On The Corner

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, a project he brings to San Francisco's 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.

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.

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.

Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross: "The Hottest New Group In Jazz"

A Look Back At "The Hottest New Group In Jazz"

May 15, 2017

For the final SFJAZZ Hotplate of Season 5, Bay Area vocalists Alexa Weber Morales, Juliet Green, and Bryan Dyer team up to perform music from Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross' landmark 1960 Columbia album, "The Hottest New Group in Jazz" on May 18 in Joe Henderson Lab.

Reuniting Steps Ahead

May 12, 2017

On 5/14, pianist, vocalist and composer Eliane Elias reunites with a band that played a pivotal part in her early career, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri’s Steps Ahead, with a band including bassist Marc Johnson, saxophonist Bob Sheppard, and drummer Peter Erskine.

SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Rosanne Cash

Playlist: Americana Jazz

May 10, 2017

American folk music and jazz already share much common ground, so it's no surprise the two traditions often blend seamlessly together. Enjoy "Americana Jazz" ahead of Resident Artistic Director Rosanne Cash's performance w/ Emmylou Harris & Lucinda Williams at SFJAZZ May 18-21.