2010 Festival At A Glance
June 16   An Evening with Dick Hyman
June 25   A Night of Brazilian Jazz!
Luciana Souza/Romero Lubambo; plus Alegritude
June 26   A History of African Rhythms & Jazz
June 26   Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio
June 27   Freddy Cole Quartet
July 2   The Music of Billy Strayhorn
July 3   Early Bird Jazz for Kids: Jim Nadel & Friends
July 3   Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
July 9   Fred Hersch: Jobim and More
July 10   Early Bird Latin Jazz for Kids: John Santos Sextet
July 10   Tuck & Patti
July 11   Ella Fitzgerald: America's First Lady of Song
July 16   Mose Allison Trio
July 17   Claudia Villela Band
July 18   John Santos Sextet
July 19   Khalil Shaheed & the Mo'Rockin Project
July 20   Gerald Clayton Trio
July 21   Kristen Strom Quintet
July 22   The Music of Dave Brubeck Presented by Victor Lin
July 24   Giants of Jazz: Charles McPherson, Junior Mance & Tootie Heath
July 25   Ruth Davies' Blues Night with Special Guest Keb' Mo'
July 26   Dena DeRose Trio
July 27   Junior Mance Trio
July 28   100 Years of Django with Julian Lage, Victor Lin & Jorge Roeder
July 29   Visions: The Stevie Wonder Songbook
July 31   Rebecca Martin featuring Larry Grenadier, Steve Cardenas & Larry Goldings
Aug 1   Dave Douglas Quintet Plus
Aug 2   George Cables Trio
Aug 3   Nicholas Payton with the Taylor Eigsti Trio
Aug 4   Joshua Redman Trio
Aug 6   SJW All-Star Jam Session
Aug 7   Taylor Eigsti Group featuring Becca Stevens
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The Music of Billy Strayhorn
The Music of Billy Strayhorn
Patrick Wolff, saxophone; Erik Jekabson, trumpet; Adam Shulman, piano; Marcus Shelby, bass; Smith Dobson V, drums

Tickets Now On Sale

Friday July 2 | 8 PM | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $28 general | $16 students

Inside Jazz: Insights on Billy Strayhorn
Speaker: Sonny Buxton, KCSM Jazz 91.1 7 pm (free with concert ticket)

Although his star was often eclipsed by his larger-than-life mentor, Duke Ellington, jazz insiders know that Billy Strayhorn - whom Duke referred to as "my right arm, my left arm...the eyes in the back of my head" - was the genius behind many of Ellington's most memorable tunes. From the signature anthem "Take the "A" Train" to the evocative "Lush Life," Strayhorn's compositions have all the sophistication and inventiveness of the Ellington style, as well as a unique lyricism all their own. "There's something romantic about Billy Strayhorn's music that I really love and find so refreshing in this age where angular and heady music seems to predominate," says pianist Adam Shulman. "Strayhorn succeeds in being both cerebral and soulful at the same time."

For his heartfelt tribute, Shulman has arranged Strayhorn's timeless compositions for his quintet, allowing his cast of top Bay Area improvisers creative freedom while preserving the essence of the original big band orchestrations. Adam Shulman's piano has been a staple of the Bay Area jazz scene since he arrived in San Francisco in 2002. Shulman has played with Bay Area icons like Marcus Shelby and Andrew Speight, as well as internationally renowned jazz stars like Bobby Hutcherson and Miguel Zenon.


Billy Strayhorn – "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing"

Billy Strayhorn – "Chelsea Bridge"

Billy Strayhorn – "Upper Manhattan Medical Group"


Billy Strayhorn plays with Duke Ellington, 1965

PBS' Independent Lens featuring Billy Strayhorn

Supported in part by Joan Talbert & David Lyon.










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