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New Meetup: SFJAZZ Collective Modern All-Star Jazz Ensemble

From: Beverly
Sent on: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 11:28 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Seattle Jazz Meetup!

What: SFJAZZ Collective Modern All-Star Jazz Ensemble

When: Sunday, February 28,[masked]:30 PM

Jazz Alley
2033 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

SFJAZZ Collective an All-Star Octet $25.50
Modern All-Star Jazz Ensemble

Tune into KBCS 91.3FM - Caravan with John Gilbreath - for a live interview with Stefon Harris, Friday, Feb. 26th at 11am.

Band members are Mark Turner (tenor saxophonist), Miguel Zen??n (alto saxophone/flute), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Stefon Harris (vibes/marimba), Edward Simon (piano), Matt Penman (bass) and Eric Harland (drums).
. The Collective new lineup strikes a perfect balance among founding members, multi-year veterans and exciting newcomers. Their 2010 season is devoted to the repertoire of Horace Silver plus new compositions by collective members.
Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ and named Rising Star Jazz Band of the Year in Down Bea 2006 International Critics Poll and 2009 Small Group Ensemble of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, the SFJAZZ Collective is a workshop band unlike any other in jazz. The group features a changing lineup with each member hand-selected to contribute their own unique sounds, styles and voices. They are all distinguished not just by degree, but diversity of talent. Each member is a celebrated instrumentalist, an outstanding composer and arranger, and most are among todays most lauded bandleaders.
The Collective also presents a global music perspective with musicians from Puerto Rico (Zen??n), Israel (Cohen), New Zealand (Penman) and Venezuela (Simon).
Given the elite talent assembled in the SFJAZZ Collective, it is tempting, on first glance, to think of this ensemble as just another all-star band. But as the Collective portion of the groups name suggests, these exceptional artists have come together in pursuit of a larger purpose - namely, the celebration of jazz as a constantly evolving, ever-relevant, quintessentially modern art form. Past Collective members have included the likes of Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Douglas, Nicholas Payton, Joe Lovano, Renee Rosnes, Brian Blade and other jazz stars.
The Collective devotes several weeks each year to a group residency, which includes an intensive rehearsal period and educational workshops. During this time, the Collective members also mentor promising young musicians, including the 20-strong SFJAZZ High School All-Stars ensemble.
SFJAZZ, founded in 1983, is the largest nonprofit presenter of jazz in the western United States. SFJAZZ presents over 100 concerts a year to over 100,000 fans and is dedicated to advancing the art form of jazz and cultivating new jazz audiences through artistic and educational programming, including: The San Francisco Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Spring Season, SFJAZZ Collective, SFJAZZ Summerfest, SFJAZZ Education, SFJAZZ Membership and SFJAZZ Hotplate (a new nightclub series featuring the Bay Area???s best musicians, info at SFJAZZ Collective is generously supported by Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, please visit,

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