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Mavis Staples
January 28, 2020

SINGING SONGS TO FIX THE WORLD: A Q&A WITH MAVIS STAPLES

At age 80, Staples looks back on her life with infectious warmth and humor. Thinking back to early childhood – when she was “a stair-step,” as she puts it – she recalled her life-changing experiences at Mount Eagle Baptist Church on the South Side of Chicago. She described her mother’s homemade banana ice cream with such vividness, as if she were tasting it right now. She remembered the moment she became lead singer of the Staple Singers – but credited Pops’ guitar and the voice of her sister Cleotha as the special sauce that gave the group its sound.

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Mavis Staples
January 23, 2020

MAVIS STAPLES: THE SOUND OF FREEDOM

Mavis Staples takes us—always has—to a place of joy, inspiration, and positive vibrations. No wonder SFJAZZ is honoring Staples with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Just as jazz and gospel music are constantly moving forward—sister traditions, in perpetual transition—so is Staples, whose approach to gospel, soul, and roots music has never stopped evolving.

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Mavis Staples
January 28, 2020

SINGING SONGS TO FIX THE WORLD: A Q&A WITH MAVIS STAPLES

At age 80, Staples looks back on her life with infectious warmth and humor. Thinking back to early childhood – when she was “a stair-step,” as she puts it – she recalled her life-changing experiences at Mount Eagle Baptist Church on the South Side of Chicago. She described her mother’s homemade banana ice cream with such vividness, as if she were tasting it right now. She remembered the moment she became lead singer of the Staple Singers – but credited Pops’ guitar and the voice of her sister Cleotha as the special sauce that gave the group its sound.

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Mavis Staples
January 23, 2020

MAVIS STAPLES: THE SOUND OF FREEDOM

Mavis Staples takes us—always has—to a place of joy, inspiration, and positive vibrations. No wonder SFJAZZ is honoring Staples with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Just as jazz and gospel music are constantly moving forward—sister traditions, in perpetual transition—so is Staples, whose approach to gospel, soul, and roots music has never stopped evolving.

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Laurie Anderson
January 22, 2020

ALL SOUND IS MUSIC: LAURIE ANDERSON INTERVIEW

With Anderson you never know quite what to expect. She composes. She paints. She sculpts. She directs films. She writes and tells stories. She plays the viola and sings, running her voice through strange distorting devices. It’s her goal as an artist: “To get lost and to get free. That’s a big thing for me, is just to cut myself loose from things,” she says.

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Chet Baker
January 12, 2020

PLAYLIST: RAINY DAY JAZZ

As the season changes, here's a playlist curated specifically for that rainy day – a mixture of moody classics, and gems from artists who've played at the SFJAZZ Center.

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Laurie Anderson
January 22, 2020

ALL SOUND IS MUSIC: LAURIE ANDERSON INTERVIEW

With Anderson you never know quite what to expect. She composes. She paints. She sculpts. She directs films. She writes and tells stories. She plays the viola and sings, running her voice through strange distorting devices. It’s her goal as an artist: “To get lost and to get free. That’s a big thing for me, is just to cut myself loose from things,” she says.

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Chet Baker
January 12, 2020

PLAYLIST: RAINY DAY JAZZ

As the season changes, here's a playlist curated specifically for that rainy day – a mixture of moody classics, and gems from artists who've played at the SFJAZZ Center.

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Paramount Theatre
December 31, 2019

AN ART DECO PALACE: OAKLAND'S PARAMOUNT THEATRE

On Mar 11, Cécile McLorin Salvant brings Ogresse to the Paramount stage, we take a look back at the theater’s history as a performing arts space, it’s legacy of orchestra and stage, in anticipation of Salvant’s chamber ensemble-backed performance and song cycle.

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Staff Picks
December 19, 2019

PLAYLIST: 2019 STAFF PICKS

What's been on constant rotation at the SFJAZZ Center offices? Listen to the Top 30 of 2019 from SFJAZZ's Staff!

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Paramount Theatre
December 31, 2019

AN ART DECO PALACE: OAKLAND'S PARAMOUNT THEATRE

On Mar 11, Cécile McLorin Salvant brings Ogresse to the Paramount stage, we take a look back at the theater’s history as a performing arts space, it’s legacy of orchestra and stage, in anticipation of Salvant’s chamber ensemble-backed performance and song cycle.

Read
Staff Picks
December 19, 2019

PLAYLIST: 2019 STAFF PICKS

What's been on constant rotation at the SFJAZZ Center offices? Listen to the Top 30 of 2019 from SFJAZZ's Staff!

Listen