Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

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.

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, June 9 2018 7:00 PM
Trumpeter Nate Wooley and multi-reedist Ken Vandermark, two of the brightest talents working at the exploratory fringes of jazz composition and improvisation, revisit their superb duo. Named a 1999 MacArthur “genius” Fellow and selected as one of DownBeat’s “25 For The Future” list of most significant improvisors, the Chicago-based Vandermark recorded 15 albums with his masterful Vandermark 5 quintet and collaborated with a host of fellow boundary-pushers including Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, and Fred Anderson.

New York trumpet phenom Wooley is a master of extended techniques, expanding the vocabulary of the instrument in startling new ways. Veteran of work with John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, and Evan Parker, Wooley is a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation grant recipient who began performing in duo with Vandermark in 2013, taking inspiration from the vaunted duo of West Coast free jazz pioneers John Carter and Bobby Bradford. Wooley and Vandermark have released a pair of albums documenting their collaboration, including 2014’s East By Northwest, and 2015’s All Directions Home. They will be celebrating the release of their new album of long-form works, performing it in its entirety.  More...

Tuesday, June 12 2018 7:00 PM
Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker brings his funky, deep-groove New Breed project to the Bay Area for the first time. Though often associated with the avant-garde and the fringes of the rock scene, the Chicago-raised, Los Angeles-based Parker is a chameleon, integrating his liquid tone and melodicism into work with the Brian Blade Fellowship, Makaya McCraven, the Scott Amendola Band, Carmen Lundy, Isotope 217, and the Chicago Underground Quartet, and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, among others.  More...

Wednesday, June 13 2018 7:00 PM
Named for one of Ornette Coleman’s most evocative compositions, this all-star project honors the Coleman legacy along with the music of Coleman’s fellow Fort Worth native reed players Dewey Redman and Julius Hemphill, featuring the wildly inventive saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed, and the Bad Plus rhythm section of bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King.  More...

Thursday, June 14 2018 7:30 PM