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 of a different composer every year, instead, touring the Stevie Wonder music from 2011 into 2012. With each ...read more
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 saxophonists Ornette Coleman (2004), John Coltrane (2005) and Wayne Shorter )2008), and pianists Herbie Hancock (2006), Thelonious Monk (2007), McCoy ...read more
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 intro quietly paved the way for trumpeter Avishai Cohen's rearrangement of Wonder's Sir Duke," featuring brief solos from tenor saxophonist ...read more
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 kind of jazz laboratory; one where the heroes of the past are celebrated alongside these relatively young icons in the ...read more
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 that which released Live 2010: 7th Annual Concert Tour (SFJAZZ, 2010). But while previous seasons have found ...read more
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 broader contextual purview of the chosen artist's oeuvre. 2010's chosen artist was pianist/bandleader Horace Silver, and the three-disc, sixteen-track Live ...read more
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 San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Collective can also be seen as a dutiful, vital instrument in that mythically quixotic quest ...read more
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