On The Corner

Mati Klarwein's Bitches Brew artwork

Playlist: Bitches Brew To Tutu

May 26, 2017

With the SFJAZZ Collective reinventing the Music of Miles Davis in Season 5 and on the road, we revisit our curated playlist of classics from the Miles Electric era.

Fred Hersch’s Rich History of Collaboration

May 25, 2017

Over his four-decade career, Fred Hersch has proven to be one the most consistently inventive and versatile pianists and composers in jazz. With an eye to his duo performances with vocalist Kate McGarry and guitarist Julian Lage on 6/9, we look back at his rich history of duo collaboration.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh

New Faces of the San Francisco Jazz Festival

May 24, 2017

The San Francisco Jazz Festival has always brought new blood to SFJAZZ's lineup, and the 35th annual Festival running June 6-18 is no exception. Here are nine young artists who make their SFJAZZ Center debut as a leader at this year's Festival.

Monty Alexander

One Love: How Monty Alexander Bridged His Jamaican Roots With Jazz

May 23, 2017

Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander has forged a path all his own bridging his Caribbean roots with his love for jazz and swing. It wasn't until he formed Harlem-Kingston Express ten years ago that his vision was fully realized. We look back at the GRAMMY-nominated project before Alexander brings it to San Francisco's historic Herbst Theatre on June 8.

Jake Shimabukuro

Five Things To Know About Jake Shimabukuro

May 22, 2017

Widely recognized as “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele,” Jake Shimabukuro has created an international fanbase as a sensational performer whose concerts (and viral videos) leave listeners awed, dazzled and delighted. Get to know to the ukulele master ahead of his performance at Davies Symphony Hall on June 11, presented by SFJAZZ as part of the 35th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival.

Donny McCaslin: The David Bowie Connection

May 18, 2017

On 6/15, two artists with direct ties to major milestones in pop culture perform in a double bill. We take a look at saxophonist and composer Donny McCaslin’s connection to the late rock icon David Bowie.

High School All-Stars alum Owen Clapp

Interview w/ Bassist Owen Clapp, Winner of Hut Alumni Award

May 17, 2017

Get to know bassist Owen Clapp, a SFJAZZ High School All-Stars alumnus and recent winner of the Hut Foundation's Alumni Award, which commissioned his original composition "Tokyo" inspired by his recent trip to the Japanese metropolis.

Ernesto Lecuona

Ernesto Lecuona: The Gershwin of Cuba

April 27, 2017

With three titans of the piano – Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Michel Camilo – paying tribute to Cuba's grand maestro Ernesto Lecuona at SFJAZZ on May 25-28, SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón traces the legacy of "The Gershwin of Cuba."

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Gonzalo Rubalcaba: “The music we play should reflect the journey of our lives"

April 24, 2017

Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba traces his upbringing and roots with journalist Richard Scheinin ahead of A Tribute To Ernesto Lecuona at SFJAZZ with fellow piano masters Chucho Valdés and Michel Camilo.

Chucho Valdés

Playlist: Many Sides Of Chucho

May 19, 2017

Trace the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz through Chucho Valdés' immense body of recorded work.