Four New Video Series

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  • In My Mind w/ Mike Rodriguez

    Enter the mind of trumpeter, composer, and SFJAZZ Collective member Mike Rodriguez, whose approach to his instrument is based in awareness of the physical process of music making, being open to inspiration, playing off his emotions, and tapping into a state of pure expression.

    A GRAMMY-winning ...

  • Drop the Needle w/ SFJAZZ Collective

    The Collective’s saxophonist and music director Chris Potter, drummer Kendrick Scott, and vibraphonist Warren Wolf share their spontaneous reactions to a range of compositions from jazz and pop icons who have been celebrated by the Collective over its 20-year history.

    Founded by SFJAZZ in 2004, ...

  • In My Mind w/ Soweto Kinch

    Enter the mind of saxophonist, rapper, and composer Soweto Kinch, who traces his path to jazz mastery, comparing it to learning a foreign language, and his formative experiences as a young artist who used the influence of the greats to form his own musical identity. The London-born Kinch is seaml...

  • Drop the Needle w/ Soweto Kinch

    Testing the musical knowledge of world class artists with a series of classic recordings, getting their in-the-moment impressions and insights into their tastes and influences.

    The saxophonist, composer, MC, and former SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director kicks off our series, listening to and com...

  • The Breakdown: Clave w/ SFJAZZ Collective's Edward Simon & Matt Brewer

    World-class musicians break down musical concepts at various levels of difficulty, from beginner to advanced.

    SFJAZZ Collective pianist Edward Simon and bassist Matt Brewer break down the concept of the clave, the fundamental rhythmic basis of much Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean music, using exa...

  • In My Mind w/ Eric Harland

    In My Mind explores the creative process of jazz’s most accomplished improvising musicians, using their words and artistry to illuminate the methods behind their spontaneous inventions.

    Enter the mind of drummer and composer Eric Harland, who explains how his approach to the drum set is rooted...

  • Jackeline Rago & Rhythm Talks Venezuela

    For this encore Family Matinee performance, the Bay Area’s own multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and educator Jackeline Rago shares her passion for the rich and diverse music of her native Venezuela. Joined by a cast of stellar and versatile musicians, Rago showcases her extraordinary cuatro chop...

  • Alphabet Rockers: Moving With Purpose

    For this encore Family Matinee performance, the Bay Area’s own GRAMMY Award-winning Alphabet Rockers light up the SFJAZZ Center with a hip-hop infused celebration, sharing moments to reflect, express and uplift affirmations. For this exciting and highly interactive matinee, the Rockers present so...

  • Doug Goodkin & Friends: Jazz, Joy & Justice

    For this encore Family Matinee performance, one of the Bay Area’s most treasured music educators and advocates delights our multigenerational audience at SFJAZZ with an eclectic set featuring blues, work songs, jazz standards and nursery rhymes. Pianist and “Pied Piper” Doug Goodkin and a cast of...