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The Collective [is] the best kind of jazz laboratory; one where the heroes of the past are celebrated alongside these relatively young icons in the making.
—All About Jazz
The octet boasts as much or more collective talent, firepower and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going.
The Collective demonstrates the ability to look beyond jazz for inspiration while still remaining true to its core concept.
They’ve created a setting where the brilliance of every player comes through in harmony with the others.
—Kansas City Star
The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today.
Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ in San Francisco, the SFJAZZ Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene. The award-winning SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco is the Collective’s home base. The current octet is a burnished international ensemble comprising tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Etienne Charles, vocalist Martin Luther McCoy, guitarist Adam Rogers, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Brewer, and drummer Obed Calvaire.
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. For their 2019–2020 season, the SFJAZZ Collective will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Miles Davis’s In a Silent Way and Sly and the Family Stone’s Stand! with fresh arrangements of this classic repertoire along with new compositions from SFJAZZ Collective members.
In addition to its outstanding lineup with a leaderless format, the SFJAZZ Collective has also been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Through the pioneering approach of simultaneously honoring jazz’s recent history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.
Producer’s Circle members Paula and Arlie Sherman