SFJAZZ Hotplate returns next Thursday! Monster saxophonist Howard Wiley plays Ornette Coleman's defining The Shape of Jazz To Come, which drastically altered the jazz landscape in 1959, an already pivotal year in jazz (Kind of Blue, Giant Steps, Time Out, etc...). Come hang and hear Wiley recreate Coleman's modern jazz masterpiece. As always, DJ Pat Les Stache will be on decks spinning Ornette and other greats. You don't want to miss this one!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
This month, SFJAZZ honors Women in Jazz, beginning Thursday by paying tribute to four of the greatest female jazz vocalists—Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Etta James & Sarah Vaughan—with Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers all weekend in Joe Henderson Lab. Of course, the four vocalists chosen represent just a few of many. What other songstresses do you think should don the list? We posed this very question on social media and got a wealth of responses. Below are a few highlights. Feel free to contribute your own in the comments section below.
Monday, March 3, 2014
For the SFJAZZ Collective's 10th Anniversary Spring Tour, we asked each member to pick their favorites from the Collective Songbook! Check out their responses, interwoven with recordings and video clips from the past 10 years! The backdrop is Sandow Birk / Elyse Pignolet's tile mural "Jazz and the Nation," a fictionalized cityscape of important jazz venues across the United States, which lives on the 2nd floor of the SFJAZZ Center.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
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Paco de Lucia
We're deeply saddened by the loss of Spanish flamenco giant Paco de Lucía, who suddenly passed at 66 yesterday in Mexico. We last heard de Lucía at his sold out Paramount Theatre (Oakland) performance as part of the 2012 SFJAZZ Spring Season. A true legend, he will be missed dearly.
De Lucía was largely unknown in the U.S. until the recording Friday Night In San Francisco, a sensational 1981 acoustic showdown with jazz stars John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola, that cemented his status as a guitar hero. He made acclaimed appearances on records by Chick Corea and others in the ‘80s, and a thrilling reunion of The Guitar Trio led to a Verve album and world tour in 1996. But the Andalusian master maintained a steadfast commitment to flamenco as his primary art form. Landmark recordings including Siroco, Zyryab, Luzia and 2004’s masterful Cositas Buenas further reinforced de Lucía’s reputation as a peerless virtuoso who single-handedly reinvented the flamenco vocabulary.
SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón puts it well: "He was the beacon of modern flamenco. As we mark the tango 'before and after Piazzolla,' we must do the same for flamenco." Watch Paco de Lucía perform in 2010 at the 31st Leverkusener Jazztage in Germany...
Monday, February 24, 2014
Executive Producer Robert Mailer Anderson accepts the NAACP Image Award
The SFJAZZ Collective won 'Outstanding Jazz Album' at the 45th NAACP Image Awards for Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder! Robert Mailer Anderson, Executive Producer of the album, accepted on behalf of the band over the weekend. The Collective joined the likes of Beyoncé, John Legend and Janelle Monáe to receive top honors. The award-winning album featured Miguel Zenón, Eric Harland, Matt Penman, Avishai Cohen, Mark Turner, Stefon Harris, Robin Eubanks and Edward Simon. Watch them perform selections from Wonder on SFJAZZ's YouTube Channel.
SFJAZZ Collective, 2011
"Prized Possession," the photograph used as the album cover, comes from SFJAZZ Photographer Laureate Jim Goldberg's acclaimed Open See Collection—telling the story of refugees, immigrants, and trafficked individuals journeying from their countries of origin to their new homes in Europe. You can pick up a copy of Goldberg's Open See Collection at the SFJAZZ Box Office.
The award gives the SFJAZZ Collective some well-deserved recognition, highlighting but one chapter of its extensive book. To celebrate its ever-growing legacy of music, the Collective (with new members Warren Wolf, Obed Calvaire and David Sanchez) embarks on an extensive domestic tour throughout March and April, commemorating its 10th Anniversary. Check out the tour dates! Buy the album online at sfjazz.org.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Bobby Hutcherson's signature move
A great honor having vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson back in the house last night. The NEA Jazz Master rounded a superstar group with organist Joey DeFrancesco, saxophone star David Sanborn and swinging drummer Billy Hart--the quartet is set to release an album in June, keep an eye out. Their sold out performance in Miner Auditorium peaked with renditions of Hutcherson's "Montara" and "Hey Harold" (a shout out to his longtime collaborator Harold Land). The fun continues all weekend long. Check out a few more photos below.
Hutcherson, Sanborn, DeFrancesco & Hart
Celebrating NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson
The weekend is largely sold out. Follow SFJAZZ on Twitter and Facebook for last minute ticket updates and releases. Keep up to date with the SFJAZZ Calendar. To see more photos, visit SFJAZZ Flickr.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Bay Area guitarist Terrence Brewer kicks off 2014 on a high note, releasing two new albums! Mosaic — Setting The Standard: Vol 2 breaks down well-known standards and builds them back up again, with fresh reharmonization, rhythms, time signatures and sounds. Mi Historia — The Latin Jazz Project features mostly originals with Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms. Brewer's Double Album Release Party happens next Thursday (2/27) and Friday (2/28) in Joe Henderson Lab at the SFJAZZ Center.
To reserve a seat for Terrence Brewer, visit sfjazz.org. For more videos, subscribe today to the SFJAZZ YouTube Channel.