SFJAZZ Collective

The Concept

If you aren’t already familiar with the eight artists who comprise the SFJAZZ Collective, you will be. As soloists, composers and bandleaders, they represent what’s happening now in jazz. More than master instrumentalists, each member is possessed of a totally individual creative voice, working collectively to express a unified musical identity.

They also demonstrate that jazz has truly become an international language. Hailing from Puerto Rico, New York, Venezuela, Philadelphia, New Zealand, and Israel, the Collective's multi-cultural lineup mirrors the explosion of jazz talent around the globe.

Fresh off of their riveting Newport Jazz Festival performance, the SFJAZZ Collective debut new compositions and the bracingly original music of Joe Henderson, the late tenor saxophone giant and composer who lived in San Francisco and was long associated with SFJAZZ.

Each season, SFJAZZ produces a deluxe, limited edition CD set of live performance recordings of the SFJAZZ Collective’s repertoire for that year. In addition to documenting the band members’ original compositions every seasons, each year’s CD set includes works by one of jazz’s “modern master” composers. View a listing of new and previous recordings from this all-star group.

The award-winning all-star SFJAZZ Collective roster includes 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. Get to know them.

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has quickly become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the American and international jazz scenes.