SFJAZZ Collective, or the San Francisco Jazz Collective for those of your who are CAP-LOCK adverse, are performing tonight at St. Cecilia Music Center. The touring group of jazz aficionados convene annually to perform 8 new original pieces composed by the ensemble and a variety of arrangements by some of the most important post-1960 jazz composers. For the 2017 season, concert goers will be treated to the works of Miles Davis.
In the past, SFJAZZ Collective have paid homage to composers such as John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. The Collective prides itself on the leaderlessness of group as well as their diverse background musically and geographically. The idea for the collective stemed from SFJAZZ founder’s desire to shift the spotlight in jazz history. Their website states: “[w]hile deeply respectful of jazz’s origins and early traditions, SFJAZZ was concerned that the modern side of jazz - from roughly the mid-20th-century to the present day - was often overlooked in the public eye in comparison with the music of jazz’s so-called “Golden Age.”