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Peter Apfelbaum Sextet
Kenny Barron / Terrell Stafford / Dayna Stephens / Matt Wilson
Alan Broadbent Trio
Jimmy Cobb Quartet featuring Kenny Barron
Ruth Davies Blues Night featuring Barbara Morrison
Basie and Beyond: Jamie Davis and the Fred Barry Jazz Orchestra
Sasha Dobson Trio
Lou Donaldson Quartet
Madeline Eastman / Dena DeRose
Taylor Eigsti / Julian Lage Group
Eddie Gomez Trio / Frank Wess Quartet
Wycliffe Gordon Presents the Jazz Mentors
Wycliffe Gordon Quartet featuring Matt Wilson
Albert "Tootie" Heath
Jimmy Heath
Bobby Hutcherson
Nancy King
Lee Konitz
Maria Marquez Quintet
Jeb Patton Trio featuring Tootie Heath
Nicholas Payton Quintet
Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
John Santos Quintet
The Latin Side of the Great American Songbook with Peggy Stern
(New) Standards Night wtih Peter Stoltzman
Patrick Wolff Trio

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Sasha Dobson Trio
A native of Santa Cruz (and alum of the Stanford Jazz Workshop), one might say that for Dobson, singing jazz comes as naturally as breathing. Sasha’s mother is jazz singer Gail Dobson and her father was the brilliant late pianist Smith Dobson. Sasha spent her formative years surrounded by jazz musicians—as she puts it, “your basic everyday working jazz family.” A performer herself since the age of twelve, Sasha made her way to New York, interpreting the standards of Ellington, Porter, Styne and Kern at jazz club Smoke. After meeting Richard Julian and Jesse Harris, two songwriters/ guitarists enjoying popular success from their collaboration with Norah Jones, Sasha began writing original songs with elements of bossa nova, pop, jazz and folk. Named one of six “Jazz Singers Worth A Listen” in a recent issue of Time Magazine, her Stanford concert will include songs from the American songbook, material from her recent CD “Modern Romance” and even a few new tunes.

In order to get to know her better, we asked Sasha to answer a few questions. Here’s what she had to say:

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
Live at the Philharmonic—Ella Fitzgerald.

What’s your favorite tune?
Born to Be Blue.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
My Dad, Smith Dobson.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had on the bandstand?
“When I started playing guitar and realized I was naked, except for the guitar. Not! Probably early on when I was singing with the “Dobson family band”, I can still hear my Dad yelling on the stage while I’m scat singing “Louder Sasha!!, sing into the mic!!”

If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Carlos Jobim!!! I know we would have hit it off, I still wish that he were around and dream of meeting a writer like him someday, two peas in a pod, like Jobim/Elis Regina.

What’s your favorite thing about being a Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member?
That I can be myself, and I know thats why I’m hired there. It’s a rare and real and beautiful situation…

What’s your favorite jazz venue?
The Village Vanguard.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three recordings with you, what would they be?
Jobim / Regina—"Elis and Tom,” The Kinks—”Victoria,” Grant Green—"Talkin’ About.”

How much do you practice each week?
Every day, just play as much as possible, at least and hour a day, sometimes if I’m touring then I’ll just get a few minutes in, sometimes when I’m home I’ll just practice/play all day.....!!! lots of fun!!!

When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
Grew up in it. Pre determined destination for me. My whole life shapes my music every day. Definitely loosing my Dad was the big one for me, and now everything I do in music is a product of that, and my feelings in writing are pouring out from that experience… Our music is a manifestaion of our lives and experience, at least for me.

If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it be and why?
Green, Red sometimes lots of fire, (I’m an Aries, and have a lot of energy!), sometime blues and greens cause I sing very watery… Like not sharp, lots of movement, and that makes me think of the ocean, green and blue.

What’s your favorite food?
Representing my heritage!! Mexican all the way, and I love to cook stir fry and salads as well!.

What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
Beirut, Lebanon.

What’s the last book you’ve read?
“The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath, (he he).

What hobbies do you have?
Yoga, Cooking, Writing, Laughing.

To read a feature profile of Sasha written by Andy Gilbert for the San Jose Mercury News, click here for our "Media Archives" page.

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