Randall Kline, Founder and Executive Artistic Director of SFJAZZ, today announced the artist lineup for the SFJAZZ Center’s 2014-15 Season running September 11, 2014 to May 31, 2015. The award-winning SFJAZZ Center opened on January 21, 2013 in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood and has been recognized as one of the best new performing arts centers in the country, receiving awards from architecture and acoustic organizations. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 23 at 11:00am PST.
“SFJAZZ Center has established itself as one of the most best places to see music anywhere,” says Kline. We conceived the Center as a community-gathering place for artists and audiences to come together and truly experience music’s ability to inspire. Since we opened in January 2013, there have been many unforgettable moments, and the upcoming 2014-15 Season holds the promise for more.”
For the 2014-15 Season, SFJAZZ introduces a new set of SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Directors – Zakir Hussain, Eric Harland, Terence Blanchard and Esperanza Spalding. The Resident Artistic Director programs gives individual directors the opportunity to program, curate, perform, and participate in outreach and educational activities while in San Francisco. Each of them will curate exclusive programming, premiere new works, and feature exclusive collaborations. The directors were selected based on each artist’s career, commitment to jazz, and understanding of the SFJAZZ mission.
Zakir Hussain is universally regarded as the world’s greatest tabla virtuoso, and he will showcases a cross section of his creative pursuits in two distinct runs from October 9-12, 2014 and April 1-5, 2015.
A leading drummer on the national scene, Texas-born Eric Harland has performed with jazz legends like Betty Carter, Joe Henderson Dave Holland and McCoy Tyner, and was a longtime member of the SFJAZZ Collective. His four- night residency January 29-February 1, 2015 will present a wide range of his stimulating music.
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard is jazz’s foremost Renaissance man. A savvy bandleader, celebrated film composer, brilliant jazz writer and influential educator, the GRAMMY- winning New Orleans native is a creative force and his program April 9-12, 2015 will express the diversity of his vision.
Bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding is the most alluring ambassador in jazz. Her singular status became clearly evident with her stunning breakthrough as the first jazz musician ever to win the coveted GRAMMY Award as Best New Artist. Her series, running April 30-May 3, 2015, will present truly exclusive SFJAZZ programming.
The season’s programming complements the award-winning building’s design and constructs. Each week, over four nights from Thursday to Sunday, a foundation is built with a thread running through each night that connects artists, musical styles, and geography with residencies, collaborations, themes, premieres, and projects. There will be special one-night-only performances, special events, and early afternoon concerts for the entire family in both the Robert N. Miner Auditorium and the Joe Henderson Lab.