SFJAZZ has announced the line-up for its Spring Season 2003, presented by Audi. The highly acclaimed Spring Season is an impressive series of events including concerts, discussions, listening parties, family matinees, education programs and more. SFJAZZ Spring Season 2003 celebrates its fourth year with world-class music, one-of-a-kind performances, powerful pairings and world premieres. The series will run from March 21 through July 26, in six spectacular San Francisco venues, with each show featuring a different instrument or theme in jazz.
SFJAZZ Spring Season Artistic Director
The lineup includes famed pianist Marcus Roberts and his trio in two performances titled “New Orleans meets Harlem”; a huge salsa dance party at the Bill Graham Civic Center starring La Perfecta legend Eddie Palmieri, in a historic performance with his recently regrouped La Perfecta II band; the triumphant return of Buena Vista Social Club icon Ibrahim Ferrer, on the heels of a new BVSC CD; a series of concerts with bassist Charlie Haden; the return of jazz legend Dave Brubeck and a special summer show with famed Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto.
THEMES OF THE SPRING SEASON
A Continuum of Piano Mastery
From the elegant mastery of Dave Brubeck, Hank Jones and Ray Bryant, to the now-established groundbreakers Randy Weston and Martial Solal, to the Latin-infused intensity of Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and the up-to-the-minute keyboard invention of Jason Moran and Ethan Iverson, this series of talented pianists showcases some of the most influential masters of keyboard artistry across styles and generations.
Violinists Mark O’Connor and Johnny Frigo—the best of two generations—bring Swing to the City. Bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Mike Marshall dazzle in duo format. Guitar god Kenny Burrell and follower Russell Malone share a bill. Living legend Jim Hall and Charlie Haden reunite.
The Spoken Word
Pioneer Ken Nordine’s dream-like “Word Jazz” returns. California Poet Laureate Quincy Troupe teams up with jazz expressionist/saxophonist Oliver Lake. And Harlem’s Sekou Sundiata grooves into SFJAZZ for the first time.
The renowned bassist, composer and bandleader continues to defy efforts to categorize his work. Haden’s versatility will be explored in a wide range of settings: a sublime duo with guitar legend Jim Hall, a reunion with his longtime colleague and former Ornette Coleman band mate, tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman along with Joshua Redman, and sharing the stage with Michael Brecker to recreate Haden’s recent orchestral project, American Dreams.
Latin Beat Celebration
Kicking off the celebration is a triple-bill dance party featuring the hottest names in salsa, including Latin jazz legend Eddie Palmieri, chart-topping salsa sensation India and the all-star Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Beloved Cuban singer and Buena Vista Social Club star Ibrahim Ferrer returns for two nights. Then, in a special summer concert, bossa nova legend João Gilberto makes an all-too-rare San Francisco appearance.
Tickets range from $5 to $60, and are available in person (without service charge) at the SFJAZZ Store, 3 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level; on SFJAZZ’s website (service charge applied); by phone (service charge applied) at 415.776.1999 (outside CA: 800.225.2277). Tickets for Herbst Theatre concerts only are available by calling City Box Office at 415.392.4400.
For more information, please call 415.788.7353 (outside CA: 800.850.7353) or visit www.sfjazz.org.