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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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Jason Moran / Larry Grenadier / Richard Davis / Jeff Ballard
Jason Moran, piano; Larry Grenadier, bass; Richard Davis, bass; Jeff Ballard, drums

Take 5!Tuesday, August 5 | 8 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $32 general | $16 students

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Program Notes

“Moran’s music swells and swarms unpredictably, skittering here, accelerating there, embroidering a composition by Brahms or Prokofiev, easing into a head-nodding rhythmic groove, or meditating on a pop standard such as “Moon River” or a riff borrowed from Bronx hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa.” – Smithsonian Magazine

An avant-garde masterpiece from the 1960’s will get a fresh treatment from some of today’s most adventurous jazz mavericks when Jason Moran presents his re-interpretation of Andrew Hill’s seminal album Smokestack. Moran is an exciting pianist who carries on the legacy of innovators like Jaki Byard, Hill, and Muhal Richard Abrams. The Houston, Texas native has earned a reputation as a fearless experimenter who brings together disparate influences with dazzling, unpredictable results. He has worked with visionaries like Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, and Von Freeman. For his Stanford performance, Moran will lead a band featuring drummer Jeff Ballard and bassists Larry Grenadier and Richard Davis through a re-examination of the music from Andrew Hill’s 1963 album Smokestack. Hill’s mysterious, abstract compositions define their own unique territory between post-bop and free jazz, combining contemporary harmonies with a rich palette of unconventional sounds and techniques. Richard Davis, whose performance on the original Smokestack re-imagined the role of the bass 45 years ago, will provide the bridge from the past to the future.

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Q&A with Jason Moran and Richard Davis

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
JM: Suzuki piano book One.
RD: “A Tisket A Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald.

Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
JM: Tyshawn Sorrey.

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
JM: Herpetologist.
RD: None.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had on the bandstand?
JM: Multiple fights happening in the audience.

What’s your favorite food?
JM: Anything Chef Frechon is making at Paris’ Hotel Bristol.
RD: Red beans & rice & corn bread.

What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
JM: America.
RD: Monaco.

What’s the last book you’ve read?
JM: “A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music” by George Lewis.
RD: “The First R: How Children Learn Race & Racism” by Debra Van Ausdale.

If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
JM: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to hear his improvisations, and to hear how he would respond.
RD: Thelonious Monk because I was born to be his bass player.

What’s your favorite tune?
JM: The tune I’m playing.
RD: Too many, but I will say “Passion Flower” played by Johnny Hodges and written by Billy Strayhorn.

What’s your favorite thing about being a Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member?
JM: Having a chance to play with Richard Davis, a man that played with both of my teachers Jaki Byard and Andrew Hill.

What’s your favorite jazz venue?
JM: Bimhuis-Amsterdam.
RD: The Village Vanguard in New York City.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
JM: Thelonious Monk.
RD: Walter Dyett, High School Director.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three recordings with you, what would they be?
JM: Herbie Nichols-Love , Gloom, Cash; Jay Dee- Donuts & Lulu- Alban Berg
RD: Ben Webster, Miles Davis & Duke Ellington.

How much do you practice each week?
JM: 1 hour.
RD: 7 hours.

What hobbies do you have?
JM: Collecting records (wax only), collecting art.
RD: Watching boxing matches and riding horses.

If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz musician, what would you be and why?
JM: A dancer – the ability to tell narrative with only body movement seems challenging but rewarding.

When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
JM: When I heard hip-hop in the early 80s I got into music. My parents put me in piano classes and despite many attempts to quit, something kept pulling me in.
RD: Stage shows.

If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it be and why?
JM: Black-it casts no shadow, it absorbs all, it is sometimes not regarded as a color, and against a sharp white background it is the subject.
RD: Blue.

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