The A-List of Bay Area Counterculture
SFJAZZ Spring Season 2011, the unique and spectacular five-month-long concert series begins on February 24 and will continue through June 25. The season will present over forty concerts with the most illustrious names in jazz, world and related music.
HIGHLIGHTS & THEMES
A collection of legendary musical institutions spanning generations and genres, including a solo performance with Oscar-winning pianist Randy Newman (4/22), blues giant and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Buddy Guy with up-and-coming blues singer John Németh opening (4/23), Rickie Lee Jones playing Rickie Lee Jones and Pirates in their entirety (5/27) and 15-time Grammy Winner Tony Bennett performing the Great American Songbook (5/28).
Artists from every corner of the globe with diverse cultures and styles, from ancient to modern, including South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela (3/4), Israeli vocalist Yasmin Levy (3/20), the premiere of Bay Area percussionist John Santos’s “Filosofía Caribeña” (4/2), German cabaret ensemble Max Raabe & Palast Orchester (4/9), Brazilian sensation CéU (5/6), a double bill with two of Africa’s greatest vocalists, Youssou N’Dour and Angelique Kidjo (6/17) and Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura (6/25).
These melodic masters and spellbinding storytellers interpret the legacy of song with passion, grace and fire, including Guggenheim Fellow Patricia Barber (3/19), the jazz and pop stylings of Madeleine Peyroux (4/8), Lavay Smith’s “Patsy Cline Tribute” (4/30), plus three interpreters of the Great American Songbook: Jane Monheit (3/24), Steve Tyrell (6/3) and Nikki Yanofsky (6/18).
NEW ORLEANS NIGHTS
A showcase of the finest sounds from the Crescent City with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Bourbon Kings Brass Band opening (3/13), Grammy-winning blues vocalist Irma Thomas (3/27), NEA Jazz Master and legendary patriarch, pianist Ellis Marsalis (4/17) and “A Night In Treme” with Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Donald Harrison, Big Sam Williams, Michael White and more (6/10).
An astonishing assortment of fingerboard geniuses including Marc Ribot accompanying Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” (3/16), Brazilian duo Assad Brothers (4/10), ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro (3/26), Grace Cathedral’s “Sacred Space” solo concert with John Scofield (4/29), Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar with daughter Anoushka Shankar (5/19), African guitarist Lionel Loueke Trio (5/20) and “Captain Fingers” Lee Ritenour (6/5).
This collection of artists balances a profound respect for tradition with a new search for modes of expression: 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award winner and master pianist Kenny Werner Quintet featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist David Sánchez (3/5), SFJAZZ Collective plays Stevie Wonder (3/11), 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition winner and Berkeley High School graduate, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (5/22) and a special meeting between jazz giants, Cedar Walton and trumpeter Roy Hargrove (6/19).
With a strong sense of heritage, these sonic explorers are charting new directions in music, including GO HOME: Ben Goldberg, Ellery Eskelin, Charlie Hunter, Scott Amendola (3/18), Adam Theis and the Jazz Mafia String Quartet’s World Premiere of “Suite for Trombone and Strings” (3/25), Proverb Trio: Dafnis Prieto, Kokayi and Jason Lindner (4/16) and “33 1/3” with ROVA Saxophone Quartet with DJ Olive & DJ P-Love (6/4).
A showcase of the piano’s broad range of expression in the hands of true virtuosos including the rising star Gerald Clayton Trio (3/6), a rare Bay Area appearance by Marcus Roberts Trio (3/17), a Hammond B-3 double bill with Dr. Lonnie Smith; Barbara Dennerlein Trio (4/15), Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, solo (5/1) and Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias Trio (5/21).
SFJAZZ Hotplate is a monthly series showcasing the exciting Bay Area jazz scene in a low-cost, low-key environment at Amnesia in San Francisco. Each month features a new local artist re-imagining the music of a jazz legend, along with the Guardian’s “Best Local DJ,” Vinnie Esparza, spinning classic cuts throughout the night. Plus, you can win cool SFJAZZ merchandise, free memberships and tickets to upcoming SFJAZZ concerts. More information can be found at the all-new sfjazzhotplate.org.
Jarret Cherner plays Keith Jarrett, Thursday, January 13
The Afrofunk Experience plays Maceo Parker, Thursday, February 10
Karyn Paige plays Nina Simone, Thursday, March 10
Shotgun Wedding Quintet plays Cab Calloway, Thursday, April 14
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 veteran members alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, vibraphonist Stefon Harris trombonist Robin Eubanks, bassist Matt Penman, drummer Eric Harland, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, trumpeter Avishai Cohen and pianist Edward Simon (3/11). The SFJAZZ Collective will tour nationally and internationally in 2011.
SFJAZZ MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS
Only SFJAZZ Members get “insider” access to these unique experiences:
· Miguel Zenón Listening Party: The Music of Stevie Wonder, Thursday, February 24, 7:00pm, SF Conservatory of Music
· SFJAZZ Collective: Post-Concert Reception, Friday, March 11, 8:00pm, War Memorial Green Room
· Eliane Elias Trio: Members-Only Concert, Saturday, May 21, 8:00pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
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: JAZZ AND AMERICAN CULTURE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GREAT TENOR SAXOPHONISTS (series of 5 classes)
Led by acclaimed composer and bassist Cory Combs, the Discover Jazz Series is a multimedia music appreciation course for adults, offering entertaining and informative insights into jazz music, history and culture. Each series features classic video, audio and live performances by some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians. Discover Jazz is presented in a fun and relaxed environment, open to anyone with an interest in learning more about America’s indigenous art form. Each Discover Jazz class includes live performances, classic audio tracks and rare video. Open to all jazz enthusiasts regardless of prior knowledge.
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, showcasing one of America’s great musical treasures, the Blues. Enjoyed individually or as a series, these Family Matinees will change the way you hear jazz. Prices are family friendly: $15 General Admission, $10 adults with children and $5 for children and seniors.