sf jazz collective

An all-star ensemble comprising the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the Collective has traditionally assembled each year to create fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each member of the band. Through this pioneering approach, the Collective has always embodied SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form. This year the Collective welcomes new members Chris Potter, Gretchen Parlato, and Kendrick Scott.

Great musicians have always created work that reflects the state of the world around them. In response to the tumultuous times in which we find ourselves, the Collective's latest project will focus on new compositions by the band inspired by and in response to the extraordinary social and global issues we have faced over the last year. The band will also debut new approaches to a selection of classic songs associated with peace, freedom, and social commentary. Album and tour will be coming in Spring 2022.


Downbeat Magazine: SFJAZZ Collective’s New Lineup, Paradigm 

Yoshi Kato,  11/09/2021

... "Twenty years ago Parlato was accepted into the Thelonious Monk Institute and was the only dedicated vocalist among a group of instrumentalists. “Now here I am at 45, and I’m given this similar opportunity, So, I’m using the same tools that I did back then to find my way as part of an ensemble, in a traditional way as a vocalist with lyrics, or lines that I can sing in unison or harmony.” 

In addition to developing her distinct brand of wordless singing, Parlato also doubles on percussion — as does Charles and Sánchez. McCoy plays guitar, Simon and Wolf also play electronic keyboards, and Brewer doubles on contrabass and electric bass. “There’s so much that this band can do right now,” Parlato observed."

personnel (left-right)

Edward Simon . piano

Etienne Charles . trumpet

David Sánchez . tenor saxophone

Gretchen Parlato . vocals

Chris Potter . musical director,
   tenor & soprano saxophones

Kendrick Scott . drums

Matt Brewer . bass

Warren Wolf . vibraphone

Martin Luther McCoy . vocals/guitar

» personnel info at sfjazz.org