SFJAZZ Brings Stars to San Francisco
Some 800 jazz stars and jazz listeners gathered on January 23, 2013, for the opening of SFJAZZ Center, the first stand-alone building in the United States designed for listening to jazz, learning about jazz and dedicated to inspiring a love for jazz. Located at 201 Franklin Street in San Francisco, the SFJAZZ Center is a transparent glass building with 35,000 square feet comprised of the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, the multi-purpose Joe Henderson Lab and South at SFJAZZ, an all-day cafe from famed Chef Charles Phan.
The opening night concert hosted by Bill Cosby included performances from jazz greats McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Esperanza Spalding, Mary Stallings, Eric Reed, John Handy, Pete Escovedo and the SFJAZZ Collective. Also onstage, resident artistic directors and pianist Jason Moran, violinist Regina Carter and saxophonist Miguel Zenon with Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Frisell and native San Franciscan and five-time Grammy nominee, percussionist John Santos.
Scenes from Opening Night at the SFJAZZ Center:
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography