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SFJazz Collective: The Music of Ornette Coleman

  • SFJazz Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

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SFJazz Collective performs innovative arrangements of jazz legend Ornette Coleman, including classic gems like “Lonely Woman,” Happy House,” “Una Muy Bonita,” and more.

The first night of the Collective’s 2017-18 residency begins as the band’s inaugural 2004 season did – with the music of the late, iconoclastic saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman as arranged by GRAMMY-winning producer and arranger Gil Goldstein. A pioneer of the avant-garde, Coleman remains one of the most innovative and controversial figures in jazz history. Goldstein’s innovative arrangements include Coleman gems “Lonely Woman,” Happy House,” “Una Muy Bonita,” and others, and Billboard described the live recoding of this material as “one of the two most significant jazz moments of 2004.” With only Miguel Zénonremaining in the group from that auspicious opening season, this is a rare chance to hear Goldstein’s exclusive arrangements of Coleman’s music performed by the current incarnation of the Collective.

About the SFJAZZ Collective
An all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring music’s greatest figures while championing jazz’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form.

Miguel Zenón alto saxophone
David Sánchez tenor saxophone
Sean Jones trumpet
Robin Eubanks trombone
Warren Wolf vibraphone
Edward Simon piano
Matt Penman bass
Obed Calvaire drums

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 octet boasts as much or more collective talent, firepower and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going
— Downbeat
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