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"an up-to-the-minute all-star group... that could have come out of a classic Blue Note date. " — Boston Globe
"By following this all-star octet year to year, it's possible to chart the flow of new developments in jazz. " — San Jose Mercury News
"The Collective demonstrates the ability to look beyond jazz for inspiration while still remaining true to its core concept. " — All About Jazz
"The influence of eight of the most important jazz musicians in the world covering (Wonder) tunes will certainly shape the next five years. " — RVAJazz (Richmond, VA)
"In its eight-year existence, the SFJAZZ Collective has gone from triumph to triumph. " — All About Jazz
"A brilliant mix of post-bop reconstructions of the Motown icon's classics like "VIsions" and "Do I Do," alongside the groups lovingly rendered originals. " — DownBeat
"What its members bring to the table as composers, arrangers and players... that's the real reason the SFJAZZ Collective continues to be so successful. " — 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. " — The New York Times
"The Collective [is] the best kind of jazz laboratory; one where the heroes of the past are celebrated alongside these relatively young icons in the making. " — All About Jazz
"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
"Collectives are only as strong as their weakest links, and there are none to be found in the latest lineup of the SFJAZZ Collective. " — JazzTimes Magazine
"It's truly less about the individual and absolutely more about the concept of the collective that gives this group its enduring voice. " — All About Jazz
"They're great for both iconic repertory and pointed individualism. " — The Village Voice
"It takes a brave soul to tackle the music of Stevie Wonder. The latest incarnation of the SFJAZZ Collective happens to contain eight of them. " — San Francisco Chronicle
"Nothing to shake sticks at... " — Bohemian


"The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars are some of the most talented and committed young players I’ve ever had a chance to work with. They’re setting the standard for all the young big bands out there. " — Miguel Zenón
"SFJAZZ is diligent about jazz education. They realized from the beginning that education is the basic pillar of any community jazz program. And now, 28 years later, this emphasis continues to grow. " — John Santos
"Chic, hot and hip, this year's swinging musical gala garnered $250K for SFJAZZ's artistic and education programs and kick-started the second spring concert season for this 24-year-old festival, the largest in the Western states. " — San Francisco Chronicle
"Testimony to the continuing persistence of the creative spirit. " — Los Angeles Times
"These kids are amazing…jazz has a future! " — San Jose Mercury News