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Your charitable bequest is the most important type of gift for building SFJAZZ’s future. When received, your bequest will be recorded as a gift to our endowment where it will strengthen the organization for future generations.

There are three types of bequests for you to consider. Residual bequests are often made after making specific bequests to relatives, friends and charities. Whatever remains after specific bequests (the residuary) can be given in percentage to charity and others.

When you place a specific or residual / percentage bequest in your will or living trust and notify SFJAZZ, we will invite you to become a member of the Legacy Circle. If you are considering a restriction we encourage dialogue now to ensure that your wishes are met.



"I give, devise and bequeath to SFJAZZ, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, tax ID #94-2990335, located at 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 94102,


Choose one:
1) The sum of $___________."
2) __________ shares of stock in ________________Company.", or
3) my real property commonly known as _________________."

Residual / Percentage:

"I give, devise and bequeath to SFJAZZ, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, tax ID #94-2990335, located at 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 94102, all the residue of my estate.” Or … “__% of my estate.”


"In the event of the death of any of the beneficiaries, I give, devise and bequeath to SFJAZZ, a nonprofit corporation of the State of California, tax ID #94-2990335, located at 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 94102, (specific or residual language as above)."

Legacy Stories

Jane A. Cook
Member, Legacy Circle

“SFJAZZ’s creative musical offerings have enriched my life for many years. In order to ensure my financial support in perpetuity my living trust includes a bequest for the SFJAZZ endowment. This is an important part of my personal legacy.”

It’s About the Future

Music has been a constant companion to Jane A. Cook since childhood. Drawn to singing during grade school in Springfield, Illinois, Jane sang with every choir in the area, eventually appearing in musicals and with the local symphony. From early Renaissance music and boundary-crossing classical to jazz and world music, she embraced just about everything.

Eventually this passion for music led Jane to SFJAZZ, and ultimately she included us in her estate plan through a bequest in her will. She hopes you’ll consider this as well. Jane studied to be a music teacher in college, and though her career path took a different direction, she witnessed schools cutting back music programs, and is deeply concerned that this valuable educational resource is no longer there to expose young people to a wider world of arts and culture.

She remains personally involved in music through financial contributions, volunteering, and supporting legacy giving efforts beyond her own gift. Through these efforts, Jane wants to help insure that the music community will thrive well into the future. Knowing that her legacy gift will be added to our growing endowment was a motivating factor for sharing a bequest to SFJAZZ in her will.

Jane began attending SFJAZZ performances in 1993, shortly after moving to the Bay Area from New England. She’s pleased that SFJAZZ has evolved from the growing nomadic organization of two decades ago to now have a year-round schedule and a spectacular permanent home.

In keeping with her interest in music education, Jane finds the SFJAZZ High School All Stars program an amazing way to develop future generations of both performers and audience, tying into her passion for providing support for the music that will span decades. Similarly, she’s is a supporter of SFJAZZ’s Jazz In the Middle program that brings musicians and poets into middle schools without their own music programs.

Jane is inspired that SFJAZZ is looking toward the future, building audiences and exposing children to this uniquely American art form .


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Terence Blanchard's Champion: An Opera In Jazz

"I keep thinking how strange it is... I kill a man and most people understand and forgive me. However, I love a man, and to so many people this is an unforgivable sin." — Emile Griffith

As a nonprofit, SFJAZZ relies on supporters like you to present culturally relevant, groundbreaking programming at the SFJAZZ Center. Champion tells the real-life story of world champion boxer Emile Griffith, a man haunted by memories of his past who struggled to reconcile his sexuality in a hyper-macho world. Produced by SFJAZZ in conjunction with San Francisco’s Opera Paralléle, Champion is an unprecedented production featuring costumes, full staging and video elements with soloists, a jazz trio, orchestra and Gospel chorus.

In Champion, jazz and opera merge through an unlikely and unique collaboration by an acclaimed team of creators. The piece was a first opera for both Terence Blanchard, a five-time GRAMMY Award-winning jazz, film, and theatrical composer, and Michael Cristofer, who is both a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and an award-winning filmmaker and actor.

