SAN FRANCISCO, January 6, 2006—Randall Kline, the Executive Director of SFJAZZ—the leading non-profit jazz organization on the West Coast and the presenter of the San Francisco Jazz Festival—along with Spring Season Artistic Director Joshua Redman today announced the complete artist line-up for the 7th Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season. The four month-long curated concert series will begin on March 17th with an opening weekend that includes The Bulgarian Women's Choir, Eartha Kitt, and a rare solo performance by Keith Jarrett at the War Memorial Opera House. The season will continue through June 17th and will include some of the most illustrious names in jazz, including: Chris Botti, David Sanborn, Ellis Marsalis, Dewey Redman, Pharoah Sanders, and the SFJAZZ Collective featuring artists such as Bobby Hutcherson, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, and Miguel Zenón.

In addition to the nearly 30 concerts in the line-up, SFJAZZ will offer distinctive ancillary programming designed to complement and enhance the concert experience. This spring audiences can partake in a 5-part jazz education course, attend any of the five pre-concert talks or enjoy the Jazz/Noir Film Festival which will feature six film noir classics with famous musical scores by artists such as Miles Davis and Duke Ellington.

SFJAZZ Executive Director Randall Kline commented, "The Spring Season is always an exciting time for SFJAZZ because the programming is incredibly expansive, from innovative tap dancer Savion Glover to Brazilian chanteuse Maria Rita and the new sounds of New York pianist Robert Glasper. We also present our resident band every spring which adds another dimension to the Spring Season because they truly embody the organization's mission to strengthen the art of jazz through performance and the creation of new compositions. It's an ideal combination." Spring Season Artistic Director Joshua Redman agreed, "The Spring Season for us has always been a time to explore, I like to refer to it as 'traditions in transition.' Through more than thirty concerts, films and other events, we strive each spring to honor the origins of jazz while also celebrating the many exciting and unpredictable directions the music has taken."


SFJAZZ 2006 Gala

Before the official opening of the Spring Season, SFJAZZ, with lead sponsor Northern Trust Bank, will host "21st Century Jam" on March 10, 2006 at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown San Francisco. This gala evening celebrating the artists of the SFJAZZ Collective will benefit SFJAZZ's artistic and education programs. Gala Dinner Chairs Robert Mailer Anderson and Nicola Miner will head the event which will offer a short concert by the SFJAZZ Collective. For more information call 415.283.0324.

Jazz/Noir Film Festival

For one weekend during the Spring Season (May 19-21), SFJAZZ will focus on the aesthetic connections between jazz music and film noir — two beloved American contributions to world culture. The connections between the two art forms are manifold with the greatest practitioners from both art forms providing unforgettable visionary journeys. The mini-Festival will screen six classic noir films: Sweet Smell of Success (1959), music by Elmer Bernstein; Anatomy of a Murder (1959), music by Duke Ellington; I Want to Live (1958), music by Johnny Mandel; Elevator to the Gallows (1957), music by Miles Davis; Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), music by John Lewis (of the Modern Jazz Quartet) and Touch of Evil (1958); music by Henry Mancini.

Discover Jazz

Discover Jazz is an SFJAZZ education series for adults interested in the history and appreciation of jazz. This spring will be the third season that SFJAZZ has offered the five-week series of companion classes to its concert schedule. The courses, led by Dmitri Matheny, a jazz flugelhornist, composer, and SFJAZZ Director of Education, emphasize active listening skills to help attendees develop informed opinions about jazz and increase their enjoyment of the music. In each Discover Jazz program, Matheny and a different celebrity guest musician or industry expert explore a particular aspect of jazz music, history, and culture. Participants gain an insider's appreciation of the art form through demonstration, discussion, and guided listening to jazz recordings. The classes include: Deep Listening, Jazz 101: The Basics, Jazz as Language: A Musical Conversation, Crash Course: The History of Jazz in 60 Minutes and Building Your Jazz Recording Collection.

In addition to the Discover Jazz Series, SFJAZZ will also be offering Discover Jazz on Film Course: A Survey of Jazz/Noir, a series of three classes about jazz and film to accompany the Jazz/Noir Film Festival. These classes will explore the use of modern jazz in film noir through the screening of rare and archival film clips with insightful commentary by critics and historians.


Having completed two successful seasons, the SFJAZZ Collective will embark on its third year with an international concert tour that includes some of the most prestigious halls in the U.S. and Europe before landing back in San Francisco for three nights at the Herbst Theatre. Here in the States the Collective will perform in a rare three-night run at Carnegie Hall's new Zankel Hall before moving on to London, Basel, Madrid and elsewhere. (See below for tour dates and venues.)

