SFJAZZ To Stream Wayne Shorter Tribute, Fundraiser


Nonprofit SFJAZZ is adding four Wayne Shorter tribute concerts to its Fridays at Five streaming series.

(Photo: Robert Ascroft)

​The Bay Area nonprofit organization SFJAZZ is aiming to lend assistance to Wayne Shorter with a series of livestreaming events.

Offering viewers four Shorter tribute concerts recorded last year at the SFJAZZ Center, the nonprofit aims to raise money to fund the saxophonist’s “ongoing medical needs.” The recordings come as part of the group’s Fridays at Five series, as SFJAZZ has worked to provide music to homebound audiences while the coronavirus pandemic limits possibilities for live performances. It has also created a new revenue stream for the organization.

The first installment of the Wayne Shorter Celebration is set for 5 p.m. PST Friday, and will feature performances by Kamasi Washington, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade. Subsequent streams are to include sets by Herbie Hancock and Branford Marsalis, among others.

Access to the videos requires a $5 digital membership. And for the Shorter series, a digital tip jar has been set up to generate funds that will go directly toward paying the saxophonist’s medical expenses.

Additional information about the series can be found here. DB