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SFJAZZ Announces Artist Lineup for Spring Season

Highlights include Caribbean jazz, flamenco, soul singers and more

SFJAZZ has announced the complete artist lineup for its Spring Season 2012. The four-month-long concert series begins on February 9 and will continue through June 17. The season will present over 40 concerts. Tickets go on sale December 4.

Highlights Include:

• The Chieftains
• Paco De Lucía
• Brad Mehldau Trio
• Chrisette Michele
• Dave Holland
• Another Night In Treme
• Chucho Valdés
• Dan Hicks 70th Birthday
• Charles Lloyd
• Anoushka Shankar
• Uri Caine Trio
• SFJAZZ Collective
• Benny Velarde
• Spectrum Road
• Chano Domínguez
• Vicente Amigo
• Tia Fuller Quartet
• Sierra Maestra
• Bill Frisell
• Rosanne Cash
• Tin Hat
• Christian Mcbride
• Gonzalo Rubalcaba
• Hermeto Pascoal
• Israeli Jazzfest
• Enrico Rava
• John Abercrombie
• Michael Camilo
• Lizz Wright
• James “Blood” Ulmer
And Many Others

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Jimmy Katz

Bill Frisell

Highlights & Themes

JAZZ CONTINUUM
A collection of rising stars to living legends presenting the broad spectrum of modern jazz artistry including “An ECM Evening” with Enrico Rava Tribe, John Abercrombie Trio (2/17), the all-star Dave Holland Overtone Quartet with Chris Potter, Jason Moran & Eric Harland (2/24), Toots Thielemans with Kenny Werner & Oscar-Castro Neves (3/10), the SFJAZZ Collective in a rare series of club dates at Yoshi’s Oakland (3/30-4/1), the Charles Lloyd New Quartet featuring iconic Greek vocalist Maria Farantouri (4/22), the SFJAZZ debut of alto saxophonist Tia Fuller with her quartet (5/17) and the rollicking Christian McBride Big Band (6/17).

ART OF THE SONG
This season’s group of lyrical storytellers includes famed songwriting legend Dan Hicks’ 70th Birthday Bash: A Reunion of the Hot Licks featuring special guests (4/6), celebrated chamber experimentalists Tin Hat with Carla Kihlstedt, Mark Orton, Ben Goldberg & Rob Reich (4/5), modern guitar hero Bill Frisell in a multi-media presentation of The Great Flood (4/21) and country favorite Rosanne Cash, who returns with a stunning career retrospective (5/5).

CARIBBEANA
A power-packed lineup, each with ties to the Caribbean. Pianist Chucho Valdés & the Afro-Cuban Messengers lead off (2/20), while the 2012 SFJAZZ Beacon Award for lifetime achievement goes to Bay Area Latin jazz legend Benny Velarde (3/31). Cuban son masters Sierra Maestra make a rare Bay Area appearance (4/4), Dominican-Republic pianist Michel Camilo Trio with Charles Flores & Giovanni Hidalgo (4/14) and a solo performance from another Cuban virtuoso Gonzalo Rubalcaba (6/9).

FLAMENCO SKETCHES
This inspiring and passionate collection of flamenco artists features guitar genius Paco de Lucía (4/27), the incomparable pianist Chano Domínguez (3/30) and Vicente Amigo, the heir apparent to de Lucía (3/25). Each of the three Spaniards appears in a rare U.S. performance.

PIANISM
An impressive cast of keyboard talent begins with eclectic piano star Uri Caine with John Hébert & Ben Perowsky (3/18). The superb Brad Mehldau Trio with Larry Grenadier & Jeff Ballard spends three glorious nights in SF (5/18-20) and the series closes with a ‘Solo & Duo Summit’ featuring NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron with Mulgrew Miller (5/26).

GLOBAL VILLAGE
This series includes Celtic Superstars The Chieftains in a 50th Anniversary show (2/21), South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3/3), Indian sitar star Anoushka Shankar with her intoxicating “Gypsy Journey” (4/19), the legendary Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal (4/7) and percussionist Cyro Baptista’s adventurous trio Supergenerous (5/12). Finally, the Israeli JazzFest, a weekend devoted to the rising tide of Israeli jazz musicians, features Third World Love (4/28), the 3 Cohens: Anat, Avishai & Yuval; the Gilad Hekselman Quartet (4/29), and Eli Degibri & Kevin Hays (4/29).

SOULFUL SINGERS
These spellbinding storytellers interpret the legacy of song with passion, grace and fire. R&B diva Chrisette Michele celebrates the spirits of Ella, Sarah and Billie (3/17), soul songstress Lizz Wright shares a bill with local phenom Meklit Hadero (3/23), Raul Midón returns for an amazing one-man show (4/1), heralded jazzer Kate McGarry brings her trio (4/20) and the lovely chanteuse Jane Monheit will perform for SFJAZZ Members only (5/16).

