NPR Music, WWOZ & WBGO Broadcast SFJAZZ Center Opening Night Concert January 23
The opening of the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco will bring the country its first free-standing building for jazz and an exciting night for music fans. NPR Music, WWOZ 90.7FM New Orleans and WBGO 88.3FM Newark, will mark the occasion with a live broadcast of the Center’s sold-out Historic Opening Night Concert as a live video stream at NPR.org/music and via NPR Music mobile apps. A live audio broadcast will also air on WWOZ, WBGO, KALW in San Francisco, and public radio stations across the country.
SFJAZZ Center’s inaugural concert presents a star-filled lineup on the stage of its Robert N. Miner Auditorium. Hosted by Bill Cosby, the concert features McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Esperanza Spalding, Mary Stallings, Eric Reed, John Handy, Pete Escovedo, the SFJAZZ Collective of Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Stefon Harris on vibraphone, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass, David Sánchez on tenor saxophone, and Jeff Ballard on drums, and the SFJAZZ Center Resident Artistic Directors including three MacArthur “Genius” Fellows – pianist Jason Moran, violinist Regina Carter, and saxophonist Miguel Zenón along with Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Frisell, and Five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos plus the SFJAZZ High School All Stars.
Audiences worldwide can experience the event as it happens in the broadcast, hosted by WWOZ’s Sondra Bibb and WBGO's Josh Jackson on air. NPR Music's Patrick Jarenwattananon will host online and also moderate a live chat where viewers can discuss the show. A version of the concert will be archived for on-demand listening at NPR Music, and videos of select performances will also be available. Highlights can also be heard on upcoming episodes of the public radio program JazzSet with DeeDee Bridgewater.
Located in San Francisco’s vibrant Hayes Valley, The SFJAZZ Center will be a hub of art, music, culture and community in the Bay Area alongside major arts institutions including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Ballet in the Civic Center performing arts district.
About WWOZ 90.7FM New Orleans: WWOZ 90.7FM is the New Orleans jazz and heritage community radio station, promoting New Orleans music culture and contemporary jazz for the last 32 years. WWOZ is a leader in producing and engineering live radio broadcasts from the clubs and streets of New Orleans, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Telluride Jazz Celebration, the Guadalupe Jazz Festival and many others. WWOZ's awards include Radio Station of the Year" by Jazz Week magazine.
About WBGO 88.3FM Newark: Founded in 1979, Newark Public Radio, Inc. is a publicly supported cultural institution that champions jazz at WBGO 88.3 FM in Newark, New Jersey. WBGO is the recognized world leader in jazz radio and one of the most respected jazz presenters in the country, and offers award-winning news and innovative children’s programs. Beyond reaching 350,000 weekly listeners (including 17,000 contributing members) on air, online and via mobile devices, WBGO presents live broadcasts from prestigious jazz venues and produces acclaimed programs for NPR heard by millions. WBGO is Jazz Week magazine’s 2010 Major Market Station of the Year.
About NPR Music: NPR Music regularly broadcasts sets from multiple venues and music festivals across the country, including Live at the Village Vanguard and the Newport Jazz Festival. Their Emmy Award-winning free, multimedia website offers new features daily and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member stations and the passionate NPR community. The NPR Music iPad App joins the ever-expanding suite of NPR Mobile, allowing anyone with a mobile device to enjoy NPR News, NPR Music and Member station content for free.