On The Corner

Omar Sosa: Unity Through Music

March 31, 2017

Omar Sosa has never stopped looking for the expressive power behind every note: “It’s about freedom, man, freedom and love and unity. I would love every note I play to unify people in that sense of love.

Festival artwork by Zio Ziegler

Playlist: 35th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival

March 28, 2017

To get your ears warmed up for the 35th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, we've picked 35 tracks representing the eclectic lineup, running from June 6-18, 2017.

Joe Henderson In 5 Songs

January 5, 2017

In honor of the sax giant's 80th birthday and a four-night Joe Henderson Festival April 20-23 at SFJAZZ,, we look back on his monumental career, focusing on five major musical milestones.

Chucho Valdés

Pianísimo: Cuban Piano Titans Across the Ages

October 28, 2016

With Cuban piano titans Omar Sosa (April 20-23) and Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba (5/25-28) returning to SFJAZZ, revisit Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón's article tracing the history and proud tradition of Cuba's most influential keyboard masters.

Bebo Valdés

Playlist: Piano Cubano

August 2, 2016

A glimpse at some of Cuba’s most prolific piano titans, from the danzas of Ignacio Cervantes, through the generation of “young lions” cultivated in Havana’s conservatories, as we welcome back Omar Sosa (4/20-23) and Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba (5/25-28) to the SFJAZZ Center.

Five Things To Know About Trilok Gurtu

April 17, 2017

A number of incredible musicians will participate in Cuban pianist and composer Omar Sosa’s week of performances, including the trailblazing percussionist Trilok Gurtu, who makes a very rare Bay Area appearance on 4/23 as part of the GFS Trio. Here are five things you should know about the Indian rhythm master.

Five Things To Know About Yosvany Terry

April 14, 2017

With the great Cuban-born saxophonist/percussionist Yosvany Terry joining Omar Sosa's JOG Trio for the first time at SFJAZZ on April 22, here are five things to know about an artist who "has helped redefine Latin jazz as a complex new idiom" (The New York Times).

Giant Steps — Make Your Stand at SFJAZZ

April 11, 2017

"I’ve witnessed the joy, pride and affirmation that happens when a jazz supporter sees their name on the wall of the SFJAZZ Center as part of the Giant Steps campaign." - SFJAZZ CEO Don Derheim

Nels Cline

The Story Behind Nels Cline's "Lovers"

April 5, 2017

April 9 brings only the third performance of music from guitarist Nels Cline’s new Blue Note album Lovers, a large-scale project that represents a landmark in his spectacular career and a masterpiece in his discography. His SFJAZZ performance features an all-star orchestra including guitarist Julian Lage, trumpeter Steven Bernstein, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, and more. Here’s a deeper look at Lovers:

Playlist: Afrobeat Legacy

April 5, 2017

Trace the "Afrobeat Legacy" in a curated playlist ahead of Antibalas' date at the SFJAZZ Center on April 8.