June 26 – August 8, 2009
Tickets on sale now!
By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); Online / In Person: Stanford
For more information, go to our Ticketing
Download events to your iCal.
Sign up for our E-Newsletter for
exclusive news and previews of the 2009 Season!
I’m excited to announce the incredible artists scheduled
to perform at this year’s Stanford Jazz Festival. This
year – our 38th – has one of the most exciting lineups
we’ve ever produced. Rich in talent, diversity, and memorable
experiences for audiences and performers alike, this distinctive
program is a perfect musical remedy for these stressful times.
Many of our performances celebrate jazz legends of the past
and present. Jazz icon James Moody is
featured along with Benny
Green on Opening Night, and bebop masters and SJF favorites
the Heath Brothers return on August
2. We honor Frank Sinatra with a special program entitled “Songs
of Sinatra” on
the Fourth of July weekend. Other themed events include “1959
Revisited”, celebrating that watershed year
in jazz, along with a concert I’m especially looking forward
to: “Remembering Stan Getz” – Stan’s
contributions were integral in the Workshop’s formative
years and helped make our program what it is today. (Also, don’t
miss our “Inside Jazz” pre-concert talk, a panel
discussion including artists, educators and former students who
came to know Getz well during his time at Stanford.)
The diversity of jazz interpretation is featured on opening
weekend with a first-time SJF solo performance by Afro-Cuban
piano great Gonzalo Rubalcaba,
and an exciting Latin show with drummer Dafnis
Prieto and his Si o Si Quartet (the
ensemble’s West Coast premiere). We’re also showcasing
the Brazilian guitar virtuoso Paulo Bellinati with
a rare Bay Area performance featuring Harvey Wainapel.
We’re very proud to bring back the extraordinary violinist
Regina Carter, and local legend
bluesman Elvin Bishop joins bassist Ruth Davies for one of the
most popular Stanford Jazz Festival traditions: “Blues
As always, the festival coincides with our summer jazz education
programs: three weeks of intensive study and playing that bring
together some of the best artists, educators, and students from
the Bay Area and beyond. This annual gathering of extraordinary
musicians provides the inspiration for all that we do, and always
results in some of the season’s best performances – the
concerts that are remembered and talked about for years afterward.
In the past, these shows have featured distinguished faculty
members such as Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Joe Henderson.
It’s especially gratifying to present the amazing faculty,
alumni, and students – including current and future all-stars
of jazz – in unique performances on campus. Included are
the Generations Band with Eric Alexander, Wayne
Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, Julian
Lage, Taylor Eigsti, Madeline
Eastman with Terell Stafford, and many
Finally, don’t overlook our many free and family-oriented
events, such as our “Early Bird” shows
and my “Everything You
Wanted to Know About Jazz” class: these daytime programs
are educational as well as entertaining, accessible, and free.
All of these shows – and so many more – will be presented
on the beautiful Stanford campus in intimate venues that bring
you closer to the music. Whether you’re a lifelong jazz
fan or just discovering this uniquely American art form for the
first time, you’ll find a relaxed, casual, and welcoming
atmosphere. It promises to be a festival full of amazing performances.
I hope to see you there.
I’d also like to take a moment to remember three of my favorite
jazz artists who passed away this year. Trumpet great Freddie Hubbard’s
performance at our celebration of Dizzy Gillespie’s 75th
birthday (1992) was a highlight of that all-star event. Drummer
Louie Bellson was the “thunder and lightning” (as Duke
Ellington used to say) driving our performance of “Black,
Brown, and Beige,” (1997) one of my favorite musical experiences
in SJW’s 38-year history. The tenor saxophone chair
in that landmark performance was filled by Bay Area great Ron Stallings,
who also led “A Context for Peace,” a memorable evening
of music at the Stanford Jazz Festival in 2004. Each of these great
musicians will be missed, but their lasting contributions to jazz
will always be with us.
Jim Nadel, Artistic and Executive Director