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SFJAZZ Lineup Announced

Posted by Gabe Meline on Jun 24, 2008 | Comments (0)

The lineup for the new season of SFJAZZ was announced this morning, and once again, it showcases the kind of variety and talent that’s made the ongoing festival one of the Bay Area’s jewels.

The upcoming schedule, running Oct. 3-Nov. 9, includes jazz legends like Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra and the Dave Brubeck Quartet; vocalists Jimmy Scott, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Mavis Staples; new blood like Wayne Horvitz and Ravi Coltrane; world musicians Toumani Diabate and Le Trio Joubran; and, for some reason, Randy Newman.

Cecil Taylor, whom I saw about five years ago at the Palace of Fine Arts, rarely plays solo—and in Grace Cathedral, it should be insane. I saw Jimmy Scott a couple years ago at the Herbst Theatre, and he was excellent; age has only slightly slowed him down. Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra at Yoshi’s a few years back demonstrated just how relevant his 40-years-and-running project is, and I have personally seen Ravi Coltrane blow Pharaoh Sanders out of the water on stage, which is saying something.

The guy I’m most excited to see? Saxophonist Archie Shepp, who very rarely comes to the Bay Area. A force that shows no signs of diminishing, Shepp has persevered under the radar as a lesser-known avant-garde artist since his “new thing” heyday of the late 1960s, and I’m not sure what kind of group he’ll have, but in the small Herbst Theatre, how can you go wrong?

Tickets go on sale to the public on Sunday, July 13. Complete lineup and information after the jump, or you can cue it up at the festival’s official website.

SFJAZZ: October 3-November 9

“Miles from India”
Wallace Roney, Badal Roy, Lenny White, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Kala Ramnath and more
Friday, October 3, 8 p.m.
Davies Symphony Hall
$20/$30/$45/$60/Premium $80
Members:$15/$23/$34/$45/Premium $60

Sweet Honey In The Rock
Saturday, October 4, 8:30 p.m.
Davies Symphony Hall
$20/$30/$45/$60/Premium $80

“Soul Survivor”
Mavis Staples
Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
$20/$30/$40/Premium $60

“SFJAZZ Beacon Award”
Rebeca Mauleón
Thursday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
$20/$30/$40/Premium $60
Members: $15/$23/$30/Premium $45

“The New American Songbook”
Randy Newman, Solo
Friday, October 17, 8:00 p.m.s
Davies Symphony Hall
$20/$30/$40/ $60 / Premium $80

Max Raabe And Palast Orchester
Saturday, October 18, 8:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, Oakland
$25/$40/$55/Premium $75

“Jazz Cruise: NOLA on the Bay”
Zydeco Flames; Mitch Woods’ Big Easy Boogie
Sunday, October 19, 11:00 a.m.
San Francisco Spirit, Pier 9
$90 GA With Brunch Included

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
Sunday, October 19, 7:00 p.m.
Great American Music Hall
GA: $15 Adult, $5 Youth (18 yrs & under)
Members: $10

“Vocal Vanguard”
Jimmy Scott; Melody Gardot
Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
Herbst Theatre
$20/$30/$40/Premium $60

“Jazz Master”
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
Davies Symphony Hall
$25/$40/$50/$65/Premium $85

Archie Shepp
Thursday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Herbst Theatre
$25/$35/$45/Premium $65
Pre-concert Talk with Archie Shepp

“Sacred Space: Solo Piano”
Cecil Taylor, solo
Friday, October 24, 8:00 p.m.
Grace Cathedral
$30 GA/$50 Premium GA

“Russian Roots”
Sophie Milman; Eldar Trio
Saturday, October 25, 8:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre
$20/$30/$40/Premium $60

“Solo Piano”
Marilyn Crispell
Sunday, October 26, 2:00 p.m.
Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor
$30 GA

“Make it Funky, Maceo!”
Maceo Parker
Sunday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre
$20/$30/$40/Premium $60

“New Grooves: Avant Global”
Peter Apfelbaum’s NY Hieroglyphics
Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
YBCA Forum
GA: $20 Public; $15 Members
Pre-concert talk with Peter Apfelbaum

“Bay Area Sax Summit”
Dave Ellis Quintet;
Dayna Stephens Quintet;
Mitch Marcus Quintet
Thursday, October 30, 8:00 p.m.
Great American Music Hall
$20 GA/$35 Premium GA
Pre-concert talk with Dave Ellis, Dayna Stephens, Mitch Marcus

“New Grooves: Halloween Party”
Forro in the Dark
Friday, October 31, 8:00 p.m.
YBCA Forum
GA: $20 Public; $15 Members

Ravi Coltrane
Saturday, November 1, 8:00 p.m.
YBCA Forum
GA: $30 Public; $22 Members

Arturo Sandoval
Saturday, November 1, 8:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre
$25/$35/$45/Premium $65

“Art of the Trio”
Marcin Wasilewski
Sunday, November 2, 2:00 p.m.
Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor
$30 General Admission

“State of the Union”
Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra with Carla Bley
Sunday, November 2,
4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre
4 p.m.: $20/$30/$40/Premium $60
4 p.m.: Members: $15/$23/$30/Premium $45
7 p.m.: $25/$35/$45/Premium $65
Pre-concert talk with Charlie Haden

“Malian Maestro”
Toumani Diabaté
Wednesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Herbst Theatre
$25/$35/$45/Premium $65

“Masters of the Oud”
Le Trio Joubran;
Rahim Alhaj
Thursday, November 6, 7:30pm
Herbst Theatre
$20/$30/$40/Premium $60

“Soul Jazz Summit”
Dr. Lonnie Smith Feat. Donald Harrison
Godfathers of Groove: Reuben Wilson, Bernard Purdie & Grant Green Jr.
Friday, November 7, 8 p.m.
Herbst Theatre
$20/$30/$40/Premium $60

“Cuban Dance Party”
Issac Delgado
Friday & Saturday, November 7 & 8
8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Bimbo’s 365 Club
$30 GA (Friday shows)
$35 GA (Saturday shows)

“Modern Alchemy”
Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet
Sunday, November 9, 2:00 p.m.
Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor
$30 GA

FAMILY MATINEE
“Ukulele Phenom”
Jake Shimabukuro
Sunday, November 9, 3:00 p.m.
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
GA: $15 adult/$10 adult w/child or senior/$5 child or senior

“Ukulele Phenom”
Jake Shimabukuro
Sunday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
$20/$25/$30/Premium $50

TICKETS AND INFORMATION
Tickets go on sale to SFJAZZ Members on Sunday, June 28 and on sale to the public Sunday, July 13. Schedule and artists are subject to change.
There are three ways for the public to purchase tickets:
• Visit www.sfjazz.org, service charge applied
• Call 866.920.JAZZ (5299), service charge applied
• Go to SFJAZZ Box Office & Store, 3 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level, no service charge


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