The SFJAZZ Center in Hayes Valley is the hottest venue in town and the site of Community Music Center’s grandest party of the year – A Salute to the Joy of Making Music on Monday, May 19. The evening’s headliner will be Jon Nakamatsu, the brilliant and internationally renowned pianist who took the Gold Medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn Piano Competition.
“Nakamatsu plays with the calm assurance that comes of having both a solid technique and a gentle, introspective, interpretive spirit.” – The New York Times
The gala event will honor James H. Abrams – a dedicated CMC clarinet student – for his love of music and his invaluable legal expertise and service to Community Music Center.
Gala-goers will enter the grand SFJAZZ lobby where they will delight in the sounds of Community Music Center musicians and the vibrant flavors of appetizers and fine wines curated by Charles Phan of Slanted Door fame. Musical entertainment will include a Latin jazz quintet led by CMC faculty member and Grammy Award-winning percussionist Omar Ledezma, Jr. Platinum ticket holders will enjoy a private pre-party in the Joe Henderson Lab with a champagne toast to celebrate CMC’s 93 years of making music accessible in the heart of San Francisco.
The reception will feature an exciting silent auction, with available items including travel packages, tickets to future events at SFJAZZ, SF Symphony, and SF Opera, along with rare wine lots, and gifts certificates to some of the area’s finest restaurants. Many of the auction lots will be posted on an event-specific online bidding site, allowing community members to place bids in the days leading up to the event. Generous bidding will support CMC’s unwavering commitment to financial aid for disadvantaged youth.
At 7:30pm, the main event will begin inside the Miner Auditorium, a glorious venue for jazz that was recently recognized by Architectural Record Magazine as “Best of 2013.”
“The building is breathtaking, a human-scale glass box that sweeps you in off the sidewalk. Jazz has an enviable new home in San Francisco.” — JazzTimes
Once inside the sparkling new auditorium, friends of CMC will be treated to performances by the CMC Teen Jazz Orchestra, led by celebrated bassist, composer and bandleader Marcus Shelby, and a dazzling performance by headliner, Jon Nakamatsu. The Master of Ceremonies this evening will be KDFC radio personality Dianne Nicolini.
A Salute to the Joy of Making Music will be a one of a kind event that you won’t want to miss. And the best thing of all is that the proceeds will benefit an organization that has been transforming the heart of our community since 1921, making San Francisco more musical, more compassionate, and more accessible. We hope to see you there.
Mary L. Bianco – The Moca Foundation
Dorothy and William Dworsky
Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston
Joshua Robison and Michael Tilson Thomas
Former Mayor Willie Brown
Supervisor David Campos
SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza
Supervisor David Chiu
Mayor Edwin Lee
Senator Mark Leno
Supervisor Eric Mar
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
Supervisor Scott Wiener
Patricia Taylor Lee