This is reminder that the 23rd Annual AfroSolo Arts Festival “Kicks-Off” this Saturday, August 5th with our free outdoors “Jazz In The Gardens” concert in collaboration with Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. We will be hosting our 17th annual free concert in the Gardens. Our title is: “Lovin’ the Horns.” We will feature two outstanding quintets showcasing the trumbet and trombone.

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 1pm to 3pm

Where: Esplanda, Yerba Buena Gardens                               

    Misson Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets
    San Francisco, CA 

     No pets, please. Certified service animals excepted.

Phone:  415/771-2376

Cost: Free

Featuring: The Charles Hamilton Quintet and The David Hardiman Quintet.

Bring a lunch and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of great Jazz!


Charles Hamilton is an internationally known jazz trombonist, composer, and innovator of jazz education, one of only two jazz educators ever to receive the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts’ Distinguished Teacher in the Arts Award. He directed the world-renowned Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble for 28 years. His former students swell the ranks of international performing and recording artists/composers. He teaches at UC Santa Cruz, has taught at San Jose State University, Cañada Colleges, and continues his tenure at the California Jazz Conservatory. He was part of a US State Department “cultural ambassador” tour in Jordan. He led his big band to China and Vietnam for the State Department. He records and performs regularly with combos and big bands, including the Fred Berry Big Band. For this program, he is accompanied by Jeff Chambers (bass), Leon Joyce, Jr. (drums), Kelly Park (piano) and Dann Zinn (tenor saxophone). Photo by Jim Dennis.



Dr. David Hardiman, Sr., is an acclaimed trumpet and flugelhorn player, pianist, professor/educator, big band leader, as well as a composer/arranger. His AfroSolo concert is in conjunction with the release of his CD: David Hardiman’s Music Around the World, Volume 2. Hardiman is the leader of the San Francisco All Star Big Band and Director of the African American Jazz Caucus Dance Band (IAJE) and Saint Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band. He has accompanied Jackie Wilson, The Dells, The Honey Cones, Donny Hathaway, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett and many others. He received a BME in Music Education from Indiana University, MM from Butler University, and WMHDA Honorary Doctorate from Martin University. For this program, he is accompanied by Glen Pearson (piano), Jeff Chambers (bass), Charles McNeal (saxophone) and Akira Tana (drums). Photo by Jim Dennis.


We are grateful for the support we receive for AfroSolo.  We are especially grateful to Hyacinth C. Ahuruonye, California Arts Council, Congregation Emanu-El, Friends of AfroSolo, Grants for the Arts, Horizons Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, The Society for Community Work, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Simpson Brothers, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

We are also grateful for the support we receive from our community partners: The African American Art and Culture Complex, San Francisco’s Main Public Library and the Yerba Buena Garden Festival.


Visual Arts Exhibit
August 29,2017 – December 15, 2017
San Francisco Main Public Library
African American Center-Third Floor
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, Ca 94102

Black Voices Performance Series
October 19-22, 2017
African American Art and Culture Complex
Buriel Clay Theatre
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

The Audacity To Succeed
Young Black Men and Boys Soaring To Success
November 4, 2017
African American Art and Culture Complex
Buriel Clay Theatre
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

AfroSolo Theatre Company uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

AfroSolo Theatre Company – 762 Fulton Street, Suite 303, San Francisco, CA, 94102, (415) 771-2376
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173


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