David “Knife” Fabris
guitarist educator

Pittsburgh Collective

Pittsburgh Collective is a big band performing the music of its leader, David Sanford.

Formed in 2003, the Pittsburgh Collective is a twenty-piece big band comprised of top-level jazz, classical and new music virtuosi. Described with such praise as “a very original, innovative jazz orchestra”, “death star magnitude”, “full-throttle wailing from all sections”, “reaches out of the speakers and grabs you by the scruff of your neck”, and “a powerhouse of some of the most incredible musicians and jazz aficionados you have ever or never heard”, the band extends the Third Stream tradition of Ellington, Kenton, Gunther Schuller, George Russell and Charles Mingus, straddling jazz and classical idioms with a plurality and intensity reflective of the 21st century.
Members of the band come from the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Brass Roots, the Manhattan Brass, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, the New Millennium Ensemble, Urban Sun, and the bands of Ran Blake, Hugh Ragin, Gunther Schuller, Fred Hersch, and ICE, as well as leading their own groups for which they compose and arrange.

Live at the Knitting Factory (2007), Oxingale records

“Sanford writes challenging charts steeped in jazz, funk, and modern classical music. And his players tear through them like an elephant through a bag of peanuts.”

- Alexander Gelfand, Jazziz, Jan/Feb 2008 (Critics' Choices for 2007)