San Francisco will soon have a stand-alone center dedicated to jazz, and a groundbreaking event is planned for today to highlight the venue.

The SFJAZZ Center at 205 Fell St. will feature a 700-seat concert hall, and will house artistic and educational programs for musicians and the community.

Center officials held a ceremony earlier this month to celebrate the tearing down of the previous building at the site–an auto body shop–and are now holding a groundbreaking for the new building, center spokeswoman Jenny Randall said.

Donors have already contributed more than $46 million of the $60 million needed for the center, which could open as early as next year.

Today’s ceremony, scheduled for 4 p.m., will feature speeches and performances by local jazz musicians.

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Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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