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Fridays Live

Cosmopolitan Holiday Music
PINK MARTINI

PREMIERE • FRI, DEC 3 • 7:30 PM PT (10:30 PM ET)
ENCORE • 
SAT, DEC 4 • 11 AM PT (2 PM ET)
ON-DEMAND • 
DEC 15 - MAR 16, 2022

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For just $5 a month ($50 annually), you can become a Member and tune in each Friday at 7:30 PM (PT) for the latest concert. Make it a regular date. Bring a glass of wine and cozy up – we think you will discover that digital technology can reveal new dimensions of musical performance. Fridays Live is not your typical video concert series; it is designed to take you inside the music.

ABOUT THIS SHOW
Pound for pound, no other band does what Pink Martini does. With the combined power of a dozen musicians, the self-described “little orchestra” performs a rollicking cross-genre mix of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop The Washington Post called “rich, hugely approachable, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious... it seems to speak to just about everybody.”

The return with their infectiously joyous, dance-friendly takes on classic holiday music to make your season swing, as captured on their 2010 release Joy to the World.

Formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon, the group has built a monstrous fan base through performances in settings ranging from the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Opening of Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, to late night television with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and Jools Holland and even a video greeting to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Fronted by dynamic vocalist China Forbes, Pink Martini has performed with over 50 of the world’s great orchestras and released 16 albums on Lauderdale’s own Heinz imprint, most recently EPs recorded in conjunction with Portland pianist/singer Jimmie Herrod and vocalist Edna Vazquez.

PERSONNEL
Thomas Lauderdale
 band leader & piano
China Forbes
 lead vocals
Jimmie Herrod guest vocals
Edna Vazquez
 guest vocals
Nick Crosa violin
Timothy Nishimoto vocals & percussion
Dan Faenhle guitar

Gavin Bondy trumpet
Phil Baker bass
Brian Davis drums & percussion
Miguel Bernal conga & percussion

Antonis Andreou 
trombone
Thomas Barber trumpet

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About Fridays Live

As SFJAZZ returns to the presentation of live concerts in September, our flagship weekly online concert series (Fridays at Five) has evolved into a truly live event – Fridays Live. Each Friday at 7:30pm PT/10:30pm ET, we'll feature a broadcast of that evening's concert, live from the SFJAZZ Center, and free to all SFJAZZ Members. We'll also feature never-before-seen performances from SFJAZZ's deep archive. Fridays Live will keep all of the same immersive elements as Fridays at Five, including real-time chats with artists and fans, multi-cam HD video, and state-of-the-art audio. 

SATURDAY ENCORE | SATURDAYS AT 11 AM PT
If you miss the Fridays Live premiere or if you live in a distant time zone, catch the Encore the following day at 11 AM PT as part of your Membership. 

FRIDAYS LIVE ON-DEMAND
Watch on your own time! Concerts premiering on Fridays Live will become available On-Demand soon after, and will be available for 90 days. Members save 50% on access.

"It's the place to be."  Herbie Hancock

"That was super-great ... really immersive, amazing camerawork and the sound was excellent. I just felt like I was inside the music and really in the hall." — SFJAZZ Member

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FRIDAYS LIVE SCHEDULE

All Fridays Live broadcasts air at 7:30pm PT (10:30pm ET) unless otherwise noted, and will have a Saturday Encore the following morning at 11am PT (2pm ET | 7pm GMT)

DEC 3 Pink Martini
DEC 10 Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars 
(recorded NOV 25, 2018)
DEC 17 Adam Shulman: A Charlie Brown Christmas
DEC 24 Merry Christmas From José James (recorded NOV 27, 2021)

+ MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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