PARKERSBURG - The SFJAZZ Collective will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the college activity center at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
The concert is the opening performance in 2011-2012 Distinguished Performance Series at WVU-P.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available in the college business office from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. or by calling 304-424-8223. WVU-P students may purchase special advance tickets for themselves or one guest at $2 each in the business office. All tickets at the door will be regular price.
The SFJAZZ Collective will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg as part of the Distinguished Performance Series.
The show is part of the group's eighth annual concert tour, called "The Works of Stevie Wonder and New Compositions." The Collective was started in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the West Coast's largest nonprofit jazz institution. Each year the group performs a new list of compositions by modern jazz master and new pieces by Collective members.
The members include Miguel Zenon on alto saxophone, Mark Turner on tenor saxophone, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Stefon Harris on vibraphone, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums.
To cultivate its distinctive sound, the SFJAZZ Collective convenes in San Francisco each spring for a multi-week residency. Throughout this extended rehearsal period - a rarity in today's jazz - the octet workshops the season's new repertoire and interacts with the Bay Area community through SFJAZZ's education programs for youth and adults. The Collective then takes to the performance stage, including home season concerts under the auspices of the SFJAZZ Spring Season and a national and international tour, with stops in some of the world's most prominent concert halls.
Before choosing Stevie Wonder for this year's tour, the group has explored the works of Ornette Coleman (2004), John Coltrane (2005), Herbie Hancock (2006), Thelonious Monk (2007), Wayne Shorter (2008), McCoy Tyner (2009) and Horace Silver (2010).
The next show in the Distinguished Performance Series will be Imani Winds at 7 p.m. Feb. 23, 2012.
More than North America's premier wind quintet, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the U.S.
Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated group has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming and inspirational outreach programs. The group's extensive touring schedule has brought it to most of the country's major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, Disney Hall and Kimmel Center.
Another spring performance for the Distinguished Performance Series will be announced at a later date.