The West Coast now has its a jazz edifice of its own with strong roots, International Jazz Day grew in scope during year two, jazz made its mark on (and off) Broadway, and the number of musicians lost during the year was large and painful. Here’s a look at significant happenings across the jazz world over the past 12 months:
SFJAZZ Center opens Thirty years after it began as a festival and concert-producing organization, SFJAZZ opened its $64 million SFJAZZ Center on January 23. The facility is billed as the first stand-alone building designed for jazz in the United States. It’s also the new home of the highly respected SFJAZZ Collective. The opening night all-star celebration at the facility’s 700-seat Robert N. Miner concert hall featured musicians with deep ties to the organization over the years, including saxophonists Joshua Redman and Joe Lovano, and pianists McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea. The concert was broadcast on radio by WBGO and WWOZ, and online by NPR Music.