The San Francisco Jazz Collective is an all-star ensemble of master jazz musicians that features alto saxman/flutist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxman Mark Turner, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, trombonist Luis Bonilla, vibraphone virtuoso (and Albany native) Stefon Harris, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland.
The band is headed into The Egg in Albany at 8pm Friday for a concert featuring the music of the great Horace Silver and other original jazz compositions penned by the SFJC. Tix are $29.50.
But the band members have decided to open the doors of The Egg to the general for an afternoon rehearsal beginning at 4PM on Friday.
At the rehearsal, you’ll be able to learn more about each musician and their approach to arranging and performing the music that will be featured in the evening concert. There may also be time for a question and answer period with those in attendance at the rehearsal.
This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the collaborative process of musicians of the highest caliber.
I was fortunate enough to catch rehearsals by Joshua Redman’s band at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall back in 1998. (Read about it here.) And again in 2006, when trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was trying to work out the beginnings of “Congo Square,” his masterful collaboration with Latham drum master Yacub Addy and his ensemble Odadaa! at The Egg.
In both instances, it was rich experience that heightened my appreciation of the eventual performance many times over.