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Playlist: Flamenco Meets Jazz
February 11, 2019

Playlist: Flamenco Meets Jazz

With flamenco singer Buika performing Valentine's Day weekend at SFJAZZ on February 14-17, revisit the passionate embrace of this musical marriage with a playlist curated by SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón, “Flamenco Meets Jazz.”

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Daymé Arocena and Pedrito Martínez
February 12, 2019

In Conversation With Cuba

2019 has begun with a distinctly Cuban flavor at SFJAZZ, highlighted by our spectacular Gala honoring legendary pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés last month with our Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by a weekend of performances by the newest incarnation of supergroup, Irakere 45. But you may not know that SFJAZZ also embarked on a remarkable journey to Cuba weeks before, for an eight-day adventure curated by Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón for 17 travelers in partnership with InsightCuba.

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Playlist: Flamenco Meets Jazz
February 11, 2019

Playlist: Flamenco Meets Jazz

With flamenco singer Buika performing Valentine's Day weekend at SFJAZZ on February 14-17, revisit the passionate embrace of this musical marriage with a playlist curated by SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón, “Flamenco Meets Jazz.”

Listen
Daymé Arocena and Pedrito Martínez
February 12, 2019

In Conversation With Cuba

2019 has begun with a distinctly Cuban flavor at SFJAZZ, highlighted by our spectacular Gala honoring legendary pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés last month with our Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by a weekend of performances by the newest incarnation of supergroup, Irakere 45. But you may not know that SFJAZZ also embarked on a remarkable journey to Cuba weeks before, for an eight-day adventure curated by Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón for 17 travelers in partnership with InsightCuba.

Read
Love & Robots: The Making of Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall
January 29, 2019

Love & Robots: The Making of Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall

Kid Koala is a DJ, producer and turntablist who idolizes Thelonious Monk and has opened shows for Björk and Radiohead. He is also a graphic artist whose Nufonia Must Fall – a wordless graphic novel – has been turned into a multimedia stage production that mixes live puppetry, live filming and live musical performances, coming to SFJAZZ on February 7-10.

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Playlist: Songs of Love
February 5, 2019

Playlist: Songs of Love

As the annual "Week Of Love" at SFJAZZ approaches (feat. Buika, Lilan Kane and Faye Carol on 2/14-17), we've refreshed our comprehensive "Songs Of Love" playlist – the perfect soundtrack to your Valentine's Day.

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Love & Robots: The Making of Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall
January 29, 2019

Love & Robots: The Making of Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall

Kid Koala is a DJ, producer and turntablist who idolizes Thelonious Monk and has opened shows for Björk and Radiohead. He is also a graphic artist whose Nufonia Must Fall – a wordless graphic novel – has been turned into a multimedia stage production that mixes live puppetry, live filming and live musical performances, coming to SFJAZZ on February 7-10.

Read
Playlist: Songs of Love
February 5, 2019

Playlist: Songs of Love

As the annual "Week Of Love" at SFJAZZ approaches (feat. Buika, Lilan Kane and Faye Carol on 2/14-17), we've refreshed our comprehensive "Songs Of Love" playlist – the perfect soundtrack to your Valentine's Day.

Listen
Playlist: Vibes And Stuff
February 11, 2019

Playlist: Vibes And Stuff

Enjoy a playlist of "Vibes And Stuff," as we look ahead to drummer Jaz Sawyer's tribute to Bobby Hutcherson and Eddie Marshall at SFJAZZ on February 21-24, with a band featuring vibraphonist Steven Nelson, SFJAZZ Collective pianist Edward Simon, saxophonist James Mahone, and bassist David Ewell.

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The Maestro: Chucho Valdés Is The Past, Present and Future of Cuban Music
January 23, 2019

The Maestro: Chucho Valdés Is The Past, Present and Future of Cuban Music

Chucho Valdés – the pianist, the bandleader, the composer, the Maestro – is 77 years old and he is not slowing down. SFJAZZ has chosen to honor him with its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. About 15 years ago, the organization coined a phrase – “traditions in transition” – as a way of describing what jazz is all about. Well, Valdés is a one-man tradition in transition, the recipient and transmitter of a lineage, an expander of musical possibilities.

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Playlist: Vibes And Stuff
February 11, 2019

Playlist: Vibes And Stuff

Enjoy a playlist of "Vibes And Stuff," as we look ahead to drummer Jaz Sawyer's tribute to Bobby Hutcherson and Eddie Marshall at SFJAZZ on February 21-24, with a band featuring vibraphonist Steven Nelson, SFJAZZ Collective pianist Edward Simon, saxophonist James Mahone, and bassist David Ewell.

Listen
The Maestro: Chucho Valdés Is The Past, Present and Future of Cuban Music
January 23, 2019

The Maestro: Chucho Valdés Is The Past, Present and Future of Cuban Music

Chucho Valdés – the pianist, the bandleader, the composer, the Maestro – is 77 years old and he is not slowing down. SFJAZZ has chosen to honor him with its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. About 15 years ago, the organization coined a phrase – “traditions in transition” – as a way of describing what jazz is all about. Well, Valdés is a one-man tradition in transition, the recipient and transmitter of a lineage, an expander of musical possibilities.

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Ahmad Jamal, Mary Stallings and Zakir Hussain discuss the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award
January 22, 2019

Ahmad Jamal, Mary Stallings and Zakir Hussain discuss the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award

With Cuban legend Chucho Valdés in line to receive the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award at the SFJAZZ Gala 2019 on January 31, writer Richard Scheinin talks with former recipients Ahmad Jamal, Mary Stallings and Zakir Hussain about the weight of such an award.

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Pharoah Sanders In 5 Songs
February 10, 2019

Pharoah Sanders In 5 Songs

Over his influential career, Pharoah Sanders has shaped his own sonic world that encompasses the primal wails and fierce energy of late John Coltrane and the stomping R&B of his Little Rock youth, Asian modes and Moroccan grooves, while balancing his explosive improvisations with gentle ballads of sublime simplicity.

Listen
Ahmad Jamal, Mary Stallings and Zakir Hussain discuss the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award
January 22, 2019

Ahmad Jamal, Mary Stallings and Zakir Hussain discuss the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award

With Cuban legend Chucho Valdés in line to receive the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award at the SFJAZZ Gala 2019 on January 31, writer Richard Scheinin talks with former recipients Ahmad Jamal, Mary Stallings and Zakir Hussain about the weight of such an award.

Read
Pharoah Sanders In 5 Songs
February 10, 2019

Pharoah Sanders In 5 Songs

Over his influential career, Pharoah Sanders has shaped his own sonic world that encompasses the primal wails and fierce energy of late John Coltrane and the stomping R&B of his Little Rock youth, Asian modes and Moroccan grooves, while balancing his explosive improvisations with gentle ballads of sublime simplicity.

Listen