News Release: Arts and Humanities, Events

Feb. 24,  2011

SFJAZZ Collective to Perform Stevie Wonder

The all-star jazz ensemble SFJAZZ Collective performs works of Stevie Wonder as well as new compositions Friday, March 18, 8 p.m. at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ—the West Coast’s largest nonprofit jazz institution and the presenter of the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival—the eight-member Collective has quickly come to the forefront of attention on the American and international jazz scenes.

The SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble performs contemporary interpretations of a modern jazz master, as well as pieces by the Collective members, commissioned by SFJAZZ.

After exploring the work of masters such as John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, the Collective explores an artist outside of the jazz tradition by taking on the material of pop music icon Stevie Wonder for its spring 2011 tour. Arrangements include “Blame it on the Sun” and “My Cherie Amour” among others.

The Collective’s 2011 roster features MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner, three-time DownBeat “#1 Rising Star Alto Saxophonist” and founding member Miguel Zenón; trombonist Robin Eubanks, a two-time DownBeat “Trombonist of the Year,” trumpeter Avishai Cohen, Grammy-nominated vibraphonist Stefon Harris and 2010 Guggenheim Fellow Edward Simon on piano, along with in-demand sidemen—bassist Matt Penman and Eric Harland, winner of DownBeat #1 Rising Star drummer for the last three years.

Prior to their performance, trumpeter Avashai Cohen and bassist Matt Penman will lead a Q&A with Emory jazz students at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to observe the Q&A. For concert tickets and details, visit Arts at Emory or call the Emory Arts box office at 404.727.5050.


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