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SFJazz Announces 11th Annual Spring Season Lineup

SOURCE: Published: 2009-12-14
Randall Kline, the Executive Artistic Director of SFJAZZ--the leading nonprofit jazz organization on the West Coast and the presenter of the San Francisco Jazz Festival-- today announced the complete artist lineup for the 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season. The unique and spectacular five-month-long concert series begins on February 19 and continues through June 12. The season will present some of the most illustrious names in jazz, world and related music. See the full schedule beginning on page 6.

“For the 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season, SFJAZZ is once again offering a myriad of amazing artists and an array of experiences that you'll not likely find in the Bay Area--or elsewhere," said Kline. “It's a strange and wonderful paradox that jazz, and related musics, require tremendous unity of purpose but also reflect the passions of incredibly diverse musicians. In some of the groups we present at SFJAZZ, literally every person on stage is from a different country. Yet they perform together as one, whether playing a melody in unison or creating complex sonic textures for layered improvisation. The same can be said about SFJAZZ audiences. Our shows attract jazz fans of every stripe. Our audiences may include people with direct ties to India, Argentina, Norway, Cuba and beyond. Regardless, each of us experiences the unifying, inspiring power of great music."

11th ANNUAL SFJAZZ SPRING SEASON HIGHLIGHTS & THEMES

“We are fully committed to diverse 'thematic' programming and we strive to present every conceivable style of jazz and world music, from trio to big band, hard bop to post-modern and traditional to contemporary," explains Kline.

JAZZ GIANTS

A collection of jazz giants, spanning generations and genres while upholding and bending the traditions of jazz, including a “Sacred Space" concert at Grace Cathedral with Pharoah Sanders (4/16), bebop and soul-jazz legend Lou Donaldson (5/29), Sinatra-Basie Revisited with Kurt Elling and the Count Basie Orchestra playing the classic Frank Sinatra/Count Basie repertoire (5/30) and bassist Marcus Miller performing the electric music of Miles Davis (6/11).

ECM SERIES

The Spring Season presents a collection of five tribute concerts to the innovative, influential and cutting-edge record label, ECM, in honor of their recent 40th anniversary. Featured ECM artists include Keith Jarrett, solo (3/19), Ralph Towner with Paolo Fresu (3/27), Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen Ensemble (3/28), Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko Quintet (4/11) and the Charles Lloyd New Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland (4/25).

GLOBAL VILLAGE

Artists from every corner of the globe with diverse cultures and styles, from ancient to modern, including German cabaret ensemble Max Raabe & Palast Orchester (2/20), Touareg superstars Tinariwen (2/21), tabla legend Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion (3/10), the South African institution Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3/11), Indian-American alto saxophonist and 'Miles From India' alum Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition (3/13), Portuguese fado vocalist Ana Moura (4/24), Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso (4/17) and Malian Afropop vocalist Salif Keita (6/12).

SOULFUL SINGERS

These melodic masters and spellbinding storytellers interpret the legacy of song with passion, grace and fire, including four-time Grammy-winner Dianne Reeves (3/12), the U.S. premiere of Bobby McFerrin's VOCAbuLarieS (4/10), positive R&B vocalist/guitarist Raul Midn (5/2), singer/piano duet by Sheila Jordan with Steve Kuhn (5/16), and a Bay Area double-bill with The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol Quartet and Jamie Davis Quintet (5/23).

STRING THINGS

An astonishing assortment of fingerboard geniuses including the world-fusion of flamenco, tango, Gypsy and Latin jazz from legendary guitarist Al DiMeola's World Sinfonia (2/27), the progressive bluegrass of the Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile (4/18), and a violin summit featuring Regina Carter Quintet and Mads Tolling Quartet (5/28).

LEADING EDGE

With a strong sense of heritage, these sonic explorers are charting new directions in music, including Joshua Redman, solo “Sacred Space" concert at Grace Cathedral (2/26), jazz vocalist Kate McGarry Trio with Keith Granz and Clarence Penn (3/7), NYC-based saxophonist Donny McCaslin Trio (6/5) and the special SFJAZZ Members-only west coast premiere of the new band James Farm with Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland (6/12).

