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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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Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira
Sandy Cressman, vocals; Harvey Wainapel, saxophones; Marcos Silva, keyboards; Dave Belove, bass; Celso Alberti, drums

Monday, July 21 | 7:30 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $20 general | $10 students

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Program Notes

“A singer’s singer who has graced the work of artists like Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, and Rebeca Mauleon, Sandy has carved a name for herself in the ‘80s with jazz vocal group Pastiche. ‘Homenagem Brasileira’ is a cool shower of interpretive works that showcases the warmly superb and crystalline voice of this emerging diva.” – Latin Beat Magazine

Vocalist Sandy Cressman exudes a deep passion for Brazilian music. With her quintet Homenagem Brasiliera, she explores the richness and diversity of that country’s musical tradition. While many jazz performers endlessly recycle the same few Brazilian tunes, Homenagem Brasiliera has a large and actively growing repertoire, from popular classics to seldom-heard gems by composers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Hermeto Pascoal, and Baden Powell. Cressman was born in New York, but felt a special kinship to the music of Brazil after hearing Ivan Lins while at U.C. Berkeley. She immersed herself in the music, learning to speak Portuguese fluently, and began to collaborate with Brazilian pianist Marcos Silva, from which relationship Homenagem Brasiliera emerged. These master musicians honor the classic sounds of Brazilian music in all its many varieties, while adding their own creative spark. They have performed extensively for more than nine years and have recorded two CDs.

Homenagem Brasileira web site

Q&A with Sandy Cressman

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
I don’t remember the first recording but one of the first live performances that had a big effect on me that I never forgot is a brazilian girl at the talent show at my Junior High School singing “Mais que Nada”. That music electrified me even then.

Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
Bassist and singer Esperanza Spaulding – a great singer, great player, fresh, exciting music.

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
A dancer.

What’s your favorite food?
Good French cuisine with red wine.

What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
Brazil, of course.

What’s the last book you’ve read?
“Lush Life” by Richard Price.

If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Dori Caymmi; so soulful.

What’s your favorite tune?
Impossible to choose...

What’s your favorite thing about being a Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member?
Working with great students.

What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Les 7 Lézards, Paris.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis Regina, Dori Caymmi, Irene Kral.

How much do you practice each week?
Not as much as I would like to!

What hobbies do you have?
Jazz dance.

When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
I always sang, but while in college at UC Berkeley I discovered the jazz choir and I was hooked.

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