The SFJAZZ organization is today one of the world’s foremost champions of jazz music on a number of levels, supporting its creation, promotion, presentation and education. The organization began in 1983 as Jazz in the City, presenting a seasonal series of jazz concerts at various San Francisco venues. Its name was changed to SFJAZZ in 1999 as it expanded its operations, promoting and organizing events year-round and throughout the Bay Area.
The San Francisco Jazz Festival remains the organization’s flagship operation, featuring over 40 performances by some of the world’s top jazz artists during the fall season. In addition SFJAZZ presents a Spring Season (comparable in scope to the Festival) and a weekly summer concert series (the SFJAZZ Summerfest) focusing on the work of local artists.
Perhaps the most unique element of the organization is the SFJAZZ Collective, a group of eight composer/performers that rank among the most renowned modern jazz artists. The Collective is a repertory group of sorts, each year focusing on the oeuvre of one particular composer in or around the jazz tradition (past seasons have featured the music of Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter and Stevie Wonder), and maintaining a busy international touring schedule year-round.
SFJAZZ is also heavily involved in jazz education, presenting numerous workshops, masterclasses and clinics, as well as performances by area youth jazz groups as part of its various concert series.
San Francisco Jazz (SFJAZZ) Information
- Public Transportation: Varies by venue
- Handicap Accessibility: Depends on venue
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 100 events annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary ($5–$65) depending on event, venue and seating. Discounts to members and students & seniors available at select events.