SF Jazz Collective performs this weekend at Dazzle

features two vail jazz workshop alumni

The history of jazz is filled with groups whose reputations precede them. Whether it be Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the Count Basie Big Band, the Duke Ellington Big Band, the Miles Davis quintet, or, more recently, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, these cultural staples are associated with quality arrangements, innovative soloists, and timeless renditions of jazz standards. The instrumentation and sound of these groups has long been the ideal that others strive for, continuing even today.

A new (by jazz standards) group that will inevitably fit into this category of group and institution is the SFJAZZ collective. Living under the umbrella of SFJAZZ, a west coast jazz presenter and nonprofit, the SFJAZZ collective convenes each year for three weeks to rehearse music and teach in the local community. The group has a unique instrumentation including: trumpet, trombone, alto sax, tenor, sax, piano, vibraphone, bass, and drums. Because of this unique instrumentation, members of the SFJAZZ Collective arrange and compose everything specifically for this group. SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member. This year, the theme is the music of Antônio Carlos Jobim.

Two current members of the SFJAZZ collective, Matt Brewer and Obed Calvaire, are alumni of the Vail Jazz Workshop

(l to r): Matt Brewer (bass), Obed Calvaire (Drums, standing), Etienne Charles (trumpet, seated), Miguel Zenon (alto, seated), David Sanchez (tenor, standing), Edward Simon (piano, seated), Robin Eubanks (trombone, standing), Warren Wolf (vibraphone)

Obed Calvaire

drums class of ’98

Obed Calvaire, a native of Miami and of Haitian descent is a graduate with both a master and bachelor degree of music from one of America’s premiere private music conservatories in the nation, Manhattan School of Music. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2003, completing the undergraduate degree requirements in three years and receiving his master’s in 2005. Mr. Calvaire has performed and recorded with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Seal, Eddie Palmeri, Vanessa Williams, Mark Murphy, David Foster, Mary J. Blidge, Stefon Harris, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Music Soulchild, Nellie McKay, Yellow Jackets, Joshua Redman, Steve Turre, and Lizz Wright to name a few. He has also performed with large ensembles such as the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band, and the Bob Mintzer Big Band. Currently, Obed Calvaire can be found playing with Peter Cincotti, Richard Bona, Monty Alexander, Sean Jones, Yosvany Terry, The Clayton Brothers Quintet, Mike Stern among others.

Matt Brewer

bass class of ’00

Matt Brewer was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by a family of musicians and artists. His grandfather played trumpet in the bands of Charlie Barnett, Woody Herman, and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Matt’s mother worked as a jazz radio DJ and his father is a trombonist/educator with a doctorate in music composition and theory. At the age of 10 Matt fell in love with the bass and began a lifelong study of music. He graduated high school from the Interlochen Arts Academy, then went on to study at the Juilliard School. Since then he has travelled the world playing in the bands of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Dave Binney, Gerald Clayton, Ben Wendel, Aaron Parks, Vijay Iyer, Dhafer Youssef, Antonio Sanchez, Mark Turner, Steve Lehman, Ben Monder, and Lage Lund (among many others). He has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Banff Center, and is an adjunct faculty member at the New School University.

This Weekend, the group performs at Dazzle in Denver on Saturday and Sunday. Get your tickets at the following links:

SFJAZZ Collective- Saturday

SFJAZZ Collective- Sunday

Also coming up this week (4/4) at Dazzle, the senior recital of Chris Ferrari, an alumni of the 2017 Vail Jazz Workshop Class. More information about that event can be found here:

Chris Ferrari

And then on May 26th, another Vail Jazz Workshop alum from 2017, Sam Keedy, has his senior recital. More information can be found by following the link here:

Sam Keedy