Friday, April 24, 2015

LISTEN: "We Love Joe" Playlist


In honor of Joe Henderson's birthday today, and the SFJAZZ Collective closing out its Music of Joe Henderson & Original Compositions Spring Tour tonight at the Reno Jazz Festival, here's a playlist of our favorite recordings from the "goateed astronaut of the tenor sax" and longtime San Francisco resident!



SFJAZZ Collective members pick their favorite Joe Henderson recordings

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Charles Lloyd: NEA Jazz Master Tribute


"This is a music of freedom and wonder. It uplifts, it inspires, it touches the heart, and it heals. It is transformational. Jazz is our indigenous art form and is constantly evolving while remaining deeply rooted in tradition and nourished by the American terroir. I have been drunk with the pursuit of ‘the sound’ all my life – and have been blessed to stand on the shoulders of those who came before me and gave encouragement – this is also part of the tradition."

— Charles Lloyd

2015 NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd's SFJAZZ Residency runs from 4/23-26!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kendrick Scott's "aha moment" from Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now'


Drummer Kendrick Scott recalls the "aha moment" he had listening to Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now. Joni will be honored with the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Gala on May 8th. Each week leading up to the Gala, we'll share new #‎ThankYouJoni videos from recent SFJAZZ performers.

What would you say to Joni? ‪#‎ThankYouJoni‬

Friday, April 17, 2015

#ThankYouJoni: Lizz Wright


"Joni is very much like one of her paintings..." Vocalist Lizz Wright reflects on Joni Mitchell, who will be honored with the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Gala on May 8th.

We have asked a number of recent SFJAZZ performers what they would like to say to Joni. Each week leading up to the Gala, we'll share new videos at sfjazz.org/thankyoujoni and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with ‪#‎ThankYouJoni‬.

What would you say to Joni?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SFJAZZ Collective's Avishai Cohen: Notes on Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge"

Avishai Cohen © Jay Blakesberg

“I was sitting with this tune for a long time, mainly playing the melody, rubato, over an F# bass. My original plan was to use only that part — basically the melody, but almost unrecognizable, since it’s very slow, and played over different changes. I liked that idea because it presented just the melody and gave it a different look, a different perspective, far from the original tune. After arriving in San Francisco, I realized I also wanted to add a part that emphasized the unique bass movement of this tune. Even though it’s all in 4/4, it sometimes feels like it’s in a different rhythm. The original melody is only lightly hinted at. There are tenor saxophone and vibes solos where it goes to a regular 4/4 feel, and that part clearly tells the educated listener that you’re hearing ‘Inner Urge.’ Throughout the tune (but mostly in the intro and outro) you’ll hear some clues that show
I’ve been listening intensely to Rachmaninoff.”

Avishai Cohen, album notes from the SFJAZZ Collective's new album The Music of Joe Henderson and New Compositions, now available!

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After a 4-night run at NYC's Jazz Standard, SFJAZZ Collective's 2015 Spring Tour heads west, to Loveland, CO tomorrow (4/15), and then the West Coast through the end of April!

See Tour Dates.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

SFJAZZ Collective Spring 2015 Tour Dates!


The SFJAZZ Collective takes The Music of Joe Henderson & Original Compositions on the road throughout April, starting with a four-night run at the Jazz Standard tonight (4/9), and wrapping up on the West Coast!

See 2015 Spring Tour Dates.

Obed Calvaire's funky arrangement of "Fire" (Joe Henderson) will get you excited for the live experience.



Watch the SFJAZZ Collective perform on NPR's Jazz Night In America!

Monday, April 6, 2015

SFJAZZ Collective's Robin Eubanks: Notes on Joe Henderson's "Black Narcissus"

Robin Eubanks © Jay Blakeberg

“I researched and listened to many different recorded versions of Joe Henderson's classic ‘Black Narcissus.’ Most were very similar to the original. Why mess with a classic, right? But I wanted to try and approach it differently. I got the idea for the drone tones from the melody. Joe composed the melody beginning with four B-flat dotted half notes. I stacked perfect 5ths to build the harmony and added a melody to set up the intro. Joe's melody is untouched but I re-harmonized it, slowed down the tempo and added a semi-funky beat to create a different feel for the composition.”

Robin Eubanks, album notes from the SFJAZZ Collective's new album The Music of Joe Henderson and New Compositions, now available!


SFJAZZ Collective's 2015 Spring Tour begins this Thursday (4/9) at the Jazz Standard in NYC!