SFJAZZ will host the SFJAZZ Gala 2019 honoring Chucho Valdés with the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
The Gala concert program will feature performances by Chucho Valdés, Irakere 45, Omara Portuondo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dianne Reeves, SFJAZZ Collective, Stefon Harris, Yosvany Terry, Harold Lopéz-Nussa, Leyanis Valdés, Jessie Valdés, SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band, and other special guests.
All proceeds from the SFJAZZ Gala 2019 will support SFJAZZ’s artistic and education programs.
The evening’s Gala Concert will feature famed Cuban singer and icon Omara Portuondo, two-time Grammy winning British vocalist Corinne Bailey Rae, NEA Jazz Master, Five-Time Grammy winner and current SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director vocalist Dianne Reeves, the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective with former member Stefon Harris on vibraphone, Doris Duke Artist Award winner and Grammy nominated Cuban saxophonist Yosvany Terry, Cuban pianist Harold Lopéz-Nussa, plus Chucho Valdés’ children – pianist daughter Leyanis Valdés and percussionist son Jessie Valdés. The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars will perform in various configurations during the evening.
SFJAZZ Gala After Party featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Corinne Bailey Rae & special guests in Robert N. Miner Auditorium and Jesús Diaz y su QBA in Joe Henderson Lab.