Introduction to Digital Music

Tuesdays, October 1 - November 19, 6PM-8PM (8-week course)
SFJAZZ Center Digital Lab
SFJAZZ Members: $320 full course; Non-Members: $400 full course
Maximum 8 students
David White, Instructor

In this beginning-level class ideal for older teens and adults, we will use MIDI keyboards, iMacs, and Logic Pro 9 as tools for exploring the broader world of digital audio production, including a survey of gear, software and file types used in the modern DAW (digital audio workstation). Exploration of compositional techniques and musical concepts for beginners will be touched on throughout.


The Spirit of the Drum

6-class series
Wednesdays, August 7 - September 11, 7PM-9PM
Museum of the African Diaspora, SF
Non-Members: $20 per class; $120 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $15 per class; $90 full course
John Santos, Instructor

Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults.

True to African tradition, the drum is still the heartbeat of many working class communities in the African diaspora. In this series, we will enter these communities through video clips, photos and rare recordings, as well as take an up-close look at several of the rhythmic instruments used in diverse drumming traditions found in the Americas. We'll also discuss the commonalities, connections and differences between regional forms and how these threatened art forms are the expressive voices of resistance as they have been since colonial times. These are not hands-on, playing classes although some demonstration of rhythms and instruments will be included. Some of the drumming traditions into which we will delve are Abakuá, Arará, Iyesá, Candomblé, Vodún, Batá, Bomba, Samba, Rumba, Cajon Cubano & Peruano, Conga de Comparsa, Palo, Yuka, Makuta, Plena, Bembé, Guiro, Cumbia, Merengue, Quitiplás, Tumba Francesa, and Candombe.

Co-presented by SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival & MoAD.

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Stanford Shopping Center

180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA · Between Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel
Thursdays, June 18—August 20 · 6pm to 7:30pm · FREE!

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Leaders Circle Manager

Job Description

As a member of SFJAZZ's Development staff, the Leaders Circle Manager plays a critical role in increasing individual donor support. He/she is responsible for overseeing the solicitation of annual Leaders Circle gifts between $1,200 and $5,000 and annual gifts earmarked to SFJAZZ Education. The Leaders Circle Manager reports to the Major Gifts Officer and provides direct support for all major gifts initiatives.

The SFJAZZ Center opened in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley in January 2013. This is an incredible opportunity for a motivated individual to help define how our core base of supporters will engage with the SFJAZZ Center for many years to come while being part of a creative team that expands upon the potential of a new cultural landmark.


  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 150 Leaders Circle members with an emphasis on securing a significant number of increased gifts.
  • Develop a portfolio of new prospects with an emphasis on securing a significant number of new gifts through personal cultivation and solicitation.
  • With the Major Gifts Officer and Membership Manager, develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for SFJAZZ's general membership with the capacity to make Leaders Circle gifts.
  • Set, manage, and meet aggressive targets for annual gifts including new Leaders Circle members, annual gift upgrades, overall donor engagement, and developing the program as an effective pipeline to the major gifts program.
  • Track and document all Leaders Circle cultivation and stewardship activities in the SFJAZZ Tessitura database and other tools.
  • Work with the Major Gifts Officer and team to produce and staff development-led regular and special events such as receptions at concerts and annual gala.
  • Develop, implement, and drive a major gift prospect research program.
  • Provide support to the Development Director, Major Gifts Officer and other fundraisers in creating donor/prospect briefings, proposal materials, and other major donor communications.
  • Assist SFJAZZ trustees and other volunteers in the cultivation and stewardship of their prospect lists and other fundraising activities.
  • Assist in team goal setting and budget management.
  • Work with Major Gifts Officer to develop and execute stewardship strategies to build a Legacy Giving program.

Other duties as assigned.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


  • 2-3 years fundraising experience with a focus on individual donors, or equivalent in education and experience.
  • Strong desire to serve in a strategic, front-line annual gifts fundraising position.
  • Ability to personally identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward high-net worth individuals.
  • Ability to nimbly navigate the demands of both an annual direct response program and a high-touch major gifts program.
  • Collaborative work style and demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to manage projects from start to finish, consistently tracking and reporting on progress toward goals.
  • Superior verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Available to work weeknights and weekends, as needed.
  • Demonstrated success in using a donor database; Tessitura experience a plus.


The work schedule varies from customary office hours to evenings and weekends, with the potential for long hours during critical periods such as special events.


The salary will be commensurate with experience.
Please send your resume, cover letter, sample of or link to a marketing piece you have authored, and salary requirements to Mention “Leaders Circle Manager” in the subject line.

Resumes will be accepted until position filled. No phone calls, please.


San Francisco Jazz Festival View

Bill Frisell Residency

Behind guitarist Bill Frisell’s affable demeanor there’s a steely-willed artist whose creative ambitions span the continent. Since his early days on the Downtown Manhattan scene in the mid-1970s, when he became a key collaborator with John Zorn, Frisell has steadily expanded his sonic purview, staking a claim to an ever-greater range of media, material, and musical traditions. From Charles Ives and Aaron Copland to Buster Keaton and Bob Dylan, from urban thrash and American Songbook ballads to country blues and Nashville twang, Frisell distills the essence of the American experience.

Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish Multimedia Concert
As a Resident Artistic Director, he premieres two of his latest and most ambitious multi-media projects with a powerhouse ensemble that builds on his 858 Quartet with violinist Jenny Scheinman and cellist Hank Roberts. Both works foreground Frisell as a composer who has honed a singular language marked by vintage Americana cadences and post-modern juxtapositions. A collaboration with the prolific, Grammy Award-winning producer Hal Willner, Kaddish is a beautiful and harrowing work based on the devastating poem Allen Ginsberg wrote upon the suicide of his mother.

Hunter S. Thompson's The Kentucky Derby Multimedia Concert

Superstar producer Hal Willner and gonzo artist Ralph Steadman are central to Frisell’s second SFJAZZ program, the world premiere of The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved. Designed like a radio play, Kentucky Derby features Willner, director Chloe Webb and Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins delivering Hunter S. Thompson’s notorious article about the 1970 horse race for Scanlan’s Monthly.