Very exciting news for Bay Area jazz fans! The San Francisco Jazz Festival announced today that it will be building a new SFJAZZ Center to be the home of the festival. The new facility, on Franklin Street in the Hayes Valley neighborhood, will be a 35,000-square-foot transparent structure designed by renowned architect Mark Cavagnero. This will put SFJAZZ in the same neighborhood with the Conservatory of Music, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Opera House. The $60 million facility will include a state-of-the art 700-seat auditorium, a smaller 80-seat performance/education space, rehearsal rooms, a digital learning lab, advanced recording and broadcasting capabilities, and a cafe. “The SFJAZZ Center represents a major transformation for SFJAZZ,” said Srinija Srinivasan, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “It’s more than a new home for the organization; it represents a place where the world of jazz music and education can be expressed and enjoyed in all its diversity, by all its global characters. This American art form has gone around the world and come back again. The SFJAZZ Center is our way of giving it the home it deserves.” SFJAZZ is hoping to break ground on the new building in about a year. Watch the video announcement here.