How to Buy

 

Each season, SFJAZZ produces a deluxe, limited edition CD set of live performance recordings of the SFJAZZ Collective’s repertoire for that year.

Classic threads from SFJAZZ look great and fit right. Commemorative Festival t-shirts make a great collectible.

SFJAZZ offers an assortment of hoodies and jackets to keep you warm throughout the seasons.

You will flip your lid with our stylish 100% cotton baseball cap featuring our sleek SFJAZZ logo!

Bibs & Onesies for the Little Bears, paying tribute to Thelonious Monk & Billie Holiday.

Keep cool with this 24 oz. single walled aluminum water bottle. This sleek design includes a threaded lid keyring, and carabiner.

Comprehensive photography books, perfect for your personal library or coffee table.

Multi-purpose keychains & bottle openers

In addition to its award-winning big band, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars presents its 8-piece Combo, directed by renowned saxophonist and educator Dann Zinn. Comprised of the "best of the best" Bay Area high school students, this small ensemble is designed to mirror the SFJAZZ Collective in instrumentation as well as select repertoire. The octet focuses on writing original compositions and arrangements, along with performing and arranging works by the SFJAZZ Collective.

Combo member benefits include:

 

  • unique clinics and workshops from world famous jazz musicians such as the SFJAZZ Collective members
  • dedicated college audition recording sessions
  • performance opportunities that include a spot in the SFJAZZ season.
  • free tickets to select SFJAZZ concerts

 

2015-2016 Combo Members:

Matt Richards, ​a​lto ​s​ax, Las Lomas High School
Michael Schwartz, ​t​enor ​s​ax, Redwood High School
Jasim Perales, ​t​rombone, Berkeley High School
Kate Williams, ​t​rumpet, Vanden High School
Isaac de Vera, ​g​uitar, Monterey High School
Lucas Hahn, ​p​iano, Georgiana Bruce Kirby​ Preparatory School​
Max Schwartz, ​b​ass, Berkeley High School
Benjamin Ring, ​d​rums, Piedmont High School

 

Bio & Achievements

Directed by esteemed educator and performer Paul Contos, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra is comprised of 22 of the finest young Bay Area jazz musicians, selected annually by competitive audition.

The ensemble has appeared at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Spring Season, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition, Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and at concerts in top professional jazz clubs, festivals, museums, and community arts centers throughout California. Ensemble members enjoy regular workshops, master classes and mentoring sessions with leading artists, such as members of the SFJAZZ Collective, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, and Vijay Iyer.

The rewards are evident in their "dynamite" (JazzTimes) performances, which give “testimony to the continuing persistence of the creative spirit” (Los Angeles Times). "These kids are amazing," wrote the San Jose Mercury News, "jazz has a future!"

2015-16 Orchestra Members

Saxophones
Matt Richards, alto, Las Lomas High School
Evan Mickas, alto, Acalanes High School
Michael Schwartz, tenor, Redwood High School
Solomon Alber, tenor, Amador Valley High School
Duncan McElman, baritone, Rio Americano High School

Trumpets
Jonah Moss, Northgate High School
Aiden Thieme, Northgate High School
Jason Seavey, Redwood High School
Akili Bradley, California Virtual Academy
Kate Williams, Vanden High School

Trombones
Jasim Perales, Berkeley High School
Timoteo Cruz, Hillsdale High School
Remee Ashley, Berkeley High School
Adam Miller, Marin School of the Arts
Kevin Yang, bass trombone, Amador Valley High School

Rhythm Section
Isaac de Vera, guitar, Monterey High School
Lucas Hahn, piano, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
Cyrus Elia, bass, John H. Pitman High School
Max Schwartz, bass, Berkeley High School
Matanda Keyes, drums, Skyline High School
Benjamin Ring, drums, Piedmont High School
Sasha Berliner, vibraphone, Oakland School for the Arts

