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SFJAZZ Collective

Launched in 2004, the SFJAZZ Collective, whose alumni include great musicians like Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Lovano and Joshua Redman, features some of the most gifted soloists, composers and bandleaders on the contemporary scene: alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, bassist Matt Penman, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, pianist Edward Simon, trombonist Robin Eubanks, drummer Obed Calvaire and vibraphonist Warren Wolf. It’s a singular international ensemble with a multi-voiced sound of its own, seamlessly merging improvisation and composition, structure and elasticity, into a satisfying whole. The SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco is the group’s home base.

Each year, the SFJAZZ Collective creates and performs eight new works and eight new arrangements of tunes by an honored artist. Past honorees include Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder, and Chick Corea. In 2015, the Collective will perform new arrangements of the bracingly original music of Joe Henderson, the late tenor saxophone giant, multiple-Grammy winner, and composer who lived in San Francisco and was long associated with SFJAZZ.

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