SFJAZZ Center Dedicates Joe Henderson Lab

Family and associates gather to pay tribute to the late saxophonist

l-r: SFJAZZ CEO Don Derheim, saxophonists Hafez Modirzadeh & Mel Martin, Jessica Mendoza, Joe’s son Kim Vasquez, Joe’s grandson Saivon Romero-Daniel, Joe’s son Malcolm E. Daniel, SFJAZZ Founder & Exec. Artistic Director Randall Kline
Joe Henderson’s son Malcolm E. Daniel speaks at Joe Henderson Lab Dedication Ceremony
Mel Martin Quartet performs at SFJAZZ's Joe Henderson Lab Dedication Ceremony

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The SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco held its Joe Henderson Lab Dedication Ceremony on Aug. 14. The late Henderson’s two sons, Malcolm Daniel and Kim Vasquez, and grandson Saivon Romero-Daniel, traveled to San Francisco for the ceremony. The Joe Henderson Lab is a 100-seat performance and education space at the SFJAZZ Center named for the longtime Bay Area resident.

The ceremony kicked off the Joe Henderson Festival from August 14-17. The first night featured Henderson collaborator Mel Martin presenting the music of Henderson’s 1963 debut, Page One album.