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.


September 22, 11am

Chester Thompson is one of the most revered Hammond organists alive, recording and performing with two of the legendary bands to emerge in the 1960s and 1970s, Tower of Power and Santana. Join us for a celebration of joyous funk and soulful grooves, and get ready to get down!

October 6, 11am

For Thelonious Monk’s 101st birthday, we celebrate a true jazz icon with three of our Bay Area’s finest piano masters and share the legacy of Monk’s timeless compositions. Stalwarts Tammy Hall, Matt Clark and Maya Kronfeld highlight the playful as well as complex repertoire of this giant of jazz, and remind us that Thelonious Monk was truly ahead of his time.

November 10, 11am

American music crosses many paths and generations, filling our souls with joy, getting us moving in the spirit of community, and inspiring us through the power of the groove.

December  15, 11am

Soulfully alluring vocalist Clairdee captures the magic of the season, joyfully wrapping holiday classics, originals, and new arrangements of seasonal favorites with ribbons of swing, R&B, and Latin grooves. This show is guaranteed to warm your heart, lift your soul, and send you dancing out of the theatre!

February 23, 11am

Cultural warrior Linda Tillery and her award-winning Cultural Heritage Choir trace the indelible folk music traditions of Odetta, Harry Belafonte, Lead Belly, and more, as we celebrate the joy, wonder, and innocence of our childhood.

March 2, 11am

Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), Banda Magda combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, audience participation, mid-century classics, and world music sung in 6 languages!

April 20, 11am

GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer Gerald Clayton hails from jazz royalty as the son of esteemed Los Angeles bassist/arranger John Clayton and nephew of alto saxophonist Jeff Clayton. The artist has honed a highly interactive sound woven from a vast array of sonic threads, and for this matinee, he shares some of the exquisite repertoire from his recent Motema Records release, Tributary Tales.

May 25, 11am

Band leader, bassist and SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Marcus Shelby and his fabulous orchestra highlight the many moods of America’s most celebrated jazz composer: Duke Ellington! With over 3,000 compositions, Duke’s music was heralded as “beyond category,” and provided the world with some of the most enduring melodies ever written.

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. 

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. 

🎹 Kids will be kids. They will cry, comment, giggle, dance, scream 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.