Ready Your Jazz Hands: How to Get the Best Out of Jazz Fest This Weekend

Ready Your Jazz Hands: How to Get the Best Out of Jazz Fest This Weekend

The 2014 Fillmore Jazz Fest, photo via Wikimedia Commons, illustration by Anthony Rogers

The 2014 Fillmore Jazz Fest, photo via Wikimedia Commons, illustration by Anthony Rogers

Just go with the groove.

Even though the famous Yoshi’s jazz lounge may be across San Francisco Bay in Oakland, that doesn’t mean you still can’t find brass instrument hooks and vivacious hands swirling about in San Francisco. And, since it’s Wednesday and you’re probably already fantasizing about Friday, you should check out the 35th annual SF Jazz Festival. Head out to Miner Auditorium this Saturday and Sunday to check out some shows. Afternoon, night, or, hell—why not make an entire day out of it? 

The choices for shows are overwhelming in the next two weeks. This year is limelighting the young headliners who are making their mark in the modern jazz scene in-and-around the Bay Area. One of them, Jacob Collier, is a Grammy award-winning 22 year-old instrumentalist and vocalist. (What have you done today?) Known for weaving his cutting-edge use of technology into his bass-heavy showstoppers, he redefines the notion of what a typical “solo performance” does.



If you’re feeling spontaneous tonight (like, this very evening) - grab tickets now because they are going fast!

 

Another group that mixes jazz-centric horn arrangements with rock, reggae, Southern hip-hop, and gospel (are you keeping up?) are The Suffers—a Houston-based vocal and instrumental powerhouse. Beyond their strong HTX following, this pack of ten—lead by 29 year-old vocalist Kam Franklin—has made it to the Tiny Desk Concert series at NPR and even the Late Show With David Letterman.

Check out their latest music video “Midtown” on their website.

So get those jazz hands ready and check out some new artists this weekend! Suspenders or black dress optional. Drinks? Mandatory.

// 35th Annual SF Jazz Festival, June 6-18 in Hayes Valley at various venues, get tickets and check out the lineup here.


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