Free to Public. Step into the SFJAZZ “living room” and hear artists and tastemakers spinning their favorite recordings while in conversation with SFJAZZ Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline.
This Listening Party features author and historian Robin D.G. Kelley, discussing and playing the music of jazz icon Thelonious Monk to kick off our annual week celebrating Monk’s birthday. Kelley is the author of the definitive Monk biography, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, which won Best Book on Jazz from the Jazz Journalists Association, the Ambassador Award for Book of Special Distinction from the English-Speaking Union, and the PEN Open Book Award.
Listening Parties offer listeners the chance to get behind-the- scenes and hear about music from the artist’s perspective. The format is an on-stage conversation in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, accompanied by the artist’s pick of recorded, and sometimes live, excerpts. The conversation closes with questions from the audience followed by a reception with complimentary drinks and bites.