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Miguel Zenón

David Sánchez

Sean Jones

Robin Eubanks

Warren Wolf

Edward Simon

Matt Penman

Obed Calvaire

SFJAZZ Collective

SFJAZZ Collective

SFJAZZ Collective

SFJAZZ Collective

SFJAZZ Collective

News & Press Quotes

Press Quotes

Press Quotes

"The octet boasts as much or more collective talent, firepower and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going.. " — DownBeat
"As soloists you won't be able to find a finer collection of leaders who have come together in the spirit of communal communication. " —
"Music of Stevie Wonder: Live 2011 " — Best of 2011 lists from JazzTimes' Don Heckman & Geoffrey Himes
"It is a marvelous group. You should be congratulated for creating this ensemble. " — George Wein
"The Collective demonstrates the ability to look beyond jazz for inspiration while still remaining true to its core concept. " — All About Jazz
"Whatever it is, the SFJAZZ Collective idea really works where other all-star bands have failed. They’ve created a setting where the brilliance of every player comes through in harmony with the others. " — Kansas City Star
"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)
"Music of Stevie Wonder: Live 2011 " — Best of 2011 list from Jazz Journalist Association's Willard Jenkins
"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
"Music of Stevie Wonder: Live 2011 " — Best of 2011 list from Jazz Journalist Association's Sharonne Cohen
"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
"Jazz at its highest levels: emotionally accessible, intellectually rigorous, and challenging to the octet, its soloists, and listeners. " — Daily Gazette, Albany, NY

Tour Calendar

SFJAZZ Collective performs the music of Miles Davis.

October 2016
Oct 30 Milan, ITA Teatro Manzoni
November 2016
Nov 02 Barcelona, ESP Conservatori Liceu
Nov 04 Vienna, AUT Wiener Konzerthaus
Nov 05 Zurich, CHE * Jazznojazz Festival, Theaterhaus Gessnerallee
Nov 07 Istanbul, TUR Is Sanat Istanbul Hall
Nov 09 Bilbao, ESP Teatro Campos Eliseos
Nov 10 Guimarães, POR Grand Auditorium of the Centro Cultural Vila Flor
Nov 12 Granada, ESP Granada Jazz Festival
Nov 13 Madrid, ESP National Auditorium
Nov 14 London, UK * Cadogan Hall

* SFJAZZ Collective performs the music of Michael Jackson

SFJAZZ Collective Lineup

Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has released nine recordings as a leader, including the Grammy Nominated Identities Are Changeable (2014). He has collaborated with some of the most distinguished artists in jazz, a list that includes Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, Fred Hersch, Danilo Perez, Kenny Werner and Steve Coleman.

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.

For the remarkable composer, trumpeter, educator, and activist Sean Jones , the pursuit of j azz is a most serious endeavor. The Mack Avenue recording artist performed with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from 2004-2010 and serves as Artistic Director of both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras.

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.

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ in San Francisco, the SFJAZZ Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene. The award-winning SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco is the Collective’s home base. 

 The current octet is a burnished international ensemble comprising alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Sean Jones, trombonist Robin Eubanks, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire.

Each year, the SFJAZZ Collective creates and performs eight new works and eight new arrangements of tunes by an honored artist. Past honorees include Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder, and Chick Corea. For their 2016-17 season, the Collective will perform new arrangements of the music of jazz innovator Miles Davis and new compositions.

In addition to its outstanding line-up with a leaderless format, the SFJAZZ Collective has also been praised for the innovative approach to repertoire. Through the pioneering approach of simultaneously honoring jazz's recent history while championing the music's up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ's commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form. 

As soloists, composers, and bandleaders, the SFJAZZ Collective represents what’s happening now in jazz. They also demonstrate that jazz has truly become an international language. Hailing from Ohio, Baltimore, Miami, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and New Zealand, the Collective’s multi-cultural lineup mirrors the explosion of jazz talent around the globe. However, the jazz community only reached its current state by maintaining its traditions while simultaneously embracing innovation. This, too, is the essence of the SFJAZZ Collective. These exceptional artists come together in the name of jazz as a constantly evolving, quintessentially modern music.

The idea for the Collective arose from discussions between SFJAZZ’s founder and executive artistic director Randall Kline and saxophonist and founding Collective member Joshua Redman. While deeply respectful of jazz’s origins and early traditions, SFJAZZ was concerned that the modern side of jazz, from roughly the mid-20th-century to the present day, was often overlooked in the public eye in comparison with the music of jazz’s so-called “Golden Age.” Both Kline and Redman were eager to showcase, in a manner that would resonate with jazz aficionados and newcomers alike, the artistic continuum from modern masters to today’s new generation of players. Much like chamber music, the music is designed for a small group of instruments to be performed in intimate settings and atmospheres including performing arts centers, concert halls and salons.

