Programming for the 36th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival Festival has been confirmed, highlighted by live shows from legend Ahmad Jamal, iconic New Orleans singer Irma Thomas, Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes, and electric bassist Marcus Miller. In addition, artists performing as part of the Summer Sessions have also been revealed, including performances by Gregory Porter singing the timeless songs of Nat “King” Cole accompanied by the Magik*Magik Orchestra.

What originally began back in 1983 as a two-day event called the Jazz in the City has since expanded over the past 36 years to a now the globally-renowned institution called the San Francisco Jazz Festival. This year’s festival will host 43 distinct shows over 13 days across five different venues around SF’s Hayes Valley neighborhood.

The 36th San Francisco Jazz Festival kicks off on Tuesday, June 5 with a free admission celebration at the outdoor Proxy space along Octavia Street between Hayes Street and Fell Street in Hayes Valley that runs from 5-10pm. Activities for this evening include live music from Beso Negro and Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy, plus a beer garden, videos, and food trucks.

Beyond the festival lineup, SFJAZZ also presents a series of 2018 Summer Sessions. This stretch of shows features a New Grass-American Roots themed week, an exclusive Philip Glass Fest, along with performances by Zoë Keating and Taj Mahal. There will be standalone events such as the Dustbowl Revival and the Hot Club of Cowtown, plus a Gypsy Swing event, two Cuban Piano Masters events, and many more performances.

Tickets for all festival shows and Summer Sessions are on sale now.

San Francisco Jazz Festival
June 6-17, 2018
Various Venues

Festival Lineup:
Ahmad Jamal
Irma Thomas
SĂ©rgio Mendes
Marcus Miller
Tuck and Patti
Marcus Miller
Ahmad Jamal
Monsieur Periné
Brian Blade Fellowship
Lea DeLaria
Julian Lage Trio
Amadou & Mariam
Zakir Hussain/Dave Holland/Chris Potter
Arturo Sandoval
Broken Shadows
Soweto Kinch

Summer Sessions Lineup:
Philip Glass Fest
Dustbowl Revival
Hot Club of Cowtown
David Grisman
Del McCoury & The Travelin’ McCoury’s
Sam Bush
Paris Combo
Zoë Keating
Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Taj Mahal