[live] Latino Fridays at Five [5pm] by the SF Jazz Center

Watch amazing live Latino concerts by the SF Jazz center!

Tune in this Friday at 5PM PT! The broadcast will also be available Saturday at 10AM PT, and available on demand to rent from the following day at 12PM PT through the month of June. Become an SFJAZZ Member for just $5 and watch this concert!



APR 30 Orquesta Akokán. See their video, flyer & bio below!
MAY 7 Miles From India
MAY 14 Chano Domínguez: Flamenco Sketches
MAY 21 Robert Glasper: Everything’s Beautiful
MAY 28 Miles Electric



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APR 16 | Daymé Arocena

Recorded NOV 11, 2019

“A magical mash-up of The Queen of Latin Music, Celia Cruz, and The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin” (NPR). With a voice possessed of equal parts grace and fire, Daymé Arocena has become one of the dynamic new faces of Cuban music, versed in jazz, Cuban neo-soul, and West African traditions.

Brought to the world stage by Canadian saxophone great Jane Bunnett as part of her Juno-winning Maqueque project, the singer came to the attention of taste-making British DJ Gilles Peterson, who signed Arocena to his Brownswood label and released her 2015 debut Nueva Era — listed among NPR Music’s Top 50 albums of the year. Following her 2017-2018 Season double bill with Cuban piano genius Roberto Fonseca, she returned for this performance in November 2019 with music from her latest Brownswood release, Sonocardiogram.

On the Corner: Five Things You Should Know About Daymé Arocena

SFJAZZ’s Fridays at Five with Daymé Arocena is sponsored by Sava: Bringing California’s Best Cannabis to Your Doorstep. Sava is an SF-based women, LGBTQ, Latinx-owned company committed to ushering in a modern and more inclusive era of cannabis. They deliver the highest quality cannabis products throughout the Bay Area.

APR 30 | Orquesta Akokán

Recorded JUN 16, 2019

Brainchild of pianist and arranger Michael Eckroth, producer Jacob Plasse and vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, this loving salute to the Cuban mambo revolution of the 40s and 50s, and in particular the work of legendary vocalist and bandleader Beny Moré, began with a recording project at Havana’s historic Areito Studio in 2016. Named for the Yoruba word meaning “from the heart,” the multi-generational big band assembled for the recording was culled from the ranks of Cuba’s finest, including members of Irakere and Los Van Van, and the alchemy they created inspired Eckroth, Plasse, and Gómez to transition the band from a one-time assemblage for the recording studio to a working band for the concert stage. They made their SFJAZZ debut with this performance, filmed in June 2019.


MAY 14 | Chano Domínguez: Flamenco Sketches

Born and raised in the traditional flamenco hotbed of Cádiz, Spanish pianist Chano Domínguez has found a singular niche as a pianist in the language of flamenco, viewed through the lens of the post-bop tradition. He has released over 20 albums and collaborated with Paquito D’Rivera Wynton Marsalis, and Paco de Lucía, among others.

In tribute to the enduring influence of Miles Davis, Domínguez brought his fresh arrangements of “So What,” “All Blues,” and “Freddie the Freeloader” to this performance in May of 2018 during our Miles Davis tribute week, accompanied by a fine band including bassist Alexis Cuadrado, drummer Henry Cole, flamenco singer Blas Córdoba and dancer Daniel Navarro.

Steeped in the soul-searching Iberian concept of duende, these reconceived versions of Davis classics were documented on Domínguez’s GRAMMY-nominated 2012 Blue Note release Flamenco Sketches.



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