Fridays at Five
TAJ MAHAL QUARTET
FRI, OCT 23 · 5–6 PM PT (8-9 PM ET)
(Originally recorded FEB 28, 2020)
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Taj Mahal In 5 Songs (On The Corner)
This rollicking performance by the three-time GRAMMY-winning blues icon comes from his run of March 2020 shows that were some of the very last held at the SFJAZZ Center before we closed our doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. A longtime Berkeley resident, Taj Mahal has created a singular body of work that embraces the raw energy of field hollers, the rent-party gumption of early jazz, the urbane grooves of rhythm and blues, the church-derived cadences of soul music and the rhythms of West Africa, via New Orleans and the Caribbean. Since his first release 50 years ago with the Rising Sons, which he founded with Ry Cooder, Taj has been a cultural force, bringing blues culture to new generations. He brought his telepathic quartet for this special night.
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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 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
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& MORE TBA
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