Photo by Henrik Kam.
It originated in New Orleans and many argue that its capital is New York, but jazz now has a home to completely call its own, right here in San Francisco. The SFJAZZ Center, a $64-million, glass- and-concrete structure at Franklin and Fell streets, is the only freestanding hall in the country dedicated to jazz.
On Monday, its grand opening starts with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 am. Although organized tours are filled to capacity, the public is welcome to come and see the building, join contests and prize giveaways, and admire the three commissioned tile murals that depict the history of jazz, jazz in San Francisco and Jazz in the Afterlife. Kids can do crafts projects and musical games, and food trucks will be lining the sidewalk. All activities are free.
SFJAZZ Center Opening Day
Monday, January 21, 2013, at 11:30 am-6:30 pm
201 Franklin St., San Francisco