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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, September 23 2017 7:30 PM
TIM BERNE’S SNAKEOIL, SATURDAY, SEP 23, 7:30PM, 9:00PM, Joe Henderson Lab
Since Tim Berne first emerged on New York’s roiling Downtown scene in the late 1970s the alto saxophonist has created one galvanizing ensemble after another. In recent years his primary vehicle has been Snakeoil, introduced on an acclaimed self-named 2012 quartet session for ECM.  More...

Saturday, September 30 2017 8:00 PM
Oakland-based keyboardist-composer Steve McQuarry brings his Mandala Orchestra and Nonet to perform “A Tribute to Gil Evans” at SF JAZZ Center's Miner Auditorium on September 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at .

This concert marks the West Coast premiere of newly discovered scores by Gil Evans performing:
"The Troubadour," "Dancing on a Great Big Rainbow," , "Blues for Pablo" , "The Maids of Cadiz", and "Greensleeves" as well as "St. Louis Blues," "La Nevada Blues," "Punjab," and "Eleven." The Nonet will play "Budo," "Israel," and "Boplicity" from Birth of the Cool. The musicians will play from original Evans scores – some written in pencil by the composer himself.

Gil’s distinctive style greatly influenced that of the Miles Davis Nonet in sessions that became known as Birth of the Cool. He recorded with Miles Davis on albums: Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, and Quiet Nights.

See “Steve McQuarry Presents” on Facebook for more information.

Steve McQuarry, an Oakland resident for the past decade, has performed as a pianist at Yoshi's San Francisco with his own trio and with flutist Gerald Beckett's quartet. McQuarry has broadcast with his chamber octet Resonance over KPFA in Berkeley and KKUP in Cupertino. He currently records for his own label, Mandala Records, with his piano jazz trio and the jazz ensembles Resonance; Steve McQuarry Organ Trio; Art-Jazz-Rock group, Echelon; Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz band, Tribu; the electronica group Synsor; and the new age group Agharta.

The Mandala Orchestra members are trumpeters Justin Smith and John Worley; trombonist Ken Yee; French hornist Winston Macaraeg; tuba player Portia Njoku; saxophonists Ruben Salcido, Corey Wright, Georgianna Krieger, and Hermann Lara; oboe and English horn player Glenda Bates; bassoonist Wendell Hanna; cellist Nancy Bien; guitarist Mason Razavi; bassist Ted Burik; drummer, Greg German; and tabla player Jim Santi Owen. Conductor: Omid Zoufonoun.  More...