Jorge Ellington Photo courtesy of Jorge Ellington

LightHouse Launches First Performance Salon with a Night of Latin Jazz, 9/28

Jorge Ellington Photo courtesy of Jorge EllingtonOn September 28, at 5:00 pm, come up to the tenth floor of LightHouse headquarters for community, refreshment and performance at the 1155 Performance Salon.
This is the first of six performance salons featuring talent from the blind and disability Bay Area community, that will celebrate our vibrant local arts culture. After warm-up acts enjoy our first headliner, Jorge Ellington and the Esencia Latin Jazz Ensemble.

About Our Headliner

Jorge Ellington is a local musician, singer and songwriter of the Esencia Latin Jazz Ensemble, which was started in 1978. The original band consisted of 14 members and was called Esentia, then Orq Esencia. The band has evolved through the years undergoing changes in composition and name.
Today, the band now called The Esencia Latin Jazz Ensemble, is a smaller version of the original orchestra. The band, led by Jorge Ellington, has shared the stage with many performers including Celia Cruz, El Gran Combo, Tito Puente, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, La Lupe, and many more. The group has performed at many venues locally and abroad.
Jorge Ellington and his band have recorded and released two albums, Esencia and Fuerza Positiva. They are currently working on a third.

Opening Acts

 For this first event, there will be short opening acts starring talented members of the LightHouse staff. 
LightHouse students, members of the disability community, plus the occasional ally, are invited to submit their interest in being an opening act at a future Performance Salon. Opening acts run five minutes or less. If interested, please send an email to with a description of what you would like to perform and a sample of your work or call 415-694-7608.

Plus, an Accessible Art Display

 Before and during the performance, and while you enjoy some refreshments and good company, check out the work of blind photographer, Ted Tahquechi whose work was displayed in the building lobby before and during the pandemic. This special showing allows for a much more up close and personal look at the work, complete with QR code access to audio descriptions in the artist’s own voice.
What: 1155 Performance Salon
When: September 28, from 5:00 pm to 6:45 pm
Where: LightHouse headquarters at 1155 Market St., 10th Floor
RSVP: To Maia Scott at or 415-694-7608.

The 1155 Performance Salon is made possible thanks to a City and County of San Francisco, Office of Economic and Workforce Development grant.

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