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Veronica Swift
August 22, 2019

EDGE AND INTENSITY PERSONIFIED: VERONICA SWIFT

Jazz singer Veronica Swift recorded her first album when she was nine, and she can talk a blue streak about life as a creative artist. Music is all-consuming, she says, likening it to an addiction or a religious devotion: “Be ready to not have a life. That’s what I tell my students,” she says. “I’m pretty much always traveling, every day. I’m not knocking my profession. It’s a beautiful life, but it’s a sacrifice.” She puts it another way: “I’m pretty much a musical nun!” Read Swift's full interview with SFJAZZ Staff Writer Richard Scheinin.

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Ahmad Jamal
August 16, 2019

A CONVERSATION WITH AHMAD JAMAL

Ahmad Jamal is on the short list of great jazz pianists. He is an innovator and a hit-maker, a pure creative artist. SFJAZZ Staff Writer Richard Scheinin interviewed Jamal about his illustrious career and his four-night run (Sept. 5-8) at SFJAZZ, where he and his group will open the 2019-20 season.

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Veronica Swift
August 22, 2019

EDGE AND INTENSITY PERSONIFIED: VERONICA SWIFT

Jazz singer Veronica Swift recorded her first album when she was nine, and she can talk a blue streak about life as a creative artist. Music is all-consuming, she says, likening it to an addiction or a religious devotion: “Be ready to not have a life. That’s what I tell my students,” she says. “I’m pretty much always traveling, every day. I’m not knocking my profession. It’s a beautiful life, but it’s a sacrifice.” She puts it another way: “I’m pretty much a musical nun!” Read Swift's full interview with SFJAZZ Staff Writer Richard Scheinin.

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Ahmad Jamal
August 16, 2019

A CONVERSATION WITH AHMAD JAMAL

Ahmad Jamal is on the short list of great jazz pianists. He is an innovator and a hit-maker, a pure creative artist. SFJAZZ Staff Writer Richard Scheinin interviewed Jamal about his illustrious career and his four-night run (Sept. 5-8) at SFJAZZ, where he and his group will open the 2019-20 season.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant
August 12, 2019

A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE 2019-2020 SEASON

Where else does this happen? Every year, SFJAZZ presents, literally, hundreds of concerts spanning the full spectrum of jazz and improvised music. There’s bebop and free jazz, ambient jazz and Cuban jazz. There’s funk, fado and flamenco. There are acoustic guitar pickers and string quartets, piano trios and big bands, Bulgarian wedding orchestras and solo saxophonists. It’s a rare thing, and so we talked to Randall Kline – founder and Executive Artistic Director of SFJAZZ – about the just-announced 2019-20 season.

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Johnny Vidacovich
August 9, 2019

A PORTRAIT OF JOHNNY VIDACOVICH

Performing with vibraphonist Mike Dillon as part of his Nolatet band in the Joe Henderson Lab on 8/11, Johnny Vidacovich is the most influential living drummer from the New Orleans scene — a quintessential Big Easy rhythm master whose grooves are inextricably connected to the raucous street beats of the second line.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant
August 12, 2019

A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE 2019-2020 SEASON

Where else does this happen? Every year, SFJAZZ presents, literally, hundreds of concerts spanning the full spectrum of jazz and improvised music. There’s bebop and free jazz, ambient jazz and Cuban jazz. There’s funk, fado and flamenco. There are acoustic guitar pickers and string quartets, piano trios and big bands, Bulgarian wedding orchestras and solo saxophonists. It’s a rare thing, and so we talked to Randall Kline – founder and Executive Artistic Director of SFJAZZ – about the just-announced 2019-20 season.

Read
Johnny Vidacovich
August 9, 2019

A PORTRAIT OF JOHNNY VIDACOVICH

Performing with vibraphonist Mike Dillon as part of his Nolatet band in the Joe Henderson Lab on 8/11, Johnny Vidacovich is the most influential living drummer from the New Orleans scene — a quintessential Big Easy rhythm master whose grooves are inextricably connected to the raucous street beats of the second line.

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Shabakha Hutchings
July 31, 2019

SHABAKA HUTCHINGS THE FUTURE OF AFROFUTURISM

Just as saxophonist Kamasi Washington has come to represent the loose-knit, Los Angeles-based collective known as the West Coast Get Down, Shabaka Hutchings has emerged as the symbol of London’s freewheeling jazz community. Read Richard Scheinin interview with Shabaka.

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The Meters
July 23, 2019

MO’FONE’S JEREMY STEINKOLER ON THE METERS’ LEGACY

Drummer and leader of the sublimely funky saxophone-and-drums trio Mo’Fone, Jeremy Steinkoler talks about the legacy of New Orleans funk legends The Meters. Mo’Fone pays tribute to the influential group in the Joe Henderson Lab on 8/9, with special guests.

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Shabakha Hutchings
July 31, 2019

SHABAKA HUTCHINGS THE FUTURE OF AFROFUTURISM

Just as saxophonist Kamasi Washington has come to represent the loose-knit, Los Angeles-based collective known as the West Coast Get Down, Shabaka Hutchings has emerged as the symbol of London’s freewheeling jazz community. Read Richard Scheinin interview with Shabaka.

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The Meters
July 23, 2019

MO’FONE’S JEREMY STEINKOLER ON THE METERS’ LEGACY

Drummer and leader of the sublimely funky saxophone-and-drums trio Mo’Fone, Jeremy Steinkoler talks about the legacy of New Orleans funk legends The Meters. Mo’Fone pays tribute to the influential group in the Joe Henderson Lab on 8/9, with special guests.

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