Initially known as the Jazz Samaritan Alliance, the Envisage Collective is a cooperative ensemble founded by Kris Allen (alto saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Noah Baerman (piano and organ). Along with co-founders Johnathan Blake (drums) and Jimmy Greene (tenor and soprano saxophones), these established composer/educator/performers came together with the purpose of creating and presenting socially conscious original jazz and appear together on Baerman’s Ripples album.
In the fall of 2014 the collective presented their first all-new program, a series of compositions addressing the subject of hunger and food justice, followed by subsequent programs presenting new original work on the subjects of domestic violence and healthcare access, with each of these programs raising funds for local charities in the Hartford, CT region and being performed in CT and NYC venues. In March of 2019 they recorded their debut album, Reach Out, with frequent collaborator Ike Sturm on bass, Nadje Noordhuis on trumpet, and Allan Mednard on drums. Reach Out will be released in the fall of 2019 on RMI Records. Other collaborators to join the group have included saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, bassists Linda Oh and Henry Lugo, and drummers Rudy Royston, Otis Brown, III, and Anwar Marshall.