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.

Ishmael Reed, 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.

Ishmael Reed, the acclaimed poet, playwright and novelist known for his satirical and polemical works about American political culture and social oppression - as well as for the jazz like rhythms of his language - is SFJAZZ's first Poet Laureate. A retired UC Berkeley professor, Reed has published dozens of books, including the novels Mumbo-Jumbo, Reckless Eyeballing, and Juice!, the poetry collection New and Collected Poems, 1964-2007, and the 2010 essay collection Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers. He also wrote the non-fiction book Oakland Rhapsody, The Secret Soul of An American Downtown, with photographs by Richard Nagler. He currently lives in Oakland.

Ishmael Reed curated the first ever Annual Poetry Festival in June, 2013, presenting many of California's great poets in Joe Henderson Lab. Reed continues this dialogue between word and sound at the 2nd Annual Poetry Festival, April 3-6, 2014, as part of the SFJAZZ Center's Season 2.

Reed's poem "When I Die I Will Go To Jazz" is installed on the north gate of Raise Up Off Me Alley (named to honor jazz legend Hampton Hawes) on Linden Street at the SFJAZZ Center.

> Read "When I Die I Will Go To Jazz" by Ishmael Reed

SFJAZZ Gala 2014 Honoring Herbie Hancock

 

SFJAZZ Gala 2014
Honoring Herbie Hancock

Concert and Ceremony
AfterJam with Charles Bradley
& His Extraordinaires

Friday, May 16, 5:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Herbie Hancock

SFJAZZ Gala 2014 Honoring Herbie Hancock

 

SFJAZZ Gala 2014
Honoring Herbie Hancock

Concert and Ceremony
AfterJam with Charles Bradley
& His Extraordinaires

Friday, May 16, 5:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Our biggest party!

SFJAZZ Gala 2014 Honoring Herbie Hancock

 

SFJAZZ Gala 2014
Honoring Herbie Hancock

Concert and Ceremony
AfterJam with Charles Bradley
& His Extraordinaires

Friday, May 16, 5:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Our biggest party!

SFJAZZ Gala 2014 Honoring Herbie Hancock

 

SFJAZZ Gala 2014
Honoring Herbie Hancock

Concert and Ceremony
AfterJam with Charles Bradley
& His Extraordinaires

Friday, May 16, 5:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Our biggest party!

Digital Music Performance in the 21st Century (8 Week Course)

 

Digital Lab
Digital Music Performance
in the 21st Century

Tuesday, March 4, 6:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

Digital Music Performance

Introduction to Digital Music (8 Week Course)

 

Digital Lab
Introduction to
Digital Music

Saturday, March 1, 11:00am
at SFJAZZ Center, Digital Lab

Introduction Course

Wild Women of the Blues w/ Pamela Rose & Friends

 

Jazz Appreciation Class
Wild Women of the Blues
w/ Pamela Rose & Friends

Wednesday, May 14, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Pamela Rose
Wild Women of the Blues Series: Season 2: 2014 Master Classes & Workshops  

In the Spotlight: Vocal Master Class w/ Clairdee

 

In the Spotlight
Vocal Master Class
w/ Clairdee

Saturday, March 22, 1:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Clairdee
Vocal Master Class Series: Season 2: 2014 Master Classes & Workshops  

The Evolution of Cuban Music w/ Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers

 

Master Class
The Evolution of Cuban Music
w/ Chucho Valdés
& The Afro-Cuban Messengers

Saturday, August 2, 1:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Chucho Valdés

The Evolution of Cuban Music w/ Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers

 

Master Class
The Evolution of Cuban Music
w/ Chucho Valdés
& The Afro-Cuban Messengers

Saturday, August 2, 1:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Chucho Valdés

Arman Hashemizadeh, Piano

Arman Hashemizadeh

At The Piano

Sunday, December 8, 4:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Arman Hashemizadeh
At The Piano Series: Arman Hashemizadeh, Piano  

Education Support

John Santos hosts a conversation w/ Eddie Palmieri

 

John Santos hosts a conversation

w/ Eddie Palmieri

Sunday, December 1, 1:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Eddie Palmieri

John Santos hosts a conversation w/ Eddie Palmieri

 

John Santos hosts a conversation

w/ Eddie Palmieri

Sunday, December 1, 1:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

John Santos