Through the pioneering approach of simultaneously honoring jazz's recent history while championing the music's up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SF Jazz's commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form.
The SF Jazz Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in l2004 by SF JAZZ Center in San Francisco is the Collective's home base. The current octet is burnished international ensemble comprising alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Sean Jones, trombonist Robin Eubanks, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and Obed Calvaire.
Each year, the SF Jazz 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 Tyler, Horace Sliver, 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.