SFJAZZ. Provide direction and oversight as to how these systems interact with all systems in the theater/auditoriums.
  • Problem solve and collaborate with SFJAZZ management and staff to create a solutions- based environment for all events.
  • Key advisory role in development of annual and special project budgets as needed.


  • 10+ years of experience in theater or concert production with extensive knowledge of audio, lighting and video, rigging and theatrical procedures.
  • Strong collaborative cross-functional team management, and project management skills.
  • Must demonstrate creative thinking, sense of humor, supervisory confidence and the willingness to take on challenges.
  • Flexible and adapts readily to changing priorities and needs of fast-paced organization.
  • Brings a positive and “can do” attitude to any and all projects, including driving organizational culture.


  • Proficient in Microsoft Applications (Excel, Word,) and email.
  • Proficiency in performing arts calendaring software a plus.
  • Proficiency in Vectorworks and/or Auto CAD a plus.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Ideal candidate has a passion for Jazz and live-performance music.

To apply: To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to Please no phone calls or faxes.

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


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  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