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Sonny Rollins

After winning every possible distinction including 2011 Kennedy Center Honors (saluted by Barack Obama, broadcast on CBS), the NEA Jazz Master title, Montreal’s Miles Davis Award, the National Medal of Arts, multiple Grammys and honorary doctorates, what is there left for Sonny Rollins to do? Plenty. At 82, the tenor sax titan just keeps raising the bar, delivering performances of stunning brilliance and intensity. The music world is still abuzz over Road Shows Vol. 2, which includes four tracks from his epochal 80th birthday celebration at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. It’s the latest treasure from Rollins since he launched his own label, Doxy, with the acclaimed studio recording Sonny, Please. From his early career as a sideman with legends Bud Powell, Miles Davis and Clifford Brown to his unrivaled solo career that produced such jazz cornerstones as Saxophone Colossus, Tenor Madness, Way Out West, The Bridge and East Broadway Rundown, Sonny Rollins continues to chart a course as a true giant and perhaps the greatest living improviser in jazz. We’re proud that his performances have been a glorious part of SFJAZZ tradition across the past two decades.

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SFJAZZ Center construction jamming along

Now Select Your Own Seats!

SFJAZZ is excited to announce that we have just upgraded our online ticketing system. This upgrade has many new features including the option to Select-Your-Own-Seats for all Paramount Theatre, Davies Symphony Hall, and upcoming SFJAZZ Center performances.

From September through June, the most creative and compelling musicians on the scene — Dave Holland, Brad Mehldau, Jason Moran, Mariza and Bill Frisell — perform at the beautiful new SFJAZZ Center, often in four-night runs showing their artistic range.

Thank you!

On Monday, January 21st, our long-time vision became a reality as SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director John Santos and High School All-Stars alum Laila Smith cut the ribbon, offically opening the new SFJAZZ Center to the public.

SFJAZZ wants to thank everyone who took part in this festive celebration, which included the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, four sold out tours, live music, games, and more!

Opening Day Sponsors

SFJAZZ gratefully acknowledges the following companies for their generous sponsorship of the SFJAZZ Center Grand Opening events, including the exclusive Member events, Grand Opening Day and the Historic Opening Night Concert. SFJAZZ Grand Opening artists accommodations generously provided by the Fairmont San Francisco.



Graphic Designer

Job Description

Under the direction of the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Graphic Designer is responsible for brand management for SFJAZZ, design, production and project management of advertising (online, print, digital and broadcast), collateral development, merchandise design, and environmental graphics. This is a hands-on position requiring a positive attitude, organizational and communication skills, clear understanding of and experience in branding, the ability to work in a collaborative team environment, the talent to create compelling and appropriate design solutions, and the discipline to manage multiple large projects responsibly. This person works collaboratively with another Graphic Designer within the Marketing Department.


  • Manages the SFJAZZ brand identity and its iterations and the application of the SFJAZZ brand in all marketing, communications and promotional contexts. Oversees the dissemination of, and appropriate use of imagery and corporate identity materials as necessary to outside vendors, sponsors and associates.
  • Responsible for design of all materials associated with SFJAZZ and SFJAZZ Center events and programs, including but not limited to, advertising (digital, print, broadcast, outdoor), sales catalogues, program books, brochures, postcards, website, posters, invitations, venue signage, press materials and merchandise.
  • Meets with various SFJAZZ departments to discuss project objectives and requirements; develops and presents appropriate design solutions.
  • Selects and edits photography.
  • Obtains required approvals for all phases of a project, works well under pressure and responsibly meets deadlines and budget requirements.
  • Any other duties as assigned.


  • 7- 10 years design experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of branding principles and imperatives required.
  • Work experience with a preference for advertising agency, design studio and/or arts/entertainment organizations.
  • Expertise with industry-standard graphic design and digital art production tools for print and web media is essential with strong skills required in Adobe Creative Suite (e.g., InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), as well as Acrobat and PowerPoint.
  • In-depth knowledge of production processes in both print and digital media required.
  • Must have strong project management skills, ability to think strategically and manage multiple and often conflicting priorities, anticipate demands, coordinate stringent deadlines, and be agile in a fast-paced environment.
  • Capable of graciously synthesizing and incorporating feedback from a variety of sources.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills including the ability to sell your design concepts to the management team.
  • Strong interest in the performing arts and jazz music.


