Conceived by drummer Wally Schnalle, the SJZ Collective is a rotating group that brings its own arrangements as well as years of experience to the bandstand. The members are all bandleaders in their own right and carry with them the spirit of cooperation, unity and swing.
In addition to leading his bleeding edge Idiot Fish trio, Schnalle has also played with the likes of alto saxophonist Phil Woods, vocalist Mary Wilson and clarinetist Eddie Daniels. Trumpeter/flugelhorn player John Worley, Jr. leads several of his own Mo-Chi groups and has gigged with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Wayne Shorter and Pete Escovedo.
Organist Brian Ho is a man about many towns either leading his own groups or playing with drummers such as Akira Tana, Leon Joyce, Jr. or Lorca Hart. Comfortable in settings ranging from duo to sextet, guitarist Hristo Vitchev has collaborated with pianist Weber Iago and vibraphonist/multi-instrumentalist Christian Tamburr.
An alumnus of SJZ’s educational outreach, saxophonist Oscar Pangilinan both leads the Bad Five and has shared the stage with fellow saxophonists Kristen Strom and Aaron Lington and drummer Jason Lewis. In addition to co-founding the band Vission Latina, bassist Saúl Sierr has worked with flautist Nestor Torres, pianist Rebeca Mauleón and drummer Antonio Sánchez.
Ranging from burners like “Green Chimneys” and “Rhythm-a-Ning” to ballads such as “‘Round Midnight” and “Ask Me Now,” Monk’s repertoire is eternally ripe for interpretation at 2018 Summer Fest by as creative and tight a unit as the SJZ Collective sextet.