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SFJAZZ is a not-for-profit organization devoted to jazz, an American art form with origins in the African-American community and with an appeal that now extends throughout the world. SFJAZZ encourages the growth of jazz and jazz audiences through concert and educational programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, celebrating jazz as a living art built on a constantly evolving tradition.
SFJAZZ produces a wide range of artistic and educational programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, including concerts, youth and adult education programs, and artist commissions. Founded by a group of community leaders in 1983 to showcase local jazz artists, SFJAZZ now presents great performers from around the world in addition to the many superb artists based in the Bay Area. The following is a list of characteristics that distinguish SFJAZZ from other jazz organizations, and that capture the essence of the organization:
• The careful pairing of artists with an array of venues throughout the Bay Area,
• A spirit of exploration and risk-taking in programs,
• A dignified concert setting, fostering a respectful focus on the musician(s) and the art form,
• A tradition of thematic programming, including tributes to jazz masters, showcases of historic or current jazz styles, and celebrations of particular musical instruments, and
• A commitment to sound business practices, productivity, and organizational flexibility.
SFJAZZ's core production is the San Francisco Jazz Festival (SFJF), an autumnal jazz celebration lasting several weeks that includes paid-admission concerts in several Bay Area venues and a number of events offered free to the public, including concerts, seminars, and visual art exhibits. SFJAZZ also produces a number of other programs at various times of the year, including the SFJAZZ Spring Season, free outdoor concerts, and educational programs for elementary, middle school, and high school students.
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