The 2023 SF Jazz Festival arrives this month for its 40th season! It will showcase 42 concerts across 3 different Hayes Valley venues from June 7-18. The SF Jazz Festival started in 1983 as a small “Jazz in the City” event, and 4 decades later has grown into what the Chicago Tribune once called “The crown jewel among American jazz festivals.” Read on for all the details about this beloved local event.
A few of the many performers at this year’s festival include young jazz piano sensation Brandon Goldberg, English singer Jacob Collier, jazz guitarist Pasquale Grasso, Grammy-winning singer Samara Joy, local legend Paula West, and Grammy-winning bassist Ben Williams. Not to mention dozens of Bay Area musicians, internationally-recognized artists, and rising stars.
The performances will take place at three venues in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. They are SFJAZZ’s own Miner Auditorium and Joe Henderson Lab in San Francisco, and the gorgeous Herbst Theatre in SF’s War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. Be sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time.
After the Jazz Festival ends, don’t fret! SFJAZZ will continue to host dozens more performances through August 20 as part of their Summer Sessions. Each week has a different theme — check out tap virtuoso Savion Glover and a Celebration of Soul from July 13-16, jazz visionary Sun Ra Arkestra and American Roots music from July 20-23, and a great lineup of Caribbean Roots artists from July 17-30.
SFJAZZ has presented the best names in jazz, Latin, and global music since 1983. As the largest jazz presenter on the west coast, SFJAZZ serves over 200,000 fans annually. This year not only marks SFJAZZ’s 40th anniversary as an organization, but also the 10th anniversary of the opening of SFJAZZ Center in Hayes Valley.
Get tickets for all summer performances at the SFJAZZ website.