SFJAZZ Announces Artist Lineup For 30th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival

Festival runs Aug. 25-Dec. 7

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The artist lineup has been announced for the 30th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival, running August 25 to December 7. The festival will present 30 concerts, including Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society; Sonny Rollins; Ornette Coleman; Dianne Reeves; Branford Marsalis, solo at Grace Cathedral; Gilberto Gil; Brecker Brothers Band Reunion with Randy Brecker, Mike Stern & Dave Weckl; Arturo Sandoval; Robert Glasper Experiment, Marc Ribot & David Hidalgo; Marcus Miller; Buika; Don Byron New Gospel Quintet; Mary Stallings with the Bill Charlap Trio, Miles Smiles with Wallace Roney, Bill Evans, Robben Ford, Joey DeFrancesco, Darryl Jones & Omar Hakim; Danilo Pérez Trio; John Medeski; Barry Harris; Jacky Terrasson; Alfredo Rodriguez; Ivan Lins; Eliane Elias; Dorado Schmitt and the Django All-Stars; Jerry & Andy Gonzalez; Orquesta Aragón; Grégoire Maret Quartet; Septeto Nacional; Tony Malaby’s Tamarindo and more.

The SFJAZZ Center, at 205 Franklin Street at Fell Street and designed by architect Mark Cavagnero, is nearing completion and will celebrate its grand opening on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2013.

The complete festival lineup, as described in a press release, follows:

30th ANNIVERSARY SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL THEMES

JAZZ CONTINUUM

2011 Best New Artist Grammy Winner Esperanza Spalding performs her Radio Music Society at the Paramount in Oakland (8/25). Two supergroups have been assembled: Brecker Brothers Band Reunion with Randy Brecker, Mike Stern & Dave Weckl (9/28) and ’80s Miles Revisited from Miles Smiles with Wallace Roney, Bill Evans, Robben Ford, Joey DeFrancesco, Darryl Jones & Omar Hakim (9/29). Branford Marsalis will perform solo at Grace Cathedral (10/5), Marcus Miller (10/11) is a singular artist whose impact extends far beyond jazz; and returning to San Francisco from last Fall’s ‘Salute To Toots’ concert, Belgian harmonica player Grégoire Maret (10/28) brings his quartet the torch from the legendary Toots Thielemans.

BRILLIANCE FROM BRAZIL

The history of jazz and Brazilian music is intertwined in the piano artistry of Eliane Elias (10/19), the musical revolutionary and beloved statesman Gilberto Gil (10/25) and a rare unplugged piano concert from the legendary Ivan Lins (11/3).

JAZZ GIANTS

These two artists are larger than life, spanning genres and generations while upholding and bending the traditions of jazz: Sonny Rollins (9/30) and Ornette Coleman (11/9).

MÚSICA CUBANA

The festival will present this collection of Cuban masters: Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro de Cuba (10/4), a double bill with Jerry & Andy Gonzalez; Elio Villafranca & Arturo Stable (10/18), the venerable Orquesta Aragón (11/4) and six-time Grammy Winner Arturo Sandoval (12/1).

SOUFUL SINGERS

These melodic masters and spellbinding storytellers interpret the legacy of song with passion, grace and fire: four-time Grammy Winner Dianne Reeves (10/20), two of today’s best from San Francisco – Mary Stallings with the Bill Charlap Trio (10/26) and Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Swingin’ the Blues: the Kansas City Sound (11/10) and the SFJAZZ debut of Spanish vocalist Buika (11/16).

HAPPENINGS

This series presents unique collaborations and presentations from Don Byron New Gospel Quintet (10/6), the West Coast debut of ‘Border Music’ with Marc Ribot & David Hidalgo (10/24), saxophonist Tony Malaby’s Tamarindo with bassist William Parker and drummer Mark Ferber (10/27), celebrating Django Reinhardt with Dorado Schmitt and the Django All-Stars (11/17) and Blind Boys of Alabama’s holiday gospel show Tell It on the Mountain (12/2).

PIANISM

SFJAZZ presents a showcase of the piano’s broad range of expression in the hands of these varied and dynamic artists including the three generations of pianists – Barry Harris, Jacky Terrasson and Alfredo Rodriguez performing solo to celebrate Thelonious Monk’s Birthday (10/10), the mix of modern jazz with hip hop and R&B from Robert Glasper Experiment (11/1), Panamanian master Danilo Pérez Trio (10/14) and a rare solo performance from John Medeski (11/18).

SFJAZZ Members-only Events & Discounts

One of the many benefits of SFJAZZ Membership is unparalleled access to the music and musicians. The 30th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival continues this tradition with a variety of exciting SFJAZZ Members-only events including The Music of Thelonious Monk – A Listening Party with Larry Goldings (9/27) and Mary Stallings with the Bill Charlap Trio (10/26).