Alternates
Alto:
Dante Billeci, Aaron Kranzler, Dylan Sleeper
Tenor: Espen Scheuer, Sophie Seng, Masimius Watson
Baritone: Dylan Sleeper, Glynnis McNamara
Trumpet: Peter Cerdan, Ryan Phung, Kenny Workman, Tristan Young
Trombone: Jett Lim, Daniela Sweet-Coll, Matthew Tung
Guitar: Brian Hingerty, Patrick Kelley
Piano: Paul Adan, Caleb Sankoh, Seiji Yamashita
Bass: Ari Freedman, Owen Storey
Drums: Jared Cvetich, Pele-Or Greenberg
Vibraphone: Gus Hurteau
Vocal: Joshua Reinier, Jamie Zimmer

Mentorship Program
Remy Caddell, trombone
Odalys Caro, piano
Ari Carpenter, bass
Isabel Dobrev, bass
Ike Fenner, guitar
Luke Harbison, piano
Isaiah Harwood, piano
Corinne Hindes, flute, vocals
Natalie Jenkins, baritone saxophone
Julian Lopez, piano
Seth Marceau, saxophone
Jordan McGowan, drums
Max Nierlich, trumpet
Sophia Stroud, drums
Addison Vogt, drums
Keigo Yamamoto, trumpet

 

Booking Info

A leading drummer on the national scene, Texas-born Eric Harland has performed with jazz legends like Betty Carter, Joe Henderson and McCoy Tyner, and has played on more than 70 recordings with such artists as Terence Blanchard, Greg Osby, Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain. In DownBeat’s 65th Annual Readers Poll, he was included in the short list of top drummers, in the company of masters like Roy Haynes and the late Elvin Jones. In 2010, Harland claimed DownBeat's top spot in the Rising Star Drummer category of the Annual Critics Poll for the third straight year. His debut recording as a leader, Voyager, Live by Night, was released in 2011 and features saxophonist Walter Smith III, guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Taylor Eigsti and bassist Harish Raghavan. 

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Matt Penman studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music before relocating 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 70 other discs and has performed with the likes of Joe Lovano, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gary Bartz, Kenny Werner, Nnenna Freelon, Madeleine Peyroux, Brian Blade, John Scofield and Guillermo Klein. In addition to the Collective, Penman works with the supergroup James Farm, which includes founding Collective saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks and drummer Eric Harland.

Edward Simon was born in the coastal town of Punta Cardón, Venezuela, where he grew up in a family of musicians. Settling in New York City in 1989, he played with numerous jazz masters, including Herbie Mann, Paquito D’Rivera, Bobby Hutcherson, Bobby Watson, Terence Blanchard and Don Byron. He has produced ten critically acclaimed albums as a leader, including two The New York Times top ten jazz records of the year: Edward Simon and Simplicitas. In July 2010 Simon was named a Guggenheim Fellow, and his latest trio CD with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade, Live in New York at Jazz Standard, has recently been released.

Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore, MD. From the age of three, Warren has been trained on the vibraphone, marimba, drums, and piano. He attended the Peabody Preparatory for eight years studying classical music with former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra member Leo LePage. During his high school years at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Warren studied with current Baltimore Symphony Orchestra member John Locke. After graduating from Baltimore School for the Arts in June of 1997, Warren headed north and enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

During his time at Berklee, Warren studied with Caribbean Jazz Vibraphonist Dave Samuels. After graduating from Berklee in May of 2001, Warren became an active musician on the Boston local scene and was hired in 2003 to become an instructor in the percussion department. Warren is currently the drummer of choice for alto saxophonist Tia Fuller, who tours with internationally renowned pop star Beyonce Knowles. Warren is also a member of the Donal Fox Group.

Wolf has several recordings as a leader and was recently signed to the Mack Avenue Records. The upcoming release of Warren Wolf, the eponymous debut album, 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.

A five-time “Trombonist of the Year” in the DownBeat 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. He has worked with music legends Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and the Rolling Stones, to name a few. The native Philadelphian is the recipient of composition grants from Chamber Music America and ASCAP. He is a sought-after educator and is now a tenured professor of trombone at the renowned Oberlin Conservatory and Adjunct Professor at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts.