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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.

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April 26, 2017

Jazz this week: SFJAZZ Collective, Bill Frisell, Tomas Fujiwara's...

April 22, 2017

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: SFJAZZ Collective plays Miles Davis

March 31, 2016

Jazz this week: SFJAZZ Collective, Champian Fulton, Lonberg-Holm &...

March 19, 2016

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: SFJAZZ Collective plays Michael Jackson

October 29, 2014

SFJAZZ Center Reaches Capital Campaign Goal $64 Million & SFJAZZ...

October 22, 2014

SFJAZZ Releases SFJAZZ Collective: 10

February 26, 2014

SFJAZZ Collective Wins Outstanding Jazz Album at 45th Annual NAACP...

October 04, 2013

SFJAZZ Collective Releases The Music Of Chick Corea & New Compositions,...

May 02, 2012

SFJAZZ Gala To Stream Performances From Ahmad Jamal, Sfjazz Collective,...

April 17, 2012

SFJAZZ Collective Announces New Lineup & New Repertoire

March 28, 2012

SFJazz Collective returns to Stevie Wonder tunes this weekend at...

February 29, 2012

SF Jazz Collective Performs at UMass/Amherst on Thursday, March 1

February 15, 2012

SFJAZZ Announces SFJAZZ Collective Spring 2012 Concert Tour

September 24, 2011

SFJAZZ Collective: Fall Tour

August 30, 2011

SFJAZZ Announces Release of "SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Stevie Wonder...

February 26, 2011

SFJAZZ Collective Tour Playing Music of Stevie Wonder

January 27, 2011

SFJAZZ Announces SFJAZZ Collective Spring 2011 Tour Dates - "The Music...

October 21, 2010

San Francisco Jazz Collective Starts A Stellar Season at Duke...

September 30, 2010

SFJAZZ Announces SFJAZZ Collective Fall 2010 Concert Dates

September 30, 2010

SFJAZZ Records Announces The Release Of SFJAZZ Collective "Live 2010:...

The Collective demonstrates that decades-old music needn't lose its contemporary relevance — not, at least, in the hands of a group this encyclopedic in its knowledge of tradition, but just as versed in the foundation of jazz as a living, breathing and forward-reaching thing. As definitive of the modern mainstream as it gets.” All About Jazz

“You can propose various definitions for what this band represents, but it’s a superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now.” — New York Times

“There hasn't been a group to call itself “the All Stars” — at least not without irony — since the death of Louis Armstrong, but this collective deserves the title more than any other band playing today.” — Wall Street Journal

“It takes a brave soul to tackle the music of Stevie Wonder

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