SFJAZZ Collective in concert
performance of Abbey Lincoln's “Throw It Away” at SFJAZZ Center

SFJAZZ Collective in concertperformance of Abbey Lincoln's “Throw It Away” at SFJAZZ Center

The SFJAZZ Collective perform drummer Kendrick Scott’s arrangement of the Abbey Lincoln
composition “Throw It Away” during their October 29, 2021 performance at the SFJAZZ Center,
broadcast on Fridays Live.

Chris Potter tenor saxophone
David Sánchez tenor saxophone
Etienne Charles trumpet
Warren Wolf vibraphone
Edward Simon piano
Matt Brewer bass
Kendrick Scott drums
Martin Luther McCoy vocals/guitar
Gretchen Parlato vocals

An all-star ensemble comprising the finest performers and /composers at work in jazz today, the
Collective has traditionally assembled each year to create fresh arrangements of works by a
modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each member of the band. Through this
pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring music’s greatest figures while championing jazz’s
up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective has always embodied SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as
living, ever-relevant art form.

This year is different. Great musicians have always created work that reflects the state of the world
around them, and in response to the tumultuous times in which we find ourselves, the Collective
has decided to forego a specific tribute artist in order to compose, arrange, and O perform original
dedicated to who we are as a country and a people in light of the fight for racial justice, the global
pandemic, and the unprecedented political polarization and upheaval we are facing in our daily
lives. Additionally, the band will debut new approaches to a selection of classic songs associated
with peace, freedom, and social commentary, including Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” the
beloved hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and jazz icon Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw it Away.”
The season also marks the addition of three exciting new additions to the band with vocalist
Gretchen Parlato, drummer Kendrick Scott, and saxophonist Chris Potter, who will also assume the
role of Music Director for the ensemble the first time the Collective has had a member in a
leadership position in over a decade.