past event

SFJAZZ Collective

20th Anniversary Celebration

Melbourne Recital Centre

Opening Act: Louisa Rankin Septet

“[SFJAZZ Collective] boasts as much or more collective talent, firepower and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going” — DownBeat

One of the great US jazz supergroups of the past half-century will make its Australian debut at MIJF this year, in an exclusive performance delivering inspired takes on the classics and showcasing the skill of contemporary jazz’s top talent on the scene today.

Founded by SFJAZZ (San Francisco) in 2004, the SFJAZZ Collective has been dubbed “contemporary jazz’s premier all-star band” by the New York Times and has welcomed over 30 world-class players over the years, championing jazz as an ever relevant and evolving art form.

Currently under the musical direction of acclaimed saxophonist Chris Potter, this incredible seven-piece ensemble also includes David Sánchez on tenor saxophone, Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Kendrick Scott.

To celebrate 20 years as a working ensemble, the band will perform a landmark Anniversary program that both honours the history of the group and looks ahead to its future – performing a new suite collectively composed by the ensemble and revisiting past compositions and arrangements from its innovative repertoire.

Don’t miss your chance to see this singular lineup of jazz masters celebrate two illustrious decades of exceptional music.

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