SFJazz today announced the details of its 2013-14 season, which begins not with jazz, but with the man who may be the nation's most famous jazz fan -- comedian Bill Cosby, performing a night of stand-up comedy as a fundraiser for the organization, at its SFJazz Center.
Cosby's night is Aug. 26, and then the musical season takes off.
Sept. 5-8 at the new venue in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood, trumpeter and film composer Terence Blanchard brings in his band, featuring saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and guitarist Lionel Loueke. After that, basically, it's a profusion of music, week by week through June 8, 2014. Most of it is jazz, but not all: Allen Toussaint plays solo (Sept. 21), and Rosanne Cash has a four-day run (April 10-13, 2014), as does Laurie Anderson (April 17-20, 2014).
On the jazz side, some of the biggest names include Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (March 20-23, 2014), saxophonist Wayne Shorter's quartet (March 27-30, 2014) and saxophonist Branford Marsalis's Quartet (April 29-30, 2014).
Though for sheer imagination, pianist Jason Moran's eight shows (Nov. 21-24, 2013, and June 5-7, 2014) may represent the most creative stretch of programming. They include a night with vocalist Cassandra Wilson, another with comedians Marina Franklin and Faizon Love (performing with Moran's group), and yet another with pianist Randy Weston and saxophonist Billy Harper. Next spring, Moran will team with the Imani Winds, then with saxophonist Charles Lloyd and finally with top local skateboarders, performing on a half-pipe in front of the pianist's group -- an encore of Moran's skateboarding spectacle from this past May.
Moran is one of the organization's five resident artistic directors. The others, all leading their own special programs at the SFJazz Center, are guitarist Bill Frisell (Sept. 12-15, 2013; Jan. 23-25, 2014); violinist Regina Carter (Sept. 26-29, 2013; May 1-4, 2014); saxophonist Miguel Zenón (May 22-25, 2014) and percussionist John Santos (whose shows were still being scheduled at press time).
Here are some other highlights of the season: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa (Sept. 22, at Davies Symphony Hall); bassist Dave Holland and Prism, his electric band (Oct. 6); the SFJazz Collective (Oct. 10-11 and 13); bassist Esperanza Spalding in a trio with pianist Geri Allen and drummer Terri Lynn Carrington (Oct. 24); and saxophonist Maceo Parker (Oct. 31-Nov. 3).
Persian spiked fiddle master Kayhan Kalhor performs with dulcimer virtuoso Bahrami Fard (Nov. 14); Latin Jazz great Eddie Palmieri alternates nights with his sextet and Salsa big band (Nov. 29-Dec.1), and Spanish singer Buika arrives with her mix of traditional Spanish coplas, Gypsy flamenco and jazz (Dec. 12-15.)
Percussionist Pete Escovedo hosts a New Year's Eve party/concert, and then comes the season's second half: pianist Chucho Valdés and his Cuban Jazz Messengers (Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2014); drummer Jack DeJohnette and a quartet with saxophonist Joe Lovano (Feb. 19, 2014); vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson with an all-star group (Feb. 20-23, 2014); keyboardist Hiromi and her trio (March 13-16, 2014); the Bad Plus (May 8-11, 2014); and outcat guitarist Marc Ribot, with a wild array of bands and concepts (May 29-June 1).
That's most of it.
For SFJazz members, tickets go on sale July 16 at 10 a.m.; for the general public on July 30 at 10 a.m. Tickets typically range from $25-$65; 866-920-5299, www.sfjazz.org. (Tickets to the Cosby fundraiser are $100-$375.)
SFJazz 2013-14 season
When: Aug. 26, 2013, through June 8, 2014
Where: Most shows at the SFJazz Center, 201 Franklin St., San Francisco
Tickets: Typically $25-$65; 1-866-920-5299, www.sfjazz.org; sales begin 10 a.m., July 16, for SFJazz members and 10 a.m., July 30, for the general public