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SFJAZZ Launches New SFJAZZ App

Christian Wissmuller • News • November 18, 2021
SFJAZZ launches the SFJAZZ App for global audiences to digitally experience the organization’s live concert programming, while directly supporting the artists on stage.  The SFJAZZ App will allow audiences to discover new artists and experience original content, featuring SFJAZZ’s signature multiple-camera HD video and state-of-the-art audio, designed to connect audiences to the music, to the musicians, and to the feeling of experiencing live music at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, CA.
 
Offerings in the SFJAZZ App will include weekly “Fridays Live” Premieres & Encores, Pay-Per-View On-Demand Concerts & Livestreams, Spotlights on members of the all-star SFJAZZ Collective, “SFJAZZ Singles” of standout songs from previous broadcasts, as well as Education programs, exclusive performances, films, and conversations with artists and cultural leaders. 
 
In response to the pandemic, SFJAZZ moved up the timeline for a long-planned Digital platform and launched SFJAZZ Digital in March 2020.  This new platform featured the weekly “Fridays at Five” broadcast series of archival concerts, available to SFJAZZ Members. “Fridays at Five” aired over 80 concerts, which included live chats with the artists and SFJAZZ Members, and the SFJAZZ 50/50 Fund where audiences could contribute financially to the performing artists and SFJAZZ’s mission.  So far, the 50/50 Fund has raised over $650,000 for artists and over 15,000 people from around the world have become SFJAZZ Digital Members.

As the SFJAZZ Center has re-opened and returned to live, in-person concerts, “Fridays at Five” evolves into a live event called “Fridays Live.” The new program will feature either a live broadcast of that evening’s SFJAZZ concert or a select performance from SFJAZZ’s vast archive of concerts. “Fridays Live” airs at 7:30pm PT/10:30pm ET, with a Saturday Encore broadcast the following morning at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET/7:00pm GMT.

“The SFJAZZ Center has become an extended family of staff, artists, audiences, and the global music community,” said SFJAZZ Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline. “All of us have contributed to building a special place and a home for music and art. The new SFJAZZ App allows us to welcome more people to our home who might never visit San Francisco or the Bay Area and we are excited to now bring our SFJAZZ home and region to them.”

Upcoming “Fridays Live” broadcasts include Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Live) on Friday, November 19; Master Hammond B-3 organist Chester Thompson (Live) on Friday, November 26; Pink Martini (Live) on Friday, December 3; Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars (Pre-Recorded) on December 10; Adam Shulman Plays A Charlie Brown Christmas (Live) on Friday, December 17; and Merry Christmas from José James (Pre-Recorded) on Friday, December 24.  In 2022, Fridays Live will mirror the artists scheduled to perform at the SFJAZZ Center.

The SFJAZZ App is available on Apple (iOS/tvOS), Google (Android/Android TV), Amazon Fire TV, and Roku, and is free to download. “Fridays Live” and “Saturday Encores” are free to SFJAZZ Members. Non-members can sign up for $4.99 monthly or $49.99 annually. Pay-Per-View access to select On-Demand concerts, starting at $9.99 per concert.

The SFJAZZ App will also feature highlights of the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective and its current and former members.  The content will include their original compositions and musical arrangements from a specific SFJAZZ Collective member. Currently, the App features  the original works of SFJAZZ Collective pianist Edward Simon and future content will be drawn from the SFJAZZ Collective’s catalog of 120 original compositions, 115 arrangements, and almost 30 different members.

A new product called “SFJAZZ Singles” will release a full-length song from a previous “Fridays Live” broadcast, free to everyone. “SFJAZZ Singles” is also available on SFJAZZ’s YouTube channel.

In January 2022, the SFJAZZ App will expand its offerings to include SFJAZZ Education programs and master classes along with exclusive Talks + Listening Parties, Films, and Digital Content filmed without a live audience.

How to get the SFJAZZ App: Anyone can sign up and purchase access directly on the SFJAZZ App – or head to SFJAZZ.org and sign up, purchase a Membership or VOD Concert, and get access to it in the SFJAZZ App. For more information visit SFJAZZ.org/App.

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