PIANISM

A showcase of the piano's broad range of expression in the hands of true virtuosos including a double-bill with Japanese sensation Hiromi, solo, and rising post-bop/hip- hop star Robert Glasper Quartet (3/20); jazz meets flamenco dance with Chano Domnguez Flamenco Jazz Quartet featuring Tomasito (4/30); and the dynamic duos of Renee Rosnes with Bill Charlap and Toshiko Akiyoshi with Lew Tabackin (6/4).

DEEP GROOVE

A collection of dance, groove and world music combining the power of rhythm to move the body, nourish the soul and unify listeners. Featuring a Cuban dance party with Issac Delgado (2/19), the funky soul of James Brown saxophonist Maceo Parker (3/14), the groove of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Booker T. (4/23), a cutting-edge brass band party with Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and the Slavic Soul Party! (5/1), the downtown NYC jazz of Sexmob with DJ Olive play Sexotica (5/15) and the organ groove double-bill of Soulive and the Bay Area's own Wil Blades O.G.D (5/22).

SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE

Commissioned exclusively by SFJAZZ, the Collective features a new 2010 line-up and repertoire featuring new arrangements of the work of legendary pianist Horace Silver and original compositions by Collective members. The all-star roster includes veteran members: alto saxophonist Miguel Zenn, trombonist Robin Eubanks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland plus new members tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, trumpeter Avishai Cohen and pianist Edward Simon (3/5). Vibraphonist Stefon Harris also returns to the Collective after a one-year hiatus from the band. The SFJAZZ Collective will tour nationally and internationally in Spring 2010.

SFJAZZ GALA HONORING BOBBY HUTCHERSON

The SFJAZZ Gala, an annual benefit for SFJAZZ artistic and education programs, will be held on Saturday, May 8 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. This year's Gala will honor legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. The festivities will include intimate performances by Hutcherson and the SFJAZZ Collective; the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars; surprise musical guests; a silent auction; and a gourmet-seated dinner in the elegant Four Seasons Veranda Ballroom followed by the “SFJAZZ After Jam." For information on tickets and tables, email gala@sfjazz.org or call (415) 283-0326. Individual tickets from $375 each, tables from $6,500.

SFJAZZ MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS

Only SFJAZZ Members get “insider" access to these unique experiences:

SFJAZZ Members Listening Party with Sam Stephenson -- The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith; Friday, February 5, 7:00pm, War Memorial, Green Room; In a famed New York loft, W. Eugene Smith took nearly 40,000 photographs and made nearly 4,000 hours of recordings of Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Chick Corea and many others. Join writer Sam Stephenson as he shares stories from his new book The Jazz Loft Project. Event includes wine and dessert reception with the author--two FREE tickets per Member household.

SFJAZZ Collective Post-Concert Reception; Friday, March 5, 8:00PM performance, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre; Get to know the new members of the SFJAZZ Collective and enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres.

SFJAZZ Members-only Concert: James Farm with Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman & Eric Harland; Saturday, June 12, 8:00PM, Herbst Theatre

SFJAZZ EDUCATION

SFJAZZ, in addition to being the largest nonprofit jazz presenter on the West Coast, is a year-round education organization that offers a dynamic and innovative array of educational programs in the concert hall, classroom, and community. This spring, SFJAZZ offers the following programs in connection with the SFJAZZ Spring Season.

DISCOVER JAZZ: THE GREAT COMPOSERS (series of 5 classes)

Led by SFJAZZ Director of Education Cory Combs, the Discover Jazz Series is a multimedia music appreciation course for adults, offering entertaining and informative insights into jazz music, history and culture. Each series features classic video, audio and live performances by some of the Bay Area's finest musicians. Discover Jazz is presented in a fun and relaxed environment, open to anyone with an interest in learning more about America's indigenous art form. Each Discover Jazz class includes live performances, classic audio tracks and rare video. Open to all jazz enthusiasts regardless of prior knowledge. Guest artists include the Peter Horvath Trio, Marcus Shelby, Jaz Sawyer and many others.

