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2009 Stanford Jazz Festival

> 2009 Festival At A Glance
June 26   James Moody Quartet featuring Benny Green
June 27   Early Bird featuring Crosspulse Duo/Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble
June 27   Gonzalo Rubalcaba
June 28   Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet
July 3   Bobbe Norris with the Larry Dunlap Trio
July 5   Songs of Sinatra: An American Celebration
July 10   Wycliffe Gordon Quartet
July 11   Early Bird Jazz: Woodwinds & Strings
July 11   Regina Carter Quintet
July 12   Everything You Wanted to Know About Jazz (But Were Afraid to Ask)
July 12   Wesla Whitfield & the Mike Greensill Trio
July 17   Brazilian Guitarist Paulo Bellinati with special guests Carlos Oliveira & Harvey Wainapel
July 18   The Donald Harrison 3D Experience
July 19   Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
July 20   Blastin’ Barriers with Frederick Harris & Friends
July 21   Julian Lage Group
July 22   Ruth Davies Blues Night with Elvin Bishop
July 23   Simply Standards with Melecio Magdaluyo
July 25   Matt Wilson’s Sonic Garden featuring Julian Lage
July 26   Taylor Eigsti & Free Agency
July 27   Horace-Scope with Jaz Sawyer
July 28   Jeb Patton Trio featuring Albert “Tootie” Heath
July 29   1959 Revisited
July 30   SJW Mentors with Matt Wilson
Aug 1   Madeline Eastman featuring Terell Stafford
Aug 2   The Heath Brothers
Aug 3   Generations Jazz Project
Aug 4   Stan@Stanford: Remembering Stan Getz
Aug 5   Mulgrew Miller Trio
Aug 7   SJW All-Star Jam Session
Aug 8   Dena DeRose Quartet featuring Steve Davis

Songs of Sinatra: An American Celebration
Danny Grewen, vocals/trombone; Noel Jewkes, tenor saxophone; Jim Rothermel, woodwinds; Larry Dunlap, piano; Seward McCain, bass; David Rokeach, drums

Sunday, July 5, 2:30 pm
Take 5!Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students

Inside Jazz:
The Voice that Could Sing Nearly Anything
Alisa Clancy, KCSM Radio Operations Manager & Host, Morning Cup of Jazz
1:30 pm, Free with concert ticket

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Video: "Fly Me to the Moon" (Frank Sinatra live)

I've Got You Under My Skin - (photo montage with music)

Listen: Frank Sinatra – "I Get a Kick out of You"

Listen: Frank Sinatra – "They Can't Take that Away from Me"

Listen: Frank Sinatra – "Get Happy "

The popular songs of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley in the 1930s and 40s are a huge part of any jazz musician’s repertoire, and nobody sang these timeless melodies and witty, urbane lyrics better than Frank Sinatra. With impeccable timing, a mellifluous voice, and boundless charisma, Sinatra came to personify the sophistication and style of the music we now call the Great American Songbook—the same tunes that provided the launching point for the daring improvisations of bebop artists like Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. Although they might seem to occupy different ends of the jazz spectrum, modern jazz pioneers from Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins to Joe Lovano and John Zorn have acknowledged Sinatra as a major influence. The Stanford Jazz Festival’s tribute to the life and music of Ol' Blue Eyes features an extraordinary group of musicians who honor the legacy of Sinatra’s golden age while carrying it into the future: trombonist/vocalist Danny Grewen, multi-reed master Jim Rothermel, saxophonist Noel Jewkes, pianist Larry Dunlap, bassist Seward McCain, and drummer David Rokeach.

“Larry Dunlap… (is) a remarkable and versatile accompanist… one of the best jazz pianists around — anywhere”

– San Francisco Chronicle

Supported in part by Bruce Powell, Gene & Patricia Carter.

Q&A with Larry Dunlap

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
The first recording was maybe a Little Orly children’s record or perhaps a very clever story with song parodies called “Hey, Hey, Out Of My Way”. The first jazz record I remember was We Three by Phineas Newborn, Paul Chambers and Roy Haynes. This is still one of my favorite recordings.

What job would you have if you weren't a jazz musician?
I would try my hand at writing novels, probably in the horror genre.

What’s the strangest experience you've ever had on the bandstand?
I actually fell asleep on a solo piano gig playing background music for a big dinner and continued playing.

What's your favorite food?
Indian Food and tapioca.

What's the most exotic place you've traveled to as a musician?
Jakarta, Indonesia with vocalist Mark Murphy. I traveled onto Bali, perhaps the most interesting place I have spent time.

What's the last book you've read?
I read a lot in many different genres. Most recently I have read Bad Men by John Connolly, a thriller mixing crime and the supernatural on an isolated island off the coast of Maine.

If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
I feel a very strong connection to the music of Ivan Lins. I consider him a friend, but we have never played music together. His music is always profoundly melodic with surprising harmonic movement that seems very natural and intuitive. Not jazz, but a music that is very close to my heart. One of my greatest musical pleasures is playing new music the first time it is heard. I would love to have played new music with and by Gil Evans or Gary McFarland.

What's your favorite jazz venue?
Currently Yoshi’s Oakland, but I loved the original Yoshi’s even more. It had a warmth and intimacy that has not been equaled. The most fun place I have played is a small club in Tokyo called Sakuranbo.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
Herbie Hancock. He’s continually innovative and probing, while remaining accessible and warm.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three recordings with you, what would they be?
We Three (Phineas Newborn, Paul Chambers, Roy Haynes)
Sweet Rain (Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Roy Haynes)
The Sandpiper Soundtrack (Johnny Mandel, featuring Jack Sheldon)
I have listened to all of these countless times.

How much do you practice each week?
I almost never actually practice, but I sight-read and play a lot.

What hobbies do you have?
I read and watch movies. I also hike as much as I can. I love nature. I love traveling when I can afford it.

If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz musician, what would you be and why?
I would (and do) compose in non-jazz styles for groups large and small. Jazz is only one type of music that I enjoy.

When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
Members of my family have all been very involved with music, but I am the only one who has followed a jazz path. Other family members performed classical and church music as well as barbershop quartet and choral music. I studied classical piano from the age of four, but not with my mother who was a wonderful piano teacher. A band director in the fourth through the seventh grade was a jazz musician and gave me my early jazz education, including many scores from Downbeat Magazine that gave a good foundation in arranging. (I played baritone horn in the band.) My high school band director gave me my first jobs as a side musician in a band that he worked with. I began playing dance jobs in high school and working with jazz groups in college.

If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it be and why?
Every sound, almost every note, is a different color to me.