On The Corner

A Portrait of Scott Amendola

February 6, 2017

On February 16, drummer, composer and Bay Area resident Scott Amendola brings his all-star band to the Joe Henderson Lab for four nights. We look at Scott's momentous career, as he shares his thoughts about this personal project.

Zakir Hussain

Recap: SFJAZZ Gala 2017 Honoring Zakir Hussain

February 1, 2017

On January 18, 2017, the SFJAZZ Center filled with cultural and political leaders, celebrities, artists, and music enthusiasts to present Zakir Hussain with the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award and celebrate our 5th Anniversary Season in the SFJAZZ Center.

Chet Baker, "It Could Happen To You"

Songs Of Love Playlist

February 13, 2017

To spark this year's Week Of Love at SFJAZZ, featuring Paris Combo and Dianne Reeves, enjoy "Songs Of Love": a comprehensive selection of jazz songs about love, in its many manifestations.

The Cookers saxophonist Billy Harper

Playlist: Night Of The Cookers

February 9, 2017

One of the highest energy live recordings in jazz, and the namesake for one of the heaviest hitting large ensembles working today – enjoy "Night Of The Cookers" ahead of The Cookers' run in Joe Henderson Lab at SFJAZZ February 9-12.

Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsys album artwork)

Playlist: Resistance As Music, Pt. 1 & 2 (curated by Vijay Iyer)

February 8, 2017

Pianist, MacArthur "genius" fellow and SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Vijay Iyer curates a two-part selection of "resistance as music" ahead of his debut residency at the SFJAZZ Center February 8-12.

Zakir Hussain

Anahata: Zakir Hussain and the "un-struck sound"

February 7, 2017

A short film celebrating world music icon Zakir Hussain, directed by Anisa Qureshi (Zakir's daughter), featuring interviews with Vijay Iyer, Eric Harland, Bela Fleck, Mickey Hart, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Charles Lloyd and many others.

Five Things To Know About Teju Cole

February 3, 2017

One of the highlights of Vijay Iyer's first week as an SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director is his two-part collaboration with Teju Cole on 2/10, and here are five things you should know about this award-winning artist:

Playlist: Traditions In Transition

January 31, 2017

The spirit of SFJAZZ's Season 5, "Traditions In Transition" playlist features artists grounded in a historical context while representing a progression of the art form, the shape of jazz to come.

A Look Back at John Coltrane's Ascension

January 27, 2017

With the Bay Area’s Rova Saxophone Quartet performing their electrified re-imagining of John Coltrane’s 1966 recording Ascension on Sunday (along with a work from avant-garde giant Butch Morris), we look back at this pivotal album that marked a major evolution of Coltrane’s approach and helped usher in the era of free jazz.

Playlist: The Big Band

January 23, 2017

Celebrate the enduring vitality and flexibility of the Big Band format with a curated playlist of some of our favorite big band recordings!