SFJAZZ Collective Tour Playing Music of Stevie Wonder


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After exploring the work of Ornette Coleman (2004), John Coltrane (2005), Herbie Hancock (2006), Thelonious Monk (2007), Wayne Shorter (2008), McCoy Tyner (2009) and Horace Silver (2010), the SFJAZZ Collective takes on the material of pop music icon Stevie Wonder for its spring 2011 tour. The group approaches the work of Wonder, an artist outside of the jazz tradition, but one whose sophisticated songcraft and timeless melodies are more than worthy of exploration.

“Playing Stevie Wonder's music with the SFJAZZ Collective is exhilarating because it's the music I grew up with," says drummer Eric Harland. “It's so great to now hear arrangements of some of those classics that I remember seeing my family dance to as a child. Now within the Collective family, it is an honorable opportunity to participate in Stevie's music not just as a listener but as a performer and arranger."


Miguel Zenon—Alto Saxophone, Flute
Mark Turner—Tenor Saxophone
Avishai Cohen—Trumpet
Robin Eubanks—Trombone
Stefon Harris—Vibraphone, Marimba
Edward Simon—Piano
Matt Penman—Bass
Eric Harland—Drums


  • February 25—Newmark Theatre, Portland Jazz Festival, Portland, OR
  • March 6—Napa Valley Opera House, Napa, CA
  • March 10—Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
  • March 11- Herbst Theatre, SFJAZZ, San Francisco, CA
  • March 18—Schwartz Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • March 19—University Auditorium, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • March 20—University of North Florida Arts Center, Beaches Fine Arts Series, Jacksonville Beach, FL
  • March 22—Sewanee University of the South, Sewanee, TN
  • March 24—Hogg Memorial Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • March 25—R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center, University of Texas, Tyler, TX
  • March 26—Annette Strauss Artist Square at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas, TX
  • March 27—Alys Stephens Center—Jemison Concert Hall, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
  • March 29—Roland Hayes Concert Hall Fine Arts Center, University of Chattanooga, TN
  • March 31-April 3—Jazz Standard, New York, NYJune 11—Playboy Jazz Festival, Los Angeles, CA

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