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  • The Best Of Jazz Night In America, Season One (So Far)

    March 19, 2015

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    A scene from the performance of Ochas, a suite by Wynton Marsalis for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Pedrito Martinez and Chucho Valdés. (Image Credit: Lawrence Sumulong/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

    In our first 19 Jazz Night In America webcasts, we've presented over 150 musicians from 13 venues in six cities — with many more musicians and locations on the way. Whether in huge concert auditoriums like Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall to tiny basement salons like Mezzrow in New York, we've heard from living legends, rising stars and very, very talented artists somewhere in between.

    For our 20th episode, we've selected some of our favorite moments of the bunch. Jazz Night In America presents highlights from its first batch of programs, featuring artists like Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Pedrito Martinez, Robert Glasper, Miguel Zenón, Johnny O'Neal and many more.

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  • Behind The SFJAZZ Collective's Original Approach To Joe Henderson

    March 19, 2015

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    The SFJAZZ Collective: (L-R) Avishai Cohen, Matt Penman, Obed Calvaire, Miguel Zenón, David Sánchez, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon. (Image Credit: Jay Blakesberg/Courtesy of SFJAZZ)

    The SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star octet representing the SFJAZZ institution in San Francisco, has an intriguing approach to repertoire. Each year, each member writes a new piece for the Collective, and also rearranges a composition by a modern jazz master. For the 2014-15 season, that master was tenor saxophone titan Joe Henderson, a longtime San Francisco resident.

    Jazz Night In America goes behind the creation of the ensemble's new repertoire, with music from a four-night concert run in October of last year (now collected on the double-CD release Live: SFJAZZ Center 2014). Hear Joe Henderson classics reimagined, as well as new work from artists like saxophonist David Sánchez and trombonist Robin Eubanks.

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  • SFJAZZ Collective Plays Joe Henderson And More

    March 18, 2015

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    The SFJAZZ Collective. (Image Credit: Chuck Gee/Courtesy of SFJAZZ)

    Every year, each of the eight members of the SFJAZZ Collective is tasked with two writing assignments. The first: Compose a new piece specifically for the band, which gathers some of the most outstanding performers on the modern jazz scene. The second: Rearrange a composition by the elder artist that the Collective has chosen to feature that year. For the 2014-15 season, SFJAZZ is paying tribute to a tenor saxophone titan, a composer of classic tunes and a long-time San Francisco resident: the late Joe Henderson.

    From the purpose-built SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, Jazz Night In America features the SFJAZZ Collective as it reimagines Joe Henderson — both iconic standards like "Recorda-Me" and lesser-known material — and imagines new jazz works specifically for its own strengths.

    Personnel

    Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone; David Sánchez, tenor saxophone, Avishai Cohen, trumpet; Robin Eubanks, trombone; Warren Wolf, vibraphone; Edward Simon, piano; Matt Penman, bass; Obed Calvaire, drums.

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