San Francisco’s latest and greatest cultural attraction, SFJAZZ Center, will officially open with a day of free music and activities on January 21. On that day, four free tours of the facility will be offered with the first commencing at 12:45 p.m. (reservations required for all tours). In addition, music will be provided by the Bourbon Kings, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars and others, and there’ll be musical activities and crafts for kids along with prizes and giveaways.
The SFJAZZ Center’s centerpiece is its state-of-the-art auditorium, a venue with flexible seating that can accommodate audiences ranging from 350 to 700 people. Located in San Francisco’s cultural corridor, the Center also includes an 80-seat multi-purpose ensemble room, rehearsal spaces and a digital learning lab, a café, a retail shop and administrative offices.
Two days after the January 21st Grand Opening, a veritable who’s who of jazz talent will perform at the Center during the Opening Night Concert. Participants for that show include McCoy Tyner (pictured above), Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Bobby Hutcherson, Esperanza Spalding, John Handy, Pete Escovedo, Joshua Redman, Mary Stallings and Bill Cosby. Artists scheduled to appear later this year include Tyner, Hiromi, Dave Holland, Patricia Barber, the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Zakir Hussain, Brad Mehldau, Jason Moran, Regina Carter, Tony Bennett and Dianne Reeves.
SFJAZZ has been presenting the finest jazz musicians in the world to San Francisco audiences for some 30 years. We wish them all the best with their latest endeavor.
For more information, including a full Season 1 schedule, go to www.sfjazz.org.