With an all-star line-up including returning members Bobby Hutcherson, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, Miguel Zenón, Renee Rosnes, Matt Penman, Eric Harland, and new member Andrew Hayward, the SFJAZZ Collective celebrates jazz as a vital and ever-changing art form. Each year the eight-member Collective divides its repertoire between all-new works—written by each of the band members and commissioned by SFJAZZ—and works by a modern jazz master. This spring the Collective will focus on the classic works of Herbie Hancock, newly arranged by Grammy-winner Gil Goldstein.

According to Artistic Director Joshua Redman Herbie Hancock was a natural choice, "All of the members of the Collective have been hugely influenced by Hancock as an instrumentalist, a bandleader, a creative artist and a composer." It was Hancock's ties back to Collective member Bobby Hutcherson and his influence on younger generations of jazz musicians that made him an ideal choice. Although, ultimately it was Hancock's eclecticism, open-mindedness, and flexibility that made him the composer of choice for the Collective. Hancock shares with the Collective a willingness to explore, a sense of adventure and a real commitment to try different things.


March 15
University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA

March 16
University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA

March 17 & 18
Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA

March 20
Ted Mann Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

March 21
Palace Theatre, Columbus, OH

March 22
Strathmore, Bethesda, MD

March 24
Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA

March 25
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ

March 27
McCarter Center, Princeton, NJ

March 28 - 30
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY

March 31
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

April 3
Stradtcasino, Basel, Switzerland

April 4
Terassa Opera, Warsaw, Poland

April 5
Opera House, Madrid, Spain

April 9
Philharmonie de Luxembourg,

April 11
Barbican, London, England

April 14 - 16
Herbst, San Francisco, CA


A complete list of the 7TH annual SFJAZZ Spring Season can also be found at www.sfjazz.org.

Tuesdays, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 6pm–8pm
ewish Community Center of San Francisco
Discover Jazz
$80 SFJAZZ & JCC Members; $100 general (includes materials)
$25 Individual Class (in advance or at the door)

Friday, March 17, 8pm
Grace Cathedral
"Sacred Space I"
Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

Saturday, March 18, 8pm
Masonic Center
Eartha Kitt

Sunday, March 19, 8pmM
War Memorial Opera House
"Solo Piano"
Keith Jarrett, solo

Friday, March 24, 8pm
Masonic Center
Chris Botti;
David Sanborn

Saturday, March 25, 8pm*
Herbst Theatre
"New Orleans Patriarch"
Ellis Marsalis Quartet
*Inside Jazz Pre-Concert Talk

Sunday, March 26, 8pm
Great American Music Hall
"The New Dutch Masters"
ICP Orchestra

Friday, March 31, 8pm
Palace of Fine Arts
"New Orleans: Now and Then"
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, April 1, 8pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Henry Threadgill's Zooid

Friday, April 7, 8pm*
Herbst Theatre
"Il Jazz Italiano"
Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani;
Enrico Pieranunzi
*Inside Jazz Pre-Concert Talk

Saturday, April 8, 8pm and 3pm Family Matinee
Herbst Theatre
John Pizzarelli; Taylor Eigsti and Julian Lage Duo
8pm: $59/$44/$36/$25
3pm: $15 adult/$10 adult w/ child/$5 child

Sunday, April 9, 2pm
Florence Gould Theatre
Robert Glasper
$25 GA

Mondays, April 10, 17, 24, 6pm–8pm
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Discover Jazz on Film Course: "A Survey of Jazz/Noir"
$55 SFJAZZ & JCC Members; $65 general (includes materials)
$25 Individual Class (in advance or at the door)

Friday, April 14, 8pm (SFJAZZ Members only)
Saturday, April 15, 8pm
Sunday, April 16, 7pm
Herbst Theatre
SFJAZZ Collective
$57/$42/$32/$25 (4/14)
$65/$50/$38/$25 (4/15 and 4/16)

Friday, April 21, 8pm
Grace Cathedral
"Sacred Space II"
Pharoah Sanders, solo
$44 VIP GA/$25 GA

Friday, April 28, 8pm
Herbst Theatre
"80th Birthday Tribute"
Randy Weston's African Rhythms & The Gnawa Master Musicians of Morocco

Saturday, April 29, 8pm
Masonic Center
Maria Rita

Sunday, April 30, 7pm
Herbst Theatre
"75th Birthday Celebration"
Dewey Redman Quartet

Friday, May 5, 8pm
Herbst Theatre
João Bosco

Saturday, May 6, 8pm*
Herbst Theatre
"Generations of Piano Trio"
Kenny Barron Trio;
Danilo Pérez Trio
*Inside Jazz Pre-Concert Talk

Sunday, May 7, 7pm
Herbst Theatre
"Bebop Legend"
Phil Woods Quintet with Bill Charlap and Brian Lynch

