30th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival Lineup Announced


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Randall Kline, the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of SFJAZZ—the leading nonprofit jazz organization on the West Coast—today announced the artist lineup for the 30th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival running August 25 to December 7, 2012. The festival will celebrate the organization’s thirtieth anniversary by presenting thirty concerts from a global range of artists including Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society; Sonny Rollins; Ornette Coleman; Dianne Reeves; Branford Marsalis, solo at Grace Cathedral; Gilberto Gil; Brecker Brothers Band Reunion with Randy Brecker, Mike Stern & Dave Weckl; Arturo Sandoval; Robert Glasper Experiment, Marc Ribot & David Hidalgo; Marcus Miller; Buika; Don Byron New Gospel Quintet; Mary Stallings with the Bill Charlap Trio, Miles Smiles with Wallace Roney, Bill Evans, Robben Ford, Joey DeFrancesco, Darryl Jones & Omar Hakim; Danilo Pérez Trio; John Medeski; Barry Harris; Jacky Terrasson; Alfredo Rodriguez; Ivan Lins; Eliane Elias; Dorado Schmitt and the Django All-Stars; Jerry & Andy Gonzalez; Orquesta Aragón; Grégoire Maret Quartet; Septeto Nacional; Tony Malaby’s Tamarindo and more.

“It is with great pride that we announce the 30th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival,“ says Kline. “In the fall of 1983, we presented two concerts at the Herbst Theatre with a simple philosophy: offer the best of jazz music in an environment that showcases the full spectrum and artistry of the art form. Thirty years later we have stayed true to this idea, and on January 21, 2013 we open the SFJAZZ Center, the first stand-alone building devoted to jazz in the country. Just two blocks from the site of our first concerts in 1983, the SFJAZZ Center will truly be a home for jazz and a welcoming environment in which to hear, learn and be inspired.”

The SFJAZZ Center, designed by award-winning architect Mark Cavagnero, is nearing completion and will celebrate its Grand Opening on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2013. Located at 205 Franklin Street at Fell Street in San Francisco’s vibrant Hayes Valley, the SFJAZZ Center will be a hub of art, music, culture and community in the Civic Center performing arts district. To learn more about the SFJAZZ Center, please visit sfjazz.org.


JAZZ CONTINUUM 2011 Best New Artist Grammy Winner Esperanza Spalding performs her Radio Music Society at the Paramount in Oakland (8/25). Two supergroups have been assembled: Brecker Brothers Band Reunion with Randy Brecker, Mike Stern & Dave Weckl (9/28) and ‘80s Miles Revisited from Miles Smiles with Wallace Roney, Bill Evans, Robben Ford, Joey DeFrancesco, Darryl Jones & Omar Hakim (9/29). Branford Marsalis will perform solo at Grace Cathedral (10/5), Marcus Miller (10/11) is a singular artist whose impact extends far beyond jazz; and returning to San Francisco from last Fall’s ‘Salute To Toots’ concert, Belgian harmonica player Grégoire Maret (10/28) brings his quartet the torch from the legendary Toots Thielemans.


The history of jazz and Brazilian music is intertwined in the piano artistry of Eliane Elias (10/19), the musical revolutionary and beloved statesman Gilberto Gil (10/25) and a rare unplugged piano concert from the legendary Ivan Lins (11/3).


These two artists are larger than life, spanning genres and generations while upholding and bending the traditions of jazz: Sonny Rollins (9/30) and Ornette Coleman (11/9).


The festival will present this collection of Cuban masters: Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro de Cuba (10/4), a double bill with Jerry & Andy Gonzalez; Elio Villafranca & Arturo Stable (10/18), the venerable Orquesta Aragón (11/4) and six-time Grammy Winner Arturo Sandoval (12/1).


These melodic masters and spellbinding storytellers interpret the legacy of song with passion, grace and fire: four-time Grammy Winner Dianne Reeves (10/20), two of today’s best from San Francisco - Mary Stallings with the Bill Charlap Trio (10/26) and Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Swingin’ the Blues: the Kansas City Sound (11/10) and the SFJAZZ debut of Spanish vocalist Buika (11/16).


This series presents unique collaborations and presentations from Don Byron New Gospel Quintet (10/6), the West Coast debut of ‘Border Music’ with Marc Ribot & David Hidalgo (10/24), saxophonist Tony Malaby’s Tamarindo with bassist William Parker and drummer Mark Ferber (10/27), celebrating Django Reinhardt with Dorado Schmitt and the Django All-Stars (11/17) and Blind Boys of Alabama’s holiday gospel show Tell It on the Mountain (12/2).


SFJAZZ presents a showcase of the piano’s broad range of expression in the hands of these varied and dynamic artists including the three generations of pianists - Barry Harris, Jacky Terrasson and Alfredo Rodriguez performing solo to celebrate Thelonious Monk’s Birthday (10/10), the mix of modern jazz with hip hop and R&B from Robert Glasper Experiment (11/1), Panamanian master Danilo Pérez Trio (10/14) and a rare solo performance from John Medeski (11/18).

SFJAZZ MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS & DISCOUNTS One of the many benefits of SFJAZZ Membership is unparalleled access to the music and musicians. The 30th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival continues this tradition with a variety of exciting SFJAZZ Members–only events including The Music of Thelonious Monk – A Listening Party with Larry Goldings (9/27) and Mary Stallings with the Bill Charlap Trio (10/26).


SFJAZZ is a year-round education organization that offers a dynamic and innovative array of artistic and educational programs in the concert hall, classroom, and community.