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Concert of Sacred Music

50th Anniversary of Duke Ellington's 'Concert of Sacred Music'

Thursday, Sept 17, 2015

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Duke Ellington's Concert of Sacred Music, which premiered at Grace Cathedral on Sept. 16, 1965. An all-star lineup performed Ellington's compositions in all-new arrangements by saxophonist Miguel Zenón, featuring Kurt Elling, Savion Glover, Queen Esther Marrow, Melissa Aldana, Sean Jones, The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Ben Goldberg, Edward Simon, Elena Pinderhughes and more!

Press & Photos

› DownBeat: SFJAZZ Pays Tribute to Landmark Ellington Concert
› KQED: From the Club to the Cathedral: Revisiting Duke Ellington’s Controversial ‘Sacred Concert’
› SF Weekly: SFJAZZ salutes 50th anniversary of Ellington’s ‘Sacred’ concert
› Sanctified By Jazz: Music at Grace Cathedral by Jesse Hamlin
› A Concert Of Sacred Music, 50 Years Later
› Photography Collection: Through The Years: SFJAZZ at Grace Cathedral
› Event Photos (by Ronald Davis)

Office Manager

Job Description

SFJAZZ is seeking an experienced full-time Office Manager. This position is responsible for providing venue scheduling and office management services in support of all SFJAZZ departments. The successful candidate will execute office support services in coordination with the Operations Team. This individual is a member of the management core, having accountability for office systems coordination and facilitation, organization-wide calendaring platform oversight and office systems productivity training. As a key member of the SFJAZZ team the Office Manager will provide critical operational infrastructure interface to the ongoing focus of creating a supportive and optimized work environment.

Reports to: Director of Operations
Department: Operations

About SFJAZZ: SFJAZZ is one of the world’s most popular and important presenters of jazz. The SFJAZZ Center is a beautiful and perfect stage for jazz artists and the community to celebrate the living American art form of jazz. The $64 million dollar Center launched in 2013 and the 33-year-old non-profit organization now crafts distinguished programming and education services from the heart of the San Francisco arts district. The budget for the 2015-16 Season is more than $14 million with about half coming from ticket revenues.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manages, maintains, and rolls out the organizational calendar in Artifax, SFJAZZ’ scheduling and management platform; contributing to design and overseeing adherence to established protocol.
  • Coordinates cross-functionally with all departments on organization-wide projects and events.
  • Maintains office services by organizing office operations and procedures; controlling correspondence; coordinating filing, storage and archival systems; facilitating office supply requirements; and monitoring administrative services functions.
  • Coordinates with Facilities Manager on office efficiency through the planning and implementation of office systems, layouts, and equipment procurement.
  • In coordination with IT, provides execution support for the maintenance and optimization of the AYAVA VOIP eco-system, as well as the partnership
  • Collects and maintains data on facility usage; produces organizational scheduling-layer reports for internal and external constituents.
  • Overall support to staff.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Status & Scope:

  • Comfortable operating in a fast-paced, creative, entrepreneurial, technology-forward, not-for-profit cultural institution.
  • Ability to manage sizable workloads concurrently and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including strong English verbal and written communication skills.
  • Work collaboratively and professionally within the Operations & Development team and the organization at large.
  • Curiosity and habit of learning and educating others on new uses of existing application platforms and technologies related to office systems and venue calendaring.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with co-workers, vendors, and others as needed to perform assigned work duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Artifax experience preferred
  • Minimum of five-years administration and/or office management experience, a bachelor’s degree in a related field of study, or an equivalent combination thereof
  • General knowledge of automated and manual office operations, including communication functions
  • Physically able to walk, stand, climb stair, and lift up to 30 pounds
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft and integrated cloud applications environment
  • Industry experience with event and/or venue management software a plus.

Working Conditions: The work schedule includes customary office hours plus potential for overtime hours during critical periods such as Festival weeks and special events. Position may require standing for long periods of time and the ability to lift up to 50+lbs.

Salary: Based upon professional and academic experience.

To Apply: To be considered, please send us your resume, cover letter and salary history to jobs@sfjazz.org. Include “Office Manager” in the subject line. Resumes will be accepted until position filled. Please no phone calls or faxes.

SFJAZZ is an equal opportunity employer and is seeking to create a diverse and harmonious workplace.