29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival Lineup Announced


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SFJazz Announces The Artist Lineup For The 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival

Highlights Include:
Esperanza Spalding
Wayne Shorter
Pat Metheny
Mccoy Tyner
Savion Glover
Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau
Jim Hall
Robert Glasper
Booker T.
Mose Allison
Ahmad Jamal
India.Arie & Idan Raichel
Dorado Schmitt & The Django All-Stars
Anonymous 4
Asha Bhosle With Shujaat Khan
Daniela Mercury
Carmen Souza
Goran Bregovic
Huun Huur Tu
Staff Benda Bilili
Luciana Souza
Aaron Neville
Eldar Djangirov
Benny Green
Mimi Fox
Pamela Rose
Javon Jackson
Tiempo Libre
Tomasz Stanko
and More

Festival Runs September 15-December 18
Tickets On Sale Sunday, July 17 at 10:00AM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Randall Kline, the Executive Artistic Director of SFJAZZ—the leading non-profit jazz organization on the West Coast—today announced the complete artist lineup for the 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. The Festival, beginning on September 15 with Cape Verdean vocalist Carmen Souza and culminating with Aaron Neville's 'Soulful Christmas' on December 18, will present some of the most illustrious names in music: Esperanza Spalding; Wayne Shorter; Daniela Mercury; Asha Bohsle with Shujaat Khan; Pat Metheny; McCoy Tyner with Chris Potter and José James; Joshua Redman & Brad Meldau; Jim Hall; Huun Huur Tu; Staff Benda Bilili; Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra; Tiempo Libre; India.Arie & Idan Raichel; Luciana Souza; Mose Allison; Anonymous 4; Robert Glasper; Bassekou Kouyate; Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars; Benny Green; Tomasz Stanko; Pomplamoose; Fernando Otero; Eldar Djangirov; Javon Jackson with Mulgrew Miller, Jimmy Cobb & Peter Washington; Mimi Fox; Pamela Rose with special guest Denise Perrier; David Binney and more.

“The purpose of music is, above all, to nourish the soul," says Kline. “Connecting on a deep emotional level with an artist and their vision can inspire and satisfy like nothing else. With the range of veteran jazz masters, young game-changers and world music luminaries we've packed into this Festival, there are myriad ways to feed the need."


A towering figure in jazz, Wayne Shorter brings his stellar quartet (10/2). Master pianist McCoy Tyner pays tribute to his legendary collaborator with The Gentle Side of John Coltrane, joined by Chris Potter and José James (10/16), vocalist and pianist Mose Allison (10/27) is a singular artist whose impact extends far beyond jazz. Ahmad Jamal (12/10) is a restless innovator who has elevated the piano trio to its most sublime level of expression. Savion Glover's dance is the spirit of jazz incarnate and he performs with Bare Soundz (11/5), a masterful trio of unaccompanied dancers.


Bollywood queen Asha Bhosle, (9/30), is the most recorded singer in history, joined by noted sitar player Shujaat Khan. Brazil is well represented by reigning superstar Daniela Mercury (10/14), jazz-influenced Grammy-winner Luciana Souza (10/15), and samba balladeer Vinicius Cantuária (9/25). The series also includes Cape Verdean songstress Carmen Souza (9/15) and the enthralling Tuvan throat singers Huun Huur Tu (10/16).


Guitar genius Pat Metheny plays a pair of duo shows with bassist Larry Grenadier (9/24). The beloved and influential Jim Hall celebrates his 80th birthday with a quartet (10/23) and gypsy guitar virtuoso Dorado Schmitt channels the spirit of the great Django Reinhardt with the Django All-Stars (11/13).


'Best New Artist' Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding makes a triumphant return to SFJAZZ (10/1) and homegrown saxophone icon Joshua Redman duets with piano progressive Brad Mehldau (10/22). Cutting-edge artists include R&B goddess India.Arie with Israeli keyboardist and composer Idan Raichel (10/15), viral video masterminds Pomplamoose (10/29), hip-bop pianist Robert Glasper and his trio (9/29) and saxophone firebrand David Binney's quartet (10/5).


Exciting artists covering all corners of the globe and all facets of the musical spectrum, including the return of Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra (10/28), the Cuban timba celebration of Tiempo Libre (10/9), the joyous guitar-driven sounds of Congolese street musicians Staff Benda Bilili (9/16), Polish trumpet ambassador Tomasz Stanko (9/22), and Malian ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate with his band Ngoni Ba (10/30).


This series showcases the keyboard's broad range of expression with Hammond B-3 titan and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Booker T. (9/17), Russian jazz piano virtuoso Eldar Djangirov (10/2) and Argentinian pianist Fernando Otero (10/1) with his hybrid of classical music and tango.


A pair of shows bound by spirituality and tradition: Anonymous 4, the world-renowned all- female quartet, brings the otherworldly beauty of their voices to Grace Cathedral (11/18), while New Orleans legend Aaron Neville presents a special holiday-themed show, just in time for Christmas (12/18).


Berkeley-raised pianist Benny Green celebrates Thelonious Monk's birthday, re-creating Monk's Dream on the album's 50th anniversary (10/10), while tenor player Javon Jackson heads a John Coltrane salute with a dream quartet of Mulgrew Miller, Jimmy Cobb and Peter Washington (10/28). Local guitar hero Mimi Fox honors the great Wes Montgomery (9/23), and Bay Area singer Pamela Rose with special guest Denise Perrier salutes Peggy Lee, Alberta Hunter and others in Wild Women of Song (11/12).


One of the many benefits of SFJAZZ Membership is unparalleled access to the music and musicians. The 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival continues this tradition with a variety of exciting SFJAZZ Members—only events and other special perks including Javon Jackson's Tribute to John Coltrane with Mulgrew Miller, Jimmy Cobb and Peter Washington (10/28) and a Listening Party with SFJAZZ Collective trombonist Robin Eubanks (11/9).