HAPPENINGS
Guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer makes his unique mark on the blues tradition in a rare solo show (3/11). Spectrum Road, a true all-star group with Vernon Reid, John Medeski, Jack Bruce and Cindy Blackman celebrates the legacy of drumming great Tony Williams (6/16). And, the irrepressible spirit of New Orleans returns to the Bay Area with Another Night In Treme (6/15).

SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE
Commissioned exclusively by SFJAZZ, the Collective features new arrangements of the work of legendary pop icon Stevie Wonder and original compositions by Collective members. The all-star roster includes alto saxophonist Antonio Hart (subbing for veteran member Miguel Zenón), tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland. The SFJAZZ Collective will tour nationally in March, 2012, culminating with six performances at the intimate Yoshi’s Oakland (3/30-4/1).

SFJAZZ MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS
Only SFJAZZ Members get “insider” access to these unique experiences:
· Caminos Flamencos Listening Party, featuring guitarist Jason McGuire, Thursday, February 9, 7:00pm, YBCA Forum
· Jane Monheit, Wednesday, May 16, 7:30pm, YBCA Forum

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 COURSE #1: IT’S ABOUT TIME: INFLUENTIAL DRUMMERS OF THE MODERN JAZZ ERA (5-class series)
Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Discover Jazz the most engaging jazz appreciation course available for adults and our spring lineup features two distinctive programs. The driving force behind every jazz ensemble, the drummer represents the quintessential role as conductor, literally driving the band and creating explosive solos while providing the nuances of dynamics and accompaniment. This spring, Discover Jazz Course #1 takes a close look at the contributions of six extraordinary artists — Tony Williams, Peter Erskine, Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Brian Blade and Eric Harland — tracing their signature sounds, distinctive presence and influential mark on jazz drumming today and beyond. Series taught by SFJAZZ lecturer, composer and bassist Cory Combs.

Thursdays, January 26 – February 23, 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)

January 26: Tony Williams
Joining the Miles Davis quintet at just 17, Tony Williams literally re-invented the vocabulary of jazz drumming and helped usher in the “fusion” movement with his Lifetime group.

February 2: Peter Erskine
From his work with Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson and Bob Mintzer to his years with Weather Report, Peter Erskine has remained as one of the signature drummers of the modern era.

February 9: Elvin Jones
Touted as the “world’s greatest rhythmic drummer,” Jones’ close-knit work alongside McCoy Tyner and Jimmy garrison provided the volcanic foundation of the John Coltrane quartet.

February 16: Jack DeJohnette
Known for his incorporation of free jazz and world music textures, Jack DeJohnette has graced the rhythm sections of Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett, also leading his own groups since the mid-60s.

February 23: Brian Blade & Eric Harland
Among the “young lions” today, Brian Blade and Eric Harland have attained an extraordinary level of recognition for their work with Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman, the SFJAZZ Collective and many more.

DISCOVER JAZZ COURSE #2: A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN & CROSS-CULTURAL CONNECTIONS IN JAZZ (8-class series)
Tuesdays, March 6 – April 24, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jazz Heritage Center, San Francisco. Visit sfjazz.org for information and tickets.

SFJAZZ Education is proud to partner with the Jazz Heritage Center of San Francisco in creating an exciting two-month long program in celebration of Women’s History Month and Jazz Appreciation Month. Taught by a who’s who of Bay Area artists and educators — including Marcus Shelby, Pamela Rose, Nina Ott, Amanda King and Rebeca Mauleón — this innovative series will highlight the contributions of women instrumentalists, songwriters and bandleaders as well as the cross-cultural connections in jazz.

SFJAZZ HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STARS
The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars program provides advanced-level training and performance opportunities for some of the most talented young musicians in the Bay Area. Selected annually by competitive audition, the All-Stars rehearse and perform with today's top jazz educators and artists. This spring, the All-Stars will appear in distinctly different small- and big-band performances:
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo, Thursday, March 22, 7:30pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra, Sunday, May 13, 7:00pm, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Prices are family friendly: $15 General Admission, $10 adults with children and $5 for children and seniors.

SFJAZZ FAMILY MATINEES
Both fun and educational, SFJAZZ 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. This spring, the Marcus Shelby Trio hosts our Matinee series at Herbst Theatre, highlighting the primary solo or “lead” instruments of jazz, as well as the role of the vocalist. Enjoyed individually or as a series, these Family Matinees will change the way you hear jazz. Once again, prices are family friendly: $15 General Admission, $10 adults with children and $5 for children and seniors.

Matinee 1: The Trumpet — Saturday, March 10, 11:00am
From Buddy Bolden and Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong to Dizzy, Miles, Hubbard and Marsalis, the role of the trumpet has often been a catalyst for evolutionary change in jazz. Learn how the many “trumpet kings” explored new texture, evolved solo techniques and experimented with mutes to create new sounds.

