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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

McCoy Tyner with Savion Glover tops SF JAZZ annoucement of spring lineup

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(McCoy Tyner)

SF JAZZ announced this morning its spring lineup, which includes performances from McCoy Tyner with Savion Glover, Brad Mehldau, Jack DeJohnette, and more. Full press release below:

SFJAZZ ANNOUNCES THE ARTIST LINE-UP FOR THE

9TH ANNUAL SFJAZZ SPRING SEASON

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE WAYNE SHORTER, KEITH JARRETT/GARY PEACOCK/JACK

DEJOHNETTE,

MCCOY TYNER WITH SAVION GLOVER, REGINA CARTER, CHARLES LLOYD NEW QUARTET,

JOE SAMPLE, HIROMI, ANA MOURA, BOBBY MCFERRIN/CHICK COREA/JACK DEJOHNETTE,

LEE KONITZ, BRAD MEHLDAU, DIANNE REEVES, ROSA PASSOS,

2 FOOT YARD, BJORKESTRA, REALISTIC ORCHESTRA,

MOSE ALLISON, THE BAD PLUS, PATRICIA BARBER AND MANY MORE

SEASON RUNS MARCH 6 - JUNE 20, 2008

TICKETS ON SALE SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) -- Randall Kline, the Executive Director of SFJAZZ‹the

leading non-profit jazz organization on the West Coast and the presenter of

the San Francisco Jazz Festival today announced the complete artist line-up

for the Ninth Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season. The four-month-long curated

concert series will begin on March 6 with an opening weekend that includes

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack DeJohnette, and ³The Discovery Series²

with double bills featuring Travis Sullivan¹s Björkestra and Realistic

Orchestra, Nik Bartsch¹s Ronin and The Frequency, 2 Foot Yard and Iron & The

Albatross, and Third World Live with the Yaron Herman Trio. The season will

continue through June 20 with will some of the most illustrious names in

jazz and related music including: Wayne Shorter, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea

& Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner with Savion Glover, Taj Mahal, Charles Lloyd,

Regina Carter, Joe Sample, Lee Konitz, Dianne Reeves, Mose Allison, Rosa

Passos, Hiromi, Ron Carter, Lenny White, Jessica Williams, Brad Mehldau,

James Moody and many more.

For this year¹s Spring Season, SFJAZZ is conducting ³The Wayne Shorter

Project,² a wide-ranging exploration of the music and legacy of Wayne

Shorter. Along with this project, SFJAZZ is offering distinctive ancillary

programming designed to complement and enhance the concert experience. This

includes ³The Discovery Series,² of four concerts featuring the modern

sounds of jazz (3/6-3/9); ³The Jazz Masters Series,² celebrating four living

legends at the YBCA for the Arts Forum (4/24-27); popular Family Matinees:

shorter, discount-priced events for jazz fans young and old (Joe Sample,

4/6; Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble (5/4); a ³Jazz + Silent Film Festival²

at the Castro Theatre (4/12); the five-part ³Discover Jazz Course: The Tenor

Sax,² (Thursdays, 2/7-3/6) and Pre-Concert Talks with the artists

themselves.

³This Spring Season continues our 25th Anniversary with a mix of jazz

masters and new discoveries,² said SFJAZZ Executive Director Randall Kline.

³The wide reach of our schedule, from classic jazz to world music and

beyond, is a tribute to the diversity of San Francisco and Bay Area

audiences.²

SFJAZZ SPRING SEASON HIGHLIGHTS & THEMES

THE WAYNE SHORTER PROJECT

SFJAZZ pays a multi-concert tribute to one of jazz¹s greatest living

saxophonists and composers, Wayne Shorter, including the legend¹s own

appearance with his quartet and the Imani Winds (4/11) and explorations of

the Shorter repertoire with Conrad Herwig¹s ³The Latin Side of Wayne

Shorter² featuring Eddie Palmieri (4/5) and the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars

with Miguel Zenón (6/1). Also this spring, the SFJAZZ Collective performs

Shorter¹s music and their own new works in concert at UC Berkeley¹s Cal

Performances (3/15).

THE DISCOVERY SERIES

Immerse yourself in the modern sounds of jazz and more with eight

forward-thinking bands‹including Travis Sullivan¹s Björkestra, Nik Bärtsch¹s

Ronin, Carla Kihlstedt¹s 2 Foot Yard, and Third World Love‹ over four nights

(3/6-9) at the YBCA Forum.

