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SJZ Collective: A Cultural Conversation

February 26, 2020

A multi-cultural potpourri of veteran educators, San Jose Jazz’s touring ensemble is not only exporting Silicon Valley’s jazz sensibility. It’s also an organic reflection of the region’s status as a cultural melting pot. On the flight home from Taiwan this past September, all members of SJZ Collective had their calendars open, eagerly scheming when they’d next be able to join forces. They were still brimming with excitement and wonder from the level of interplay they’d …

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SJZ Collective Takes Asia By Storm

October 16, 2019

The SJZ Collective just returned from a whirlwind tour of Asia. On this second outing the SJZ Collective performed in Japan, Hong Kong, China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou) and Taiwan. During their first tour, the group presented their debut project that celebrated the works of Thelonius Monk, in celebration the centennial of his birth. This year the group added fresh takes on the seminal works of Mingus to the set list. Drummer Wally Schnalle recounted the …

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SJZ Collective: 2019 Tour of Asia

September 20, 2019

And they’re off! The SJZ Collective have begun their 2019 Tour of Asia. Drummer Wally Schnalle chronicles their highly-anticipated venture. Sep 30, 2019 Gig three of the SJZ Collective 2019 Asia Tour was in Beijing. We played at a funky smaller venue named DDC which Stands for Dusk till Dawn Club. The band is playing great out here on the road and we had a blast at this venue. This audience here was great as …

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Wally Schnalle on the SJZ Collective’s First Tour

October 17, 2018

The SJZ Collective has embarked on their first international tour as a Collective. During their tour of Taiwan, they are scheduled to perform at the 2018 Taichung Jazz Festival, the Sappho Club in Taipei, and the Blue Note in Taipei. In this special blog post, the drummer and founder of the Collective Wally Schnalle writes in about their first big performance. (Tuesday, October 16, 2018) “Our time in Taiwan has been well worth the thirteen …

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