SFJazz Collective takes on Stevie Wonder

SFJazz Collective takes on Stevie Wonder: Aidin Vaziri | It takes a brave soul to tackle the music of Stevie Wonder. The latest incarnation of the SFJazz Collective happens to contain eight of them. Having taken on jazz titans like John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk in the past, the group, which played at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre on Friday as part of the SFJazz Spring Season, picked an equally challenging target for its first foray into the pop world. “We are celebrating the music of one of my great, great heroes,” said vibraphonist Stefon Harris. The Grammy-nominated New York musician recalled listening to Wonder’s 1976 masterpiece, “Songs in the Key of Life,” five times in a row as a kindergartener: “That’s when I knew I had a passion for music.”
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