2020 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert
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NEA Jazz Masters
National Endowment For the Arts

Postponed: 2020 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

APR 1–3 | 2020 NEA JAZZ MASTERS

Apr 02, 2020
Miner Auditorium

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Original show description below.

ALL SFJAZZ SHOWS AND EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH AUGUST 16

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have made the decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019–20 Season, including all shows and education events that were previously scheduled from March 11–May 31, the 38th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, which was scheduled from June 9–21, and Summer Sessions 2020 which was scheduled from July 9–August 16.

If you have tickets to this show, or any of the canceled shows, we ask you to consider donating your tickets back to SFJAZZ to help us address the immediate needs of SFJAZZ, the artists we serve and the education programs we provide.

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If you would like to make other arrangements, please contact our Box Office at boxoffice@sfjazz.org or call 415.788.7353. For more information, visit the SFJAZZ ticket policies page.

Reservations for this event are currently filled. We do anticipate that more tickets will become available leading up to the concert date, so please check the website often for returned tickets. Walk-up tickets will be available the night of the concert on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons are encouraged to arrive from 6 PM to 7 PM to receive tickets via the Box Office standby line. Once the concert hall is fully at capacity, the concert will be streamed live in the Joe Henderson Lab for the public to view.

The 2020 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert is free to the public, but will require tickets for entrance.

Limit 2 tickets per household

The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists. Each year since 1982, the program has elevated to its ranks a select number of living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz.

For 2020, the annual NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert makes debut at SFJAZZ, hosted by vocalist and 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater and coordinated by Musical Director, drummer, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington.

For more information about the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters, visit arts.gov/honors/jazz.

Honoring
Bobby McFerrin
vocalist, composer, conductor, & educator
Roscoe Mitchell saxophonist, composer, & educator
Reggie Workman bassist, composer, educator, & producer
Dorthaan Kirk jazz advocate

The evening’s event will include appearances by each of the honorees, video tributes, special guests, and tribute performances by musicians including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Turre, Oliver Lake, Sullivan Fortner, Ambrose Akinmusire, Taylor McFerrin, Junius Paul, Kanoa Mendenhall, and others.

NEA JAZZ MASTERS AT SFJAZZ
During the 2019-20 Season, SFJAZZ will present numerous NEA Jazz Masters throughout the year including Ahmad Jamal, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Kenny Barron, Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Palmieri, Abdullah Ibrahim, Benny Golson, Maria Schneider, and Jason Marsalis.

Bobby McFerrin

A master vocal improviser, vocalist and composer Bobby McFerrin became a part of popular culture through his 1988 worldwide smash “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” showcasing his virtuoso musicality and four-octave range. He is a ten-time GRAMMY winner who has worked widely in jazz and in classical settings as a performer and conductor.

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Bobby McFerrin

A master vocal improviser, vocalist and composer Bobby McFerrin became a part of popular culture through his 1988 worldwide smash “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” showcasing his virtuoso musicality and four-octave range. He is a ten-time GRAMMY winner who has worked widely in jazz and in classical settings as a performer and conductor.

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Roscoe Mitchell

Saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell is a pioneering figure in avant garde jazz, having worked with Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since its beginnings, and co-founding the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago. He is currently Darius Milhaud Chair of Composition at Mills College in Oakland.

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Roscoe Mitchell

Saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell is a pioneering figure in avant garde jazz, having worked with Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since its beginnings, and co-founding the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago. He is currently Darius Milhaud Chair of Composition at Mills College in Oakland.

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Reggie Workman

Bassist and composer Reggie Workman is one of the great instrumentalists in jazz history, known widely for his timeless work with the John Coltrane Quartet and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He has appeared on hundreds of albums with a staggering array of artists, led and co-led 10 sessions, and is a professor at New York’s The New School.

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Reggie Workman

Bassist and composer Reggie Workman is one of the great instrumentalists in jazz history, known widely for his timeless work with the John Coltrane Quartet and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He has appeared on hundreds of albums with a staggering array of artists, led and co-led 10 sessions, and is a professor at New York’s The New School.

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Dorthaan Kirk

Jazz advocate and widow of jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dorthaan Kirk has been a major figure in jazz radio for over 40 years as a founding staffer at WBGO in Newark, NJ, and a regular curator of jazz events around New Jersey. She continues to maintain the legacy of her late husband and is a tireless promoter of jazz education.

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Dorthaan Kirk

Jazz advocate and widow of jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dorthaan Kirk has been a major figure in jazz radio for over 40 years as a founding staffer at WBGO in Newark, NJ, and a regular curator of jazz events around New Jersey. She continues to maintain the legacy of her late husband and is a tireless promoter of jazz education.

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The National Endowment for the Arts is excited to celebrate these recipients, and to partner with SFJAZZ for the first time, bringing the NEA Jazz Masters events to a different part of the country.

Mary Anne Carter, Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is excited to celebrate these recipients, and to partner with SFJAZZ for the first time, bringing the NEA Jazz Masters events to a different part of the country.

Mary Anne Carter, Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

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