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San Francisco — By Abbie Mood on February 18, 2010 at 8:17 pm
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It’s Jazz Season in San Francisco

“The finest such jazz event this city has ever seen and heard… superb festival.” – The San Francisco Chronicle

From Tinariwen of Mali’s unique North African/Western blues/rock blend to Ana Moura of Portugal’s fado to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, San Francisco Jazz is set to showcase a diverse assortment of international jazz music.

The 11th Annual SF JAZZ Spring Season is hosted by the San Francisco JAZZ, a “non-profit presenter of jazz artistic and education programs.”  The season lasts five months, and features high-profile jazz concerts, films, and educational events under the direction of saxophone superstar Joshua Redman.

Performing 40 concerts from Friday, February 19th through Saturday, June 12th amazing artists from Scandinavia, (the Tord Gustavsen Ensemble), Japan, (Hiromi with the Robert Glasper Quaret), Cuba (Issac Delgado), Spain (Chano Domínguez with the Flamenco Jazz Quartet featuring Tomasito), and Poland (Tomasz Stanko Quintet) will be entertaining crowds in venues across San Francisco.

Besides the concerts, there are pre-concert events for both adults (pre-concert talks, “Discover Jazz” courses) and kids (family matinees, Jazz in the Middle, and SFJAZZ High School All-stars).

Opening night, this Friday the 19th, will feature Isaac Delgado, one of Cuba’s most famous singers at Bimbo’s 365 Club (map).

For more information, visit the SFJAZZ Spring Season website, or click here for the complete event guide.

Ticket prices vary by venue, and can be purchased online, by calling 866-920-JAZZ (5299), or in person at the SFJAZZ Box Office & Retail Store (3 Embarcadero Center – map). There is a $7.50 per ticket service fee for non-Members ($2.00 per ticket Family Matinee concerts) and no service fees for SFJAZZ Members.

Photo Credit: Tom Marcello

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