JAZZ MASTERS SERIES

Four living legends of jazz‹saxman James Moody (in an SFJAZZ Members-only

performance), singer/composer/pianist Mose Allison, singer Ernestine

Anderson, and alto saxist Lee Konitz‹in a specially priced four-night run

(4/24-27) at the YBCA for the Arts Forum.

JAZZ + SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

Classics of silent cinema meet red-hot live jazz in a mini-fest at SF¹s

majestic movie palace, the Castro Theatre (4/12). All three films‹Sherlock

Jr., The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Nosferatu‹ feature the return of Bay

Area legends the Club Foot Orchestra, innovators in accompanying silent film

for more than two decades.

GLOBAL SOUNDS

The Spring Season brims with international stars, including Brazilian bossa

nova queen Rosa Passos (5/25), Portuguese fadista Ana Moura (4/13), and a

Venezuelan Festival with Edwards Simon, Aquiles Baez, and the Bay Area¹s own

VNote Trio (6/8).

SFJAZZ 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA HONORING WAYNE SHORTER

The SFJAZZ Gala, an annual benefit for SFJAZZ artistic and education

programs, will be held on Friday, May 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San

Francisco. The Gala will honor Wayne Shorter in his 75th birthday year. The

festivities, chaired by Nion McEvoy, will include intimate performances by

Shorter and members of the SFJAZZ Collective, the SFJAZZ High School

All-Stars, and surprise musical guests, a silent auction, a gourmet seated

dinner in the elegant Four Seasons Veranda Ballroom, and the "SFJAZZ After

Party.² For information on tickets and tables, email gala@sfjazz.org

or call 415-283-0326.

SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE 2008 SEASON

Named ³Rising Star Jazz Ensemble of the Year² in Down Beat¹s 2006 Critics

Poll, the SFJAZZ Collective returns in 2008 with an all-new repertoire of

original compositions and works by Wayne Shorter. The 2008 Collective roster

includes trumpeter Dave Douglas; alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón; trombonist

Andre Hayward; pianist Renee Rosnes; bassist Matt Penman; drummer Eric

Harland; and the two recent additions, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and

vibraphonist Stefon Harris.

SFJAZZ EDUCATION

SFJAZZ, in addition to being the largest non-profit jazz presenter on the

West Coast, is a year-round education organization that offers a dynamic and

innovative array of artistic and educational programs in the concert hall,

classroom, and community. This spring, SFJAZZ offers the following education

programs in connection with the SFJAZZ Spring Season.

€ DISCOVER JAZZ COURSE: THE TENOR SAX

Explore the fascinating, swinging story of one of jazz¹s signature

instruments, the tenor saxophone, in this five-part jazz appreciation

course‹the perfect preparation for this spring¹s shows by Wayne Shorter,

Charles Lloyd, and other tenor masters. The course, taught by bassist, jazz

educator, and SFJAZZ Director of Education Cory Combs, features live jazz

performances by guest artists. Classes take place on five consecutive

Thursdays from 6-8pm at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco:

February 7, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and the Art of Swing

February 14, Sonny Rollins ‹ Bebop, hard bop and the Saxophone Colossus

February 21, John Coltrane ‹ The Master of Innovation

February 28, Wayne Shorter ‹ Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Weather Report

March 6, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker and the Modern Jazz Masters

Full course: $75 SFJAZZ & JCCSF Members; $100 General Public.

Individual classes: $25.

€ SFJAZZ FAMILY MATINEES

Bring the kids to two fun-filled daytime shows this spring: a rollicking

history of jazz piano with Joe Sample (4/6) and Keith Terry¹s high-energy

Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble (5/4). An hour before each Matinee, kids can

make their own music in the lobby with music teacher Doug Goodkin and the

easy-to-play Orff instruments.

€ PRE-CONCERT TALKS

Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on this season¹s

shows from the people who know the music best‹the artists themselves‹in

these compelling onstage dialogues, held one hour before select concerts.

Free to ticket- holders for the events to follow.

March 6, Travis Sullivan, leader of the Björkestra

April 11, Pianist Danilo Perez of the Wayne Shorter Quartet

April 24, Saxophone legend James Moody (Members-Only Concert)

May 15, The Bad Plus (Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, Dave King)

June 8, Edward Simon and VNote Ensemble¹s Jackeline Rago

SFJAZZ SPRING SEASON ARTIST LINE-UP

A complete list of the Ninth Annual SFJAZZ

Spring Season can also be found at www.sfjazz.org .

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