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SFJAZZ Collective: Live SFJAZZ Center 2013 - The Music of Chick Corea & New Compositions

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Some things change, some things stay the same. After two successive recordings and tours with an identical lineup--a first in its now 10-year history--the SFJAZZ Collective once again undergoes some minor personnel shifts. More important, however, is that Live SFJAZZ Center 2013: The Music of Chick Corea & New Compositions comes a full two years after Live in New York Season 8--Music of Stevie Wonder (SFJAZZ, 2011), the first time that the collective has not devoted itself to the music ...


SFJAZZ Collective: Phoenix, AZ, March 21, 2013

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SFJAZZ CollectiveMusical Instrument MuseumPhoenix, AZMarch 21, 2013The SFJAZZ Collective delivered an intense contemporary-jazz performance that showcased the playing and composing skills of this stellar octet, sponsored since 2004 by the non-profit SFJAZZ.The Collective's ninth annual tour is celebrating the genius of Chick Corea--the sixth keyboardist to be honored by the Collective--in new arrangements of the pianist's works, as well as original compositions, one each from the Collective's eight members. Previous tours have saluted ...


The SFJAZZ Collective: Toronto, Canada, October 15, 2011

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The SF Jazz CollectiveKoerner HallToronto, CanadaOctober 15, 2011 The eight-piece, all-star SFJAZZ Collective rolled into town with its current project, dedicated to the music of Stevie Wonder, its original arrangements reflecting the Collective's personality. Part of a successful group of this magnitude is the talent, respect, and chemistry that helps everyone contribute to the whole. They work as one with the different textures of the rich instrumentation at their disposal.Kendrick Scott's delicate drum ...


SFJAZZ Collective: Ottawa, Canada, October 13, 2011

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SFJAZZ Collective The Music of Stevie Wonder Centrepoint Theatre, Ottawa, Canada October 13, 2011 In its eight-year existence, the SFJAZZ Collective has gone from triumph to triumph, each year choosing a specific artist to honor--past years including pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonists Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter--and giving each of its eight members the mandate of coming up with a new arrangement and a new composition, making the Collective the best ...


SFJAZZ Collective: Live in New York Season 8 - Music of Stevie Wonder

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SFJAZZ Collective Live in New York Season 8: Music of Stevie Wonder SFJAZZ 2011 One old adage says, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it." But another says, “Change is good." For the first time in its eight touring seasons, the SFJAZZ Collective has found a way to manage both. This is the first time that the lineup has remained constant from one year to the next, with the 2011 incarnation identical to ...


SFJAZZ Collective: Live 2010: 7th Annual Concert Tour

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Despite a format that's become, by definition, formulaic, the SFJAZZ Collective has managed to defy weary predictability, releasing a new collection, each and every year, which pays a most modern tribute to another of jazz's most iconic figures. Every year since 2004, the Collective's members each select music from the chosen artist's discography, creating arrangements with both respect and a healthy dose of irreverence, in addition to contributing a new piece of original music intended to somehow fit within the ...


SFJAZZ Collective at Nighttown

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SFJAZZ CollectiveNighttownCleveland Heights, OhioOctober 16, 2010 Since 2004, the SFJAZZ Collective, an octet of world-class musicians in the prime of their careers (no “legends" meat wagon, this), has toured the world, spreading the jazz gospel. Two members remain from the initial group--vibes player Stefon Harris and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón. And, while certainly a vehicle to promote its parent organization, SFJAZZ, the nonprofit jazz institution that, among other things, presents the annual ...


SFJAZZ Collective: Live 2009

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From its formation in 2004, SFJAZZ Collective has demonstrated a unique ability to showcase individual talent while simultaneously maintaining a unified ensemble sound. Live 2009 is a magnificent representation of this delicate balance. The Collective's 2009 tour featured compositions by pianist McCoy Tyner arranged by members of the collective, and one original composition by each player.

The arrangements portray the diverse styles and musical backgrounds of the Collective's members, while keeping the spirit of the original recordings. Pianist Renee Rosnes' ...

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