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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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Sony Holland Plus Five
Sony Holland, vocals; Charles McNeal, tenor saxophone; Jeff Buenz, guitar; Benny Watson, piano; Seward McCain, bass; David Rokeach, drums

Sunday, July 6 | 7:30 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

“…a strong and versatile voice along with a style that fits the standards she interprets perfectly.” – L.A. Jazz Scene

Sony Holland is a singer who knows her way around the standards. With a style that is once sophisticated and emotionally direct, her interpretations of the great American songbook show a deep respect and love for the material while adding an unmistakable spark of personality. Originally from northern Minnesota, Sony fell in love with jazz while spending a year in Paris and has earned a devoted following worldwide with her renditions of standards, contemporary classics, and original songs. She has made the Bay Area her home since 2003, although she now performs internationally, including extensive concert tours and residencies in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. Her most recent album, Swing, Bossas, Ballads & Blues is an intimate set of 16 of Sony’s favorite songs from many different eras and musical traditions, which she brings together with impeccable musicianship and true feeling.

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Q&A with Sony Holland

What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had on the bandstand?
That has got to be singing through a 6.7 earthquake at the New York Bar in Tokyo. It is on the 52nd floor and at first I thought I was having a dizzy spell. The building is designed to sway and it was really swinging! We all just kept on playing. I also have been in some major winds at the Sirocco in Bangkok, which is outdoors on 64th floor. Sometimes a gust would blow away the musicians’ sheet music and we’d just have to get through the song the best we could.

What’s your favorite jazz venue?
I’ve played in some great clubs and exotic places, but I always think back to what my first bassist Charles Dungee used to say - “They are all just joint’s, whether it’s Carnegie Hall or Joe’s Bar & Grill.” Some are done up fancy, but it’s the music that always matters. That being said the thing that makes me happiest is a great sound engineer.

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
School teacher, preferably kindergarten.

What’s your favorite food?
I am a Midwestern kid and I used to have pretty bland tastes. When I moved to Paris for a year I was exposed to more interesting foods. There were French, Italian, Vietnamese and African markets in my neighborhood (20th arrondissement) and I also got hooked on a little sushi restaurant in Montmarte. Sushi is my favorite, but a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich is still hard to beat.

How much do you practice each week?
I practice every day whenever possible. Sometimes a vocalist needs a day or two off. But the toughest challenge for a musician today is that there aren’t enough venues to perform 6 or 7 nights a week like in the glory days of jazz. Practicing at home is crucial but as a vocalist I live to communicate to a live audience. Every venue is different and it takes experience to handle all the variables and still give a natural and compelling performance.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
My mother was the first of many. She is a trained coloratura and also taught piano lessons when I was young. We always had music playing in the house.

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