Friday, May 12, 8pm
Herbst Theatre
"Solo Piano"
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, solo

Saturday, May 13, 8pm
Herbst Theatre
"Latin Jazz Master I"
Ray Barretto

Sunday, May 14, 7pm
Herbst Theatre
"Mother's Day Magic"
Jimmy Scott

Fri-Sun, May 19-21
Balboa Theater
Jazz/Noir Film Festival
$10 Individual Film/$45 Festival Pass (good for all screenings)

Friday, May 19
Sweet Smell of Success (1959), 1pm & 6pm
Music by Elmer Bernstein

Anatomy of a Murder (1959), 3pm & 9pm
Music by Duke Ellington
Saturday, May 20
I Want to Live (1958), 1pm & 6:30pm*
Music by Johnny Mandel
*Inside Jazz Pre-Concert Talk, 6:30 film only

Elevator to the Gallows (1957), 3:30pm & 9pm
Music by Miles Davis

Sunday, May 21
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), 1pm & 5:30pm
Music by John Lewis

Touch of Evil (1958), 3pm & 7:30pm
Music by Henry Mancini

Saturday, June 3, 8pm*
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
"Fat Albert: Live Jazz + Classic Cartoons"
SFJAZZ All-Star High School Ensemble
w/ special guest Joshua Redman
$15 GA/$10 GA (ages 18 and under)
*Inside Jazz Pre-Concert Talk

Saturday, June 10, 7pm and 9:30pm
Herbst Theatre
"azz Tap: Up Close & Personal"
Savion Glover

Sunday, June 11, 2pm
Florence Gould Theatre
Shelly Berg Trio
$25 GA

Sunday, June 11, 7pm
Herbst Theatre
"atin Jazz Master II"
Paquito D'ivera Quintet

Friday, June 16, 8pm
Masonic Center
Baaba Maal

Saturday, June 17, 2pm*
Florence Gould Theatre
Kenny Werner and Claudia Villela
$25 GA
*Inside Jazz Pre-Concert Talk


Tickets go on sale to the public Januray 22. Schedule and artists are subject to change. There are three ways to purchase tickets:

  • Visit www.sfjazz.org, service charge applied

  • Call 800.225.2277, service charge applied

  • Go to SFJAZZ Store, 3 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level, no service charge


    SFJAZZ, in addition to being the largest non-profit jazz presenter on the West Coast, is also a year-round education organization that offers a dynamic and innovative array of artistic and educational programs in the concert hall, classroom and community. This spring, SFJAZZ offers the following education programs in connection with the SFJAZZ Spring Season.

  • Inside Jazz Talks are pre-concert talks led by Dmitri Matheny, SFJAZZ Director of Education (unless otherwise noted). They take place one hour before curtain with jazz artists, scholars and industry professionals. They are free to ticket holders for the event to follow and offer insight and appreciation of selected concerts and films.

  • SFJAZZ Family Matinees are specially priced afternoon performances featuring artists in shorter programs that give families with children a chance to experience world-class music first-hand. See ticket order form for pricing.

  • SFJAZZ Discover Jazz: History & Appreciation Course is a weekly evening music appreciation course for adults offering entertaining, informative insights into jazz music, history and culture.


    SFJAZZ, now in its 24th year, is the largest non-profit presenter of jazz in the western United States. SFJAZZ presents over 100 concerts a year to over 100,000 fans and is dedicated to advancing the art form of jazz and cultivating new jazz audiences through artistic and education programming, including: The San Francisco Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Spring Season, SFJAZZ Collective, SFJAZZ Summerfest, SFJAZZ Education and SFJAZZ Membership.

    The 2006 SFJAZZ Spring Season is a project of SFJAZZ, a non-profit presenter of jazz music and education programs. Brought to you by: Jet Blue Airways. Major Sponsors: Northern Trust Bank, BET Jazz, KPIX, KCSM, 7x7, California Home and Design. Official Sponsors: Citypark, Kendall-Jackson, Maxwell Hotel, Hotel Carlton, Queen Anne Hotel, The Argent Hotel, Union Square Hotel Collection, Hotel Miyako, Tickets.com, Yamaha Pianos, Foxxdance Productions, JazzTimes, KBLX, KPFA, Telemundo.

    SFJAZZ receives funding from the following corporations, foundations and government agencies: The Herb Alpert Foundation, American Express Company, Amgen Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, Cisco Systems Foundation, Chamber Music America, Confidence Foundation, BMI Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, David B. Gold Foundation, Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, Bill Graham Foundation, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, The William Randolph Hearst Foundations, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, Louis R. Lurie Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, Inc., The San Francisco Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation.

  • http://www.sfjazz.org

    [Published on: 1/10/06]

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