• Chick Corea (piano) duets with Bill Frisell (guitar) for the first time.
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    Chick Corea (piano) duets with Bill Frisell (guitar) for the first time.
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  • Chick Corea paid tribute to Bill Evans with his version of "Alice In Wonderland," with Esperanza Spalding on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums.
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    Chick Corea paid tribute to Bill Evans with his version of "Alice In Wonderland," with Esperanza Spalding on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • Accompanied by drummer Eric Harland, Esperanza Spalding essayed her take on "Look No Further."
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    Accompanied by drummer Eric Harland, Esperanza Spalding essayed her take on "Look No Further."

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  • Emcee Bill Cosby paid reverence to the legendary pianist McCoy Tyner.
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    Emcee Bill Cosby paid reverence to the legendary pianist McCoy Tyner.
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  • Tyner played his "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit" with Joe Lovano (sax), Esperanza Spalding (bass) and Eric Harland (drums).
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    Tyner played his "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit" with Joe Lovano (sax), Esperanza Spalding (bass) and Eric Harland (drums).
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  • McCoy Tyner.
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    McCoy Tyner.
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  • McCoy Tyner was reunited with his old friend, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson.
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    McCoy Tyner was reunited with his old friend, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson.
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  • Tyner played his "Blues On The Corner" with Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone), Bill Frisell (guitar), Joshua Redman (tenor saxophone), John Handy (alto saxophone), Matt Penman (bass) and Eric Harland (drums).
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    Tyner played his "Blues On The Corner" with Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone), Bill Frisell (guitar), Joshua Redman (tenor saxophone), John Handy (alto saxophone), Matt Penman (bass) and Eric Harland (drums).
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  • Chick Corea (keyboard) joined the SFJAZZ Collective for the closing performance, an arrangement of his piece "Spain."
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    Chick Corea (keyboard) joined the SFJAZZ Collective for the closing performance, an arrangement of his piece "Spain."
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SFJAZZ Center Opening Night: Live In Concert

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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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Bill Cosby, Master of Ceremonies
  • McCoy Tyner, piano
  • Chick Corea, piano
  • Esperanza Spalding, bass/voice
  • Joshua Redman, tenor saxophone
  • Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone
  • Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphone
  • Mary Stallings, voice
  • John Handy, alto saxophone
  • 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
  • SFJAZZ High School All-Star Big Band: Paul Contos, director.
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