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SF Jazz Plays Miles Davis
April 15 at the Ferst Center for the Arts

2017 April 13
by Susan Asher


The SF Jazz Collective performs The Music of Miles Davis and original compositions this Saturday. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective, a bunch of jazz all-stars, has become known for playing the music of legendary composers, including Thelonious Monk, Stevie Wonder, Wayne Shorter, Michael Jackson, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane.

The band includes Miguel Zenon, alto saxophone, David Sanchez, tenor saxophone, Sean Jones, trumpet, Robin Eubanks, trombone, Warren Wolf, vibraphone, Edward Simon, piano, Matt Penman, bass, and Obed Calvaire, drums.
Zenon is a multiple Grammy Award nominee, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. He has released many albums as a band leader and appeared on over 70 recordings as a sideman.

David Sanchez is a six-time Grammy Award nominee and Latin Grammy Award winner in 2005 for Best Instrumental Album, “Coral.” He has toured with Eddie Palmieri and performed with Hilton Ruiz and Claudio Roditi who brought Sánchez to the attention of Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. In 1991, Gillespie invited the young saxophonist to join his “Live the Future” tour with Miriam Makeba. Later having the opportunity to be a part of Gillespie’s recording, “Live At The Blue Note.”

Sean Jones is featured on the 2007 Grammy Award-winning album “Turned to Blue” by Nancy Wilson. As a bandleader, he has released seven albums under the Mack Avenue Records label. He performs with his own groups both nationally and internationally. Jones often plays at music venues and jazz festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, Detroit International Jazz Festival, and Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Robin Eubanks has performed with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Slide Hampton, Sun Ra, Elvin Jones and Stevie Wonder, and has released several albums as a bandleader. He played for 15 years in double bassist Dave Holland’s quintet, sextet, octet and big band.

Warren Wolf taught at Berklee College of Music for two years and has toured and performed with Bobby Watson’s “Live and Learn” Sextet, Karriem Riggins “Virtuoso Experience” and Christian McBride & “Inside Straight.”

Bobby Simon was named Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and has been employed by Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Mann, Kevin Eubanks and Paquito D’Rivera.

Matt Penman founded a collaborative quartet with Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks and Eric Harland called James Farm. He performs regularly with John Scofield; in trio and in quartet with Joe Lovano. He is a member of Nils Wogram’s Root 70, and Breve, a drummer-less trio with Hayden Chisholm and John Taylor. Other collaborators have included Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Werner, Dave Douglas, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Guillermo Klein, Rebecca Martin, Nicholas Payton, Fred Hersch and Madeleine Peyroux.

Obed Calvaire has performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Seal, Eddie Palmeri, Vanessa Williams, Mark Murphy, David Foster, Mary J. Blidge, Stefon Harris, Monty Alexander, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Music Soulchild, Nellie McKay, Yellow Jackets, Joshua Redman, Steve Turre, and Lizz Wright to name a few. He has also performed with large ensembles such as the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band, and the Bob Mintzer Big Band.

SFJAZZ is a nonprofit organization that presents year round jazz concerts, festivals and educational programs at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, CA.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Ferst Center for the Arts.

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