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Let's Get to Know the Brand Spankin' New SFJAZZ Center in Hayes Valley

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The SFJAZZ Center on the corner of Franklin and Fell streets in Hayes Valley open its doors to the press this morning for a sneak peek of what's to come. Its official grand opening will be January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with season one running from January 21 through June 2, 2013. The building's nearly complete, with just small cosmetic work left to be done. The SFJAZZ Center was designed by award-winning architect Mark Cavagnero (winner of the 2011 AIA California Firm of the Year), acoustician Sam Berkow, theater consultant Len Auerbach, and constructed by contractor Hathaway/Dinwiddie. The 3-story building comprises 35,000 square feet in a transparent structure that's headed for a LEED Silver Rating. The main attraction is the Robert N. Miner auditorium, which is adjustable from 350 to 700 seats (see above gallery). Other building highlights include the 80-seat multi-purpose ensemble room, three murals from artists Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet, and a cafe/bar under the leadership of Charles Phan of The Slanted Door Group.

[SFJAZZ commissioned artists Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet to create murals for the SFJAZZ Center]

"After 30 years of presenting music in a variety of rented venues throughout the Bay, it is with great joy we announce our first season in our new home, the SFJAZZ Center, said Randall Kline, the founder and Executive Artistic Director of SFJAZZ. "The Center is the first free-standing building for jazz in the country - designed from concept to concert hall, to create an enhanced setting for creating and experiencing what the esteemed jazz writer Whitney Balliett calls 'the sound of surprise.'"

[Renderings of the South at SFJAZZ, an all day café/bar under the leadership of Charles Phan of The Slanted Door Group]
· SFJAZZ Center [website]
· SFJAZZ Gearing Up for an Opening [Curbed SF]
· Charles Phan talks about his new project at the SFJAZZ Center [Inside Scoop]
· SFJAZZ Selects Hathaway Dinwiddie as General Contractor For SFJAZZ Center [Curbed SF]
· Hayes Valley Development Conquers Planning Commission with the Power of Jazz [Curbed SF]