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The Masonic
Between Taylor and Jones 1111 California Street San Francisco, CA 94108
415-776-4702
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 43 members
Review from zerofour

An artist in the purest sense of the word. I sat in the concert hall in awe for 2 hours as I watched Bobby show his massive a capella/scat range. Joys to witness are the usual Bach/Ava Maria rendition, jamming with the crowd, and his improv is...continued

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Review from Arnie

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

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Review from leon

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 opportunity to share their talents and gifts with the other folks who came to hear...continued

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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.

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