Wednesday, April 6 / 7:00 p.m.
MEBC / Get JazzED Night
featuring ETIENNE CHARLES, DAVID SANCHEZ, WARREN WOLF, CHRIS POTTER, KENDRICK SCOTT, EDWARD SIMON, ANEESA STRINGS, GRETCHEN PARLATO, MARTIN LUTHER McCOY
Miller Center for the Arts
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating)
Founded in 2004 in San Francisco, the SFJAZZ Collective is a leaderless band, composers’ workshop and presenter of the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival.
The group has created more than 100 new arrangements and original compositions, and is committed to jazz “as a living, ever-relevant art form.”
SFJAZZ Collective’s 2022 album and tour, which is making a stop at the Miller Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 6, will focus on new original compositions “inspired by and in response to the extraordinary social and global issues we have faced over the last year.”
The lineup for the April 6 concert will include the following:
Music director and saxophonist Chris Potter, among the most influential and visionary artists in jazz, with 150 recordings, a Grammy nomination, and more than 20 albums as a leader or co-leader — most recently “There Is a Tide” (2020).
Tenor saxist David Sanchez, a five-time Grammy nominee with nine albums, most recently “Carib” (2019). He also recorded as a sideman for Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, Randy Brecker, Mingus Big Band and many more.
Trumpeter Etienne Charles, a native of Trinidad, is associate professor of jazz trumpet at Michigan State University, and has recently explored chants and rituals of Trinidad and Tobago on “Carnival: The Sound of a People,” Vol. 1 (2019).
Vibraphonist Warren Wolf, originally from Baltimore, is a Berklee grad and an instructor there from 2003 to 2005. His band, Wolfpack, has recorded five albums, most recently “Christmas Vibes” (2020).
Venezuelan Edward Simon, a New York-based pianist, has performed with Herbie Mann, Paquito D’Rivera, Terence Blanchard and other jazz legends. His most recent album, “25 Years” (2020), is a career retrospective.
Drummer Kendrick Scott, also a composer, has toured and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Blanchard, Marcus Miller, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves and more. He leads the band Oracle, and has released five albums, most recently “A Wall Becomes a Bridge” in 2019.
Singer/songwriter and guitarist Martin Luther McCoy gained international attention in 2003 for his work with The Roots, the hip hop band formed by Questlove and Black Thought, currently the house band for “The Tonight Show.” He founded the Rebel Soul Music label in 1999, and recently released the single “Now.” He has performed tributes to Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Otis Redding around the country.
Gretchen Parlato is the first vocalist to have been accepted into the Thelonious Monk (now Herbie Hancock) Institute of Jazz Performance, and won first place in their International Vocals Competition in 2004. She has appeared as a guest on 90 recordings, and her fifth album, “Flor” (2021) honors her love of Brazilian music.
Bassist Aneesa Strings is a 2010 graduate of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars. She released her first album, “A Shift in Paradigm” in 2014, earned her master’s degree in music from Michigan State University in 2016, and in 2019 released her second album, “WAYS.” She is currently living in San Francisco and gigging full-time.