ake Smolowe is a San Francisco pianist, composer, music educator, arranger and film scorer. He specializes in jazz improvisation but his work explores many genres, including funk, rock, blues, latin, folk, gospel, classical, electronic and experimental music.
Jake fell in love with jazz at a young age while attending the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and graduated from Stanford University in 2006 with a B.A. in Music with Honors in Composition. After graduating he moved north to join the vibrant San Francisco jazz community, and has been making music in the City ever since.
Jake has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada with several bands, including rock/Americana band Sioux City Kid, soul/R&B band Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Revue, and internationally renowned blues harpist and vocalist John Németh. He appears as a contributing artist on Németh’s 2010 release, “Name The Day,” playing organ. He currently plays regular jazz gigs around the Bay Area with saxophonist Jeff Derby, continues to perform with Quinn Devaux, and also plays solo jazz piano concerts of his own work.
Jake has been working as a private piano instructor since 2005, and is also involved in the greater Bay Area music education community, including the Stanford Jazz Workshop and other organizations. He currently works as a piano coach with SJW through their Giant Steps Big Band program (2015-2017). Additionally, he has assisted SJW director Jim Nadel with his Stanford Continuing Studies jazz listening class since 2003.
In addition to performing and teaching, Jake composes and arranges prolifically. He has scored music for documentaries, animated short films and webcomics, and has also written for big band, small jazz ensembles and solo piano.
Come and spend a Saturday or two improving your jazz playing at SJW! Our Saturday Workshops are a great way to have fun with jazz and to see what it’s like at Jazz Camp, even if your summer is packed with activities.
Saturday Workshops offer you a choice of classes and activities throughout the day, taught by SJW’s legendary jazz artists and educators. In the evening, Saturday Workshop participants get to attend the Stanford Jazz Festival, where they see some of the greatest artists in jazz perform.
Designed for young jazz players who want to build on their recent experience at Jazz Camp or to increase their knowledge of jazz, Saturday Workshop classes focus on expanding participants experience with particular topics in jazz, such as improvisation, career management, composition, arranging, specific styles of jazz, practice techniques, and many other subjects.
Saturday Workshop activities also include jam sessions, special presentations by visiting artists, and discussions about how to get the most out of Jazz Camp or Jazz Institute. Some course titles from recent Saturday Workshops include:
• Composition: Improvising in slow motion
• Spontaneous creation: improvising dance music
• Active listening and harmonic analysis through the history of Jazz
• Exploring the music of Thelonious Monk
• Combo Action / Reaction: Conversations in jazz
• Write and compose what you mean
• Composition: History and influence
• Private practice vs. collective practice
• Rhythmic interaction
• Collective composition
• Professional opportunities in the music industry
• How to learn by ear
All Saturday events are mandatory for Jazz Camp Package or Advanced Package dorm residents, and optional (but recommended) for commuters.
Ten Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at Mountain View High School
To audition, first register by clicking on the REGISTER button, or by using your existing SJW account. We’ll send you the audition instructions. There is no charge to register and audition.
January 29 – May 14
Performance at Stanford University
Directed by Ray Brown
Rehearsals at Mountain View High School
3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040
Work with one of the finest big band directors and arrangers
Play challenging professional repertoire
Play great big band jazz at a very high level
Showcase performance in December in Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University
SJW Alumni Big Band
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to play great big band jazz under the direction of legendary jazz musician, educator, and arranger Ray Brown!
Ray played the jazz trumpet chair with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the early 1970s and also contributed arrangements. He led his own big band in the Bay Area for 27 years, The Great Big Band, for which he wrote all the arrangements and compositions. He’s played with and/or written for the big bands of Count Basie, Bill Watrous, Bill Berry, the Frankie Kapp – Nat Pierce Juggernaut, and Full Faith and Credit. His playing credits include performances with Steve Gadd, Billy Hart, Leroy Vinnegar, Ray Brown, Mundell Lowe, Thad Jones, Roy Hargrove, and Jimmy Heath among many others.
