35th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival
There are few musical styles that can be as convincingly claimed as “American” than jazz. Born out of the joie de vivre of the post-war attitude found in many American cities after WWI and combined with the compelling passion of musical styles like gospel and blues, jazz weathered the storm and scandal of its infancy (when it was seen as immoral and sinful) and is now considered one of the most illustrious and dignified styles of musical expressions available to musicians. If you love jazz, if you like jazz, or even if you don’t, you will want to know about the 35th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival happening over the course of two weeks in Hayes Valley, only a short hop from downtown San Francisco.
Internationally recognized as one of the premier jazz events in the country, the Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival brings together a dazzling array of different musicians playing in a multitude of different styles and spirits (all, of course, contained under the generous umbrella that jazz is). From June 6th until June 18th, the city will be heating up to the syncopated rhythms, sax solos, piano rolls, and brass trills that are a part of the legacy of jazz music.
And to provide this music to you, the festival organizers have, once again, arranged for an unbeatable lineup of performers from around the world, such as:
- Lizz Wright
- Jake Shimabukuro
- Martin Luther and the Black Sugar Ensemble performing a tribute to Otis Redding
- Nicolas Bearde performing a tribute to Lou Rawls
- The Hot Club of San Francisco: John, Paul, George, & Django
- Stanley Clarke
- So, so many more
These world-renowned musicians will be performing in some of the city’s most beloved venues, places like the Miner Auditorium, the Joe Henderson Lab, and the Herbst Theatre. Some of these concerts will even take place out of doors! Specifically, the official festival kick-off party which will feature the music of the John Brothers Piano Company & North Beach Brass Band playing at the corner of Octavia Street and Hayes Street.
Tickets for the various concerts will sell out fast, so be sure to purchase yours soon!