Tickets for the San Francisco Jazz Festival Spring Season went on sale over the weekend. Continuing in its fine tradition of providing a wonderful mixture of music, this plans to be a very exciting season featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Poncho Sanchez, Wayne Shorter, Brad Mehldau, Sam Rivers, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran, and Toots Thielemans, Sonny Rollins, and many more. The Spring Season runs from March 12 thru June 25.
One of the major highlights of this season is the introduction of the SF Jazz Collective:
Hailed as a “high-powered octet” (San Francisco Chronicle) that “will feature a first-call cast of musicians,” the group’s line-up is a true “who’s who” of today’s jazz: the number one vibes/marimba giant of today Bobby Hutcherson, artistic director and “crown prince of tenor sax” Joshua Redman, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, alto saxman Miguel Zenón, trombonist Josh Roseman, pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Robert Hurst, and drummer Brian Blade. This group of jazz all-stars will focus on “modern” jazz, music from the 1950s to the present, dividing its repertoire between new compositions by the Collective’s own members and classic works by a different modern jazz master each year (for this debut season, the consummate innovator and fellow Spring Season 2004 artist Ornette Coleman).
In December, SFJAZZ Artistic Director/Saxophonist Joshua Redman and SFJAZZ Executive Director Randall Kline previewed the music of several artists whom we will be hearing this spring and provided some insight on the new SFJAZZ Collective. Joshua also spoke highly two young saxophonists, Mark Turner (whose parents happened to be in the audience) and Chris Potter, who will both be performing during the SFJAZZ Spring Season. I have since checked out Mark Turner’s Ballad Sessions and Dharma Days releases and Chris Potter’s Gratitude release and I am very impressed and definitely look forward to seeing them in concert this spring.