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SFJAZZ Collective: Artistic Director Joshua Redman

JazzSet comes from historic Orchestra Hall in the great city by the lake, Chicago. But our music is an offering from the City by the Bay, San Francisco, where tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman is Artistic Director for the SFJAZZ Collective.

Joshua Redman

Redman and the band are in Chicago on the band's 2005 national tour. Collectively, these eight musicians playing modern music prove that jazz is a living, ever-changing, ever-developing art. And must-hear radio!

Individually, the members are vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, Miguel Zenón playing alto, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Isaac Smith on trombone, Rene Rosnes on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Eric Harlan, drums. Joshua Redman leads the ensemble on tenor. The ninth member of the octet is behind the scenes -- arranger Gil Goldstein.

This Collective is also the ensemble-in-residence at SFJAZZ, an organization which presents over two hundred concerts a year including the San Francisco Jazz Festival in fall, and SFJAZZ in spring.

For this, the Collective's second season, the repertoire includes newly-commissioned pieces from inside the band, plus music by John Coltrane. The ensemble writing and playing, the soloing, the precision, the inspiration and the energy make this an ensemble to be heard.

Joshua Redman

SFJAZZ, the Collective's San Francisco-based, non-profit parent organization, is now releasing a limited-edition, two-CD set of live recordings of the Collective's entire 2005 repertoire -- new compositions by each band member and seven masterworks by John Coltrane. The CD is available only through SFJAZZ online at or by phone at (415) 788-7353.


SFJAZZ Collective with Artistic Director Joshua Redman
"Moment's Notice" - Coltrane/arr. Goldstein

"It's such a pretty melody, such an upbeat and optimistic song, you all probably don't realize how hard it is to play. You don't realize that actually it's like navigating this really torturous obstacle course, trying to get through it. The first time I played it, I played it at a jam session, and I made it through about four bars and then that was it; I was done. I pretended like I was looking for a reed or something, [then] waddled to the back of the bandstand." -- Joshua Redman on "Moment's Notice"

"Half Full" - Redman
"Naïma" - Coltrane/arr. Goldstein
"Two and Two" - Zenón
"Development" - Harlan


  • SFJAZZ Collective

  • San Francisco Jazz Festival, October 19-November 6, 2005, offering great programs as always
  • Chicago Symphony Center Jazz series

    Thanks to Director Jim Fahey for inviting us to the Chicago Symphony Center. The recording engineer is Chris Willis.
    We thank Randall Kline and Laura Evans of SFJAZZ in San Francisco.
    Our writer is Brian Sanders, Technical Director Duke Markos, recording engineer Ginger Bruner at KUNV, Las Vegas.
    Becca Pulliam produces JazzSet with Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III of Jazz 88, WBGO in Newark, New Jersey.

    Copyright 2007 NPR