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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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Sylvia Cuenca Trio
Jared Gold, organ; Ed Cherry, guitar; Sylvia Cuenca, drums

Monday, July 28 | 7:30 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $20 general | $10 students

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Program Notes

“Drummer Sylvia Cuenca might not be as publicly recognized as other sisters of the skins, such as Terri Lynne Carrington or Cindy Blackman, but she deserves to be. Equally creative behind a big band (like Frank Foster’s Loud Minority) or in a small group context, she is probably best known for her extended association with Jazzmaster Clark Terry.” – Cadence Magazine

San Jose native Sylvia Cuenca is known for the energy and versatility of her drumming. A graduate of San Jose City College, Sylvia moved to New York at the age of 21 to pursue a career in music. One of her first gigs after arriving in New York was a European tour with tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, which led to a four-year long stint as the drummer in his group. Since then, Sylvia has performed with a long list of prominent jazz artists, including Gary Bartz, George Cables, Jimmy Heath, Joshua Redman, Kenny Barron and Eddie Henderson. Perhaps Cuenca’s most significant collaboration so far has been her long association with trumpet icon Clark Terry. She has performed with Terry in the most prestigious international venues, and has taken the opportunity to learn from a true master of jazz. Sylvia also leads her own ensembles in and around New York, including a trio with guitarist Dave Stryker and organist Kyle Koehler, which can be heard on her most recent album, Exit 13 (Etoile Records).

Sylvia Cuenca web site

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Q&A with Sylvia Cuenca

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
There was always music on around the house, either from the radio or my father’s jazz collection. The first jazz recording I remember hearing was James Moody’s “Moody’s Mood for Love”.

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
It’s hard to imagine not being a jazz musician, but I’m a big nature lover so I’d probably work in the wildlife or nature conservation field.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had on the bandstand?
This isn’t that strange, but it sure was shocking. One night, I was playing at the Village Vanguard with Clark Terry. I turned around and seated right behind me were Max Roach, Roy Haynes and Louis Hayes!!! They all sat-in!!!

What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
The Canary Islands.

What’s the last book you’ve read?
Real Estate Investing by Robert Kiyosaki.

What’s your favorite jazz venue?
The Village Vanguard. I love the sound there.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
My father was my first musical influence. He’s a guitarist and he introduced me to jazz at an early age. After that, I’d say Max, Philly, Roy, Bird, Dizzy, Miles, Coltrane.....too many influences to name here.

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