Founded by SFJAZZ in 2004, the SFJAZZ Collective is a leaderless group and a democratic composer’s workshop that represents what’s happening now in jazz. The SFJAZZ Collective has gone though numerous line up changes over the years and has featured Bobby Hutcherson, Joshua Redman, Miguel Zenón, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Matt Penman, Avishai Cohen, Sean Jones, Andre Hayward, Stefon Harris, Dave Douglas, Nicholas Payton, Joe Lovano, Josh Roseman, Renee Rosnes, Jeff Ballard, Robert Hurst, Brian Blade and others.
The SFJAZZ Collective’s mission is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each SFJAZZ Collective member. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring music’s greatest figures while championing jazz’s up-to-the-minute directions, the SFJAZZ Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form. Over their fifteen-year existence, the SFJAZZ Collective has honored the music of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, and Antonio Carlos Jobim and has created over 100 new arrangements and original compositions.
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