“21st Century Superstar”

Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society

Saturday, August 25, 8:00pm

Paramount Theatre, Oakland

$30/$40/$60/Premium $75

“Some Skunk Funk”

Brecker Brothers Band Reunion with Randy Brecker, Mike Stern & Dave Weckl

Friday, September 28, 8:00pm

Herbst Theatre

$30/$50/$70 Premium

“’80s Miles Revisited”

Miles Smiles with Wallace Roney, Bill Evans, Robben Ford, Joey DeFrancesco, Darryl Jones & Omar Hakim

Saturday, September 29, 8:00pm

Herbst Theatre

$30/$50/$70 Premium

“Saxophone Colossus”

Sonny Rollins

Sunday, September 30, 8:30pm

Davies Symphony Hall

$30/$45/$65/$95 Premium

“Heart of Havana”

Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro de Cuba

Thursday, October 4, 7:30pm

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

$30 GA/$45 Premium GA

“Sacred Space”

Branford Marsalis, solo

Friday, October 5, 8:00pm

Grace Cathedral

$30 GA/$50 Premium GA

“Hallelujah!”

Don Byron New Gospel Quintet

Saturday, October 6, 8:00pm

YBCA Forum

$25 GA/$40 Premium GA

“Monk’s Birthday: Three Generations”

Barry Harris, Jacky Terrasson, Alfredo Rodriguez

Wednesday, October 10, 7:30pm

Herbst Theatre

Non-members: $25/$40/$60 Premium Members: $19/$30/$45 Premium

“Renaissance Man”

Marcus Miller

Thursday, October 11, 7:30pm

Herbst Theatre

$30/$50/$70 Premium

“Pride of Panama”

Danilo Pérez Trio

Sunday, October 14, 7:00pm

S.F. Conservatory of Music

$35 GA/$40 Premium GA

“Puerto Rico Meets Cuba”

Jerry & Andy Gonzalez; Elio Villafranca & Arturo Stable

Thursday, October 18, 7:30pm

Herbst Theatre

$25/$40/$55 Premium

“Absolute Artistry”

Eliane Elias

Friday, October 19, 8:00pm

Herbst Theatre

$25/$45/$65 Premium

“Vocal Virtuosity”

Dianne Reeves

Saturday, October 20, 8:00pm

Herbst Theatre

$35/$55/$85 Premium

“Border Music”

Marc Ribot & David Hidalgo

Wednesday, October 24, 7:30pm

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

$25/$40/$60 Premium

“Forró Party!”

Gilberto Gil

Thursday, October 25, 7:30pm

Paramount Theatre, Oakland

$25/$45/$65/$85 Premium

“Bill Plays, Mary Sings:”

Mary Stallings with the Bill Charlap Trio

Friday, October 26, 8:00pm

Herbst Theatre

$25/$40/$55 Premium SFJAZZ Members Only

“New York’s Finest”

Tony Malaby’s Tamarindo with William Parker & Mark Ferber

Saturday, October 27, 8:00pm

Swedish American Hall

$25 GA

“Carrying the Torch”

Grégoire Maret Quartet

Sunday, October 28, 2:00pm

Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor

$25 GA, $40 Premium GA

Ticket includes entry to museum galleries.

“The Vibe”

Robert Glasper Experiment

Thursday, November 1, 8:00pm

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

$25/$40/$60 Premium

“Interplay”

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo

Friday, November 2, 8:00pm

The Jazzschool, Berkeley

$15 GA Adults; $10 Adults with Children; $5 Children & Seniors

“Brazil Unplugged”

Ivan Lins

Saturday, November 3, 8:00pm

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Non-members: $25/$40/$60 Premium

Members: $19/$30/$45 Premium

“Cha-Cha-Cha!”

Orquesta Aragón

Sunday, November 4, 7:00pm

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

$25/$45/$65 Premium

“Sound Grammar”

Ornette Coleman

Friday, November 9, 8:00pm

Davies Symphony Hall

$25/$45/$65/$85 Premium

“The Real K.C.”

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Swingin’ the Blues: The Kansas City Sound

Saturday, November 10, 8:00pm

YBCA Forum, $20 GA/$35 Premium GA

“One of a Kind”

Buika

Friday, November 16, 8:00pm

Herbst Theatre

$25/$45/$65 Premium

“Celebrating Django Reinhardt”

Dorado Schmitt and the Django All-Stars

Saturday, November 17, 8:00pm

Herbst Theatre

Non-Members $25/$40/$60 Premium

Members: $19/$30/$45 Premium

“MMW Minus 2”

John Medeski, solo

Sunday, November 18, 2:00pm

Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor

$25 GA/$40 Premium GA

Ticket includes entry to museum galleries.

“Dear Diz”

Arturo Sandoval

Saturday, December 1, 8:00pm

Herbst Theatre

$35/$55/$75 Premium

“The Holiday Gospel Show”

Blind Boys of Alabama “Go Tell it on the Mountain”

Sunday, December 2, 7:00pm

Herbst Theatre

$35/$55/$75 Premium

“The Magic of Monk”

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra

Friday, December 7, 8:00pm

YBCA Forum

$15 GA Adults; $10 Adults with Children; $5 Children & Seniors

Tickets go on sale to the public Sunday, July 22 at 10:00AM PST. Tickets for Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society are currently onsale. Schedule and artists are subject to change. There are three ways to purchase tickets:

• Visit sfjazz.org SFJAZZ

• Call 866.920.5299

• Go to the SFJAZZ Box Office in 3 Embarcadero Center (no service charges). Walk-in hours are Monday – Friday, 11:00AM-5:30PM.

