McCoy Tyner with Savion Glover tops SF JAZZ annoucement of spring lineup

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(McCoy Tyner)

SF JAZZ announced this morning its spring lineup, which includes performances from McCoy Tyner with Savion Glover, Brad Mehldau, Jack DeJohnette, and more. Full press release below:

SFJAZZ ANNOUNCES THE ARTIST LINE-UP FOR THE
9TH ANNUAL SFJAZZ SPRING SEASON

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE WAYNE SHORTER, KEITH JARRETT/GARY PEACOCK/JACK
DEJOHNETTE,
MCCOY TYNER WITH SAVION GLOVER, REGINA CARTER, CHARLES LLOYD NEW QUARTET,
JOE SAMPLE, HIROMI, ANA MOURA, BOBBY MCFERRIN/CHICK COREA/JACK DEJOHNETTE,
LEE KONITZ, BRAD MEHLDAU, DIANNE REEVES, ROSA PASSOS,
2 FOOT YARD, BJORKESTRA, REALISTIC ORCHESTRA,
MOSE ALLISON, THE BAD PLUS, PATRICIA BARBER AND MANY MORE
SEASON RUNS MARCH 6 - JUNE 20, 2008
TICKETS ON SALE SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) -- Randall Kline, the Executive Director of SFJAZZ‹the
leading non-profit jazz organization on the West Coast and the presenter of
the San Francisco Jazz Festival today announced the complete artist line-up
for the Ninth Annual SFJAZZ Spring Season. The four-month-long curated
concert series will begin on March 6 with an opening weekend that includes
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack DeJohnette, and ³The Discovery Series²
with double bills featuring Travis Sullivan¹s Björkestra and Realistic
Orchestra, Nik Bartsch¹s Ronin and The Frequency, 2 Foot Yard and Iron & The
Albatross, and Third World Live with the Yaron Herman Trio. The season will
continue through June 20 with will some of the most illustrious names in
jazz and related music including: Wayne Shorter, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea
& Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner with Savion Glover, Taj Mahal, Charles Lloyd,
Regina Carter, Joe Sample, Lee Konitz, Dianne Reeves, Mose Allison, Rosa
Passos, Hiromi, Ron Carter, Lenny White, Jessica Williams, Brad Mehldau,
James Moody and many more.

For this year¹s Spring Season, SFJAZZ is conducting ³The Wayne Shorter
Project,² a wide-ranging exploration of the music and legacy of Wayne
Shorter. Along with this project, SFJAZZ is offering distinctive ancillary
programming designed to complement and enhance the concert experience. This
includes ³The Discovery Series,² of four concerts featuring the modern
sounds of jazz (3/6-3/9); ³The Jazz Masters Series,² celebrating four living
legends at the YBCA for the Arts Forum (4/24-27); popular Family Matinees:
shorter, discount-priced events for jazz fans young and old (Joe Sample,
4/6; Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble (5/4); a ³Jazz + Silent Film Festival²
at the Castro Theatre (4/12); the five-part ³Discover Jazz Course: The Tenor
Sax,² (Thursdays, 2/7-3/6) and Pre-Concert Talks with the artists
themselves.

³This Spring Season continues our 25th Anniversary with a mix of jazz
masters and new discoveries,² said SFJAZZ Executive Director Randall Kline.
³The wide reach of our schedule, from classic jazz to world music and
beyond, is a tribute to the diversity of San Francisco and Bay Area
audiences.²

SFJAZZ SPRING SEASON HIGHLIGHTS & THEMES

THE WAYNE SHORTER PROJECT
SFJAZZ pays a multi-concert tribute to one of jazz¹s greatest living
saxophonists and composers, Wayne Shorter, including the legend¹s own
appearance with his quartet and the Imani Winds (4/11) and explorations of
the Shorter repertoire with Conrad Herwig¹s ³The Latin Side of Wayne
Shorter² featuring Eddie Palmieri (4/5) and the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
with Miguel Zenón (6/1). Also this spring, the SFJAZZ Collective performs
Shorter¹s music and their own new works in concert at UC Berkeley¹s Cal
Performances (3/15).

THE DISCOVERY SERIES
Immerse yourself in the modern sounds of jazz and more with eight
forward-thinking bands‹including Travis Sullivan¹s Björkestra, Nik Bärtsch¹s
Ronin, Carla Kihlstedt¹s 2 Foot Yard, and Third World Love‹ over four nights
(3/6-9) at the YBCA Forum.

