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, the Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene, and the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco is their home base. The Collective is on tour in 2015-16 celebrating the music of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, as well as their own original compositions. This season marks the debut of new member Sean Jones on trumpet.
In addition to its outstanding line-up, the SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble performs a new list of compositions by a modern master and new pieces by the Collective members (commissioned by SFJAZZ). Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring music 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.
To cultivate its distinctive sound, the SFJAZZ Collective convenes in San Francisco each year for a multi-week residency. Throughout this extended rehearsal period – a rarity in today's jazz – the octet workshops the season's new repertoire and interacts with the Bay Area community through SFJAZZ's education programs for youth and adults. The Collective then takes to the performance stage, including home season concerts at the SFJAZZ Center and a national tour, with stops in some of the world's most prominent clubs and concert halls.
The Collective’s most recent release is a limited edition 2-disc set recorded during the Collective’s four-night residency in October 2015 on the Robert N. Miner Auditorium stage at the SFJAZZ Center, documenting the Collective’s fresh arrangements of the work of the King of Pop Michael Jackson and original compositions. The Collective’s first and only studio album, Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder, won Outstanding Jazz Album at the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards in 2014.