Thursdays, February 4-March 4, 7:00PM-9:00PM

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street Non-Members: $25/class or $100 full course (5 classes) SFJAZZ & JCCSF Members: $18/class or $75 full course (5 classes)

11TH ANNUAL SFJAZZ SPRING SEASON ARTIST LINEUP

Calendar Editors, Please Note: SFJAZZ is spelled as one word in all caps. This is not a graphic treatment, but the name of the organization. All concerts are a production of SFJAZZ and are part of the 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season. Please print the “11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season" when referring to the organization's spring programming. A complete list of the 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season can be found at sfjazz.org and the entire 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season catalog can be downloaded here.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Tickets go on sale to SFJAZZ Members on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 10:00AM. Tickets go on sale to the public on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 10:00AM. Schedule and artists are subject to change. There are three ways to purchase tickets:

  • Visit sfjazz.org, service charge applied.
  • Call 866-920-JAZZ (5299), service charge applied. [Calendar Editors, please publish only this phone number and discard previous numbers.]
  • Go to SFJAZZ Box Office & Store, 3 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level, no service charge. Open Monday-Friday 11:00am-5:30pm.


11TH ANNUAL SFJAZZ SPRING SEASON COMPLETE ARTIST LINEUP “Timba Dance Party"
Issac Delgado
Friday, February 19, 8:00pm & 10:30pm
8:00pm $35 GA, 10:30pm $40 GA
Bimbo's 365 Club
1025 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco 94133

“Elegant Expressions"
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
Saturday, February 20, 8:00pm
$25/$40/$55/$75 Premium
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway, Oakland 94612

“Desert Dreams"
Tinariwen
Sunday, February 21, 7:00pm
$25/$45/$65 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Sacred Space - Singular Saxophone"
Joshua Redman, solo
Friday, February 26, 8:00pm
$25 GA, $50 Premium GA
Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street, San Francisco 94108

“Guitar God"
Al Di Meola's World Sinfonia
Saturday, February 27, 8:00pm
$25/$45/$65 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Silver Celebration - The Works of Horace Silver"
SFJAZZ Collective
Friday, March 5, 8:00pm
$25/$40/$60 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Standards & Surprises"
Kate McGarry Trio with Keith Granz & Clarence Penn
Sunday, March 7, 7:00pm
$25 GA
Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street, San Francisco 94114

“Rhythm Madness"
Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion
Wednesday, March 10, 7:30pm
$30/$50/$70 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Heavenly Harmony"
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Thursday, March 11, 7:30pm
$30/$45/$65 Premium GA
Sherith Israel
2266 California Sreet, San Francisco 94115

“Ballads, Blues & Beyond"
Dianne Reeves
Friday, March 12, 8:00pm
$35/$55/$80 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“A Star Rises"
Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition
Saturday, March 13, 8:00pm
$25 GA
Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street, San Francisco 94114

“2% Jazz and 98% Funk"
Maceo Parker
Sunday, March 14, 7:00pm
$25/$45/$65 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Return of a Prophet"
Keith Jarrett, solo
Friday, March 19, 8:00pm
$30/$50/$70/$95 Premium
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“State of the Art"
Hiromi, solo; Robert Glasper Quartet
Saturday, March 20, 8:00pm
$25/$40/$55 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“A Handful of Beauty"
Ralph Towner with Paolo Fresu
Saturday, March 27, 8:00pm
Members $22 GA/$37 Premium GA
Non-members $30 GA/$50 Premium GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“Mood Master" Tord Gustavsen Quintet
Sunday, March 28, 7:00pm
$25 GA/$40 Premuim GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“U.S. Premiere"
Bobby McFerrin's VOCAbuLarieS
Saturday, April 10, 8:00pm
$25/$45/$65/$85 Premium
Nob Hill Masonic Center
1111 California Street, San Francisco 94108

“The Essence of Europe"
Tomasz Stanko Quintet
Sunday, April 11, 2:00pm
$25/$40 Premium
Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor
Ticket includes entry to the museum galleries.
100 Legion of Honor Drive, San Francisco 94121

“Sacred Space - Something Spiritual"
Pharoah Sanders, solo
Friday, April 16, 8:00pm
$25 GA/$50 Premium GA
Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street, San Francisco 94108

“Bossa & Beyond"
Caetano Veloso
Saturday, April 17, 8:00pm
$30/$50/$70/$90
Nob Hill Masonic Center
1111 California Street, San Francisco 94108

