Venue Details

43 Star Starred
Nob Hill Masonic Center
Between Taylor and Jones 1111 California Street San Francisco, CA 94108
415-776-4702
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Member Tips

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Casual.
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Think there's a vending machine near the bathroom. Water bottles are okay.
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zerofour
Hard to find street parking and lot next to Masonic Hall cost an arm and a leg.
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Goldstar Member
The streetcar is expensive, but it's so convenient to take from BART, and it's fun to ride.
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Natasha Kaluza
If you're in shape, you can easily walk from BART.
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Susan
Park on the 5th level of the parking garage, you'll get out faster
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.6 average rating
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18 events
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attended Apr 10 2010

Utterly magnificent, fabulous performance. The only drawback was the outrageously high parking fee.

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2 reviews
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attended Apr 10 2010

Awesome concert. Bobby McFerrin continues to grow and educate and just plain entertain. Cudos too, to Roger Treece--an awesome musician
and conductor as are the... continued

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attended Apr 10 2010

The show was outstanding. Mr. McFerrin was kind and his music displays the gentle being that he is.
I really like the way he gave the members of the audience the... continued

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Website

http://www.sfjazz.org/concerts/2010/spring/artists/mcferrin.php

Quotes & Highlights

“Bobby McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants and transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.”—Los Angeles Times
“An idiosyncratic jazz singer with a sharp ear for improvisation and a phenomenal circular-breathing technique … he also has an uncanny ability to bring out your inner child.”—The New York Times

Description

Bobby McFerrin is a revolutionary musical force who exudes pure joy while reconfiguring the definitions of jazz, a cappella and classical music. Perhaps McFerrin’s greatest achievement is that he has dispelled previously held beliefs about the limits of the human voice. The pivotal decision in his career was when pianist Keith Jarrett inspired him to perform completely improvised solo concerts, leaving onlookers slack-jawed in disbelief. From there, the vocalist has collaborated with jazz and classical musicians; been a conductor, an educator and arts evangelist; scored an era-defining pop hit with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and has earned an incredible ten Grammy Awards.

Founded in 1986, McFerrin’s Voicestra has re-invented the choir concept with stylistic influences from jazz to R&B to Indian classical opera. This SFJAZZ appearance is the American premiere of VOCAbuLarieS, a new choral project with compositions by McFerrin and his frequent collaborator Roger Treece. A new Decca album of the same name will be released in March, 2010.

About the Ticket Supplier: SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ presents a wealth of year-round programs, including the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Jazz Festival, the SFJAZZ Spring Season and numerous community outreach and education programs.

Founded in 1983 under the name of Jazz in the City, the organization adopted its new identity as SFJAZZ in late 1999, in recognition of its expansion from seasonal music presenter to year-round arts institution.

All SFJAZZ programs reflect a spirit of artistic exploration, embracing the full breadth of jazz and its related musics; emphasize thematic programming, with tributes to jazz masters and celebrations of particular musical instruments, trends or styles; and strive to instill enthusiasm for jazz among wider audiences.