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Taj Mahal, Ravi Shankar, Vieux Farka Touré Among Performers in SF Jazz Festival

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The nonprofit SFJAZZ announced its lineup today for the 28th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, which runs from September 14 to November 20. Tickets go on sale Sunday, July 11, and prices vary for each concert. Highlights include:

  • Taj Mahal, Toumani Diabaté, and Vieux Farka Touré (October 23): The three artists perform the same night, fusing blues and world music to celebrate Vieux Farka Touré's father, Ali Farka Touré, the famous Malian guitarist. Taj Mahal's career has spanned more than 40 years and has veered from blues to experimental. Toumani Diabaté is a celebrated player of the kora (a 21-stringed, lute-like instrument) from Mali. Vieux Farka Touré, like his father, is a renowned guitarist.

  • Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar (October 27): Ravi Shankar has been at the forefront of Indian music for decades. He mainstreamed classical Indian music and the sitar by touring North America and collaborating with artists such as the Beatles' George Harrison. Now 90, he plays with his 29-year-old daughter, Anoushka, who learned the sitar from her father and is a Grammy-nominated artist.

  • Arturo Sandoval (October 29): Arturo Sandoval is an

    accomplished Cuban trumpet and piano player who cut his teeth playing

    with Dizzy Gillespie. Long a proponent of mixing Latin and Cuban

    influences with jazz , Sandoval was voted Cuba's best instrumentalist

    for eight years in a row.

  • Bitches Brew Revisited (October 29):  Bitches Brew Revisited is a

    group project that explores jazz legend Miles Davis' wildly experimental

    1970 album, Bitches Brew, pulling music from it and other jazz greats in honor of the album's 40th anniversary this year.

The rest of the lineup:

Esperanza Spalding
Asleep at the

Yusef Lateef
Kenny Barron Trio with David Sánchez

Haynes F.O.Y. Band
Chris Potter Underground
Henry Threadgill's

Anat Cohen & Avishai Cohen
James Carter with John

Steve Lehman Octet
Lila Downs
Natacha Atlas

Soul Party!
Chucho Valdés
Omara Portuondo
Marcus Shelby Orch.

Stew & The Negro Problem
Yellowjackets &

The Jeff Lorber Fusion
Nikki Yanofsky
Manhattan Transfer

Gretchen Parlato
Nellie McKay
José James & Jef Neve

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