Got Jazz? The San Francisco Jazz Center

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The SFJAZZ Collective

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The San Francisco Center For Jazz  – Oh what a treat to be in the new glass and concrete building created just for jazz!  The new space designed by architect Mark Cavagnero is the first structure in the country designed visually and acoustically  for jazz. The space feels intimate like a club but the acoustics are perfect. Among the performers were McCoy Tyner , Bobby Hutcherson and Mary Stallings. Saxophonist Joshua Redman played in the second set.

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Regina Carter played “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder. I jotted down some words while drawing and listening to this piece.

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Sparkles and Stars

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We were all caught up in the spell of the beautiful new building, the music, and the performers. The night was a special one, but then, after playing together, McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson started talking to each other about how they had played together off and on for about 50 years.  One would say, I’d forget and you would pick me up then the other one would say I’d forget and you would pick me up – lots of laugher and reminiscing  Earlier in the evening, problems of the world had come up like race, politics and hatred. These two guys said, hey, let’s just be happy! With that said, they gave each other big hugs while they received a standing ovation.

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