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Monk
October 8, 2019

PLAYLIST: MONK’S BIRTHDAY

Pianist, composer, iconoclast, and jazz icon Thelonious Sphere Monk has inspired generations of music fans and musicians alike. His indelible compositions are among the most beloved in the jazz pantheon. Explore the influence of the "High Priest of Bebop" in a curated playlist.

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Terri Lyne Carrington
October 4, 2019

TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON: NOTABLE COLLABORATIONS

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington returns on Sunday 10/6 as part of Diatom Ribbons, a groundbreaking new trio led by pianist and composer Kris Davis and featuring DJ Val Jeanty. It’s the latest in a career full of notable collaborations, so in honor of this latest project, here are several of the drummer, composer and multi-instrumentalist’s greatest pairings.

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Monk
October 8, 2019

PLAYLIST: MONK’S BIRTHDAY

Pianist, composer, iconoclast, and jazz icon Thelonious Sphere Monk has inspired generations of music fans and musicians alike. His indelible compositions are among the most beloved in the jazz pantheon. Explore the influence of the "High Priest of Bebop" in a curated playlist.

Read
Terri Lyne Carrington
October 4, 2019

TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON: NOTABLE COLLABORATIONS

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington returns on Sunday 10/6 as part of Diatom Ribbons, a groundbreaking new trio led by pianist and composer Kris Davis and featuring DJ Val Jeanty. It’s the latest in a career full of notable collaborations, so in honor of this latest project, here are several of the drummer, composer and multi-instrumentalist’s greatest pairings.

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GoGo Penguin
October 1, 2019

RE-IMAGINING A CLASSIC: GOGO PENGUIN'S KOYAANISQATSI

SFJAZZ has a long tradition of presenting films accompanied by live music – from the annual Halloween performances of silent films at Grace Cathedral to Philip Glass performances at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. On October 10th that tradition continues with the performance of GoGo Penguin’s new score for the landmark 1983 film 'Koyaanisqatsi'.

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Chucho Valdes
September 27, 2019

CHUCHO VALDÉS: HUNGRY FOR MUSICAL ADVENTURES

Preparing for the residency “has opened many windows of possibilities in my mind,” says Valdés, 77. He expects that all of his guests will approach the collaborations with a similarly open attitude: Who knows what will happen? Valdés anticipates many eureka moments — and that the upcoming week will bring about “an opening or an expansion of our collective imaginations.

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GoGo Penguin
October 1, 2019

RE-IMAGINING A CLASSIC: GOGO PENGUIN'S KOYAANISQATSI

SFJAZZ has a long tradition of presenting films accompanied by live music – from the annual Halloween performances of silent films at Grace Cathedral to Philip Glass performances at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. On October 10th that tradition continues with the performance of GoGo Penguin’s new score for the landmark 1983 film 'Koyaanisqatsi'.

Read
Chucho Valdes
September 27, 2019

CHUCHO VALDÉS: HUNGRY FOR MUSICAL ADVENTURES

Preparing for the residency “has opened many windows of possibilities in my mind,” says Valdés, 77. He expects that all of his guests will approach the collaborations with a similarly open attitude: Who knows what will happen? Valdés anticipates many eureka moments — and that the upcoming week will bring about “an opening or an expansion of our collective imaginations.

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Artwork by Nicole DeVera
September 12, 2019

New Release: SFJAZZ High School All-Stars 2018-19 Album

Each year, the High School All-Stars double album is a wonderful Polaroid of a group that will never compose, play, or record together again. We hope you love this year’s colorful sound archive of all that the All-Stars Big Band and Combo experienced and accomplished in the last year – and as always, read here for your cheat sheet of the fun picks and the stunners…

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Brian Blade
September 3, 2019

UNCORKING THE SPIRIT OF BOBBY HUTCHERSON

When Brian Blade sits down behind the drums, he’s like a kid in a candy shop. His face lights up. He’s in love with the music. He’s channeling something powerful. And he hasn’t lost the element of play, of pure pleasure and discovery. Sometimes, he’ll take one exuberant swipe at his drum kit — WHAM! — and in that instant, everything changes. The band’s performance levitates. It’s all very reminiscent of Bobby Hutcherson, the late vibraphonist who mentored Blade 15 years ago, when they were founding members of the SFJAZZ Collective, the San Francisco-based octet.

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Artwork by Nicole DeVera
September 12, 2019

New Release: SFJAZZ High School All-Stars 2018-19 Album

Each year, the High School All-Stars double album is a wonderful Polaroid of a group that will never compose, play, or record together again. We hope you love this year’s colorful sound archive of all that the All-Stars Big Band and Combo experienced and accomplished in the last year – and as always, read here for your cheat sheet of the fun picks and the stunners…

Read
Brian Blade
September 3, 2019

UNCORKING THE SPIRIT OF BOBBY HUTCHERSON

When Brian Blade sits down behind the drums, he’s like a kid in a candy shop. His face lights up. He’s in love with the music. He’s channeling something powerful. And he hasn’t lost the element of play, of pure pleasure and discovery. Sometimes, he’ll take one exuberant swipe at his drum kit — WHAM! — and in that instant, everything changes. The band’s performance levitates. It’s all very reminiscent of Bobby Hutcherson, the late vibraphonist who mentored Blade 15 years ago, when they were founding members of the SFJAZZ Collective, the San Francisco-based octet.

Read