Alumni Jazz Night Out

Join UCSF's Office of Diversity & Outreach for a reception at the new SFJazz Center followed by famed guitarist Mark Ribot’s performance of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid.

The story of the SFJAZZ Center

A short film by Ken Ellis that discusses the making and overall artistic vision of the SFJAZZ Center. The film includes behind-the-scenes footage of the Center being built, a brief historical look at San Francisco's vibrant jazz scene and a number of fascinating interviews featuring SFJAZZ Co-founder & Artistic Director Randall Kline, legendary jazz singer Mary Stallings, Resident Artistic Director John Santos, SFJAZZ Center architect Mark Cavagnero, Education Director Rebeca Mauleón & more!

The film was narrated by acclaimed actor Delroy Lindo. This video was first shown in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium during SFJAZZ Center's Grand Opening on January 21, 2013.

Listen to a sound selection from The Kid here

The Kid is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film written by, produced by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, and features Jackie Coogan as his adopted son and sidekick. This was Chaplin's first full-length movie. It was a huge success, and was the second-highest grossing film in 1921, behind The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In 2011, The Kid was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." 


No guitarist in jazz has traveled a more circuitous creative path than Marc Ribot, a major force on Manhattan’s downtown music scene since the mid-1980s. Applying his unorthodox technique and vast, percussive sonic palette to a mind-boggling array of musical realms, he’s delved into the classic compositions of the great Cuban sonero Arsenio Rodríguez, explored Albert Ayler’s ecstatic free jazz forays, investigated country music in Nashville with Bill Frisell and Buddy Miller, and collaborated with spiritually charged pianist McCoy Tyner. While often associated with the avant-garde, Ribot can thrive in just about any musical context, for instance contributing prominently to the work of Elvis Costello and Tom Waits, as well as Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s five-time Grammy Award winning 2007 album Raising Sand. His recent album, Silent Movies, features compositions inspired by his love of cinema, and for this performance he’s revisiting his score for Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1921 film The Kid, which premiered in 2010 as part of the New York Guitar Festival.