Past Collective members have included the likes of Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Avishai Cohen, Stefon Harris, Dave Douglas, Nicholas Payton, Joe Lovano, Josh Roseman, Renee Rosnes, Robert Hurst, Brian Blade and others.


High School All-Stars

The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars program provides advanced-level training and performance opportunities for some of the most talented musicians in the Bay Area. Comprised of two ensembles -- the Orchestra, directed by Paul Contos, and the Combo, directed by Dann Zinn -- as well as Alternate and Mentorship Programs, the All-Stars rehearse and perform with today's top jazz educators and artists.

Those auditioning must read this important information before signing up. 2016-17 auditions take place August 18-21; sign-up to receive an audition time.


Monday Night Band

The SFJAZZ Monday Night Band, directed by acclaimed Bay Area musician, composer, and bandleader Adam Theis, provides musicians of all ages with a structured approach to learning and interpreting various styles and genres of jazz Open by audition to intermediate/advanced level instrumentalists and vocalists, this ensemble culminates in a final showcase in the beautiful Miner Auditorium. Auditions take place in the fall and in the spring; sign up to receive an audition time.

Koret Discover Jazz Courses

Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults.

Four & More: The Music of Miles Davis

Wednesdays, October 19 - November 9, 7PM-8:30PM
Joe Henderson Lab • 4-class series

Miles Davis recorded with the vision of continually changing the world of music - a lofty ideal that he met with stunning success decade after decade. Each new record had purpose, and was intended to be considered in its entirety, from the first track to the last. For this Discover Jazz series, we are going to focus on four exemplary Miles Davis recordings from his incredible discography, considering the recordings as they were meant to be considered - as complete and dynamic works of art created by a visionary like no other.

The Great Jazz Women

Wednesdays, March 8 - 29, 7PM-8:30PM
Joe Henderson Lab • 4-class series

Who were these powerhouse jazz women who defied the odds and stood shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts, giving the world their awe-inspiring artistry? When will the playing field finally be leveled in this historically male-dominated field? Why do we need to highlight the accomplishments of women in jazz? Until we no longer have to ask these questions! For our Women’s History Month series, SFJAZZ will honor some of the most influential, talented and groundbreaking artists to shape the jazz landscape.

Koret Discover Jazz Series is generously supported by

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars

Although it may be a cliché to boast that the future of jazz is in good hands, the skilled young musicians comprising our award-winning Big Band and Combo continue to earn accolades wherever they appear, including four consecutive wins at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, numerous Downbeat Awards, first place in The Portland Jazz Forward and Charles Mingus festivals, and so many more.

Under the expert direction of Paul Contos (Orchestra) and Dann Zinn (Combo), the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Program also includes an Alternate Program, in which students are invited to participate as subs in rehearsals, recordings, and concerts, and a Mentorship Program, in which promising young players are matched with alumni mentors and invited to audit all All-Stars rehearsals and clinics.

In addition, our extraordinary alumni return each year to present a memorable showcase of their ongoing musical explorations, further enhanced by our Alumni Commission Award, which is presented annually to one of our former All-Stars.

The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band is comprised of 22 of the finest young Bay Area jazz musicians, selected annually by competitive audition. Get to know this ensemble's members and their achievements.

Representing the "best of the best", this small ensemble focuses on original compositions and arrangements plus works by the SFJAZZ Collective. Led by renowned Bay Area educator and saxophonist Dann Zinn.

Paul Contos and Dann Zinn have each been involved in jazz performance and education for over 30 years. Their mentoring and teaching have touched hundreds of lives and their work as a performers, composers and arrangers is distinguished and comprehensive.

Founded in 2013, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Alumni Program is designed to maintain engagement with High School All-Star program alumni in a way that fosters their own creativity and artistry.

Education Program Calendar

SFJAZZ Hotplate in the Joe Henderson Lab

SFJAZZ Hotplate is a monthly concert series at the Joe Henderson Lab featuring Bay Area’s most gifted musicians re-imagining a famous recording of a jazz legend. The 2nd Thursday of every month, Hotplate aims to show another side of SFJAZZ, an informal setting where you can drop in for a drink and hear some of the best jazz the local scene has to offer. Make sure to show up early for each set as DJ Pat Les Stache spins some of the legend's best-known tracks before the live music begins. This is a seriously fun jazz hang and the joint is always packed!

Hotplate Video Vault

Check out these videos from some past Hotplate gigs. To view all Hotplate videos, click here.

Erik Jekabson plays Chet Baker

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Marc VW plays Jaco Pastorius

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Haggai Cohen Milo

plays John Zorn

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Marcus Stephens plays
Joe Henderson

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Mike Olmos plays Freddie Hubbard

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Fil Lorenz plays Count Basie

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Mads Tolling plays Jean Luc Ponty

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Josh Jones plays Ray Barretto

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The Shotgun Wedding Quintet plays Cab Calloway

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SFJAZZ Spring Season