Yesterday's program was the SFJAZZ Collective: eight individuals, all noted in their own right, coming together for a few weeks each year to play as an ensemble. The program generally consists of two halfes: one with material by a modern composer -- Wayne Shorter is this year's pick -- and new original compositions by the band members.
This was a special treat as Wayne Shorter's compositions from the 1960s, both from the bands he lead and as a member of the legendary Miles Davis Quintet, have always been some of my most favourite modern pieces. At the same time, it gave me a chance to finally see Joe Lovano on ts and Stefon Harris on vb. Other band members were equally impressive: Dave Douglas tp, Miguel Zenon as, Robin Eubanks tb, Renee Rosnes p, Matt Penman b, Eric Harland dr. Favourite new composition of the night: 'Angel's Shares' by Penman.
All in all a nice evening out to cap off a busy week.