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On its 30th anniversary, SFJazz gambles on a 700-seat, $63 million concert hall and HQ. Can it re-energize a San Francisco scene?

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Jon Santos and Esperanza Spaulding are set to perform
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BROOKE ROBERTSON


MCCOY TYNER

A rare old school jazz legend in the center's inaugural season — stunning and dapper pianist Tyner will "consecrate" the space by performing with the SFJazz house band.

Jan. 24, 7:30pm, $50–$150

 

MONTCLAIR WOMEN'S BIG BAND

Swing is still huge in SF, and this celebration of the classic big band sound pairs the 17-member Montclair Women with the 20-member Realistic Orchestra (who've big-banded Bjork) for a wall of swingin' sound. The SFJazz High School All-Stars Orchestra opens.

Jan. 31, 7:30pm, $25

 

AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS

Oh heck yes.

Feb. 22-24, 7:30pm, $25–$65

 

MARIZA

The gorgeous longing of Portuguese fado washes over the Bay in the form of the wonderfully voiced Mariza, a spellbinding star whose repertoire spotlights acoustic melancholy melodies from Brazil, Cape Verde, North Africa, and beyond.

Mar. 14-17, 7:30pm, $25–$65

 

"JOHN SANTOS: FILOSOFÍA CARIBEÑA II"

Beloved Bay Area bandleader and jazz evangelist digs deep in his knowledge of Cuban, Latin, and indigenous Caribbean styles to deliver a heady trip through ancient Iberian influences and contemporary island expressions.

Mar. 23, 7:30pm, $25–$65

 

METROPOLIS

San Francisco's Club Foot Orchestra performs its renowned futuristic soundtrack to Fritz Lang's silent sci-fi masterpiece.

Apr. 14, 7:30pm, $20–$40

 

"ALLEN GINSBERG'S KADDISH" AND "HUNTER S. THOMPSON'S THE KENTUCKY DERBY"

Überhip guitarist Bill Frissell, an SFJazz resident artistic director, applies his downtown cool pedigree to two überhip literary iconoclasts. He'll be conducting an ace team of musicians for multimedia presentations of Ginsberg's epic poem of mourning and Thompson's notorious, uproarious 1970 article about the grand horse race. With visual design by Ralph Steadman for both programs, classic counterculture will be out in force.

Ginsberg: Apr. 18, 7pm and 9:30pm, $35–$80

Thompson: Apr. 20, 7:30pm and Apr. 21, 4pm and 7pm, $35–$80

 

BANDWAGON AND LIVE SKATEBOARDING

"Jazz wild card" and MacArthur Genius pianist Jason Moran gets contemporary with new trio Bandwagon, performing a rolicking set as a who's-who of SF skateboarders shows off the flexibility of the new center.

May 4, 7:30pm, $20–$40

 

Comments

Mark Cavagnero, FAIA will be speaking about this project during our AIA/CES webinar on October 8th. Here is a link to more info:

http://www.designrealized.com/SFJazz

Posted by DESIGN [realized] on Jan. 18, 2013 @ 11:54 am

As a longtime patron of SFJazz, I was surprised to learn that the SFJazz center will be non-union. They have no contract with the technicians union. This is a pro-union town, so this should be automatic. Come on, SFJazz. You want to charge us $70 per ticket, and not hire union techs?
BKyle
San Francisco

Posted by Guest on Jan. 18, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

$64 Million but they can't afford the Union Stagehands that have been putting on their shows since the start! Stay away until the contract is signed!

Posted by Guest on Jan. 21, 2013 @ 10:07 pm
Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jan. 21, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

IATSE Local 16, the stagehands union, has been providing qualified professionals to SF Jazz for 3 decades. Now they have their own venue in which union technicians installed the gear. However, SF Jazz is not using union stagehands in the venue.
This is apalling!

Posted by SAB on Jan. 22, 2013 @ 7:30 am

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