This is much more than a rehearsal band, as each week you’ll play Ray’s renowned compositions and arrangements from his own book, as well as many of his favorite charts penned by his favorite arrangers. You’ll also get to elevate your improvisation skills, if you choose, by taking advantage of Ray’s incredible expertise in improvisation instruction.
The program will culminate with a performance at Stanford University on Sunday, December 17.
Ray’s music is as rewarding and swinging as it is challenging to play, and he’s looking for the best adult players in the Bay Area to join him in this special opportunity. Advanced high school musicians are welcome to audition as well.
Auditions are through SJW’s online audition and sight-reading systems, so click on the Register button below and get your audition in today! The deadline for audition submissions has been extended through September 18; contact us at email@example.com for updates.
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This week has been an incredible learning opportunity for me as a student, and I can’t wait to apply all that I’ve learned here in my outside musical career. The level of skill and growth I attained this week is priceless. I love the Stanford Jazz Workshop. ~ Jazz Institute participant
One-day and half-day programs for groups of up to 100 adults.
Rhythm and team-building workshops
Groups of 10 up to 100 adults
Theater-quality presentation facilities seating up to 200 or more
Catering by Stanford Coffee House
Tickets to the Stanford Jazz Festival
Programs available August, 1, 2 or 3
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m; concert begins at 8:00 p.m.
Braun Music Center, Stanford University campus
Taught by world-renowned percussionist Tupac Mantilla
Builds individual creativity and teamwork through rhythm, body percussion, and body awareness
Can include performance of world-class jazz at evening Stanford Jazz Festival concert
Group communication and awareness
Creativity and improvisation
Classes in body percussion
and culture-specific percussion
Group communication and awareness
Creativity and improvisation
Cross-cultural and cross-genre approach
Cognitive and developmental benefits
to improvising rhythm instruments in group settings
Expands awareness of world cultures
and their musics
Call 650-779-5156 or write firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your World Rhythm event!
Build your team with World Rhythm
Rhythm is at the heart of all we do. It’s an integral part of life, work, and our very well-being. In this flexible one-day or half-day program, Colombian percussion master Tupac Mantilla will lead your group on a rhythmic journey that will not only imbue every participant with a sense of joy and unity, but will also increase group awareness, communication skills, and creativity. Perfect for group team building and leadership, as well as a reward of plain old musical fun!
Inspire your group with an hour or two-hour program of pure rhythmic delight, as Tupac leads them with simple rhythms and body percussion, to more complex interactions that promote cooperation, trust, and mutual respect.
Then take advantage of the great facilities at the Braun Music Center to have your group presentation in an intimate recital hall, or in a comfortable theater.
End the day with tickets to the Stanford Jazz Festival, where your group will be thrilled by performances by some of the greatest jazz artists in the world.
Availability for this unique program is limited to dates between August 1 and August 4, 2017, so call today to arrange your event!
Contact Ernie Rideout at 650-779-5156 or email@example.com.
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Lisa Fischer was the best-kept secret in American music. Whether she was strutting out “Gimme Shelter” on world tours with Mick Jagger or sharing a Grammy with Patti Labelle, Lisa eluded the star-making machinery until 2013’s smash documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom finally brought her center stage. A blazing vocal phenomenon, Ms. Fischer has shared the stage and studio with Tina Turner, Beyonce, Bobby McFerrin, Alicia Keyes, John Scofield, George Benson, and hundreds of others. Her impeccable time, intonation, dazzling range, and emotional commitment have helped make her one of the most in-demand singers in the industry. This tour is an exploration of uncharted territory through R&B and jazz. Guaranteed, though, she will astonish with her vocal mastery and stage magic — even more so in this special performance in Bing Concert Hall. Join her and special guests as they give new life to tunes you love, but only thought you knew.
