SFJAZZ Center Opens January 21st
By: Dan Rosenbaum
January 21, 2013 is Martin Luther King Day, a significant day in our country, but it's made much more significant here in the bay by the opening of a one-of-kind concert hall, the new SFJAZZ Center opens. Located at 201 Franklin Street in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, the SFJAZZ Center will be a hub of culture, community and commerce for locals and tourists alike. Moreover, it is within easy walking distance of Civic Center Station (home to MUNI and BART trains) and served by local bus routes for low-impact transit.
The three-story Center comprises 35,000 square feet in a transparent, LEED Certified structure featuring the state-of-theatre Robert N. Miner auditorium adjustable from 350 to 700 seats, the 80-seat multi-purpose ensemble room, rehearsal spaces, digital learning lab.
At the sidewalk level all visitors may experience the Center’s café, by the renowned San Francisco Chef, Charles Phan, a retail shop and box office. The café will serve breakfast, lunch and evening food.
To kick off their first season, SFJAZZ is hosting an historic night of jazz on January 23rd. The Historic Opening Night Concert of the SFJAZZ Center will feature a star-filled line up “consecrating” the stage of the Robert N. Miner Auditorium. Hosted by Bill Cosby, the concert will include McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Esperanza Spalding, Mary Stallings, John Handy, Pete Escovedo, the SFJAZZ Collective, and the new SFJAZZ Center Resident Artistic Directors Regina Carter, Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, John Santos and Miguel Zenón amongst other special guests.
The season will run January 23 – June 2, 2013 with an impressive array of artists. Ticket prices vary by concert for this intimate theatre setting and many start at $20 - $25.
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