SFJazz has announced its 2014-15 season, opening this fall with Brazilian sounds: pianist Eliane Elias (Sept. 11-14) and singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso (Sept. 19). Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 23.
Following on the first two, the third season in the organization's SFJazz Center looks jam-packed. There are four new resident artistic directors: tabla master Zakir Hussain, drummer Eric Harland, trumpeter Terence Blanchard and bassist-singer Esperanza Spalding, each programming special shows in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium. (Hussain puts together two weeks of performances; the others one week apiece.)
Early on in the season, there's the Calder Quartet, from Los Angeles, performing all six string quartets by Bela Bartok, but re-scored to allow for special guests -- including bassist Christian McBride. There's the Cookers, the hard bop all-star septet. There's Toumani Diabate, the Malian kora virtuoso; saxophonist Joshua Redman with his trio; and the SFJazz Collective, featuring its arrangements of Joe Henderson tunes. October ends with Cuban keyboardist Roberto Fonseca and Spanish-Dominican flamenco singer Diego El Cigala.
The season then continues: the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs with Allen Toussaint. Dr. John comes through with his group. So does Milton Nascimento. Saxophonists Ravi Coltrane, Joe Lovano and Steve Coleman pay tribute to John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme."
Later in the season, you can hear saxophonists Maceo Parker, Pharoah Sanders and Charles Lloyd; singers Gregory Porter and Mary Stallings; drummer Terri Lynne Carrington; pianist Vijay Iyer; as well as Taj Mahal, Gilberto Gil, and the ensemble known as So Percussion.
In the SFJazz Center's 100-seat Joe Henderson Lab -- a club, more or less, across the lobby from the larger hall -- there will be plenty to hear, too. Drummer Brian Blade will visit with his superb Fellowship Band. Young saxophonist Melissa Aldana, who recently won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, will play with her Crash Trio. Eric Reed, a great pianist, will perform with his trio. Other "Joe Henderson" shows will include saxophonist Howard Wiley, vibraphonist Jason Marsalis, Tuck and Patti, trombonist Adam Theis and unbeatable singer Rene Marie.
Ticket prices range from $10-$130; 866-920-5299, www.sfjazz.org
SFJAZZ 2014-15 season
Tickets on sale July 23
When: Sept. 11 through May 31, 2015
Where: most concerts at SFJazz Center, San Francisco
Tickets: $10-$130; 866-920-5299, www.sfjazz.org