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Thursday, June 30, 2011

SFJazz Announces Star-Studded Lineup for this Fall's 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival

San Francisco - June 30, 2011: San Francisco will heat up once again this fall, with visitors arriving from around the world for the hugely popular annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, presented by SFJAZZ, one of the nation's leading non-profit jazz organizations. Beginning on September 15 with Cape Verdean vocalist Carmen Souza and culminating with Aaron Neville's "Soulful Christmas" on December 18, the 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival will present some of the most illustrious names in jazz and world music, including Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, India.Arie and Idan Raichel, in venues around the Bay Area - in advance of next year's opening of the dedicated SFJAZZ Center, one of the first stand-alone jazz performance spaces of its kind.

This year's festival will feature the following series:



  • October 2: Jazz great Wayne Shorter and his quartet
  • October 16: Master pianist McCoy Tyner in a tribute to his legendary collaborator, The Gentle Side of John Coltrane, joined by Chris Potter and José James
  • October 27: Vocalist and pianist Mose Allison
  • November 5: Jazz dance master Savion Glover with Bare Soundz
  • December 10: Ahmad Jamal and his piano trio


  • September 15: Cape Verdean songstress Carmen Souza
  • September 25: Samba balladeer Vinicius Cantuária
  • September 30: Bollywood queen Asha Bhosle with sitar player Shujaat Khan
  • October 14: Brazilian superstar Daniela Mercury
  • October 15: Grammy Award winner Luciana Souza
  • October 16: Tuvan throat singers Huun Huur Tu


  • September 24: Guitar genius Pat Metheny with bassist Larry Grenadier
  • October 23: The beloved Jim Hall celebrates his 80th birthday with a quartet
  • November 13: Gypsy guitar virtuoso Dorado Schmitt with the Django All-Stars


  • September 29: Jazz pianist Robert Glasper and his trio

  • October 1: "Best New Artist" Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding
  • October 5: Saxophone firebrand David Binney's quartet
  • October 15: R&B star India.Arie with Israeli keyboardist and composer Idan Raichel
  • October 22: Homegrown saxophone icon Joshua Redman duets with piano progressive Brad Mehldau
  • October 29: Viral video masterminds Pomplamoose


  • September 16: Congolese street musicians Staff Benda Bilili
  • September 22: Polish trumpet ambassador Tomasz Stanko
  • October 7: Famed sitar player Ravi Shankar
  • October 9: Cuban timba celebration of Tiempo Libre
  • October 28: Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra
  • October 30: Malian ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate with his band Ngoni Ba


  • September 17: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Booker T.
  • October 1: Argentinian pianist Fernando Otero
  • October 2: Russian jazz piano virtuoso Eldar Djangirov


  • November 18: World-renowned all-female quartet Anonymous 4
  • December 18: New Orleans legend Aaron Neville in a special holiday-themed show


  • September 23: Local guitar hero Mimi Fox honors Wes Montgomery
  • October 10: Pianist Benny Green celebrates Thelonious Monk's birthday, re-creating Monk's Dream on the album's 50th anniversary
  • October 28: Tenor player Javon Jackson heads a John Coltrane salute with Mulgrew Miller, Jimmy Cobb and Peter Washington
  • November 12: Bay Area singer Pamela Rose with special guest Denise Perrier salutes Peggy Lee, Alberta Hunter and others in Wild Women of Song

"The purpose of music is, above all, to nourish the soul," says Randall Kline, Executive Artistic Director of SFJAZZ. "Connecting on a deep emotional level with an artist and their vision can inspire and satisfy like nothing else. With the range of veteran jazz masters, young game-changers and world music luminaries we've packed into this festival, there are myriad ways to feed the need."

For more information about SFJAZZ and the 29th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, please visit: To download the complete festival catalog, visit: Tickets will go on sale to SFJAZZ members on June 26 and to the general public on July 17.


SFJAZZ, founded in 1983, is the largest nonprofit presenter of jazz and world music in America. SFJAZZ presents more than 100 concerts a year to over 100,000 fans and is dedicated to advancing the art form of jazz and cultivating new jazz audiences through artistic and educational programming, including: The San Francisco Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Spring Season, SFJAZZ Collective, SFJAZZ Summerfest, SFJAZZ Education, SFJAZZ Membership and SFJAZZ Hotplate, a new monthly nightclub series featuring the Bay Area's best musicians paying tribute to jazz legends.

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