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SFJazz Collective: The Music of Stevie Wonder

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

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SFJazz Collective revisits fresh arrangements of Stevie Wonder’s classic songs from the 2011 season including “Superstition,” “Sir Duke,” “Do I Do,” “My Cherie Amour,” and more.

The band’s wildly successful first step into interpreting the work of a pop icon is on tap for night two, as they revive their fresh and innovative arrangements of Stevie Wonder’s classic songs from the 2011 season including “Superstition,” “Sir Duke,” “Do I Do,” “My Cherie Amour,” “Race Babbling,” “Visions,” “Creepin’,” and “Blame it on the Sun.” A star at age 11, Wonder released a string of classic albums that fused the soul music of Detroit with elements of R&B, jazz and reggae into a singular vision that was both wildly successful on the charts and respected by critics and musicians of all genres. These distinctive takes on Wonder’s music exposed the Collective to a wide-ranging new audience via an extensive tour and several videos that went viral on YouTube.

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

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
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
Earlier Event: October 26
Emmet Cohen Trio
Later Event: October 27
The Pleasure Palace