Matinee 2: The Reeds — Saturday, April 14, 11:00am
The reeds have contributed to stylistic development perhaps more than any other instrument in jazz. The great saxophonists playing alto, tenor or baritone, have brought about revolutionary ways of playing that inspired future generations, and the role of the clarinet continues to be redefined. From Sidney Bechet to Charlie Parker and beyond, the great reed players have shaped the sound of jazz since the beginning.

Matinee 3: The Trombone — Saturday, May 12, 11:00am
From Kid Ory to J.J. Johnson and Melba Liston, jazz trombonists have paved the way for one of the most powerful lead “voices” in jazz, many of them also contributing as extraordinary arrangers. Slide trombones in particular represent the powerful, lush and low register that complements the brash, explosive sound of the trumpets, and when played in a solo role, can be one of the most emotive instruments around.

Matinee 4: The Voice — Saturday, June 9, 11:00am
The human voice is our most precious instrument, and the history of jazz music has been told — and of course, sung — by an extraordinary collection of vocalists, from Blues icon Bessie Smith to Ella Fitzgerald, and crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Nat ‘King’ Cole. There is nothing more compelling than a story in song to convey rich emotion, and the jazz singers we celebrate have paved the way for the young pioneers of tomorrow. This matinee will feature members of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo.

SFJAZZ Hotplate
A low-cost series showcasing the exciting Bay Area jazz scene, SFJAZZ Hotplate occurs on the second Thursday of each month at the Amnesia Bar in the Mission district. Each show features a local artist re-imagining the music of a jazz legend. Recently, a new component called Front Burner has been added, featuring SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón leading a multi-media discussion about the jazz icon of the night. Six sizzling tributes are scheduled during the first half of 2012:
· January 12 – Chris Robinson plays Pat Metheny
· February 9 – Larry De La Cruz plays Cannonball Adderley
· March 8 – Kymberly Jackson plays Hubert Laws
· April 12 – Anton Schwartz plays Stanley Turrentine
· May 10 – Geechi Taylor plays Roy Hargrove
· June 14 – Scheherazade Stone sings Gil Scott-Heron
And, at every Hotplate event there is a chance to win SFJAZZ merchandise and tickets to upcoming SFJAZZ concerts. For information, visit sfjazzhotplate.org.

SFJAZZ SPRING SEASON 2012 COMPLETE ARTIST LINEUP
“An ECM Evening”
Enrico Rava Tribe; John Abercrombie Trio
Friday, February 17, 8:00pm
$25/$35/$50 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Keyboard Colossus”
Chucho Valdés & the Afro-Cuban Messengers
Monday, February 20, 7:30pm
$35/$55/$75 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“50th Anniversary Tour”
The Chieftains
Tuesday, February 21, 7:30pm
$25/$40/$55/$75 Premium
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Tones for Dave’s Bones”
Dave Holland Overtone Quartet
with Chris Potter, Jason Moran & Eric Harland
Friday, February 24, 8:00pm
$25/$45/$65 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Heavenly Harmony”
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Saturday, March 3, 8:00pm
$25/$45/$65 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Chromatic Genius”
Toots Thielemans with Kenny Werner & Oscar Castro-Neves
Saturday, March 10, 8:00pm
Non-Members: $25/$45/$65 Premium
Members: $19/$34/$49 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Family Matinee #1 – The Trumpet”
Marcus Shelby Trio
Saturday, March 10, 11:00am
$15 GA, $10 adults with children; $5 for children and seniors
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Blood & the Blues”
James “Blood” Ulmer, solo
Sunday, March 11, 7:00pm
$30 GA/$50 Premium
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“Ella, Billie & Sarah”
Chrisette Michele
Saturday, March 17, 8:00pm
$25/$35/$50/$65
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway, Oakland 94612

“Jazz Modernistas”
Uri Caine with John Hébert & Ben Perowsky
Sunday, March 18, 7:00pm
$20/$35 Premium
SF Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street, San Francisco 94102

“Many Styles — Many Streams”
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo
Thursday, March 22, 7:30pm
$15 GA, $10 adults with children, $5 for children and seniors
SF Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street, San Francisco 94102

“State of the Art”
Lizz Wright; Meklit Hadero
Friday, March 23, 8:00pm
$25/$35/$50 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“The Future of Flamenco”
Vicente Amigo
Sunday, March 25, 7:00pm
$25/$45/$65 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Piano Ibérico”
Chano Domínguez
Friday, March 30, 8:00pm
$30 GA/$50 Premium GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“Absolute Wonder”
SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Stevie Wonder and New Compositions
Friday, March 30; Saturday, March 31, 8:00pm & 10:00pm
Sunday, April 1, 6:00pm & 9:00pm
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
Tickets only available from Yoshi’s.
Antonio Hart replaces Miguel Zenón on these dates.

