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SFJazz Center, San Francisco

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Theater · Concert / Show
The SFJAZZ Center is an all-ages music venue in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, California, that opened in January 2013. It is considered the "first free-standing building in America built for jazz performance and education." It is home to SFJAZZ, a not-for-profit organization that both presents and facilitates jazz education in the San Francisco Bay Area. SFJAZZ has, since 1983, produced the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and since 2004, the SFJAZZ Collective. The SFJAZZ season, in addition to the SFJAZZ-produced San Francisco Jazz Festival and Summer Sessions, includes over 400 performances annually in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The building was designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates, and cost $64 million to complete. The performance space is the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, with a sound system by Meyer Sound Laboratories. The Center features murals by Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet.
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  • Perfect setting for legendary Ahmad Jamal's beautiful, joyous set. Great acoustics. Good sight lines from every seat -- with cup holders(!) for your drink.  more »
  • Always impressed with musicians they book. From Roseanne Cash to Eliana Elias, the choices are exceptional. Great dining in the surrounding area and it’s a short walk from BART so no parking issues.  more »
  • Great musicians, wonderful space (It's actually fairly large and because of stadium seating, it feels more intimate.) Great acoustics. No bad seats, though I don't like sitting in the balcony.
  • Absolutely the best. Worth your time, money and support - no matter what kind of music you follow. Well curated acts, small venue, not a bad seat in the house. Reasonably priced, even more so if you become a member. Main stage, plus another small intimate club downstairs and a great little restaurant and bar next door. One of the jewels of San Francisco. Support live music! Highly recommend.

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