- SFJazz Collective 2005 by Jay Blakesberg
- SFJazz Collective 2007
- Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Bay Area native Joshua Redman is back on his home turf this week to play a five-night residency—nine shows—at Yoshi's in Oakland, beginning tonight, with bassist Matt Penman, of the SFJAZZ Collective, and drummer Greg Hutchinson, a featured player on Redman's latest Nonesuch release, the double-trio album Compass. Branford Marsalis tells the San Jose Mercury News of the special affinity between Redman and his drummer, calling Hutchinson "the perfect foil for Josh."
About SFJAZZ Collective
The SFJAZZ Collective is an eight-piece jazz ensemble founded by SFJAZZ, a West Coast non-profit organization and presenter of the San Francisco Jazz Festival. The group was founded in 2004 by Joshua Redman (tenor saxophone and artistic director), Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone), Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone) Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Renee Rosnes (piano), Josh Roseman (trombone), Robert Hurst (bass), and Brian Blade (drums), a line-up that has changed over the years.
Each year since its inception, the collective spends a three-week spring residency in San Francisco rehearsing new repertoire, with a focus each year on the music of a different modern jazz master as well as a new piece commissioned from each collective member. This is followed each year by an international concert tour and finally the release of a CD representing that year's repertoire. The first two years' releases—SFJAZZ Collective and SFJAZZ Collective 2—explore the music of Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, respectively, and were released on Nonesuch Records.
March 14, 2006
In their second season, Joshua Redman and his all-star ensemble, including trumpeter Nicholas Payton and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, explore John Coltrane’s work. The New York Times proclaimed it one of the year’s best, “a vivid and engaging jazz outing.”