On The Corner

Taylor McFerrin

Behind The Sound: Taylor McFerrin's Curated Playlist

March 21, 2017

The cutting edge DJ, producer, keyboardist, beatboxer, and composer captures his many influences in a curated playlist "Behind The Sound," ahead of his two-night run (March 25-26) in SFJAZZ's intimate Joe Henderson Lab with young drum phenom Marcus Gilmore.

Ornette Coleman

Through The Years: Ornette Coleman

March 9, 2016

SFJAZZ Founder Randall Kline always liked to program "wild cards" to keep things interesting. Perhaps no artist better exemplified the "wild card" than the great avant-garde jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman.

Ornette Coleman, SFJAZZ Festival, 2007 (Photo by Sun Lee)

Playlist: Still Dreaming Of Ornette Coleman

March 22, 2017

Celebrate the music of Ornette Coleman, Old and New Dreams, and newer "points of departure" from Joshua Redman and company in this curated playlist, ahead of this week's four-night run with Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade (aka Still Dreaming).

SFJAZZ High School All-Star alum Ruthie Price

Get To Know Bay Area Drum Talent Ruthie Price

March 21, 2017

In honor of Women’s History Month, we want to better acquaint you with one of the Bay Area’s major drum talents and SFJAZZ High School All-Star alum Ruthie Price.

Remembering Old & New Dreams

March 20, 2017

Still Dreaming, Joshua Redman’s new quartet project including Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade, performs four shows this week. We look back at the band that inspired this collaboration and the legendary bandleader who originally brought them together.

SFJAZZ School Day Concert (Photo by Scott Chernis)

Broadcasting Harriet Tubman's Legacy Beyond SFJAZZ

March 16, 2017

In honor of Black History Month, SFJAZZ Education’s School Day Concert program presented award-winning bassist and bandleader Marcus Shelby, celebrating Harriet Tubman with 800 students in Miner Auditoirum, plus 470 students from schools across California engaged digitally through California’s Research & Education Network (CENIC).

A look back at Stan Getz’s Sweet Rain

March 14, 2017

For our March Hotplate, renowned Bay Area saxophonist Kristen Strom performs music from tenor legend Stan Getz’s 1967 Verve album Sweet Rain. We look back at this classic album.

No Algorithm: A Playlist By Music Journalist Ben Ratliff

March 14, 2017

A few of these songs cropped up in my book Every Song Ever. That book asks what we’re going to do with our great access to the world’s music now that we have it. The idea is approaching the gigantic library with curiosity and purpose—or, in other words, non-algorithmic listening.

George Gershwin

Playlist: Gershwin's World

March 9, 2017

Enter "Gershwin's World," modern interpretations of the composer's timeless work, ahead of pianist Aaron Diehl's four-night 'Jelly & George' residency w/ Cecile McLorin Salvant & Adam Birnbaum at SFJAZZ March 16-19.

Miles Davis

Jazz & The Brain

March 6, 2017

Chances are, you know whether you’re “right-brained” or “left-brained;” whether you lean more toward the artistic and emotional, or the scientific and logical. But how much do you know about the amazing amalgam of both art and science in jazz improvisation?