Autumn approaches, bringing the nation’s best outdoor jazz festival and much else. There’s the start of the third action-packed season at the SFJazz Center, truly a house of jazz — the nation’s only freestanding concert complex built specifically for jazz. And clubs once again will be filled with music.
SFJazz: The 2014-15 season opens with Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias (Sept. 11-14) and continues with singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso (Sept. 19). Then it surprises with the Calder Quartet performing Bela Bartok’s six string quartets (beginning Sept. 24 with guest bassist Christian McBride) and just keeps building.
The Cookers, a band of hard bop all-stars (Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart), comes in for one night (Sept. 26); master saxophonist Joshua Redman, son of the East Bay, visits with his exploratory trio (Oct. 2-5); percussionist Zakir Hussain, one of this year’s resident artistic directors, programs his own collaborations with Charles Lloyd, Armando Peraza and Indian classical virtuosi Kumaresh Rajagopalan and Jayanthi Kumaresh (Oct. 9-12). The SFJazz Collective plays its brand new arrangements of Joe Henderson tunes (Oct. 23-26). The Preservation Hall Jazz Band teams up with Allen Toussaint (Oct. 22-23). Details: Most events are at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco. Ticket prices range from $10 to $130; 866-920-5299, sfjazz.org.