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 Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene. The new SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco is the Collective’s home base.
The current octet is a burnished international ensemble comprising alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Robin Eubanks, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire. The award-winning SFJAZZ Center is the Collective’s homebase.
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. In 2014-15, the Collective will performing new arrangements of the bracingly original music of Joe Henderson, the late tenor saxophone giant, multiple- Grammy winner, and composer who lived in San Francisco and was long associated with SFJAZZ.
The SFJAZZ Collective celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2014 with a recent appearance at the 60th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival performing many of their greatest arrangements and original compositions.