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Address201 Franklin Street
LocationSan Francisco, CA
Coordinates37°46′35″N 122°25′17″W / 37.7763°N 122.4214°W / 37.7763; -122.4214Coordinates: 37°46′35″N 122°25′17″W / 37.7763°N 122.4214°W / 37.7763; -122.4214
Capacity350-700 (Miner Auditorium)
100 (Joe Henderson Lab)
OpenedJanuary 2013 (2013-01)
Construction cost$64 million
ArchitectMark Cavagnero Associates

The SFJAZZ Center is an all-ages music venue in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, California, that opened in January 2013. It is considered the "first free-standing building in America built for jazz performance and education."[1][2][3] It is home to SFJAZZ, a not-for-profit organization that both presents and facilitates jazz education in the San Francisco Bay Area. SFJAZZ has, since 1983, produced the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and since 2004, the SFJAZZ Collective. The SFJAZZ season, in addition to the SFJAZZ-produced San Francisco Jazz Festival and Summer Sessions, includes over 400 performances annually in the San Francisco Bay Area.[4]

The building was designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates, and cost $64 million to complete.[5] The performance space is the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, with a sound system by Meyer Sound Laboratories.[6][7][8] The Center features murals by Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet.[9]


  1. ^ "New Jazz Center Opens In SF's Hayes Valley". CBS San Francisco. 21 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Big question for SFJazz Center architect Mark Cavagnero: Will people like it? – The Mercury News". 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  3. ^ "SF Jazz / Mark Cavagnero Associates". ArchDaily. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  4. ^ "SFJAZZ Announces 2019-2020 Season Programming" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  5. ^ "SF Jazz / Mark Cavagnero Associates". ArchDaily. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  6. ^ Cy Musiker, "SFJAZZ Center Opens Tonight", KQED, January 23, 2013.
  7. ^ Patrick Jarenwattananon, "The New SFJAZZ Center, As Seen By Its Musicians", NPR, January 22, 2013.
  8. ^ John King, "SFJazz Center - new Cavagnero landmark", SF Gate, January 23, 2013.
  9. ^ "Juxtapoz Magazine - Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet Murals for SFJAZZ Mural".

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