In addition to being the largest non-profit jazz presenter on the West Coast, 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.


EL SON AFRO-CUBANO (8-class series)
Instructor: John Santos
Wednesdays August 3-September 21, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street, San Francisco
Non-Members: $20 per class; $160 full course
SFJAZZ and MOAD Members: $15 per class; $20 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 the Cuban Son, one of the most important and influential genres in the history of the Americas.

Instructor: Cory Combs
Tuesdays, October 4—November 1, 7:00pmׯ: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

To the initiated, jazz is a language that vibrates with meaning, while to many others jazz is highly complex with concealed “points of entry" for the new or even advanced listener. Exploring the essentials of jazz helps to provide deeper understanding and appreciation of this brilliant musical art form. This fall in Discover Jazz, we're heading back to the basics, and moving beyond.

October 4: The Rhythm Section

The core of any jazz band from the Swing Era to today, the rhythm section—piano or guitar, bass and drums—establishes the foundation for the great soloists to make evolving, spontaneous compositions.

October 11: The Soloist

The best soloists attempt to crack the complex language of improvisation, continually inventing new rules, borrowing from the past and growing the language of jazz to new and unexpected musical heights.

October 18: The Composer/Arranger

In class three, we'll discuss and get to know some of the most famous jazz compositions, learning how the pen influenced the growth and development of jazz.

October 25: The Third Stream

Many jazz composers and performers looked to the sounds of modern classical music for inspiration, borrowing heavily from composers like Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky and others.

November 1: 21st Century Jazz

In the final Discover Jazz class, we'll listen to a wide variety of living, recording and performing jazz artists, looking for connections, inspiration and new directions.


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. Robert Glasper (9/29), Benny Green (10/10), Javon Jackson (10/28), Pamela Rose (11/12).


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. Acclaimed bassist and composer Marcus Shelby leads this season's wonderful program. 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: Bebop—Playin' The Changes, Saturday, September 17, 11:00AM

In this matinee, Shelby and his guests will highlight the works of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and others, demonstrating the visionary role bebop continues to play in jazz performance and composition.

Matinee 2: Birth of the Cool, Saturday, October 22, 11:00AM

The cool era in jazz was a breath of fresh air for both listeners and performers alike. Hear why the music of Miles Davis and others transformed the jazz landscape, giving composers and improvisers a broader sonic palette as well as a minimalist approach.

Matinee 3: The Swing Era, Saturday, November 12, 11:00AM.

Explore the classic repertoire of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman and discover music that was meant to make you get up and dance! Featuring an appearance by the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Jazz orchestra.


Launched in 2004, the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective features Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone and flute, Mark Turner on tenor saxophone, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Stefon Harris on vibraphone and marimba, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Eric Harland on drums. Drummer Kendrick Scott will substitute for Harland on several dates. The Collective is one of the most critically acclaimed groups on the scene a unit demonstrating how jazz has truly become an international language. Hailing from Puerto Rico, New York, Venezuela, Philadelphia, New Zealand and Israel, the Collective's multi-cultural lineup mirrors the explosion of jazz talent around the globe. These exceptional artists come together to celebrate jazz as a constantly evolving modern art form by honoring the work of a master composer. For 2011, the Collective steps outside of the jazz tradition to re-imagine the timeless music of pop and R&B icon Stevie Wonder. In addition to reinterpreting classics, each band member is commissioned by SFJAZZ to write a piece specifically for the ensemble. These original compositions appear along with the Stevie Wonder material on their upcoming multi-CD set recorded live at the Jazz Standard in New York City to be released in September.

The Collective will be performing in the US and Canada in October:

  • October 5—McCarter Theater, Princeton, NJ
  • October 6—Anderson Center, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
  • October 7—Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
  • October 8—Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
  • October 9—Music at Gretna, Elizabethtown, PA
  • October 13—Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa, Canada*
  • October 14—Grand Theatre, Kingston, Ontario, Canada*
  • October 15—Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Ontario, Canada*
  • October 18—West Virginia University, Parkersburg, WV*
  • October 20—Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, IN*
  • October 21—Dalton Center, Kalamazoo, MI*
  • October 22—Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington, IN

*Kendrick Scott on drums


In addition to the Festival performances, SFJAZZ presents Hotplate, a monthly series in which Bay Area musicians are commissioned to approach and re-imagine the work of a jazz icon. Generously supported by The Wallace Foundation, Hotplate provides performance opportunities for local artists and is set to run through 2011. Vinnie Esparza, voted “Best Local DJ" by the SF Bay Guardian, spins in tribute to the music legend of the night. Plus, people can enter to win SFJAZZ merchandise, including hoodies, t-shirts, CDs and tickets to the 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. SFJAZZ Hotplate takes place the second Thursday of each month at Amnesia, 853 Valencia Street, in San Francisco's Mission District. Upcoming shows include Fil Lorenz Orchestra plays Count Basie (7/14), Mike Olmos plays Freddie Hubbard (8/11), Marcus Stephens plays Joe Henderson (9/8), Haggai Cohen Milo plays John Zorn (10/13), Marc VW plays Jaco Pastorius (11/10) and Erik Jekabson plays Chet Baker (12/8).


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.

In May 2011, the organization broke ground on the SFJAZZ Center, a permanent home for SFJAZZ. This remarkable new facility, located in San Francisco's vibrant Hayes Valley neighborhood, will be a 35,000 square-foot transparent freestanding structure designed by renowned architect Mark Cavagnero. With the SFJAZZ Center, jazz will take its place alongside major arts institutions such as the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet in the Civic Center performing arts district. Visit sfjazz.org to learn more about this exciting new development.

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