“Latin Jazz Ambassador”
Benny Velarde with special guests
Saturday, March 31, 8:00pm
$20 GA/$35 Premium GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103
Mr. Velarde will receive the SFJAZZ Beacon Award.

“Force of Nature”
Raul Midón
Sunday, April 1, 7:00pm
$30 GA/$50 Premium GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“The Soul of Cuba”
Sierra Maestra
Wednesday, April 4, 7:30pm
$25 GA/$40 Premium GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“Cinematic Soundscapes”
Tin Hat with Carla Kihlstedt, Mark Orton, Ben Goldberg & Rob Reich
Thursday, April 5, 7:30pm
$20 GA/$35 Premium GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“From Jug Band to Big Band”
Dan Hicks 70th Birthday Bash
Friday, April 6, 8:00pm
$25/$35/$50/$65 Premium
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“The Sorcerer”
Hermeto Pascoal
Saturday, April 7, 8:00pm
$25/$45/$65 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“Family Matinee #2 – The Reeds”
Marcus Shelby Trio
Saturday, April 14, 11:00am
Herbst Theatre
$15 GA, $10 adults with children; $5 for children and seniors
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Man on Fire”
Michel Camilo Trio with Charles Flores & Giovanni Hidalgo
Saturday, April 14, 8:00pm
Non-members: $25/$45/$65 Premium
Members: $19/$34/$49 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Gypsy Journey”
Anoushka Shankar
Thursday, April 19, 7:30pm
$25/$40/$60 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Girl Talk”
Kate McGarry with Keith Ganz, Gary Versace & Clarence Penn
Friday, April 20, 8:00pm
$25 GA
Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street, San Francisco 94114

“Music & Film”
Bill Frisell — The Great Flood
Saturday, April 21, 8:00pm
$25/$45/$65 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Dream Weavers”
Charles Lloyd New Quartet featuring Maria Farantouri
Sunday, April 22, 7:00pm
$30/$50/$70 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“El Maestro Magnífico”
Paco de Lucía
Friday, April 27, 8:00pm
$25/$45/$60/$75 Premium
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway, Oakland 94612

“Extraordinary Imports”
Israeli JazzFest
Saturday, April 28, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 29, 3:00pm & 7:00pm
$25/$35 Premium
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco 94118

“The Essentials”
Rosanne Cash
Saturday, May 5, 8:00pm
$30/$50/$70 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Family Matinee #3 – The Trombone"
Marcus Shelby Trio
Saturday, May 12, 11:00am
Herbst Theatre
$15 GA, $10 adults with children; $5 for children and seniors
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Brazilian Beatbox”
Supergenerous featuring Cyro Baptista
Saturday, May 12, 8:00pm
$25 GA
Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street, San Francisco 94114

“The Unsung Jazz Composers”
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Jazz Orchestra
Sunday, May 13, 7:00pm
$15 GA; $10 adults with children; $5 for children and seniors
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco 94118

“Where the Heart Is”
Jane Monheit
Wednesday, May 16, 7:30pm
SFJAZZ Members-only
$30 GA/$50 Premium GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“New & Noteworthy”
Tia Fuller Quartet
Thursday, May 17, 7:30pm
Non-Members: $20 GA/$35 Premium GA
Members: $15 GA/$26 Premium GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“The Mehldau Weekend”
Brad Mehldau Trio with Larry Grenadier & Jeff Ballard
Friday, May 18, 8:00pm; Saturday, May 19, 8:00pm; Sunday, May 20, 7:00pm
$40 GA/$65 Premium GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103

“Solos & Duos”
Kenny Barron & Mulgrew Miller
Saturday, May 26, 8:00pm
$25/$40/$60 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Family Matinee #4 – The Voice
Marcus Shelby Trio
Saturday, June 9, 11:00am
$15 GA, $10 adults with children; $5 for children and seniors
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Solitary Savant”
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, solo
Saturday, June 9, 8:00pm
$25/$45/$65 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

“Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler”
Another Night in Treme
Friday, June 15, 8:00pm
$25/$40/$55/$75 Premium
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway, Oakland 94612

“Sangria for Four”
Spectrum Road
with Vernon Reid, John Medeski, Jack Bruce & Cindy Blackman
Saturday, June 16, 8:00pm
$25/$45/$65 Premium
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco 94123

“The Good Feeling"
Christian McBride Big Band
Sunday, June 17, 7:00pm
Non-Members: $25/$40/$60 Premium
Members: $19/$30/$45 Premium
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102

Visit SFJAZZ.org for more information. The entire SFJAZZ Spring Season 2012 catalog can be downloaded at the following link.

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