SFJAZZ is a powerful cultural institution based in San Francisco. It even has its own 700-seat venue, the SFJAZZ Center, where it presents more than 300 performances a year. Since 2004 the organization has also sponsored the SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star octet.
Over the years, many major figures—interestingly, almost all based on the East Coast—have played in the Collective, including Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Dave Douglas, Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris. The current edition has some headliner names (alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf) and some who are less well known but who are still on the jazz A-list (bassist Matt Penman, drummer Obed Calvaire).