SFJAZZ Announces Spring Season Lineup

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Jessica Chornesky

Robert Glasper

SFJAZZ recently announced the jam-packed lineup for the organization’s 11th Annual Spring Season. Highlights include a rare Joshua Redman solo performance, Kurt Elling and the Count Basie Orchestra’s Sinatra celebration, and the SFJAZZ Collective playing its new compositions and arrangements of Horace Silver’s music.

The five-month-long concert series begins Feb. 19 with Cuba’s Issac Delgado, and stretches throughout the spring with nearly 40 different performances, many with a decidedly international flavor.

“I really feel like that is at the core of what we are doing, and has been for the last couple of years. It is really pronounced in the spring season,” SFJAZZ Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline said about the various international acts. “There has been so much activity internationally in jazz over the last few years it is hard to ignore it.”

Hiromi and the Robert Glasper Quartet will play the Herbst Theatre in March; Portugal’s Ana Moura will light up the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in April; and Salif Keita, dubbed “The Golden Voice of Africa,” will bring his Afropop to Bimbo’s 365 Club in June. Stalwart jazzers like Keith Jarrett (March 19, Davies Symphony Hall) and Charles Lloyd (April 25, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre) are also among the season’s highlights.

“There is a lot of meat on these bones,” Kline, who has been with SFJAZZ since its founding 27 years ago, said about the lineup.

The busy season also includes several members-only events, and a five-class educational series focusing on great jazz composers such as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver and Duke Ellington.

SFJAZZ presents over 100 concerts a year to over 100,000 fans. The spring lineup has performances spread throughout various venues, each of which holds between 300 and 3,000 patrons. “There is a lot of research, lots of talking, and a lot of groundwork that needs to get done to prepare for the multiple acts and multiple venues,” Kline said.

Due to the weekend-heavy performance schedule of the Spring Season, it should be popular with tourists and people from out of town, Kline said. “Each weekend could be considered a festival.”

Tickets for SFJAZZ members are currently on sale. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at SFJAZZ or by calling (866) 920-5299. In both cases a service charge is applied in addition to the ticket price. To avoid a service charge, tickets can be purchased Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the SFJAZZ Box Office located at 3 Embarcadero Center in San Francisco.

To become an SFJAZZ member, go to SFJAZZ, send an email to [email protected], or call (415) 398-5655 extension 125.