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SFJAZZ HONORS " Zakir Hussain "

Shot & Edited by: Jake Richmond, Directed by : Anisa Qureshi

A short film produced by SFJAZZ and directed by Anisa Qureshi (Zakir's daughter), which premiered to close out the SFJAZZ Gala 2017 honoring Zakir Hussain on January 18, 2017, and features interviews with Vijay Iyer, Eric Harland, Bela Fleck, Mickey Hart, Herbie Hancock, Zane Dilal, Edgar Meyer, Michael Tilson Thomas, John McLaughlin, Alonzo King and Charles Lloyd.

A note from Director Anisa Qureshi:

"Anahata" or the "un-struck sound" is the sanskrit word for the heart chakra, the fourth chakra and refers to the sound made by the creation of the universe that still reverberates in the celestial realm. It is the most sacred vibration and is likened to the sound of waves crashing on the shore or thunder... and when you hear it, it is said you will know nirvana.
Although "Anahata" is not usually associated with anything struck or hit like a drum, it in every way reminds me of my father, Zakir Hussain, a man ruled by his expansive and inimitable heart, a seeker and devotee of the truest rhythmic vibration, a being who completely lets go of himself in order to channel mystical sounds to the people of the world.
Anyone who has met him can feel the power of that heart, the miracle of which is just as permeable and transformational as any "struck sound" he creates on the tabla.
As a daughter of the muse, I've seen him play incredible, unbelievable music. I've even felt fear that his heart might stop from doing things that did not seem humanly possible, but to me the most exceptional thing about my father is who he is as man, as a whole being. I'm not alone in this feeling. In "Anahata" you will hear many of the musical luminaries of the world share that same belief.
Our deepest gratitude goes to SFJAZZ and the incomparable musicians who shared their words (both included in tonight's video and not) on Zakir. Our musical fraternity is our family and through it we can and do accomplish great things together."

On January 18, 2017, the SFJAZZ Center filled with cultural and political leaders, celebrities, artists, and music enthusiasts to present Zakir Hussain with the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award and celebrate our 5th Anniversary Season in the SFJAZZ Center.
"Everybody wants to play with Zakir Hussain. He's amazing. He's able to transcend cultures and national borders." – Herbie Hancock

SFJAZZ Collective " Miles Davis Compositions " PROMO

Shot By : Jake Richmond, and edited by: Ross Eustis

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Full album stream exclusively on Apple Music on March 17;
Full album on sale, available on all platforms March 24.
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MIGUEL ZENÓN - alto saxophone
DAVID SANCHEZ - tenor saxophone
SEAN JONES - trumpet
ROBIN EUBANKS - trombone
WARREN WOLF - vibraphone

The award-winning SFJAZZ Collective plays Miles’ music, and their own distinctive compositions, with the streamlined elegance and bite, tonal richness, daring and emotion associated with the restless master who repeatedly reshaped jazz and pop music by refusing to repeat himself. The sardonic trumpeter and visionary bandleader recorded over the decades, in various styles and settings with the best young players of the period (among them John Coltrane, Bill Evans and Cannonball Adderley in the ‘50s, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams in the ‘60s,) before his death in 1991 at 65.

Terence Blanchard's " Champion Promo"

A groundbreaking work combining the disciplines of opera and jazz, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Terence Blanchard’s 'Champion: An Opera in Jazz' tells the real-life story of world champion boxer Emile Griffith, a man haunted by memories of his past who struggled to reconcile his sexuality in a hyper-macho world.

Co-Presented by SFJAZZ + Opera Parallèle
February 19-28, 2016
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center

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"I keep thinking how strange it is... I kill a man and most people understand and forgive me. However, I love a man, and to so many people this is an unforgivable sin."
—Emile Griffith

Produced by SFJAZZ
Directed by Kerry Weddington & Ross Eustis
Director of Photography Jake Richmond
Post Production, Editing by Ross Eustis


We are in the Mill Valley Film Festival this year!

Great news! Zakir Sessions in which Volta was commissioned and associate produced, shot and edited is in this years MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL. Yippie! Come out and check it out if you are at the festival. Screening at 1pm on Oct 8th 2014 and Sunday TBA. For more info email : or visit

Enjoy the sample!

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