Photo by Jay Blakesberg


SFJazz Collective

Daily from April 24-25
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Covers-Tributes, Jazz

Every year, SFJAZZ Collective brings together eight of the best jazz musicians on the planet to focus on a single major artist. Each member provides a fresh arrangement of one of that artist’s compositions and also contributes a new piece. Following tributes to Monk, Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, and Stevie Wonder, now it’s Miles Davis’ turn. The current collective — alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, trumpeter Sean Jones, trombonist Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf on vibes, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Obed Calvaire — resurrects Miles’ maverick spirit in sublime ways on the live recording Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions. Zenón gives “Nardis” a Balkan twist, Jones shifts the focus on “So What” by sinking its definitive bass line, and Calvaire lets “Bitches Brew” simmer fiercely as a scurrying, shape-shifting tour de force. Outstanding new tunes include Simon’s tropical flirtation “Feel the Groove,” Penman’s scintillating “Your Turn,” and Sánchez’s sly, undulating “Canto.”