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Stanford Jazz Festival 2007
2008 Festival At A Glance
June 27   Terence Blanchard Quintet
June 28   Early Bird featuring Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble
June 28   Mary Stallings
June 29   3 Cohens
July 5   John Calloway Quintet
July 6   Everything you Wanted to Know About Jazz (But Were Afraid to Ask)
July 6   Sony Holland Plus Five
July 11   Mulgrew Miller
July 12   Early Bird with Jim Nadel
July 12   Kenny Burrell Quartet
July 13   Mel Martin and the Benny Carter Tribute Band
July 18   Gary Bartz Quartet featuring George Cables
July 19   The Whole Drum Truth
July 20   Yosvany Terry: Yedégbé—The Afro-Caribbean Legacy
July 21   Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira
July 22   Dayna Stephens Quartet
July 23   Andrew Speight's Bebop Night
July 24   Victor Lin and Friends
July 26   Geoffrey Keezer Quartet wtih special guest Joe Locke
July 27   Taylor Eigsti / Julian Lage Duo
July 28   Sylvia Cuenca Trio
July 29   Ruth Davies' Blues Night featuring Henry Butler
July 30   Ambrose and Friends
July 31   Tia Fuller and Healing Space
Aug 2   Dena DeRose Trio with special guest Donald Bailey
Aug 3   The Agosto Trio: Scofield / Grenadier / Stewart
Aug 4   Barry Harris / Charles McPherson Quartet
Aug 5   Jason Moran / Larry Grenadier / Richard Davis / Jeff Ballard
Aug 6   Delfeayo Marsalis & the Stanford Jazz Workshop Sextet
Aug 8   Stanford Jazz Workshop All-Star Jam Session
Aug 9   Fly + 1 with special guest Joshua Redman
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Mary Stallings
Mary Stallings, vocals; Alan Steeger, piano; Ron Belcher, bass; Darrell Green, drums

Saturday, June 28 | 8 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students

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By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford Ticket Office
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Program Notes

“Stallings’ voice is supple and timeless… encompassing the whole history of music.” – San Francisco Chronicle

According to the New York Times, “perhaps the best jazz singer singing today is a woman almost everybody seems to have missed.” That woman is Mary Stallings, a Bay Area native who established a name for herself as one of the finest jazz singers of the 1960s, performing with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Cal Tjader, Billy Eckstine, and Count Basie. After taking a hiatus from her recording career in the 1970s to raise her daughter and work as a clothes designer, Stallings stepped back into the national jazz spotlight in 1999 when the owner of the famous Village Vanguard nightclub in New York heard a recording of her singing and eventually tracked her down at her home in San Francisco. Ever since then, jazz fans have had the pleasure of rediscovering Stallings, whose voice and phrasing continued to mature and improve during her long sabbatical. In 2006 she was presented with the San Francisco Jazz Festival’s Beacon Award for her contributions to jazz in the Bay Area.

Mary Stallings web site


Q&A with Mary Stallings

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
Billie  Holiday

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
clothes designer

What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had on the bandstand?
various wardrobe malfunctions that I cannot speak of

What's your favorite food?
Healthy Food!

What's the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
Burma

What‚s the last book you’ve read?
“The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne

If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Louis Armstrong, Hank Jones, Jimmy Jones for obvious reasons

What's your favorite tune?
Lush Life

What's your favorite jazz venue?
Village Vanguard, NY

Who is your greatest musical influence?
Dina Washington, various horn players and many musicians over so many years – that’s a tough question!

How much do you practice each week? 
15–20 hours per week.

What hobbies do you have? 
gardening, interior design

When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
I began singing when I was eight years old, and started working at that age. I was introduced in church to religious music which formed my dreams, and career from there. I sang at the age of 15 professionally, it's all history from there on out.

 If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it be and why?
 blue, red, yellow, and white. It all depends on the day, the mood, the love, etc.

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