Beginning today, SFJAZZ members may purchase tickets for the full concert lineup at the SFJAZZ Center for the 2013–2014 season. That lineup is given in its entirety on a new Web page created on the SFJAZZ Web site. Tickets for the general public will not go on sale until July 30, so readers may also wish to consult the Membership Benefits Web page.
Since the SFJAZZ Center opened this past January, this will be the first “full” season in the new space; and it is definitely an abundant one. Each week there will be four evening concerts from Thursday through Sunday oriented around a specific theme. Of particular importance is that the SFJAZZ Resident Artist Director program will continue throughout the new season. Each of the Resident Artists will be responsible for at least one of these four-concert slots. The artists and their respective dates will be as follows:
- September 12–15: guitarist Bill Frisell
- September 26–29: violinist Regina Carter
- November 21–24: pianist Jason Moran
- January 23–26: guitarist Bill Frisell
- May 1–4: violinist Regina Carter
- May 22–25: saxophonist Miguel Zenón
- June 5–8: pianist Jason Moran
The season will begin with a major fundraising event featuring a solo evening of comedy by Bill Cosby, one of the most enthusiastic and supportive advocates for the performance of jazz. This will take place on Monday, August 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Premium tickets, which will include a pre-concert reception that Cosby will attend, will be available for $375. All other seats will be $195 or $100.
Those who appreciate the jazz masters of the past will recall that one of the artists that launched the first week of concerts at the SFJAZZ Center was vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. Hutcherson will return for the four-night slot from February 20 to February 23. He will perform with a quartet whose other members will be David Sanborn on saxophone, Joey DeFranceso on organ, and Billy Hart on drums.
In addition SFJAZZ programming continues to show an interest in European talent, particularly those artists affiliated with the ECM recording label. One of those artists, Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen, last performed for SFJAZZ in March of 2010, at that time in conjunction with the release of Restored, Returned on ECM. He will be giving a quartet performance; and all of the other instrumentalists, saxophonist Tore Brunborg, bassist Mats Eilertsen, and drummer Jarle Vespestad, who joined him on his last visit to SFJAZZ, will return with him. However, this will be a one-night-only concert, taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26.
ECM fans should also note that, during Moran’s second residency week, he will be joined for a duo performance by saxophonist Charles Lloyd. They will perform Lloyd’s five-movement suite, Hagar’s Song, which was released this past February as part of the celebration of Lloyd’s 75th birthday. This specific performance will take place on Friday, June 6.
There will also be one performance likely to be of interest that will not be taking place at the SFJAZZ Center. Organist Cameron Carpenter, who tends to be as provocative as he is innovative, will make his SFJAZZ debut on Friday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m. This will be presented in Grace Cathedral, where Carpenter will be able to ply his talents on the 7500 pipes of the Cathedral organ.
This is definitely a good time to review the calendar for the second SFJAZZ Center season and to start saving dates.