SFJAZZ Center Opening Night: Live In Concert

Chick Corea (piano) and Bill Frisell duet during the opening night concert at the new SFJAZZ Center. (Courtesy of SFJAZZ)
Chick Corea (piano) and Bill Frisell duet during the opening night concert at the new SFJAZZ Center. (Courtesy of SFJAZZ)

Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. The SFJAZZ Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., opened with a star-studded concert on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. WWOZ, WBGO and NPR Music teamed up for a live radio and online video broadcast of the concert.

Set List

Note: A full archive of the concert and video excerpts will be made available pending permissions.

  • Percussion Invocation
  • Chick Corea paid tribute to Bill Evans with his version of "Alice In Wonderland," with Esperanza Spalding on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums.
    Chick Corea paid tribute to Bill Evans with his version of "Alice In Wonderland," with Esperanza Spalding on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums.

  • John Santos, Pete Escovedo and ensemble, "Ti Mon Bo" (Puente)
  • Mary Stallings with SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, "I Love Being Here With You" (Lee, arr. Eberhart)
  • Jason Moran & Eric Harland, "Yacht Club Swing" (Waller)
  • Chick Corea & Bill Frisell, "It Could Happen To You" (Van Heusen/Burke)
  • Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Jeff Ballard, "Alice In Wonderland" (Fain)
  • Saxophonist Joe Lovano (center) played his piece "Blackwell's Message" with fellow saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Matt Penman, drummer Jeff Ballard and conguero John Santos.
    Saxophonist Joe Lovano (center) played his piece "Blackwell's Message" with fellow saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Matt Penman, drummer Jeff Ballard and conguero John Santos.

  • Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman and ensemble, "Blackwell's Message" (Lovano)
  • Regina Carter with SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, "Don't Git Sassy" (Jones)
  • SFJAZZ Collective, "Mastermind" (Zenon)
  • Esperanza Spalding & Eric Harland, "Look No Further" (Rodgers)
  • Joshua Redman and ensemble, "Remember" (Berlin)
  • Accompanied by drummer Eric Harland, Esperanza Spalding essayed her take on "Look No Further."
    Accompanied by drummer Eric Harland, Esperanza Spalding essayed her take on "Look No Further."

  • McCoy Tyner and ensemble, "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit" (Tyner)
  • McCoy Tyner and ensemble, featuring Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Frisell and John Handy, "Blues On The Corner" (Tyner)
  • SFJAZZ Collective featuring Chick Corea, "Spain" (Corea)

Personnel

Emcee Bill Cosby paid reverence to the legendary pianist McCoy Tyner.
Emcee Bill Cosby paid reverence to the legendary pianist McCoy Tyner.

  • Bill Cosby, Master of Ceremonies
  • McCoy Tyner, piano
  • Chick Corea, piano
  • Esperanza Spalding, bass/voice
  • Tyner played his "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit" with Joe Lovano (sax), Esperanza Spalding (bass) and Eric Harland (drums).
    Tyner played his "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit" with Joe Lovano (sax), Esperanza Spalding (bass) and Eric Harland (drums).

  • Joshua Redman, tenor saxophone
  • Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone
  • Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphone
  • Mary Stallings, voice
  • John Handy, alto saxophone
  • McCoy Tyner.
    McCoy Tyner.

  • Pete Escovedo, timbales
  • Eric Reed, piano
  • Eric Harland, drums
  • SFJAZZ Center Resident Artistic Directors: Regina Carter, violin; Bill Frisell, guitar; Jason Moran, piano; John Santos, percussion; Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone/percussion
  • SFJAZZ Collective: Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone; David Sánchez, tenor saxophone; Andre Hayward, trombone; Avishai Cohen, trumpet; Stefon Harris, vibraphone; Edward Simon, piano; Matt Penman, bass; Jeff Ballard, drums
  • McCoy Tyner was reunited with his old friend, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson.
    McCoy Tyner was reunited with his old friend, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson.

  • SFJAZZ High School All-Star Big Band: Paul Contos, director.
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