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Author: Sabine Kortals

SFJAZZ Collective presents “King of Pop”

Fall tour kicks off in Boulder with original compositions and fresh arrangements of Michael Jackson’s music.

Taking to the road, the San Francisco-based SFJAZZ Collective kicks off its fall tour on Friday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Macky Auditorium. A pre-concert lecture with John Davis—Thompson Jazz Studies Program Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music—begins at 6:45 p.m. in Macky’s Room 102.

The award-winning, all-star octet will perform each member’s arrangements of the music of Michael Jackson—plus new, original compositions. The jazz ensemble’s current roster includes founding member and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, trumpeter Sean Jones (replacing long-time member and trumpeter Avishai Cohen), trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire.

Michael Jackson’s influence continues to be felt throughout the music world, inspiring artists in all genres from all over the globe—including the SFJAZZ Collective’s fresh take on timeless hits like “Rock With You,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Thriller” and “Smooth Criminal,” among others.

The arrangements of Michael Jackson’s songs and the SFJAZZ Collective’s original compositions will be recorded during their residency at the SFJAZZ Center, Oct. 22-25—which also concludes the ensemble’s fall tour—and released in March 2015.

Tickets for the SFJAZZ Collective start at $15.

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