During their October US Tour, the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective will celebrate its 10th Anniversary by highlighting their greatest arrangements and original compositions. This “best of” performance includes material from each of the Collective’s tribute composers including Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder, and Chick Corea, plus many of the member’s original compositions. The Collective also welcomes a new member, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, replacing veteran member Stefon Harris. Wolf joins the band on the upcoming October 2013 US Tour.
The SFJAZZ Center, a permanent home for SFJAZZ and the SFJAZZ Collective, opened on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2013 in San Francisco’s vibrant Hayes Valley neighborhood. The award-winning SFJAZZ Center has taken its place alongside major arts institutions such as the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet in the Civic Center performing arts district.
Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the SFJAZZ Collective is a workshop band unlike any other in jazz. The group features a changing lineup with each member hand-selected to contribute their own unique sound, style, and voice. They are all distinguished both by degree and diversity of talent. Each member is a celebrated instrumentalist, an outstanding composer and arranger, and most are today’s most lauded bandleaders. Given the elite talent assembled in the SFJAZZ Collective, it is tempting, at first glance, to think of this ensemble as just another “all-star band.” But as the “Collective” part of the group’s name suggests, these exceptional artists have come together in a democratic pursuit of a greater purpose —the celebration of jazz as a constantly evolving, ever-relevant modern art form.
Each year, the ensemble performs new arrangements of compositions by a modern jazz master as well as new compositions by the members, commissioned by SFJAZZ. This pioneering approach honors jazz history and champions the music’s evolution and current relevance while embodying SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living ever-relevant art form. After exploring the work of Ornette Coleman (2004), John Coltrane (2005), Herbie Hancock (2006), Thelonious Monk (2007), Wayne Shorter (2008), McCoy Tyner (2009), Horace Silver (2010), Stevie Wonder (2011-2012), and in 2013, the Collective turned its sights on legendary pianist and composer Chick Corea.
The idea for the Collective arose from discussions between SFJAZZ’s founder and executive artistic director Randall Kline, and saxophonist and founding SFJAZZ Collective member Joshua Redman. While deeply respectful of jazz’s origins and early traditions, SFJAZZ was concerned that the modern side of jazz, from roughly the mid-20th-century to the present day, was often overlooked in comparison to jazz’s so-called “Golden Age.” Both Kline and Redman were eager to showcase, in a manner that would resonate with jazz aficionados and newcomers alike, the artistic continuum from modern masters to today’s new generation of players.
Past SFJAZZ Collective members have included the likes of Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Douglas, Nicholas Payton, Joe Lovano, Josh Roseman, Renee Rosnes, Robert Hurst, Brian Blade, and other jazz stars.
SFJAZZ has released eight previous limited-edition live sets since 2004, well as a concert DVD filmed at 2007’s Jazz à Vienne Festival in France. All recordings and more information about the SFJAZZ Collective and SFJAZZ can be found at www.sfjazz.org.
SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Chick Corea and New Compositions, Live at SFJAZZ Center is priced at $35 (plus tax and shipping). The physical 2-CD set is available exclusively at sfjazz.org and at the SFJAZZ Center Store (located at 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102). SFJAZZ Members enjoy a 10% discount. The Collective’s new set will also be available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and a variety of other online outlets worldwide.
SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE FALL 2013 TOUR
- October 10-13, San Francisco, CA, SFJAZZ Center
- October 15, Chico, CA, Laxson Auditorium
- October 17, Santa Barbara, CA, Campbell Hall
- October 19, Los Angeles, CA, Zipper Concert Hall
- October 22, Seattle, WA, Earshot Jazz Festival Presents
- October 23, Davis, CA, Mondavi Center
- October 26, Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center Concert Hall