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Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
415-864-6000
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depending on events around civic center, traffic and parking can be really difficult, so give yourself plenty of time to find parking and bring some cash, because if there is only limited parking all garages will accept cash only!
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Corridor at 100 Van Ness, casual and fast with great food and service
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Sinatra/Basie Revisited: Kurt Elling with the Count Basie Orchestra
17 ratings
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 over the huge white balcony edges, the audio was terrible, and it sounded like...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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46 events
21 reviews
5 stars
attended May 30 2010

Sorry to disagree with the others about Kurt Elling. I thought he was fabulous -- capturing Sinatra's phrasing and timing while adding his own interpretations. I totally agree about the Basie Orchestra -- what a highly professional, tight and...continued

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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.