“Sagebrush Savants"
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
Sunday, April 18, 7:00pm
$25/$40/$55 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Soul Man"
Booker T.
Friday, April 23, 8:00pm
$25/$40/$55 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Fado Princess"
Ana Moura
Saturday, April 24, 8:00pm
$25/$40/$55 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Tail of a Cloud"
Charles Lloyd New Quartet
with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers & Eric Harland
Sunday, April 25, 7:00pm
$30/$50/$70 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Jazz Meets Flamenco"
Chano Domnguez Flamenco Jazz Quartet Featuring Tomasito
Friday, April 30, 8:00pm
Non-members $25/$40/$60 Premium
Members $19/$30/$45 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Brass Blowout"
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble;
Slavic Soul Party!
Saturday, May 1, 3:00pm Family Matinee & 8:00pm
Family Matinee 3PM: $15 General Admission adults; $10 adults with children; $5 children and seniors
8:00PM, $25 GA
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Evolution of an Artist"
Raul Miden
Sunday, May 2, 7:00pm
$25/$40/$55 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Good Clean Fun"
Sexmob with DJ Olive Play Sexotica
Saturday, May 15, 8:00pm
$25 GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“The Pen of the Masters"
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
Sunday, May 16, 2:00pm
$15 General Admission adults; $10 adults with children; $5 children and seniors
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“Match Made in Heaven"
Sheila Jordan with Steve Kuhn
Sunday, May 16, 7:00pm
$25 GA/$40 Premium GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“Organomics"
Soulive; Wil Blades O.G.D.
Saturday, May 22, 8:00pm
$25/$35/$45 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Bay Area Brilliance"
Faye Carol Quartet; Jamie Davis Quintet
Sunday, May 23, 7:00pm
$25 GA
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco 94102

“Violin Virtuosos"
Regina Carter Quintet; Mads Tolling Quartet Friday, May 28, 8:00pm
$25/$40/$60 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Bop, Ballads & Blues"
Lou Donaldson
Saturday, May 29, 8:00pm
$25/$35/$50 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Sinatra-Basie Revisited"
Kurt Elling with the Count Basie Orchestra
Sunday, May 30, 7:00pm
Non-Members $25/$40/$60/$80 Premium
Members $19/$30/$45/$60 Premium
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Dynamic Duos"
Renee Rosnes with Bill Charlap
Toshiko Akiyoshi with Lew Tabackin
Friday, June 4, 8:00pm
$25/$35/$50 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“A Young Colossus"
Donny McCaslin Trio
Saturday, June 5, 8:00pm
$25 GA
Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street, San Francisco 94114

“Exploring Electric Miles"
Marcus Miller
Friday, June 11, 8:00pm
$35/$55/$75 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Afropop Dance Party"
Salif Keita
Saturday, June 12, 8:00pm & 10:30pm
$35 GA
Bimbo's 365 Club
1025 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco 94133

“The Shape of Things to Come"
James Farm featuring Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman & Eric Harland
Saturday, June 12, 8:00pm
SFJAZZ Members Only; $25/$40/$60 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

ABOUT SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ, founded in 1983, is the largest nonprofit presenter of jazz 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 jazz 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 (a new monthly nightclub series featuring the Bay Area's best musicians paying tribute to jazz legends--more info at sfjazzhotplate.org).

The 11th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season is a project of SFJAZZ, a nonprofit presenter of jazz music and education programs. Brought to you by AT&T, California Home & Design, Northern Trust, KPIX, 7x7, KCSM Jazz 91, San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com, JetBlue Airways. Official Sponsors: Americania Hotel, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, Capital Public Radio, KXJZ, Citypark, The Fairmont San Francisco, Foxxdance Productions, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf, Hotel Carlton, Hotel Rex, Intrepid Travel, JazzTimes, KBLX, KPFA, KXJZ North Coast Brewing, Prescott Hotel, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Stanford Shopping Center, Yamaha Pianos. In-Kind Donors: Bruce De Benedictis, Jeremiah's Pick Coffee, OOBA.

SFJAZZ receives funding from the following corporations, foundations and government agencies: Confidence Foundation, Dodge and Cox, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Fitzgerald and Graves, Grants for the Arts | San Francisco Hotel Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Hood & Strong, National Endowment for the Arts, The San Francisco Foundation, Surdna Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.


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