Commons Collective is a jazz quintet lead by New York City based jazz pianist/composer Jon Snell.
Established in the fall of 2011, while students at the University of Northern Iowa, Commons Collective came together in a school ensemble coached by renowned jazz educator Dr. Bob Washut, and quickly went on to become "one of the most popular young, professional groups in Eastern Iowa” (The Gazette, Hoopla Now). Their performances feature an eclectic combination of original compositions, contributed by all group members, drawing upon influences from blues to rock, classical to pop music, yet firmly rooted in improvisation and the jazz tradition. Since their inception, Commons Collective has recorded and released three CDs, and a few of their performance credits include the Iowa City Jazz Festival Main Stage, Opus Concert Café, Theatre Cedar Rapids, Campbell Steele Gallery, ARTaplooza Cedar Falls, Rozz-Tox, and the Des Moines Arts Festival. Commons Collective was recently ranked #1 as all-time favorite performance in 88.3 KCCK-FM’s “Jazz Under the Stars” Poll.
“Hope” marks the band’s fourth CD release.