Personnel: Lisa Fischer, vocals
Jean-Christophe Maillard, guitar, SazBass, and backing vocals
Thierry Arpino, drums and percussion
Aidan Carroll, bass and backing vocals
With special guests:
Taylor Eigsti, piano and keyboards
Tupac Mantilla, percussion
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This concert never fails to amaze and delight jazz fans. Some of the greatest artists in jazz, performing in combinations familiar and unfamiliar, will deliver performances of unrivaled intensity, passion, and excitement. “The All-Star Jam is always a popular event.” — San Jose Mercury
Personnel: Ravi Coltrane, Anat Cohen, saxophone
Ralph Alessi, trumpet
Lisa Fischer, Madeline Eastman, Camila Meza, vocals
Charles Altura, Camila Meza, guitar
George Cables, Taylor Eigsti, George Colligan, piano
Eric Revis, Dave Robaire, bass
Dafnis Prieto and Kendrick Scott, drums
Tupac Mantilla, percussion
“The showcase concert at the end of Jazz Institute was beyond amazing.” ~ Jazz Institute participant
SJW Jazz Institute Showcase
Enjoy a mini-festival of jazz, performed by musicians of all ages and from all over the world. In four convenient venues, you can hear dozens of instrumentalists and vocalists performing everything from cool jazz to bebop, and from standards to original songs. All are participants in Stanford Jazz Workshop’s famed Jazz Institute, a full-time, weeklong experience designed to bring major league jazz talent together with rising stars and developing artists. Many of today’s best-known jazz musicians got their start in this program, including Joshua Redman, Taylor Eigsti, Ravi Coltrane, Julian Lage, Ambrose Akinmusire, Larry Grenadier, and others. Come discover the next generation of jazz greats — the music is certain to amaze and delight!
Thursday, August 3
Dinkelspiel Auditorium and other venues
Free and open to all
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“Ravi began with a whisper, coaxing the trio into full-blown density. . . .” ~ All About Jazz
One of the great new voices in jazz.
Ravi Coltrane is the son of Alice and John Coltrane, but even with the weighty mantle of this unparalleled lineage, the saxophonist and composer has blazed his own path in jazz, forming deep ties with greats such as Jack DeJohnette, Geri Allen, McCoy Tyner, Joanne Brackeen, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, and many others. The world may have been a bit slow to recognize his strengths as a bandleader, but now — as you can hear in this intimate concert — his prowess is unquestionable. A master of multiple saxophones, he will go deep with longtime collaborators Ralph Alessi on trumpet and George Colligan on piano.
Personnel: Ravi Coltrane, saxophone Ralph Alessi, trumpet George Colligan, piano Eric Revis, bass Dafnis Prieto, drums
“[Meza has] an appealing combination of lightness and depth . . . her improvising is serious business. . . .” ~ The New York Times
Guitar Night with Camila Meza and Charles Altura
Finesse plus fireworks and great songs.
Chilean native Camila Meza possesses an innate and rare combination of qualities as a singer and guitar player who also writes her own songs and arrangements. She has a highly expressive voice with a unique timbre and way of phrasing, while her improvisations and accompaniment on the guitar are equally touching and soulful. Her Chilean roots and profound connection to jazz give her music a very special and appealing sound. Charles Altura has spent the past couple years performing with jazz heavyweights such as Terrence Blanchard, Chick Corea, and Ambrose Akinmusire, and is gaining recognition for his prodigious talent and unique style. This double-bill presents two of the most exciting young artists in jazz in a single performance of the kind that you can hear only at SJW.
Personnel: Camila Meza, guitar and vocals
Charles Altura, guitar
Dave Robaire, bass
Dafnis Prieto, drums
Tupac Mantilla, percussion
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“Defined modern mainstream jazz piano.” ~ All Music Guide
George Cables Trio with Anat Cohen and Ravi Coltrane
A guiding light of jazz piano, still burning.
George Cables has been nearly ubiquitous in the history of jazz piano, playing as a sideman with Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Freddy Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and many other great artists. His own distinct voice as a pianist and composer is less well-known, though no less exquisite, and his recordings as a leader are gems of jazz perfection, and are highly sought-after collector’s items. The Stanford Jazz Festival is honored to present an evening with George at the piano, in concert with young jazz greats from the faculty of the SJW Jazz Institute.
Personnel: George Cables, piano
Anat Cohen, saxophone
Ravi Coltrane, saxophone
Eric Revis, bass
Kendrick Scott, drums
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