SFJAZZ EDUCATION

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.

DISCOVER JAZZ COURSES

CRIOLLA Y SABROSA: LA MúSICA PUERTORRIQUEñA (8-class series)

Instructor: John Santos

Wednesdays, August 1 – September 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD), 685 Mission Street, San Francisco

Non-Members: $25 per class; $180 full course

SFJAZZ, YBCA and MOAD Members: $18 per class; $130 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 Puerto Rican music, encapsulating the folk and popular trends of this tiny, yet highly expressive Caribbean nation. Mr. Santos will illuminate Puerto Rico’s musical evolution from a socio-political perspective, through audio examples, video clips and historical background.

MUSICA CUBANA: JAZZ IN CUBA AND BEYOND (5-class series)

Instructor: Rebeca Mauleón

Wednesdays, October 3 – 31, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Taught by award-winning pianist, musicologist and SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón, this series will explore the remarkable history of jazz in and out of Cuba and will feature live performances by Mauleón herself along with many special guests.

PRE-CONCERT TALKS

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. Randy Brecker (9/28), Marcus Miller (10/11), Danilo Pérez (10/14), Robert Glasper (11/1), Buika (11/16) and Arturo Sandoval (12/1).

SFJAZZ FAMILY MATINEES

Both 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. This fall, the Marcus Shelby Trio hosts our Matinee series, highlighting the music of the great jazz masters – two of whom will appear at this year’s Festival: Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman. Enjoyed individually or as a series, these Family Matinees will change the way you hear jazz. 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: Sonny Rollins, Saturday, September 29, 11:00AM.

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is considered as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians.

Many of his compositions have become standards in the jazz lexicon, including “St. Thomas,” “Oleo,” “Doxy” and “Airegin.” Throughout his prolific career he performed and recorded with many of the greats such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, inspiring generations of musicians with his signature style, as well as pioneering the sound of the “pianoless” trio.

Matinee 2: Thelonious Monk, Saturday, October 20, 11:00AM.

Pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk is unique among the jazz giants, developing a singular sound on his instrument while creating some of the most compelling compositions in modern music. Together with Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus, Monk propelled the bebop movement and developed a distinct improvisational style. His many compositions – including “‘Round Midnight,” “Straight No Chaser” and “Blue Monk” – have remained iconic in the standard repertoire, making Monk one of the most recorded composers in jazz. Features a performance by the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra.

Matinee 3: Ornette Coleman, Saturday, November 17, 11:00AM.

Tenor saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Ornette Coleman is one of the major innovators of the “free jazz” movement of the 1960s. In his early career he began playing a plastic saxophone and later explored electronic and other experimental textures as well as funk, evolving his sound into what is generally considered the “avant-garde” side of jazz. While controversial at times, Coleman is without a doubt a leading figure in America’s music.

SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE

Launched in 2004, the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective features Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Stefon Harris on vibraphone and marimba, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and new members saxophonist David Sánchez and drummer Jeff Ballard, replacing Mark Turner and Eric Harland, respectively. Hailing from Puerto Rico, New York, Venezuela, California, New Zealand and Israel, the Collective’s multi-cultural lineup mirrors the explosion of jazz talent around the globe. In addition to its outstanding lineup, the SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble performs new arrangements of compositions by a modern jazz master and new compositions by the members, commissioned by SFJAZZ. Through this pioneering approach, honoring jazz history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living ever-relevant art form. After exploring the work of Ornette Coleman (2004), John Coltrane (2005), Herbie Hancock (2006), Thelonious Monk (2007), Wayne Shorter (2008), McCoy Tyner (2009), Horace Silver (2010), and Stevie Wonder (2011- 2012), the Collective now turns its sights on legendary pianist and composer Chick Corea. The Collective will tour nationally in Fall 2012.

SFJAZZ HOTPLATE

In addition to the Festival performances, SFJAZZ presents Hotplate, the popular monthly series in which Bay Area musicians are commissioned to approach and re-imagine the work of a jazz icon. SFJAZZ Hotplate takes place the second Thursday of each month at Amnesia, 853 Valencia Street, in San Francisco’s Mission District. Upcoming shows include Scheherazade Stone sings Gil Scott-Heron (7/14), Wally Schnalle plays Billy Cobham (7/12), SFJAZZ Director Of Education Rebeca Mauleón plays Eddie Palmieri (8/9), Mike Rinta plays J.J. Johnson (9/13), John Worley plays Miles Davis (10/11), Dave MacNab plays John Scofield (11/8) and Chris Dingman plays Bobby Hutcherson (12/13). For more information visit sfjazzhotplate.org SFJAZZ Hotplate.

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