SFJAZZ Historic Opening Night Concert with Master of Ceremonies Bill Cosby, featuring McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, and More
A one-time-only musical extravaganza with McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Mary Stallings, John Handy, Pete Escovedo, Rebeca Mauleón, SFJAZZ Collective, and SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Directors (pianist Jason Moran, violinist Regina Carter, saxophonist Miguel Zenón, guitarist Bill Frisell, and percussionist John Santos), Master of Ceremonies Bill Cosby
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Served as a Navy medical corpsman and helped with the physical rehabilitation of Korean War veterans. Received a track scholarship to Temple University. Won six consecutive Grammy Awards for his comedy albums, beginning with I Started Out as a Child in 1964....
Pete Escovedo has been a major force in Latin music since the late '60s, and his versatility has resulted in success in several areas of music, from Latin jazz and salsa to rock and Latin pop....
Avant-garde alto saxophonist who achieved some mainstream popularity in the '60s. ~ Rovi
Drawing on the past, always in the present, looking toward the future, Joe Lovano is the tenor titan for our times. ~ Rovi
Greatly influenced by Carmen McRae, San Francisco native Mary Stallings is a passionate, robust singer who isn't nearly as well known as she should be. The niece of saxman Orlando Stallings, she started singing as a child and sang jazz in Bay Area clubs during her teenage years, when she performed with Louis Jordan & His Tympani 5 and shared the stage with such greats as Wes Montgomery and Ben Webster....
The son of influential jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman, saxophonist Joshua Redman is a versatile talent whose skills in bop and post-bop jazz owe a debt to his father and his upbringing in a musical environment....
It would be difficult to overstate McCoy Tyner's impact on the last three decades of jazz piano, first as a member of the classic Coltrane quartet in the 1960s, and later as a leader. His thundering bass tremolos, floating quartal harmonies, and blistering pentatonic runs have become part of the lingua franca of jazz piano....
Violinist Regina Carter is a highly original soloist whose sophisticated technique and rich, lush tone took the jazz world by pleasant surprise when she arrived in New York from her native Detroit....
Chick Corea took the piano in new directions following the monumental achievements of McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans. His pioneering electric piano playing with Miles Davis helped shape the sound of fusion in the late '60s....
Unique guitar stylist Bill Frisell emerged in the 1980s as part of New York's downtown progressive jazz scene and as a staple artist on the ECM label. Over the subsequent decades, his sonic adventures have landed him at the forefront of jazz guitarists -- in fact, with his distinctive musical personality and arsenal of electronic effects, Frisell has helped reshape the concepts of both jazz and guitar....
Bobby Hutcherson is the premier jazz vibraphonist of his generation. The Los Angeles-born composer/musician came to prominence in the mid-'60s as part of the "New Thing" movement in jazz, the forward-looking link between bebop and free jazz....
An accomplished educator, producer, and performer, Rebeca Mauleón is one of the West Coast's leading Latin jazz talents. Mauleón began her performance career accompanying well-known jazzers like Steve Windwood and Carlos "Patato" Valdez....
Along with Brad Mehldau, Jason Moran was one of the most significant and forward-looking pianists to emerge on the jazz scene in the 1990s. Moran came to New York from Texas, studied under such jazz-piano luminaries as Jaki Byard and Muhal Richard Abrams, and played in saxman Greg Osby's group before emerging as a powerful bandleader....
Singer and instrumentalist Esperanza Spalding established herself as a wildly flourishing talent in the '00s. ~ Rovi
The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ—the West Coast’s largest nonprofit jazz institution and the presenter of the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival—the Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene....
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