Venue Details

498 Star Starred
Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
415-864-6000
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Member Tips

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I saw everything from tuxes to shorts and a T-shirt.
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Don't buy anything but the very best (full price) seats due to poor sound quality.
info Jun 01 2010 star this tip starred
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Eat before the event, reservations reccommended.
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Food is available at the venue, but pricey and you won't have much time to enjoy it.
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We sat in the last row of the venue and the sound was clear and fantastic!
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Park at the Performing Arts Garage, it's close and easy!
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.1 average rating
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17 events
9 reviews
4 stars
attended May 30 2010

Davies Symphony Hall is not an appropriate venue. Actually, I can't believe that a hall so recently built could be so badly layout. I was in the top tier, couldn't see... continued

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4 events
2 reviews
6 stars
attended May 30 2010

Good but not great. The Basie Band played the whole first hour. I thought it was too much. Kurt has a very nice voice but I wanted a little more punch in his delivery. But he is not Sinatra and with that in mind, he does a nice job.

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36 events
5 reviews
28 stars
attended May 30 2010

I thought it was a fun concert. The Basie band was great. And I thought Kurt was great. He made the concert fun.

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More Information

Website

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

Description

Widely hailed as the greatest jazz vocalist of his generation, Kurt Elling has just won a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album. At SFJAZZ, he teams up with the Count Basie Orchestra to celebrate the music that the famed big band crafted with Frank Sinatra in the early ‘60s. Sinatra possessed the grace and skill to navigate charts that blew most vocalists out of the water. The Basie band’s streamlined sense of swing fit Sinatra so perfectly that he described the sensation of performing with them as akin to just leaning back and riding the crest of a wave. Elling, an educator and scholar as well as an entertainer, has every bit of Sinatra’s firepower and will no doubt do some surfing of his own in this once-in-a-lifetime matchup, which will employ the original charts Quincy Jones arranged for the Basie/Sinatra collaboration. And expect the Basie Orchestra to open up the night with some of their best classic repertoire.

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.