By Evan Borders
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The SFJazz Gala 2014 in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley honored jazz legend Herbie Hancock with the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award. Hancock’s music was center stage for the gala’s main concert with performances by the music icon himself, the critically acclaimed SFJAZZ Collective, and the award-winning SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, and surprise musical guests.
Attendees of the Gala have included such stars as Bill Cosby, Dave Chappelle, Robert Redford, Chris Tucker, Tom Waits, Les Claypool, Charlie Musselwhite, Terrence Howard, Clint Eastwood, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, The Honorable Willie Brown, Danny Glover, Shailene Woodley, Delroy Lindo, Lou Gossett Jr., Khandi Alexander, Peter Coyote, Amy Tan, Michael Chabon, Ronnie Lott, Vida Blue, Jed York, and other leaders in the worlds of business, politics, art and jazz.
All proceeds from the SFJAZZ Gala 2014 support SFJAZZ’s artistic and education programs.