On The Corner

We Travel the Space Ways: Afrofuturism in Music

July 27, 2017

As we await the touchdown of the Sun Ra Arkestra next week, we take a deeper look at “Afrofuturism,” the aesthetic the late composer and keyboardist pioneered in music.

Playlist: Jazztronic

July 26, 2017

With "scratchmaster general" and renowned DJ Kid Koala bringing the live multimedia adaptation of his futuristic graphic novel "Nufonia Must Fall" to SFJAZZ on August 10-13, enjoy a curated playlist representing the intersection of jazz and electronic music.

Lands End, San Francisco (Photo by Ryan Curran White)

Video: John Luther Adams' 'Inuksuit' at Lands End, S.F.

July 21, 2017

“The ultimate environmental piece,” John Luther Adams' 'Inuksuit' for up to 99 percussionists allows the audience to create their own experience. SFJAZZ and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy team up to present the epic work at S.F.'s iconic Lands End on July 29 at 1pm – free to all – part of a weeklong John Luther Adams Festival.

JACK Quartet will perform 'Everything That Rises'

John Luther Adams on the World Premiere of 'Everything That Rises'

July 20, 2017

The world premiere of Everything That Rises comes to SFJAZZ on July 28, part of a weeklong Festival celebrating the many works of Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY-winning composer John Luther Adams. The composer shared program notes for the new work. Here's the backstory.

Sun Ra

Playlist: Afrofuturism

July 20, 2017

With the Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen landing at the SFJAZZ for four nights on August 3-6, explore Afrofuturism and the Sun Ra legacy through a jazz lens in a curated playlist.

Somethin' Else: Space is the Place Terrace

July 18, 2017

In honor of the Sun Ra Arkestra making their SFJAZZ Center debut from August 3-5, we take a closer look at a part of the building named for the late music icon.

Playlist: Sound Experience

July 17, 2017

With a weeklong festival of new music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams coming to SFJAZZ, Grace Cathedral and Lands End July 26-30, entrance yourself in the "Sound Experience" playlist—a sampler of many of the great composers and musical thinkers of our time.

A Closer Look at Great Americas Songbook

July 10, 2017

One of the major themes that mark each year’s SFJAZZ Summer Sessions is the multi-week curated series of performances called “Great Americas Songbook,” which takes the concept of the American song tradition and applies it to the entirety of the geographical region encompassing North, Central, and South America.

Terence Blanchard, Joshua Redman, Matt Penman and Eric Harland at SFJAZZ

Music in the Moment: The Sixth Season at the SFJAZZ Center

June 20, 2017

"As the upcoming season at SFJAZZ approaches, consider that its 320 concerts are likely to include a few that might change your life... If you are a music lover, you understand this notion of the 'transcendent moment.'" Journalist Richard Scheinin seeks the source of such moments in conversation with Season 6 artists.

JACK Quartet

Five Things To Know About JACK Quartet

July 12, 2017

The "superheroes of the new music world" (Boston Globe) JACK Quartet debut at SFJAZZ on July 27-28, performing works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, including the world premiere of Everything That Rises. Here's five things to know about the acclaimed young string quartet.