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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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Taylor Eigsti/Julian Lage Group

Taylor Eigsti
The past year has been an exciting one for Taylor Eigsti. Building on the momentum of releasing one of the most successful jazz records to come out last year, “Lucky to Be Me” (Concord), Eigsti was featured on the cover of both JAZZIZ and Keyboard Magazine, made the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for two years in a row, was featured in his own BET Television special, and was nominated for two Grammy awards for Best Instrumental Compostion and Best Instrumental Jazz Solo. The national spotlight has allowed many more listeners to become accustomed to Eigsti, a Menlo Park, CA native and former child prodigy, who has had the opportunity to record and/or perform with such luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, James Moody, Ernestine Anderson, Frederica Von Stade, Patti Austin, Red Holloway, among many others. Eigsti has been recognized world-wide for his innovative, intense improvisation, and his unique electrifying rhythmic touch. The past year of concerts have also included the integration of electronic effects with acoustic grand piano, to rave reviews at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Most importantly, Eigsti has not missed a year of Stanford Jazz Workshop either as a student or a teacher in 11 years—a streak Eigsti’s close friend and musical collaborator Julian Lage, is trying very hard to beat! Like Eigsti, Lage began teaching at the workshop at age 15.

Click here to read a feature article about Taylor Eigsti and Julian Lage previewing their 7/22/07 Stanford Jazz Festival concert, written by Yoshi Kato for the San Jose Mercury News.

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Julian Lage
Julian began playing guitar at age 5, playing mostly blues at first, but he soon discovered jazz and by age eleven was playing with sufficient skill to be chosen to perform on the nationally televised Grammy Awards telecast where he was spotted by Gary Burton. Before long, Burton had asked Julian to join him on some performances and collaboration developed. In 2003, Julian recorded with Burton on his GENERATIONS cd and they recorded together again in 2005 with NEXT GENERATION. Educated in Western classical music at the San Francisco Conservatory and Sonoma State University, he developed improvisational skill in parallel with his classical musical education, studying at Ali Akbar College of Music in California and classical composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has performed several times at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival. Julian toured regularly with the Gary Burton GENERATIONS Quintet. Julian displays a maturity and musicality well beyond his years, having contributed a number of original compositions to the quintet’s repertoire. In 2005, Julian recorded with long time musical collaborator, pianist Taylor Eigsti, on Eigsti’s GRAMMY nominated album “Lucky To Be Me,” which features a duet composed by Julian and Taylor. They also did a tour of Brazil together in 2005, including the Ouro Preto Festival. Julian will also be appearing with Joshua Redman on Taylor Eigsti’s upcoming album “Fall Back Plan,” to be released in February 2008. Nnenna Freelon’s 2005 release “Blueprint Of A Lady” was the second GRAMMY nominated album that year on which Julian was also featured. Julian has managed to also make guest appearances with a number of musical greats including David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Martin Taylor, Charles Lloyd, Billy Higgins, Billy Hart, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, James Genus, and Billy Kilson.

Click here to read a feature article about Taylor Eigsti and Julian Lage previewing their 7/22/07 Stanford Jazz Festival concert, written by Yoshi Kato for the San Jose Mercury News.

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