Drummer and saxophone player Smith Dobson V and his The Prez Kids Band play a momentous concert this week.
Their show at Amnesia, a bar in the Mission, marks the last SFJazz event before the organization opens its long-anticipated new building near Civic Center. Read More
Arturo Sandoval has a special relationship with Dizzy Gillespie.
The Cuban-born maestro, who appears with his six-piece band at Herbst Theatre on Saturday in a SFJAZZ 30th anniversary celebration, says, “Dizzy loved Cuban music, and when we met, we understood each other very well.” Read More
Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, 41, is held in such high esteem that when his forthcoming gig was announced at a recent SFJazz concert, a sizeable number of audience members began to applaud. Known for his improvisatory genius — which informs not only original compositions, but also renditions of jazz standards and arrangements of rock hits by the likes of the Beatles, Radiohead and Paul Simon — Mehldau has just released “Ode,” his first CD with his trio in four years. Read More
San Francisco will soon have a stand-alone center dedicated to jazz, and a groundbreaking event is planned for today to highlight the venue.The SFJAZZ Center at 205 Fell St. will feature a 700-seat concert hall, and will house artistic and educational programs for musicians and the community. Read More
SFJAZZ’s spring season, just under way, hits a high note when the SFJAZZ Collective takes center stage Friday. Read More
High-end jazz restaurants in the low-income Fillmore district are pouring money into marketing efforts in hopes of increasing interest in the floundering businesses.The promotions have cost $50,000 in public funds, and $35,000 more is set to be spent on a logo, marketing slogan and banners.The Fillmore was home to the West Coast’s most vibrant jazz scene until redevelopment efforts in the 1950s and 1960s devastated music venues. Read More