Catch the New Season at SFJAZZ

Introduce your children to the joys of music at the The SFJAZZ Center’s family-friendly monthly matinees in downtown San Francisco. SFJAZZ Family Matinees connects young audience members to world-renowned musicians in an engaging environment that is both fun and educational. Now is your chance to give your budding musician the opportunity to discover the enjoyment of a wide range of music genres.

In this digital age, kids need music more than ever and nothing can replace the experience of listening to music and seeing dance performed live. Each one-hour matinee features a professional performance and audience participation at an incredibly affordable price. General Admission is only $5 child/senior, $10/adult. 


Christian McBride
September 24, 11am
The dynamic bassist and bandleader will show us exactly WHY improvisation and fearlessness are such critical components in jazz with Grammy-winning artist Christian McBride!

The SFJAZZ Collective
October 22, 11am
An all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. 

  • Concert and Q&A
  • Family Workshop: With Orff percussion instruments with Bay Area educator and author Doug Goodkin and Friends. 

The Venezuelan Music Project
November 19, 11am
Listen to the sounds and cultural traditions of Venezuela, combining the indigenous, West African, and Spanish influences through dynamic and engaging performances for people of all ages. 

  • Concert and Q&A
  • Family Workshop: With Jackeline Rago and Friend  

Etienne Charles
December  17, 11am
A remarkable young Juilliard-educated trumpeter who meshes a profound knowledge of the jazz tradition with the bone-deep Creole influence of his Trinidad upbringing, Etienne Charles brings his tropical approach to holiday classics from the Caribbean, American and Europe. 

  • Concert and Q&A
  • Family Workshop: With Orff percussion instruments with Bay Area educator and author Doug Goodkin and Friends. 

Marcus Shelby Orchestra
February 25, 11am
Critically-acclaimed jazz oratorio, Bound for the Promised Land, inspired by Harriet Tubman's biography, the bassist and Bay Area bandleader reignites Tubman’s mission with a thrilling collaboration, highlighting the Negro Spirituals that served as coded messages to runaway slaves. 

Tiffany Austin
December  17, 11am
SFJAZZ is proud to celebrate the centennial of one of the greatest voices in jazz and First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald! 

Rebeca Mauleón & Juan de Marcos González
April 15, 11am
From the indelible rhythms of the danzón, the mambo and cha-cha-chá to the contemporary sounds of timba, families will rejoice in the powerful and dance-driven sounds of Cuba

Michel Camilo
May 27, 11am
Showcasing the musical genius of Cuban pianist/composer Ernesto Lecuona along with a lineage of artists spanning over a century, and proves once again that the piano is indeed a powerful, percussive instrument. 

Know Before You Go

🎺 There is no assigned seating. The amphitheater seating gives everyone a great view of the performers no matter where you sit. There is limited seating on the bottom floor, which is flat, but you are close to the stage.

🎷 Following select performances are FREE workshops but you need to register in the lobby prior to the show. Space is limited to the first 65 people then they start a waitlist. These half hour workshops vary in content and are inspired by the show. Best to arrive about 20-30 minutes before the show. If you are on the waitlist, a lot of families drop out so it's worth hanging around if you didn’t register on time. 

🎹 Expect kids to be kids. You will hear kids cry, comment, giggle, dance, and scream. Kids will run up and down the isles and plan to see the occasional shoe lights twinkle too.

🎤 Allow your kids to be kids. I heard a lot of hushing and parents leaving but don't worry if it's your kid that is making the noise. 

🎵 SFJAZZ is located in the the trendy Hayes Valley neighborhood with it’s lovely boutique and specialty shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and more. There’s a small park called Patricia’s Green on Octavia Street between Hayes and Fell, with a playground and inventive sculptures, occasional food trucks, and famous Smitten Ice Cream, serving up made-to-order scoops with its liquid nitrogen technology. 

🚗 Park at the Performing Arts Garage located on Grove between Franklin & Gough or the Civic Center Garage located on McAllister between Polk & Larkin. Or take Public Transportation BART: Civic Center Station; MUNI Metro: Van Ness Station; Muni Lines (Bus): 6, 16X, 21, 47, 49, 71, 71L, 90. SFJAZZ membership benefits include exclusive opportunity to pre-purchase parking. 

🎶 SFJAZZ Center is conveniently located at the corner of Franklin and Fell streets in San Francisco.