SFJAZZ Gala 2020 Honoring Mavis Staples
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Mavis Staples
A benefit for SFJAZZ artistic and education programs

SFJAZZ Gala 2020 Honoring Mavis Staples

Thu, Jan 30 2020 | 8:30 PM
SFJAZZ Center

SFJAZZ Gala 2020 celebrates Mavis Staples with the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award during our most lively and influential fundraiser. The party is centered around the Gala Concert, featuring the most exciting names in jazz in all-star collaborations—all erupting into an unforgettable late night After Party.

In honoring Ms. Staples with the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award, we celebrate her as a singular artist who has incorporated the breadth of American music into her work while remaining steadfastly committed to her gospel roots, mirroring the development of the jazz tradition, which has always looked to sacred music as inspiration and a springboard to new areas of expression. We recognize Ms. Staples’ inclusive approach to the roots of American music as a parallel to our mission at SFJAZZ, and we have been fortunate to present her twice in past years, including an October, 2003 performance at San Francisco’s iconic Grace Cathedral during the 21st San Francisco Jazz Festival that paid tribute to her friend and mentor, Mahalia Jackson.

ABOUT MAVIS STAPLES
With a professional career spanning nearly seven decades, Mavis Staples is the greatest living gospel and soul singer – a two-time GRAMMY winner, 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 2016 Kennedy Center honoree, Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the 2005 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award whose soaring voice turned classic spirituals into anthemic declarations of freedom.

Born in Chicago, Staples made her professional debut at age 10 with her now-legendary family band, The Staple Singers, singing on a succession of timeless songs that became chart topping hits as well as indelible anthems of the Civil Rights Movement. Her unforgettable performances on “Uncloudy Day,” “Some Truth To Tell,” “Freedom Highway,” “Respect Yourself,” “Why Am I Treated So Bad,” “When Will We Be Paid,” “I’ll Take You There,” “If You’re Ready,” and “Let’s Do It Again” have all become intrinsic parts of the American cultural fabric.

Three ways to celebrate.

VIP Dinner + Concert + After Party

Join music royalty, cultural and political leaders, artists and supporters for festive cocktails, an exquisite and intimate dinner, and complete VIP experience.
VIP tickets ► $5,000. VIP packages start at $25,000. Limited to 150 VIPs.

Concert + After Party

Luminary Party
Revel in a lavish party with overflowing hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, featuring a special, private performance by celebrity Gala artists with the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars.
Luminary Tickets ► $1,250. Limited to 120 Luminaries.

Gala Reception
Spoil yourself with cuisine, drinks and live music during a party in the beautifully transformed SFJAZZ Center before joining VIP and Luminary guests for the Gala Concert.
Gala Tickets ► $500

After Party

Come together for unlimited access to raucous performances and dancing throughout SFJAZZ Center with open bar and sumptuous late night fare.
After Party Tickets ► $95

VIP Packages + Tickets

Legend  $125,000 • Party of 8
► Invitation for your party to the VIP Salon featuring a performance in honor of Mavis Staples, presented by the Host Committee on the eve of Gala
► VIP cocktail hour and dinner, seated alongside alongside featured artists
► Luxury seating and bottle service during the Gala Concert
► After Party access for your party along with unlimited extra tickets for friends and colleagues to join you
► Mavis Staples Package: 4 tickets, parking pass, and a round of drinks for a Mavis Staples Residency show, Jan 31 - Feb 1

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Hero  $50,000  •  Party of 6
► Invitation for two to the VIP Salon featuring a performance in honor of Mavis Staples, presented by the Host Committee on the eve of Gala
► VIP cocktail hour and dinner, seated alongside featured artists
► Premier seating during the Gala Concert
► After Party access for your party along with up to 10 extra tickets for friends and colleagues to join you
► Mavis Staples Package: 2 tickets, parking pass, and a round of drinks for a Mavis Staples Residency show, Jan 31 - Feb 1

Buy VIP Package

Giant  $25,000  •  Party of 6 
► VIP cocktail hour and dinner, seated alongside featured artists
► Preferred seating during the Gala Concert
► After Party access for your party along with up to 6 extra tickets for friends and colleagues to join you
► Mavis Staples Package: 2 tickets, parking pass, and a round of drinks for a Mavis Staples Residency show, Jan 31 - Feb 1

Buy VIP Package

Single VIP Ticket • $5,000
► VIP Gala cocktail hour and dinner, seated with featured artists
► Preferred seat during the Gala Concert
► After Party access for one

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Luminary Ticket  $1,250
► Private Luminary Cocktail Party featuring the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo playing alongside featured Gala artists
► Preferred seat for the Gala Concert and After Party access for one

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Gala Concert Ticket  •  $500
► Cocktail hour featuring cuisine, drinks, and live music
► Seat for the Gala Concert and After Party access for one

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After Party Ticket  •  $95
► Entry for one to the Gala After Party, feat. artists to be announced!

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Your support allows us to continue growing our vibrant artistic and education programs, presenting over 400 concerts and bringing our education initiatives to over 23,000 students each year. SFJAZZ Gala is a benefit advancing the art form of jazz through artists, students, and communities. Each gift is tax deductible. If you wish to make a fully tax deductible gift towards SFJAZZ artistic and education programs, please click below.

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Your support allows us to continue growing our vibrant artistic and education programs, presenting over 400 concerts and bringing our education initiatives to over 23,000 students each year. SFJAZZ Gala is a benefit advancing the art form of jazz through artists, students, and communities. Each gift is tax deductible. If you wish to make a fully tax deductible gift towards SFJAZZ artistic and education programs, please click below.

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The SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes luminaries who throughout their time have represented the highest level of musicianship, on stage and in their recordings, and who have had a broad impact on culture and society.

2020 Mavis Staples
2019 Chucho Valdés
2018 Preservation Hall
2017 Zakir Hussain
2015 Joni Mitchell
2014 Herbie Hancock
2012 Ahmad Jamal
2011 Mary Stallings
2010 Bobby Hutcherson
2009 McCoy Tyner
2008 Wayne Shorter
2001 Gonzalo Rubalcaba
2000 Abbey Lincoln & Jimmy Scott
1999 Shirley Horn & Charlie Haden
1998 Al Jarreau
1997 Nancy Wilson
1996 George Shearing
1995 Modern Jazz Quartet
1994 Dave Brubeck
1993 Cleo Laine & John Dankworth
1992 Tony Bennett
1991 Dizzy Gillespie

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Through this award, SFJAZZ aims to acknowledge those who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and moving the music forward, and through their work, embody our organization’s core value that jazz is a living and ever-evolving art form.