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SFJAZZ Records Releases SFJAZZ Collective Live 2010: 7th Annual Concert Tour

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SFJAZZ Collective Live 2010: 7th Annual Concert Tour

Live 2010 features new arrangements of the classic works of Horace Silver; all-new original compositions by Collective members.

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

SFJAZZ Records today announced the release of the SFJAZZ Collective's seventh limited- edition set, Live 2010: 7th Annual Concert Tour, of which a maximum of 5,000 copies will be produced. Available exclusively from SFJAZZ—presenter of this year's 28th San Francisco Jazz Festival, running September 14 through November 20—the deluxe, hand-numbered 3- CD set is the definitive recording of this all-star jazz ensemble's seventh year of performances. Live 2010 features new arrangements of the classic works of Horace Silver, as well as all-new original compositions by Collective members.

Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ and named 2009 Small Group Ensemble of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, 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 sounds, styles and voices. They are all distinguished not just by degree, but diversity of talent and each member is a celebrated instrumentalist, an outstanding composer and arranger, and most are among today's most lauded bandleaders. The Collective also presents a global music perspective with musicians from Puerto Rico (Zenón), New Zealand (Penman), Venezuela (Simon) and Israel (Cohen).

According to jazz journalist Don Heckman in the liner notes, “The Collective's approach to Silver's music reaches out to embrace its engaging qualities, while leading it into new interpretative realms, as well. Add to that the original works by the Collective's members— inspired by Silver—and the result is yet another standard-setting program of performances by an ensemble that is...not quite like any other."

Given the elite talent assembled in the SFJAZZ Collective, it is tempting, on first glance, to think of this ensemble as just another “all-star band." But as the “Collective" portion of the group's name suggests, these exceptional artists have come together in pursuit of a larger purpose—namely, the celebration of jazz as a constantly evolving, ever-relevant, quintessentially modern art form.

This conception of the music is shared by SFJAZZ, the San Francisco—based non-profit institution that is the group's namesake and producer. The idea for the Collective arose from turn-of-the-millennium discussions between SFJAZZ's founder and executive director, Randall Kline, and saxophonist and founding 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 the public eye in comparison with the music of 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 like John Coltrane (2004), Ornette Coleman (2005), Herbie Hancock (2006), Thelonious Monk (2007), Wayne Shorter (2008), McCoy Tyner (2009) and now Horace Silver, to today's new generation of players. Much like chamber music, the music is designed for a small group of instruments to be performed in intimate settings and atmospheres including performing arts centers, concert halls and salons.

Past Collective members have included the likes of Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Douglas, Nicholas Payton, Joe Lovano, Josh Roseman, Renee Rosnes, Robert Hurst, Brian Blade and other jazz stars.

The Collective's 2010 personnel strikes a perfect balance among founding members, multi- year veterans and exciting newcomers. The front line includes alto saxophonist and founding member Miguel Zenón, a MacArthur “Genius Grant" winner and three-time DownBeat “#1 Rising Star Alto Saxophonist; veteran trombonist Robin Eubanks, a two-time DownBeat “Trombonist of the Year;" veteran member, vibraphonist and multiple Grammy-nominee Stefon Harris; and new members, acclaimed trumpeter Avishai Cohen and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. The incendiary rhythm section boasts veteran bassist Matt Penman, one of the most in-demand sidemen on the international scene; drummer Eric Harland, famed for his work with Charles Lloyd, McCoy Tyner, and many other jazz legends; and 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, pianist Edward Simon.

These recordings were selected from live performances during the SFJAZZ Collective's 2010 U.S. and International tour at venues including Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA; Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; Mondavi Center for the Arts, University of California, Davis, CA; SFJAZZ Spring Season, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CA; Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA; Konzerthaus Mozart Saal, Vienna, Austria; Hall B, Barcelona, Spain; Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal; New Morning, Paris, France; Bimhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Lantaren, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Fasching Club, Stockholm, Sweden; International Bergamo Jazz Festival, Bergamo, Italy; Auditorium S. Chiara, Trento, Italy.

SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE LIVE 2010: 7TH ANNUAL CONCERT TOUR
TRACK LISTING


DISC 1
  1. Cape Verdean Blues—Horace Silver—arranged by Stefon Harris
  2. Lonely Woman—Horace Silver—arranged by Miguel Zenón
  3. More Than Meets the Ear—Robin Eubanks
  4. Collective Presence—Edward Simon
  5. Harlandia—Eric Harland
DISC 2
  1. Suite for Ward Martin Tavares—Avishai Cohen
  2. The Devil in the Details—Stefon Harris
  3. Sister Sadie—Horace Silver—arranged by Matt Penman
  4. Peace—Horace Silver—arranged by Mark Turner
  5. Triple Threat—Matt Penman
  6. Song for My Father—Horace Silver—arranged by Edward Simon
DISC 3
  1. Señor Blues—Horace Silver—arranged by Eric Harland
  2. The Lady from Johannesburg—Horace Silver—arranged by Robin Eubanks
  3. The Mystery of Water—Miguel Zenón
  4. Brothersister II—Mark Turner
  5. Baghdad Blues—Horace Silver—arranged. by Avishai Cohen
Live 2010: 7th Annual Concert Tour is priced at $35.00 (plus tax and shipping). The physical 3-CD set is available exclusively at www.sfjazz.org and at the SFJAZZ Store (located at 3 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level, San Francisco, CA 94111; phone 866-920-5299. SFJAZZ Members enjoy a 10% discount ($31.50). For the first time, all tracks from the Collective's new set will also be available for digital download at iTunes, Amazon and a variety of other online retailers.

SFJAZZ Records has released six previous limited-edition CD sets since 2004, documenting the SFJAZZ Collective's complete annual repertoire in concert, as well as a concert DVD filmed at 2007's Jazz à Vienne Festival in France—all available exclusively at www.sfjazz.org.

ABOUT SFJAZZ

Founded in 1983, SFJAZZ is the largest nonprofit presenter of jazz and education programs in the western United States. SFJAZZ presents over 100 concerts a year to over 100,000 fans and is dedicated to advancing the art form of jazz and cultivating new audiences through innovative programming, including: The San Francisco Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Spring Season, SFJAZZ Collective, SFJAZZ Summerfest, SFJAZZ Hotplate and SFJAZZ Education.

The organization has recently announced plans to build the SFJAZZ Center as a permanent home for SFJAZZ. This remarkable new facility, to be located in San Francisco's vibrant Hayes Valley neighborhood, will be a 35,000 square-foot transparent free-standing structure designed by renowned architect Mark Cavagnero. With the SFJAZZ Center, jazz will take its place alongside major arts institutions such as the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet in the Civic Center performing arts district. Visit sfjazz.org to learn more about this exciting new development.


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