Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 
SFJAZZ Center
201 Franklin Street (at Fell)
San Francisco CA 94102  

Founded in 1983, SFJAZZ presents the greatest names in jazz, Latin and other global music and nurtures the art of improvisation through its year-round concert, commissioning and education programs. The West Coast’s biggest jazz presenter serves about 200,000 fans and students every year.
https://www.sfjazz.org/

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, September 23 2018 6:00 PM
JANE IRA BLOOM QUARTET: WILD LINES - Improvising Emily Dickinson, Shows at 6:00pm & 7:30pm
Bloom’s latest album, 2017’s Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (Outline), features the same stellar band she brings to SFJAZZ.

Jazz’s greatest living soprano saxophonist performs with her spectacular quartet including pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Mark Helias, and drummer Bobby Previte. Possessing a painterly style and firm command of electronic textures, Bloom creates music that gives form to mysterious beauty and subconscious emotions. Regularly cited as jazz’s foremost master on her wily instrument, she’s distinguished herself over the past 35 years as a resourceful bandleader and a melodically expansive composer particularly inspired by painters and poets. She’s also a tenured professor at The New School and a Guggenheim Fellow.  More...

Wednesday, October 10 2018 7:30 PM
KRIS DAVIS, Joanne Brackeen and Helen Sung celebrate Monk's 101st birthday.
Two generations of piano artistry celebrate the legacy of Thelonious Monk, featuring DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Piano winner Kris Davis, 2018 NEA Jazz Master recipient Joanne Brackeen, and Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition winner Helen Sung.

Kris Davis was dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 article in The New York Times titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard.” To date, Davis has released ten recordings as leader. Her 2016 release, Duopoly, made The New York Times, Pop Matters, NPR, Los Angeles Times, and JazzTimes best albums of 2016.

The first female member of Art Blakey’s star-making Jazz Messengers, Joanne Brackeen is among the most virtuosic pianists to emerge in the post-bop era, performing with the likes of Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea, Ornette Coleman, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, and Stan Getz before stepping out as a leader in the early 1970s. She’s recorded 22 albums as a leader for the Concord, Timeless, and Arkadia labels.

A multiple award winning pianist, Helen Sung has recorded a half-dozen albums and worked with the Mingus Big Band, Clark Terry, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, and appropriately, the “Monk on Monk” Tentet led by Thelonious Monk’s son, drummer T.S. Monk. She was the pianist for the inaugural class of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.  More...

Friday, November 2 2018 7:00 PM
Myra Melford'S SNOWY EGRET, Shows at 7:00pm & 8:30pm
A pianist, composer, educator and bandleader who has built and documented a succession of celebrated ensembles, Myra Melford has set her most ambitious projects on the all-star quintet known as Snowy Egret. Featuring some of jazz’s most distinctive and melodically inventive improvisers, the group premiered her enthralling 2013 multimedia production inspired by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano alternative history of the Americas Language of Dreams at YBCA, and followed up with an eponymous debut album on Enja named by many jazz critics as one of 2015’s best releases.

Myra Melford piano
Ron Miles cornet
Liberty Ellman guitar
Stomu Takeishi bass
Tyshawn Sorey drums  More...

Saturday, November 3 2018 7:00 PM
Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, Shows at 7:00pm & 8:30pm
A pianist, composer, educator and bandleader who has built and documented a succession of celebrated ensembles, Myra Melford has set her most ambitious projects on the all-star quintet known as Snowy Egret. Featuring some of jazz’s most distinctive and melodically inventive improvisers, the group premiered her enthralling 2013 multimedia production inspired by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano alternative history of the Americas Language of Dreams at YBCA, and followed up with an eponymous debut album on Enja named by many jazz critics as one of 2015’s best releases.  More...

Thursday, November 29 2018 7:30 PM
Laurie Anderson’s Songs For Women with Tammy Hall
The first part of the Laurie Anderson series was inspired by the composer Tammy Hall’s beautiful piece “For Miss Jones”. Anderson thought it would be interesting to do a collection of pieces written for women and make it into a celebration that crosses back and forth from jazz to stories to electronics.  More...

Saturday, December 1 2018 7:30 PM
Laurie Anderson’s Songs For Men with Scott Amendola
“I realized I’ve also written a lot of things for and about men and I asked the amazing Scott Amendola to join me in an evening of improv. Some of the greatest experts on women are men and of course vice versa so I’m hoping for some lively mash ups.”  More...

Sunday, December 2 2018 7:00 PM
Laurie Anderson’s Scenes From My Radio Play with Fred Frith
Scenes from My Radio Play is themes and variations on the characters and situations in the play. Guitarist Fred Frith will join Anderson in invoking hypnosis, memory, old juke joints, canoe trips and love.  More...

Friday, May 10 2019 4:00 PM
SFCMP Performances at the CROSSROADS Series
Guerrilla Sounds: Julius Eastman’s Legacy

In our "at the CROSSROADS Series," we celebrate together the work of legacy composers alongside cutting-edge voices from across generations: By meeting at these generational crossroads we reveal how the latest works are grounded in timeless questions.

Inspired by Julius Eastman’s politically powerful and sonically persuasive works "Stay on It" and "Gay Guerrilla," we launch into our cross-generational "at the CROSSROADS Series" with two major commissions. One is a new work by Sidney Corbett, an American composer living in Germany best known for his theatrical and emotionally powerful compositions. Also featured is an SFCMP commission from Bay Area composer, pianist, and improviser Myra Melford, featuring herself as improvising piano soloist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. SFCMP will premiere a new piece by exciting Brazilian-Californian composer Fernanda Aoki Navarro, while LJ White offers his own version of the interplay between freedom and structure in a work for solo violin and electronics. SFCMP also sponsors its 3rd Annual SF Search for young composers—this time writing for trios of players drawn from the instrumental forces for Myra Melford’s premiere—to complete the multi-generational portrait.

SCHEDULE

FRI, MAY 10, 2019
4:00pm-5:15pm How Music is Made Program: Open dress rehearsal of “New Work” by Corbett followed by a composer talk hosted by Eric Dudley
6:45pm Pre-concert discussion with SFCMP Players
7:30pm Concert

PROGRAM

Julius Eastman, "Stay on It" (1973)
clarinet, saxophone, 2 percussion (drums & vibraphone), piano, violin, cello

Fernanda Aoki Navarro, "New Work" (2018) (World premiere)
flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello

LJ White, "fly, into the light" (2013) (West coast premiere)
solo vln + electronics

Sidney Corbett, "New Work" (2018) (SFCMP Commission, world premiere)
clarinet/bass clarinet, trumpet, tuba, e.guitar, harp, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello

SCHEDULE

SAT, MAY 11, 2019
4:00pm-5:15pm How Music is Made Program: Open dress rehearsal of “New Work” by Melford followed by a composer talk hosted by Eric Dudley
6:45pm Pre-concert discussion with SFCMP Players
7:30pm Concert

PROGRAM

SF Search composer, TBD (2018)
flutes, percussion, cello

SF Search composer, TBD (2018)
flutes, percussion, cello

SF Search composer, TBD (2018)
flutes, percussion, cello

Julius Eastman, "Gay Guerrilla" (1979)
2 pianos

Myra Melford, "New Work" (2018) (SFCMP Commission, world premiere)
flute/alto flute, oboe/english horn, clarinet/bass clarinet, trombone, percussion, harp, 2 pianos, violin, viola, cello, double bass  More...