Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released six recordings as a leader including the Grammy Nominated Alma Adentro (2011). Since his move to New York, he has worked with Charlie Haden, David Sánchez, The Mingus Big Band, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Coleman, among others.
SFJAZZ Collective Lineup
SFJAZZ Collective Lineup
Among the great saxophonists to emerge at the end of the 20th century, Puerto Rican tenor virtuoso David Sánchez is in a class by himself. The five-time Grammy nominee has performed with a roster of greats including Charlie Haden, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Haynes, Tom Harrell and countless others.
Trumpeter Avishai Cohen has earned renown as a musician with an individual sound and a questing spirit, an ever-creative player-composer open to multiple strains of jazz and active internationally as a leader, co-leader and sideman. Voted a Rising Star in the 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll.
A five-time “Trombonist of the Year” in the DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll, Robin Eubanks is the premier jazz trombonist of his generation. In addition to leading his own groups, EB3 and Mental Images, Eubanks has performed and composed on Grammy®- winning recordings with Dave Holland and Michael Brecker.
Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore,MD. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2001, Warren became an active musician on the Boston local scene. Warren is currently the drummer of choice for alto saxophonist Tia Fuller, and his upcoming self-titled debut release, will make it as apparent to jazz fans as it already is to jazz insiders that the 31-year-old vibraphonist is the next major voice on his instrument.
Edward Simon was born in the coastal town of Punta Cardón, Venezuela, where he grew up in a family of musicians surrounded by the sounds and rhythms of Latin and Caribbean music. He has produced seven critically acclaimed albums as a leader, including two New York Times top ten jazz records of the year: Edward Simon (Kokopelli, 1994) and Simplicitas (Criss Cross, 2005).
Originally from New Zealand, Matt Penman has become one of the most in-demand bass players of his generation since moving to New York in 1995. In addition to releasing his own critically acclaimed CDs as a leader, Catch of the Day (2007) and The Unquiet (2002), he has recorded as a sideman on some 100 other discs.
Miami native Obed Calvaire is one of the most exciting young drummers on the jazz scene. A brilliant instrumentalist who made his mark with trombonist Steve Turre, Calvaire has performed and recorded with an impressive array of jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Hargrove, Bob Mintzer, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mark Murphy, Eric Reed, the Clayton Brothers and others.