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SFJazz Collective: The Music of Thelonious Monk

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

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In celebration of Thelonious Monk’s centennial as well as the 10th anniversary of the Collective’s 2007 salute to Monk’s musical legacy, SFJazz Collective revisits their unique take on the legendary pianist’s signature compositions from their fourth annual tour, which included arrangements by current members Miguel Zénon and Matt Penman and former members Joshua Redman, Dave Douglas, Matt Penman, Eric Harland, André Hayward, and Renee Rosnes.

After Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk is the most widely recorded composer in American jazz. Synonymous with the development of bebop and one of the most idiosyncratic composers in jazz history, Monk composed many tunes now considered standards including “Brilliant Corners,” “Epistrophy,” “Crepuscule with Nellie,” “Bye-Ya,” “Bright Mississippi” and more. In their review, JazzTimes called the original 2007 live recording “a knockout.”

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
Earlier Event: October 28
Kalil Wilson
Later Event: October 28
De'Sean Jones and KNMDK (Knomadik)