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Sun Ra Arkestra at SFJAZZ Center

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Sun Ra Arkestra SFJAZZ Center Summer Season San Francisco July 18-21, 2023 Though on the surface, Dead & Company and the Sun Ra Arkestra--the first a Grateful Dead offshoot focusing on rock tunes featuring extended jams, the other an avant-garde jazz ensemble that remains ahead of its time--might seem really ...


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Miles Davis Celebration at SFJAZZ Center

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Music of Miles Davis: A Celebration SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, CA May 25-29, 2023 Music of Miles Davis: A Celebration For four consecutive nights, four different ensembles graced the stage of SFJAZZ Center to present four aspects of the musical legacy of renowned trumpeter Miles Davis The evenings also featured compositions ...


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Soweto Kinch's 'White Juju Deconstructed' at SFJAZZ Center

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Soweto Kinch SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco, CA White Juju Deconstructed May 19, 2023 “It fascinates me how we're all acquainted with an unspoken architectural and symbolic language of power.' How do these monuments or myths affect how we see ourselves as a nation? Naming the piece “White Juju" deliberately inverted ideas ...


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Orquesta Aragón at Brava Theater

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Orquesta Aragón Brava Theater jny:San Francisco, CA April 30, 2023 These days not many bands stick together for five years, let alone decades. The wonderful Orquesta Aragon has proven to be an exception to the rule since its founding in 1939 by bassist Orestes Aragón. Over the years, although personnel has ...


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Chris Potter's Generations at SFJAZZ

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Chris Potter SFJAZZ CenterSan Francisco, CA April 23, 2023 Veteran saxophonist and composer Chris Potter, onstage at the beginning of the final performance of a four-night presentation in San Francisco of “Generations," his remarkable new suite, informed the audience that “There are eight movements, and each of them is named for ...


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Iris DeMent at the Freight and Salvage

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Iris DeMent Freight and Salvage Berkeley, CA April 27, 2023 Iris Luella DeMent stands apart amidst the field of singer-songwriters who incorporate gospel, folk and country into their repertoire. As her website says she has “an acclaimed ability to create nuance out of everyday pain and triumph." DeMent, 62, was ...


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Maria Schneider Orchestra at Herbst Theater

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Maria Schneider Orchestra Herbst Theater SFJAZZ Spring Season San Francisco, CA March 2, 2023 These days only a few touring jazz orchestras exist, and those that do stand apart.  Maria Schneider's 18-member ensemble, the Maria Schneider Orchestra Orchestra is one of these. The 59-year-old composer has an impressive résumé. ...


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Seun Kuti on His Music and His Politics

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At 39, Seun Kuti is many things. Singer-songwriter. Band leader. Saxophone and keyboard player. Father, husband. Politically active Nigerian citizen. Social critic and community leader. He is married to Yetunde George Ademiluyi and has a daughter Adara, who was born in 2013. Seun is the youngest son of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his wife ...


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Ravi Coltrane at SFJAZZ Center

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Ravi Coltrane SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, California April 29, 2022 When you have a famous father, whether you are Seun Kuti, Miley Cyrus, or one of the innumerable talented offspring of other celebrated musicians, expectations can be enormous. That especially holds true when one is the second son of the ...


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Kronos Festival at SFJAZZ Center

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Kronos Quartet SFJAZZ Center Kronos Festival 2022 San Francisco, CA April 7-9, 2022 Founded in 1973, Kronos Quartet has long been one of San Francisco's musical treasures. Yet, because the quartet tours internationally, a performance in its home city is an event to take note of. The three-day Kronos Festival ...


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