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San Francisco Jazz Festival Lineup

The San Francisco Jazz Festival has been called “the crown jewel among American jazz festivals” by The Chicago Tribune and “the number one jazz festival in the world” by The London Observer, and it will surely bask in further praise after its 2001 incarnation presents another starry lineup from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4.

The concert schedule is tilted toward legendary performers and, in the cases where the legendary performers are deceased, tributes to them. In the latter category, three of John Coltrane’s collaborators-McCoy Tyner, Tommy Flanagan, and Pharoah Sanders (pictured left)-each take the stage with sidemen of their own on the festival’s opening night (about a month after the 75th anniversary of Coltrane’s birth) to celebrate both his legacy and his spirit for experimentation. Later, saxophonist Steve Turre will lead a sextet in a tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Legends playing themselves include Dave Brubeck, appearing with his quartet; Bobby Short, crooning with his Café Carlyle Orchestra; soul-jazz organist Leon Spencer; and minimalist composer Terry Riley, who will join fellow avant-gardists Krishna Blatt and George Brooks in making something new out of jazz, Indian and contemporary classical music.

The cream of the contemporary crop, meanwhile, will also grace the festival, including the Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-John DeJohnette trio, pianist Kenny Barron playing with violinist Regina Carter, Isaac Delgado and his eponymous orchestra, and the Brad Mehldau Trio.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call at (415) 776-1999 or visit the festival’s website,

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