The SF Jazz Center opened its doors in 2013, and I am still impressed with the center’s architecture, performance schedule, and the buzz it has added to the Hayes Valley neighbourhood. This already vibrant area, bordered by City Hall, the Opera House, Symphony, museums and other performance spaces on one side, and numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and eclectic shops on the other, now has a small scale performance space for eclectic and interesting jazz and other genre artists, both local and international.
The modern, spare, but technically very advanced main venue seats between 350 and 700 patrons, thanks to widely adjustable seating arrangements. There is a smaller 80 seat space for more intimate performances. Upcoming performers this season include Rosanne Cash, Herb Alpert, and Catherine Russel.
At her mesmerizing performance here, world famous fado singer Mariza not only walked up and down the stairs within the seating area while maintaining perfect sound, she made a point of shaking hands with everyone seated close by. It is that kind of performance intimacy that makes this a very special addition to this great city. Check the website for up to date information.