CRIOLLA Y SABROSA: LA MÚSICA PUERTORRIQUEÑA (8-class series) Instructor: John Santos Wednesdays, August 1 – September 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD), 685 Mission Street, San Francisco Non-Members: $25 per class; $180 full course SFJAZZ, YBCA and MOAD Members: $18 per class; $130 full course

SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and The Museum of the African Diaspora present a unique series that delves into the origins, evolution, and relevance of Puerto Rican music, encapsulating the folk and popular trends of this tiny, yet highly expressive Caribbean nation. Mr. Santos will illuminate Puerto Rico’s musical evolution from a socio-political perspective, through audio examples, video clips and historical background.

MUSICA CUBANA: JAZZ IN CUBA AND BEYOND (5-class series) Instructor: Rebeca Mauleón Wednesdays, October 3 – 31, 7:00pm – 9:00pm Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street, San Francisco Non-Members: $25 per class; $100 full course SFJAZZ and JCCSF Members: $18 per class; $75 full course

Taught by award-winning pianist, musicologist and SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón, this series will explore the remarkable history of jazz in and out of Cuba and will feature live performances by Mauleón herself along with many special guests.


During every Festival, SFJAZZ Education hosts intimate conversations with artists that take place one hour before curtain time at selected concerts, led by jazz artists, scholars, and industry professionals. Free to ticket holders, Pre-Concert Talks provide deep insight into the performer’s music and creative process and begin one hour before show time. Randy Brecker (9/28), Marcus Miller (10/11), Danilo Pérez (10/14), Robert Glasper (11/1), Buika (11/16) and Arturo Sandoval (12/1).


Both fun and educational, Family Matinees provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz. Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A and amazing music. Although designed for elementary school students, our Family Matinees are open to music fans of all ages. This fall, the Marcus Shelby Trio hosts our Matinee series, highlighting the music of the great jazz masters – two of whom will appear at this year’s Festival: Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman. Enjoyed individually or as a series, these Family Matinees will change the way you hear jazz. Family Matinees are at Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, $15 General Admission Adults, $10 Adults with Children, Children and Seniors $5.

Matinee 1: Sonny Rollins, Saturday, September 29, 11:00AM. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is considered as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. Many of his compositions have become standards in the jazz lexicon, including “St. Thomas,” “Oleo,” “Doxy” and “Airegin.” Throughout his prolific career he performed and recorded with many of the greats such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, inspiring generations of musicians with his signature style, as well as pioneering the sound of the “pianoless” trio.

Matinee 2: Thelonious Monk, Saturday, October 20, 11:00AM. Pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk is unique among the jazz giants, developing a singular sound on his instrument while creating some of the most compelling compositions in modern music. Together with Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus, Monk propelled the bebop movement and developed a distinct improvisational style. His many compositions – including “’Round Midnight,” “Straight No Chaser” and “Blue Monk” – have remained iconic in the standard repertoire, making Monk one of the most recorded composers in jazz. Features a performance by the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra.

Matinee 3: Ornette Coleman, Saturday, November 17, 11:00AM. Tenor saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Ornette Coleman is one of the major innovators of the “free jazz” movement of the 1960s. In his early career he began playing a plastic saxophone and later explored electronic and other experimental textures as well as funk, evolving his sound into what is generally considered the “avant-garde” side of jazz. While controversial at times, Coleman is without a doubt a leading figure in America’s music.


Launched in 2004, the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective features Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Stefon Harris on vibraphone and marimba, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and new members saxophonist David Sánchez and drummer Jeff Ballard, replacing Mark Turner and Eric Harland, respectively. Hailing from Puerto Rico, New York, Venezuela, California, New Zealand and Israel, the Collective’s multi-cultural lineup mirrors the explosion of jazz talent around the globe. In addition to its outstanding lineup, the SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble performs new arrangements of compositions by a modern jazz master and new compositions by the members, commissioned by SFJAZZ. Through this pioneering approach, honoring jazz history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living ever-relevant art form. After exploring the work of Ornette Coleman (2004), John Coltrane (2005), Herbie Hancock (2006), Thelonious Monk (2007), Wayne Shorter (2008), McCoy Tyner (2009), Horace Silver (2010), and Stevie Wonder (2011- 2012), the Collective now turns its sights on legendary pianist and composer Chick Corea. The Collective will tour nationally in Fall 2012.


In addition to the Festival performances, SFJAZZ presents Hotplate, the popular monthly series in which Bay Area musicians are commissioned to approach and re-imagine the work of a jazz icon. SFJAZZ Hotplate takes place the second Thursday of each month at Amnesia, 853 Valencia Street, in San Francisco’s Mission District. Upcoming shows include Scheherazade Stone sings Gil Scott-Heron (7/14), Wally Schnalle plays Billy Cobham (7/12), SFJAZZ Director Of Education Rebeca Mauleón plays Eddie Palmieri (8/9), Mike Rinta plays J.J. Johnson (9/13), John Worley plays Miles Davis (10/11), Dave MacNab plays John Scofield (11/8) and Chris Dingman plays Bobby Hutcherson (12/13).


Founded in 1983, SFJAZZ is the largest nonprofit presenter of jazz and education programs in the western United States. SFJAZZ presents over 100 concerts a year to over 100,000 fans and is dedicated to advancing the art form of jazz and cultivating new audiences through artistic and educational programming, including: The San Francisco Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Spring Season, SFJAZZ Collective, SFJAZZ Summerfest, SFJAZZ Education, SFJAZZ Membership and SFJAZZ Hotplate.

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