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All-star jazz ensemble San Francisco Jazz Collective will perform in Aycock Auditorium Friday, Oct. 29.

The 8 p.m. performance is the second in the University Concert Lecture Series.. Tickets to the event are $25-30 and may be purchased at boxoffice.uncg.edu, 4-4849 or campus box office locations. Discounts are available for seniors, students, UNCG employees and large groups.

The Collective, established in 2004, has a repertoire that both highlights the masters of jazz and introduces audiences to new pieces written by group members. Their 2010 season explores the work of composer and pianist Horace Silver, co-founder of the Jazz Messengers and noted leader on several Blue Note recording sessions. Silver is the composer of “Song For My Father,” “Sister Sadie,” “Doodlin’” and “Señor Blues.” The original works composed by Collective members for this year’s tour are influenced by Silver’s stylings.

The Collective is made up of eight highly acclaimed jazz performers and composers. The award-winning roster includes veteran alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland. Also performing will be trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and trombonist Luis Bonilla filling in for current members Avishai Cohen and Robin Eubanks, respectively.

The publication JazzTimes called the group “an egalitarian wonder, equally concerned with where the music has been and where it’s going. … Every track is a discovery and you will not find a weak link in the ensemble.”

For more information, visit http://www.sfjazz.org/SFJAZZCollective/2010/index.asp or http://www.uncg.edu/mus/ucls.

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