Though the Global Concert takes place in Old Havana, Cuba, you can still be part of the scene in the Bay Area. (Here’s a trailer introduced by Herbie Hancock in anticipation of The International Jazz Day Global Concert 2017). Listed below are celebrations around the Bay that are currently registered on their website, but there are probably many more jazz events going on locally.
Doc’s Lab 124 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco
- Electric Squeezebox Orchestra with Saxophonist Harvey Wainapel. Celebrate International Jazz Day at this benefit for the SOTA (School of the Arts) World Music + Dance and Latin Band. Proceeds will help 37 students travel to Havana this June. SOTA is the nation’s only public high school program with hands-on world music ensembles. Opening will be the SOTA Latin Band under the direction of Henry Hung. Followed by Electric Squeezebox Orchestra with Harvey Wainapel. (415) 649-6191 $20 Showtime: 2:30pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia St. in San Francisco
- Mattson 2 perform A Love Supreme. In an international and inter-dimensional exclusive, for the first time anywhere, Mattson 2 perform John Coltrane’s 1965 masterpiece “A Love Supreme” in it’s entirety to celebrate International Jazz Day. Featuring the legendary Money Mark, and Tommy Guerrero + DJ sets by Jordan Blackmon (Toro Y Moi), this will be a spectacular and unique event honoring one of the landmarks of 20th century music. Mattson 2 will perform the album in full and also a set of special Mattson classics. “If you could soundtrack the jangle of the sea and the jazz of the surf, The Mattson 2 would most certainly be the composers. The identical twin guitar and drums duo are truly a marvel of jazz-rock orchestration and arrangement.” (website) $16 adv/$20 door. Show begins at 8pm.
The Village 1099 Sunnydale Ave. in San Francisco
- The Village celebrates on Sat., Apr. 29th – the eve of International Jazz Day for an afternoon of community members’ poetry/spoken word readings accompanied by virtuoso jazz saxophonist Madaline “Mad” Duran. There will also be a special guest performer – American virtuoso jazz guitarist