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Jazz collective combines skills of players who lead own bands

Member of the SFJAZZ Collective are, from left, former drummer Jeff Ballard (replaced by Obed Calvaire this year), Miguel Zenón, Matt Penman, Stefon Harris, Robin Eubanks, David Sánchez, Edward Simon and Avishai Cohen. The group will play at The Egg on Sunday. (photo: John Abbott)
Member of the SFJAZZ Collective are, from left, former drummer Jeff Ballard (replaced by Obed Calvaire this year), Miguel Zenón, Matt Penman, Stefon Harris, Robin Eubanks, David Sánchez, Edward Simon and Avishai Cohen. The group will play at The Egg on Sunday. (photo: John Abbott)
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Trumpeter Avishai Cohen doesn’t remember much about the SFJAZZ Collective’s fall 2012 tour. In October, the octet, commissioned by the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, debuted its ninth season of repertoire focusing on the works of pianist Chick Corea with a short U.S. tour. Each year the set contains two pieces from each band member — one composition from the chosen composer and a new original piece — that is rehearsed in an intense two-week ...

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