San Francisco has always been a city of dreams, visions and music. This week a long awaited vision, two decades in the making, came to fruition. The San Francisco Jazz Center, the first stand-alone structure in the country devoted to jazz, opened its doors to record crowds. Families, friends and the curious came to get a glimpse of the 35,000-square-foot stunning glass "temple to jazz".
Amidst the City’s culture icons-The War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Ballet School, Davies Symphony Hall and The Conservatory of Music, all located four beats to a pirouette away -the SF Jazz Center is a standout boasting a very distinct vision.
Designed acoustically for classes, rehearsal space, and concerts in the 700-seat concert hall, SF Jazz Center is the permanent home to talented Bay Area musicians as well as a center to showcase renowned artists. Designed to engage the public in music, passers-by can view band rehearsals, or a pianist practicing on the main stage on the corner of Franklin and Fell Streets.
Opening night sold out. Comedian Bill Cosby hosted an extraordinary cast of musicians. Don't fret if you missed the opening, the music has just begun!
Concerts galore from fado singers to trios, intimate jazz pianist to brilliant banjo plucking, and a line up of artists in residency from around the globe are already booked through May.
From its inception Jazz has penetrated heart and soul. From smoky bars to auditoriums the musicians weave their magic, touching a chord deep in the soul of rapt listeners. We are transported to a different time and place. If you are lucky enough to be in San Francisco that time and place is now.
For tickets and more information go to: SF Jazz.org.
To join: sfjazz.org/ or call 415-788-7553