Most cities are lucky to have a reasonably well-rehearsed college or high school jazz orchestra. We, however, have the SFJAZZ Collective, a supergroup of some of the world’s best musicians making contemporary jazz. The current edition includes vibraphone whirlwind Stefon Harris, sax trailblazers Miguel Zenon and David Sanchez and high-wattage trumpeter Avishai Cohen.
The Collective focuses on the work of a different composer each year, providing fresh perspective and grand dynamics on familiar and not-so-familiar parts of the jazz canon. This year, it’s piano icon Chick Corea, whose work will be celebrated in concerts starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at SFJAZZ Center. Tickets are $20 to $40
Also worth noting on the Bay Area jazz scene this week:
- Bay Area saxophonist Dan Zinn, a rising star with a sound all his own, celebrates the release of his new CD, “Grace’s Song,” with a quartet show featuring pianist Taylor Eigsti, 8 p.m. Monday at Yoshi’s Oakland. $15
- Sensational young pianist Chihiro Yamanaka and her trio do wonders with Beatles tunes, 8 p.m. Wednesday at Yoshi’s San Francisco. $20
- The Rebirth Brass Band, indomitable celebrators of the New Orleans street jazz tradition, stomp up a ruckus, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mezzanine. $25
- The Junius Courtney Big Band, featuring the irrepressible Denise Perrier singing, add a picante Latin bite to its dance-friendly swing for an 8 p.m. show at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. $20.50-$22.50
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