SFJAZZ.org | Recap: SFJAZZ Gala 2017 Honoring Zakir Hussain

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February 1, 2017 | by SFJAZZ

Zakir Hussain performs at the SFJAZZ Gala 2017 Concert (Photo by Drew Altizer)

On January 18, 2017, the SFJAZZ Center filled with nearly 1,000 members of our community – 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.

This milestone celebration would not have been possible without our community of supporters! You helped us raise $1.2 million for influential artists to present major works, emerging musicians to meet new audiences, and students and families to connect to the music and its history. This support allows us to reach over 150,000 music fans and provide nearly 12,000 hours of free music instruction across the Bay Area this year. We are grateful that you braved the weather to make it a fantastic party!

Thanks to those artists who appeared in the 5th Anniversary Season Gala Concert and AfterJam: Zakir Hussain, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Terence Blanchard, Joshua Redman, Stefon Harris, Cindy Blackman Sanatana, Mary Stallings, Kronos Quartet, John Santos, John Handy, Eric Harland, the SFJAZZ Collective, Mickey Hart, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, and Red Baraat.

> All About Jazz: Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman And Lots More At SFJAZZ Center Gala
> SF Chronicle: SFJazz Gala honoring Zakir Hussain
> SFGate: SFJazz’s fifth annual gala a tribute to Zakir Hussain
> JamBase: David Crosby Joins Snarky Puppy At SFJAZZ Gala After Party
> ABC7News: Indian musician Zakir Hussain honored at jazz gala in San Francisco
> DownBeat: Zakir Hussain Honored with Achievement Award at SFJAZZ
> Khaleej Times: Zakir Hussain awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award at SF Jazz
> SF Examiner: Zakir Hussain In SFJAZZ Spotlight
> SFGate: Gala celebrates another year of vibrant sounds at SFJazz Center
> San Diego Union-Tribune: SFJAZZ all-star anniversary will reverberate far beyond San Francisco
> CBS Local: SFJAZZ Center Celebrates Fifth Season With Gala And More
> La Croix: France Musique fête le jazz à San Francisco
> American Bazaar: SFJAZZ honors Zakir Hussain with Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo-cap of SFJAZZ Gala 2017
SFJAZZ Gala 2017 Honoring Zakir Hussain


Here's a short film produced by SFJAZZ and directed by Anisa Qureshi, which premiered to close out the SFJAZZ Gala 2017 concert, featuring interviews by Vijay Iyer, Eric Harland, Bela Fleck, Mickey Hart, Herbie Hancock, Zane Dilal, Edgar Meyer, Michael Tilson Thomas, John McLaughlin, Alonzo King and Charles Lloyd.

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