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Preservation Hall Jazz Band
July 22, 2019

MARCHING TRADITION FORWARD: THE STORY OF PRESERVATION HALL

A short film produced by SFJAZZ honoring Preservation Hall, featuring interviews with Louis Armstrong, Allen Toussaint, Jon Batiste, Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Corinne Bailey Rae, SFJAZZ Founder Randall Kline, Preservation Hall co-founder Sandra Jaffe, as well as Preservation Hall Jazz Band's Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel and Clint Maedgen.

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Monsieur Perine
June 28, 2019

A CLOSER LOOK AT GREAT AMERICAS SONGBOOK

One of the major themes that mark each year’s SFJAZZ Summer Sessions is the multi-week curated series of performances called “Great Americas Songbook.” A riff on “Great American Songbook,” the oft-used description of the canon of American popular songs originating the early 20th century that have become intrinsic parts of the cultural fabric, “Great Americas Songbook” takes the concept of the American song tradition and applies it to the entirety of the geographical region called “the Americas,” encompassing North, Central, and South America as well as their associated islands and territories.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band
July 22, 2019

MARCHING TRADITION FORWARD: THE STORY OF PRESERVATION HALL

A short film produced by SFJAZZ honoring Preservation Hall, featuring interviews with Louis Armstrong, Allen Toussaint, Jon Batiste, Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Corinne Bailey Rae, SFJAZZ Founder Randall Kline, Preservation Hall co-founder Sandra Jaffe, as well as Preservation Hall Jazz Band's Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel and Clint Maedgen.

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Monsieur Perine
June 28, 2019

A CLOSER LOOK AT GREAT AMERICAS SONGBOOK

One of the major themes that mark each year’s SFJAZZ Summer Sessions is the multi-week curated series of performances called “Great Americas Songbook.” A riff on “Great American Songbook,” the oft-used description of the canon of American popular songs originating the early 20th century that have become intrinsic parts of the cultural fabric, “Great Americas Songbook” takes the concept of the American song tradition and applies it to the entirety of the geographical region called “the Americas,” encompassing North, Central, and South America as well as their associated islands and territories.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant
June 27, 2019

DOWNBEAT AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED: SFJAZZ 2019-20 SEASON ARTISTS HEAVILY REPRESENTED

DownBeat Magazine recently announced the winners of their 2019 Critics Poll. Many SFJAZZ 2019-20 artists won awards including Resident Artistic Director Joe Lovano, Jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Alto Saxophone Miguel Zenon. Read the full list of 2019-20 SFJAZZ artist winners.

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Mary Halvorson
July 17, 2019

FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MARY HALVORSON

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is one of the most celebrated young guitarists in contemporary music, and performs JUL 18-21 in Joe Henderson Lab with the collective trio Thumbscrew, and her latest quartet, Code Girl. Read five things to know about Mary.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant
June 27, 2019

DOWNBEAT AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED: SFJAZZ 2019-20 SEASON ARTISTS HEAVILY REPRESENTED

DownBeat Magazine recently announced the winners of their 2019 Critics Poll. Many SFJAZZ 2019-20 artists won awards including Resident Artistic Director Joe Lovano, Jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Alto Saxophone Miguel Zenon. Read the full list of 2019-20 SFJAZZ artist winners.

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Mary Halvorson
July 17, 2019

FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MARY HALVORSON

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is one of the most celebrated young guitarists in contemporary music, and performs JUL 18-21 in Joe Henderson Lab with the collective trio Thumbscrew, and her latest quartet, Code Girl. Read five things to know about Mary.

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Mary Halvorson
June 24, 2019

No Cliches Allowed: Guitar Innovator Mary Halvorson Forges a New Way Ahead

Frisell recalled the first time he ever heard Halvorson play, about 10 years prior: “She had stripped away all the more typical mannerisms that people fall into. Her sound was so pure, it was so refreshing to hear just her fingers on the strings of the guitar… It was so free of cliché. It was almost like she stripped everything away and then started building her own sound from the ground up.” Richard Scheinin interviews Halvorson, a groundbreaking improviser and bandleader, ahead of her performance at SFJAZZ July 18-21.

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CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO
June 18, 2019

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino has been bringing the uproarious music and dance of Southern Italy to new audiences for over four decades. Founded by journalist, author, and Salentine musical scholar Caterina “Rina” Durante in the mid-1970s, CGS spearheaded a revival of the ancient folk music form pizzica tarantata that was born in Puglia’s Salento region, infusing it with a contemporary sensibility and rambunctious energy. Here are five things to know about Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino.

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Mary Halvorson
June 24, 2019

No Cliches Allowed: Guitar Innovator Mary Halvorson Forges a New Way Ahead

Frisell recalled the first time he ever heard Halvorson play, about 10 years prior: “She had stripped away all the more typical mannerisms that people fall into. Her sound was so pure, it was so refreshing to hear just her fingers on the strings of the guitar… It was so free of cliché. It was almost like she stripped everything away and then started building her own sound from the ground up.” Richard Scheinin interviews Halvorson, a groundbreaking improviser and bandleader, ahead of her performance at SFJAZZ July 18-21.

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CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO
June 18, 2019

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino has been bringing the uproarious music and dance of Southern Italy to new audiences for over four decades. Founded by journalist, author, and Salentine musical scholar Caterina “Rina” Durante in the mid-1970s, CGS spearheaded a revival of the ancient folk music form pizzica tarantata that was born in Puglia’s Salento region, infusing it with a contemporary sensibility and rambunctious energy. Here are five things to know about Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino.

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