“We are the SFJAZZ Collective, and none of us live in San Francisco,” Stefon Harris told the crowd at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre. The local hero added, giggling, “It’s too expensive!”
The octet of heavy hitters may have nothing to do with the Bay Area, but the group’s concept certainly does: SFJAZZ is one of the biggest music-related non-profits on the scene, with a years-long mission of bringing jazz to the people – primarily through the San Francisco Jazz Festival and various educational/outreach programs. But SFJAZZ also reaches out through recordings and tours by the Collective, which gives one giant of the genre the spotlight treatment every season: Wayne Shorter got the honor when the Collective played The Egg last year, and this time around the focus of their “second annual visit” was my favorite pianist of all time, Horace Silver.
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