Under the umbrella of the SF Jazz organization, which produces jazz events throughout the Bay Area year-round, the San Francisco Jazz Festival has become one of the largest and most reputable jazz festivals in the world. It began in 1983 as a small local festival predominantly featuring local acts, but over the past three decades it has grown to be a magnet for the world’s most reputable jazz artists. The programming at the Festival is eclectic, reflecting San Francisco’s status as a true cultural crossroads. A number of groups are assembled each year specifically for the festival, and focus on exploring the intersection of jazz with many of the various cultures represented in the Bay Area. All streams of modern jazz are represented in the calendar, from classic post-bob to avant-garde, as well as contemporary classical music, R&B, and lots of world and folk music. In addition to a wide array of concerts all around the Bay Area, the festival features “Jazz on Film” presentations as well as workshops and lectures on jazz history and practice, family matinee concerts and more.
San Francisco Jazz Festival Information
- Venue: Numerous venues throughout San Francisco
- Public Transportation: Accessibility varies depending on venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Varied depending on venue
- Performances/Programs: Over 40 events programmed over three months
- Admission: Ticket prices vary depending on event; $5-$75, with some discounts available for students, seniors, minors and festival members.