Ticket Buying Tips

To make sure your ticket buying experience is as smooth as possible, we’ve put together a few pointers below. If you have additional questions, get in touch with us at boxoffice@sfjazz.org.

How do I get the best seats possible?

Short answer: become an SFJAZZ Member. Members get access to tickets weeks before the general public, starting Saturday, October 13 at 10am. The general public will not have access to Season 1 tickets until early November.

Want to take it up a notch? Leaders Circle Members enjoy special reserved access to premium seats.

Should I buy online or over the phone?

We recommend, in this order:

1) Online: The fastest way to order tickets. All online orders are processed immediately, ensuring you the absolute best seats available at that time. As of Fall 2012, you can pick your exact seats for all shows in the SFJAZZ Center, Davies Symphony Hall or Paramount Theatre through the “Select Your Own Seat” option.

2) Box Office: If you don’t want to order online, we recommend coming down to the SFJAZZ Box Office, where orders are processed right away and allow you to speak with our staff about special requests. Directions to SFJAZZ Box Office.

3) Phone (Members: 415-788-7353, Public: 866-920-5299): We only recommended calling if you have special requests, such as needing an aisle or handicap accessible seat that you cannot find online. Phone lines get extremely busy during the Members Advance Sales period, so we strongly encourage you to order online.

Is my account active?

Make sure you have an account and that your log-in is working before October 13, when tickets for Season 1 in the SFJAZZ Center go on sale to Members. You can log-in, find or create your account here.

SFJAZZ recently made upgrades to our site that require accounts to use an email address instead of a separate user ID. If you previously had a user ID, you will now need to log-in with your email address on file.

The log-in page also has options to retrieve your password and create a new account. However, if you are a Member, do not create a new account as the system will not automatically find your membership. Please call us at 415-788-7353.

Is my membership current?

If you receive weekly emails from SFJAZZ Membership, then your membership is current. If you’re unsure whether your membership is current, write to members@sfjazz.org with your full name and primary email address. 

When will I receive my tickets?

We will be mailing all tickets for Season 1 in the SFJAZZ Center in early December. Any ticket orders placed for the 30th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival will be mailed right away.

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Why dedicate a seat?

The SFJAZZ Center is the first freestanding building in the western United States built specifically for jazz performance and education; our state-of-the-art Robert N. Miner Auditorium will host some of the biggest names and brightest rising stars in music. Naming a seat in this incredible setting is a beautiful way to:

  • Celebrate your love for the music
  • Commemorate the opening of the SFJAZZ Center
  • Honor a favorite musician, or
  • Remember someone you loved, or someone who loved jazz

How do I sign up?

Seat dedications are available with gifts of $5,000 or above to The World Is Listening Campaign for the SFJAZZ Center.

There are three ways to name a seat:

  1. Online
  2. Download this form and mail it to us at 201 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  3. Contact Katiti Crawford, Major Gifts Officer at 415-283-0324 or kcrawford@sfjazz.org

What comes with a seat dedication?

A plaque bearing your dedication will be affixed to the back of your seat once your pledge has been fulfilled and will remain there for as long as that seat is part of Robert N. Miner Auditorium. All fixed, permanent seats in auditorium are available for dedication. You will receive notification of the location of your seat in the mail.

Please note that dedication of a seat does not guarantee that specific seat assignment at SFJAZZ events, and seat sponsors must still purchase tickets for any SFJAZZ Center performances. Of course, if your seat is available for a performance, we will always try our best to accommodate your request to sit there.

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The music of Chick Corea and new compositions

After their very successful run with the music of Stevie Wonder, the band now turns back to the jazz pantheon. An inspiration to everyone in the Collective, the works of Chick Corea will be the focus in Fall 2012. Each band member will also contribute an original composition, commissioned by SFJAZZ.

About Chick Corea

Among the many giants in jazz history, none stands taller than Armando “Chick” Corea. While still in his twenties he developed an utterly unique signature sound, on both acoustic and electric keyboards. Quickly noticed by Miles Davis in the late ‘60s, Corea appeared on Filles de Kilimanjaro and Bitches Brew, two of the era’s landmark recordings. As a leader, Chick’s adventurous work with Return to Forever helped define the fusion movement of the ‘70s and introduced younger stars such as Al Di Meola and Stanley Clarke. Corea’s numerous collaborations include stunning duets with Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton and Bobby McFerrin, as well as historic groups with Michael Brecker, Joe Farrell, John McLaughlin, Hubert Laws, John Patitucci, Steve Gadd, Roy Haynes and dozens of others. Several of his compositions, including “Spain,” “La Fiesta” and “Windows” have become established standards in the jazz canon. Chick has been nominated for 52 Grammy Awards, winning 18 of them to date. Now 70, he continues to tour worldwide with an array of contemporary jazz projects.

"I've been looking forward to working on Chick's music with the Collective for a very long time. He is one of my biggest inspirations as a player and composer and his music has in many ways shaped the direction of jazz for the past 40 years. I'm sure that delving into his vast songbook will be an amazing experience for the band, and for our audiences. " — Miguel Zenón
"Chick encompasses my definition of a true and complete artist: a master of his instrument and a prolific composer who continues to explore new arenas and break down barriers between musical genres. Without doubt, he has been and continues to be one of the strongest living musical forces of our time... a great source of inspiration. " — Edward Simon
"I love Chick's music because it's playful and deep at the same time, and you always feel that there's a restless creative spirit behind it. Since he burst onto the scene in the late ‘60s he's been a major factor in defining the various movements within jazz right up to the present day, and his tunes are some of the most played worldwide. " — Matt Penman

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Obed Calvaire, a native of Miami and of Haitian descent is a graduate with both a master and bachelor degree of music from one of America’s premiere private music conservatories in the nation, Manhattan School of Music. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2003, completing the undergraduate degree requirements in three years and receiving his master’s in 2005. Mr. Calvaire has performed and recorded with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Seal, Eddie Palmeri, Vanessa Williams, Mark Murphy, David Foster, Mary J. Blidge, Stefon Harris, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Music Soulchild, Nellie McKay, Yellow Jackets, Joshua Redman, Steve Turre, and Lizz Wright to name a few. He has also performed with large ensembles such as the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band, and the Bob Mintzer Big Band. Currently, Obed Calvaire can be found playing with Peter Cincotti, Richard Bona, Monty Alexander, Sean Jones, Yosvany Terry, The Clayton Brothers Quintet, Mike Stern among others.

Since his early exposure with Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra, Puerto Rican tenor saxophone virtuoso David Sánchez has become a one of the most celebrated instrumentalists in jazz, recording nine albums as a leader and winning a Latin Grammy Award for his 2004 orchestral session, Coral. The five-time Grammy nominee has performed with a roster of greats including Charlie Haden, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Haynes, Tom Harrell and countless others. Sánchez has an impressive résumé as an educator, conducting master classes, workshops and residencies at the world’s top universities and conservatories. His latest album is Ninety Miles: Live at Cubadisco, a project recorded in Cuba and co-led by trumpeter Christian Scott and vibraphonist Stefon Harris.