SF Jazz Center
SFJAZZ Center: Purpose-built for jazz fans
The SFJAZZ Center opened in 2013. It's the first building in the United States that is designed acoustically for jazz performance. At this venue, fans can see and hear jazz performed exactly as it was intended to be.
SFJAZZ Center history
SFJAZZ is an arts nonprofit that was founded in 1983. Since 2004, it's also been home to the repertory company SFJAZZ Collective. This ensemble plays a wide range of music, expertly balancing the standard pieces of jazz with new music.
SFJAZZ Center events
Since 1983, SFJAZZ has produced the legendary San Francisco Jazz Festival. Other festivals and series, like the B-3 Organ Festival, also use the purpose-built stages at SFJAZZ. In addition, the venue hosts a season of performances and residencies, showcasing such jazz legends as McCoy Tyner and Jack DeJohnette, as well as non-jazz icons like Van Morrison. Tickets for all events can be found at StubHub.
SFJAZZ Center seating layout
The SFJAZZ Center was designed with jazz performance in mind. This is what truly sets the venue apart. Many jazz performances take place in spaces that were designed for classical or popular music. Of course, some jazz performances still happen in bars where the sound takes a back seat to drink sales. At the SFJAZZ Center, the performers play from an elevated space. They're surrounded by audience members on three sides. Most ticket holders sit in the center of the floor, in the central main hall or in the balcony. There are also left and right terraces as well as a left balcony. The space is designed to enhance the experience of listening to jazz.
San Francisco, Calif.
San Francisco is one of the arts capitals of America, if not the world. Located in the beautiful Bay Area, this city has been known for music for decades. Whether fans are interested in popular or fine arts, this city has it all. Check out the Fillmore, the site of legendary performances by Prince, James Brown and more, or head to the Audium, designed by electronic music pioneer Stan Shaff. Seating at the Audium is designed to really immerse the listener in sound. Of course, the arts aren't all the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. There are plenty of beautiful parks and green spaces. San Francisco State and Berkeley are among the best public colleges in the country. The 49ers of the NFL play their home games at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Architectural landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral dot the city, too.
SFJAZZ Center trivia
The SFJAZZ Center also employs a Photographer Laureate whose work highlights the connections between music and visual art.
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