As was the case last season, the focus of the 2014–2015 season in the San Francisco Performances (SFP) Jazz Series will be on pianists. However, the current plan is that each of the three concerts will be a solo gig by a pianist whose awareness of the classical repertoire is as keen as is his command of jazz improvisation. This season all recitals will be on Saturday evenings at the SFJAZZ Center, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The specifics are as follows:
- November 8: This will probably be the most unique of the jazz recitals. Dan Tepfer will be making his SFP debut; and he has prepared an impressive full-evening work for the occasion. He will play Johann Sebastian Bach’s BWV 988, the set of 30 (“Goldberg”) variations on an aria (or saraband) theme. However, both the opening aria and each of Bach’s variations will be followed by Tepfer’s jazz “variation on the variation.”
- January 17: Marcus Roberts is another pianist whose classical background is as rich as his experience in playing jazz. On the latter side Roberts has a significant historical interest in keyboard greats such as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. In all likelihood he will announce his program from the stage.
- February 7: Uri Caine’s past SFP performances have revealed the breadth of his interest in the classical repertoire. He is probably still best known for an approach to the music of Gustav Mahler that combines a thorough understanding of the source material with a rich capacity for jazz improvisation that is also informed by klezmer tradition. Like Tepfer he has also been strongly influenced by Bach, as well as by Giuseppe Verdi. His program for this season’s concert has not yet been announced.
Series tickets are now available for purchase, and the 2014–2015 season announcement can be found on the SFP home page. The Jazz Series has its own Web page from which subscriptions may be ordered. The Premium price is $150, and subscriptions are also selling for $105 and $75. The SFP home page also provides hyperlinks to PDF files of the Season Calendar and a “physical” subscription order form. Single tickets will go on sale August 4, at which time hyperlinks to the appropriate Web pages will be activated.