  • Flash experience.
  • HTML coding.
  • Degree in graphic design or combination of work experience and associates degree.
  • Sense of humor with a positive attitude.
  • Flexible in the face of chaos.


The work schedule varies from customary office hours to unpredictable hours, with the potential for long hours during critical periods. This job requires occasional work during evenings and weekends.


Please send your resume in .doc or .pdf format, cover letter, and a link to your portfolio that includes work samples in all of the following areas: magazine, direct mail, advertising and digital.

Submit to with Graphic Designer in the Subject line. Resumes without all the requested information or sent to other email addresses may not be considered. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. NO phone calls please.


Will be based upon professional and academic experience.

***SFJAZZ is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to a diverse and harmonious workplace. We extend our thanks and appreciation to all applicants for their expressed interest in working at SFJAZZ and will contact those selected for an interview.

Grants Manager

Job Description

SFJAZZ – the San Francisco Jazz Organization – is the largest presenter of jazz programming on the West Coast. Over three decades, SFJAZZ has grown from a seasonal presenter to a year-round organization that is now responsible for the SFJAZZ Annual Season, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Summer Sessions, the SFJAZZ Collective resident and touring ensemble, the SFJAZZ All-Star High School Ensemble training program, and SFJAZZ Education Programs for youth and adults. In January 2013, SFJAZZ opened the SFJAZZ Center, the first freestanding building in the United States designed specifically for jazz presentation and education.

As a member of SFJAZZ’s Development team, the Grants Manager reports to and works with the Director of Development to develop a strategy to raise funds from foundations, corporations and government agencies. The Grants Manager will execute all aspects of the plan, including research and identification of prospects; cultivation and relationship management for the portfolio; proposal development and solicitation; and overseeing SFJAZZ’s fulfillment of all grants and awards. The Manager is also responsible for the promotion of institutional giving programs, income reconciliation, and budget management for institutional giving. The Grants Manager is a member of an eleven-person development team at SFJAZZ, works collegially with other staff across the organization, and will be instrumental in helping to shape an exciting new cultural landmark for the Bay Are and worldwide jazz communities.


  • Manage all aspects of the grants program, including identification, research, cultivation, and solicitation of granting institutions through meetings and written proposals to grant makers;
  • In consultation with the Development Director, develop a detailed, annual plan of revenues and expenditures for the institutional goal areas that links to overall fundraising goals;
  • Using the organization’s database, manage and track the grants cycle and solicitation calendar, the implementation of all grant and sponsorship contracts, and the success of all foundation and government fundraising campaigns;
  • Work with Finance Director, and others as needed to develop meaningful project budgets for grant submissions;
  • Manage all post-award grants management and stewardship, which includes working with departments across the organization to complete all grant obligations, program and events development, public recognition for funders, and the timely acknowledgment of and reporting on grants;
  • Prepare and distribute campaign progress reports to senior management, the development team, and fundraising volunteers;
  • Direct, track and report on a program of regular phone contact, meetings, and site visits to keep the Board and staff connected to institutional funders;
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date promotional materials for all institutional giving programs including organizational overview materials, brochures, newsletter articles, web copy, and other informational pieces;
  • Conduct reconciliation meetings as needed with the Database Coordinator and Finance Department to ensure the accurate booking and projection of institutional gifts for current and future fiscal years;
  • Participate in Development Department and Development Committee meetings;
  • Represent SFJAZZ in the concert halls and in the community.


  • Three to five years of development experience, with proven success in foundations and government fundraising and relations
  • Ability to conceive, plan, and execute an institutional giving program;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including previous grant writing experience;
  • Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, while meeting all deadlines;
  • Experience with working on computers and with computer programs Word, Excel, and gmail and databases; Tessitura experience highly desired;
  • Entrepreneurial and creative approach to fundraising;
  • Prior experience working in a performing arts organization highly desirable;
  • Knowledge and interest in jazz and related music is a plus.


We offer a competitive salary based on qualifications, excellent benefits, and a dynamic, casual San Francisco office. Evening work is often required. The ability to speak business-level English and a California driver’s license are also required.

To be considered for this position, submit resume and cover letter to

Please no phone calls.

***SFJAZZ is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to a diverse and harmonious workplace. We extend our thanks and appreciation to all applicants for their expressed interest in working at SFJAZZ and will contact those selected for an interview.