Current SFJAZZ Executive Artistic Director gives a speech honoring 2022 SFJAZZ Gala Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Wynton Marsalis at the SFJAZZ Center on June 3, 2022.
SFJAZZ Gala 2022 honored Wynton Marsalis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter, composer, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director, and 2011 NEA Jazz Master. Artists performing included Terence Blanchard, Catherine Russell, the SFJAZZ Collective, the Harlem Quartet, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, and more. After Party artists included Tank and the Bangas and Jesús Díaz y Su QBA. The SFJAZZ Gala and After Party is a benefit for SFJAZZ’s artistic and education programs with the goal of advancing the art form of jazz in the Bay Area and beyond. The organization reaches nearly 200,000 patrons annually through its curated artistic programming. Its educational initiatives inspire hundreds of public school students via a range of free and low-cost programs. The new SFJAZZ digital platform greatly expands the reach of these programs to jazz fans and students around the world.