Courtesy PhotoOpening show: Italian piaist Stefano Bollani and his trio are the first act in the 31st annual SF Jazz Festival.

Courtesy PhotoOpening show: Italian piaist Stefano Bollani and his trio are the first act in the 31st annual SF Jazz Festival.

SF Jazz announces summer fest lineup

As is typical, the lineup for the 31st annual San Francisco Jazz Festival is expansive and fun. Announced by SFJazz officials last week, the festival runs June 12-23, with most concerts in the new SFJazz Center at 201 Franklin St.

The opening concert June 12 will present the Stefano Bollani Trio, featuring the acclaimed Italian pianist.

Latin jazz highlights include singer-songwriter-guitarist Milton Nascimento on June 13-14, percussionist Pedrito Martinez on June 16 and the Bay Area’s Pacific Mambo Orchestra on June 15.

In the “legend and rising stars” category are keyboardist Bob James and saxophonist David Sanborn on June 17; pianist Ahmad Jamal on June 13 at Davies Symphony Hall, singer Cécile McLorin Salvant on June 19 and guitarist John Scofield on June 22.    

The closing concert on June 23 features hot young bands: pianist Gerald Clayton’s trio, with bassist Joe Saunders and drummer Justin Brown, and drummer Kendrick Scott’s  Oracle, featuring pianist Taylor Eigsti.

Tickets go on sale April 24; contact www.sfjazz.org or call (866) 920-5299 for the full schedule. 

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