JAZZ MASTERS SERIES
Four living legends of jazz‹saxman James Moody (in an SFJAZZ Members-only
performance), singer/composer/pianist Mose Allison, singer Ernestine
Anderson, and alto saxist Lee Konitz‹in a specially priced four-night run
(4/24-27) at the YBCA for the Arts Forum.

JAZZ + SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
Classics of silent cinema meet red-hot live jazz in a mini-fest at SF¹s
majestic movie palace, the Castro Theatre (4/12). All three films‹Sherlock
Jr., The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Nosferatu‹ feature the return of Bay
Area legends the Club Foot Orchestra, innovators in accompanying silent film
for more than two decades.

GLOBAL SOUNDS
The Spring Season brims with international stars, including Brazilian bossa
nova queen Rosa Passos (5/25), Portuguese fadista Ana Moura (4/13), and a
Venezuelan Festival with Edwards Simon, Aquiles Baez, and the Bay Area¹s own
VNote Trio (6/8).

SFJAZZ 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA HONORING WAYNE SHORTER
The SFJAZZ Gala, an annual benefit for SFJAZZ artistic and education
programs, will be held on Friday, May 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San
Francisco. The Gala will honor Wayne Shorter in his 75th birthday year. The
festivities, chaired by Nion McEvoy, will include intimate performances by
Shorter and members of the SFJAZZ Collective, the SFJAZZ High School
All-Stars, and surprise musical guests, a silent auction, a gourmet seated
dinner in the elegant Four Seasons Veranda Ballroom, and the "SFJAZZ After
Party.² For information on tickets and tables, email gala@sfjazz.org
or call 415-283-0326.

SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE 2008 SEASON
Named ³Rising Star Jazz Ensemble of the Year² in Down Beat¹s 2006 Critics
Poll, the SFJAZZ Collective returns in 2008 with an all-new repertoire of
original compositions and works by Wayne Shorter. The 2008 Collective roster
includes trumpeter Dave Douglas; alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón; trombonist
Andre Hayward; pianist Renee Rosnes; bassist Matt Penman; drummer Eric
Harland; and the two recent additions, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and
vibraphonist Stefon Harris.


SFJAZZ EDUCATION
SFJAZZ, in addition to being the largest non-profit jazz presenter on the
West Coast, is a year-round education organization that offers a dynamic and
innovative array of artistic and educational programs in the concert hall,
classroom, and community. This spring, SFJAZZ offers the following education
programs in connection with the SFJAZZ Spring Season.

€ DISCOVER JAZZ COURSE: THE TENOR SAX
Explore the fascinating, swinging story of one of jazz¹s signature
instruments, the tenor saxophone, in this five-part jazz appreciation
course‹the perfect preparation for this spring¹s shows by Wayne Shorter,
Charles Lloyd, and other tenor masters. The course, taught by bassist, jazz
educator, and SFJAZZ Director of Education Cory Combs, features live jazz
performances by guest artists. Classes take place on five consecutive
Thursdays from 6-8pm at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco:
February 7, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and the Art of Swing
February 14, Sonny Rollins ‹ Bebop, hard bop and the Saxophone Colossus
February 21, John Coltrane ‹ The Master of Innovation
February 28, Wayne Shorter ‹ Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Weather Report
March 6, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker and the Modern Jazz Masters
Full course: $75 SFJAZZ & JCCSF Members; $100 General Public.
Individual classes: $25.

€ SFJAZZ FAMILY MATINEES
Bring the kids to two fun-filled daytime shows this spring: a rollicking
history of jazz piano with Joe Sample (4/6) and Keith Terry¹s high-energy
Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble (5/4). An hour before each Matinee, kids can
make their own music in the lobby with music teacher Doug Goodkin and the
easy-to-play Orff instruments.

€ PRE-CONCERT TALKS
Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on this season¹s
shows from the people who know the music best‹the artists themselves‹in
these compelling onstage dialogues, held one hour before select concerts.
Free to ticket- holders for the events to follow.
March 6, Travis Sullivan, leader of the Björkestra
April 11, Pianist Danilo Perez of the Wayne Shorter Quartet
April 24, Saxophone legend James Moody (Members-Only Concert)
May 15, The Bad Plus (Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, Dave King)
June 8, Edward Simon and VNote Ensemble¹s Jackeline Rago

SFJAZZ SPRING SEASON ARTIST LINE-UP
A complete list of the Ninth Annual SFJAZZ
Spring Season can also be found at www.sfjazz.org .


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