Fridays at Five

Fridays at Five

Crescent City Celebration
FRI, JUL 3 · 5–6 PM PT (7-8 PM CT / 8-9 PM ET)
(Originally recorded NOV 22, 2014)

This show has passed, but you can still donate to the Tip Jar. Through this weekend, half of the Tip Jar proceeds will be going to the Preservation Hall Foundation 501c3 for their Emergency Legacy Musician Relief Fund, supporting over 60 musicians.



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The coronavirus separates us, threatening the fabric of community – but music connects, which is why we’ve launched Fridays at Five. It’s what we need right now: a new series of weekly pre-recorded concerts that aspire to connect you – to music, to musicians, to the warm and unique feeling of experiencing live music at the SFJAZZ Center.

For just $5 a month ($60 annually), you can become a Digital Member and tune in each Friday at 5 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 at Five is not your typical video concert series; it is designed to take you inside the music.




For nearly four decades – and especially since the opening of the SFJAZZ Center in 2013 – this organization has worked to honor the ever-changing jazz tradition and to build a community around this unparalleled American art form. And the coronavirus, ironically, has served as a call to action: our hall may be dark right now, but the music is alive, and we intend it to remain so. Fridays at Five is our starting point, responding to the virus in a very “jazz” way – building on decades of hard work at SFJAZZ, while improvising our way to a digital future. The music will outlive the virus.

"A chance to support the artists and catch up on memorable concerts from years past."SF Classical Voice

"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

As coronavirus cancels concerts, I tried a new way to listen to live music (SFGate)

SFJAZZ's New Virtual Concert Series Embraces the Streaming Age (SFist)

Fridays at Five: Launching a Digital Experience (On the Corner)


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JUL 24 Cécile McLorin Salvant
w/Sullivan Fortner
JUL 31 Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 3 
w/ Branford Marsalis & Terence Blanchard, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, & Brian Blade
AUG 7 John Santos: 60th Birthday Celebration 
AUG 14 Bokanté
AUG 21 Dianne Reeves: Music of 'Bridges'
AUG 28 Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 4
w/ Joshua Redman & Ambrose Akinmusire, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, & Brian Blade
SEP 18 Wayne Shorter Celebration Pt. 5
w/ Wayne Shorter, Danilo Pérez, John Pattitucci, & Terri Lyne Carrington



From the musicians on stage to the crew behind the scenes, there are many people who work diligently to make every concert a memorable experience. For this week's broadcast, half of the tip-jar proceeds will be going to the Preservation Hall Foundation 501c3 for their Emergency Legacy Musician Relief Fund, supporting over 60 musicians. The remaining half will support artistic and educational programs at SFJAZZ.

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