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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
Whitfield, Greensill

Wesla Whitfield & the Mike Greensill Trio
Wesla Whitfield, vocals; Mike Greensill, piano; John Wiitala, bass; Vince Lateano, drums

Sunday, July 12, 7:30 pm
Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students

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Listen: Wesla Whitfield – "I Have Dreamed"

Listen: Wesla Whitfield – "I'll be Tired of You"

Read about Wesla in the May 31st edition of the San Francisco Chronicle's Datebook

Acclaimed singer Wesla Whitfield is a gifted and distinctive interpreter of the Great American Songbook. With a classically-trained voice, an innate sense of jazz timing, and the storytelling flair of a great cabaret singer, she gets to the heart of a song’s lyrics and melody. Although she calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, Whitfield is in constant demand in New York, where she captivates audiences in venues such as the Algonquin Oak Room, Le Jazz Au Bar, The Metropolitan Room and Joe’s Pub at New York’s Public Theater. She has also graced the stages of Town Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Carnegie Hall, and the Village Voice refers to her as “the best singer—jazz or whatever—around today.” Whitfield’s husband and music director Mike Greensill provides piano accompaniment and instrumental arrangements that complement her singing and add to the drama of her interpretations. His arrangements showcase Whitfield’s voice with groups as diverse as the Kronos Quartet and the Klingel Horns French Horn Quartet. For this performance, Greensill and Whitfield will be joined by longtime collaborators John Wiitala on bass and Vince Lateano on drums.

“Ultimately, there is nothing easy about what Whitfield does; she just makes it sound that way. Her singing is musically sophisticated and emotionally direct.”

–Boston Globe

Wesla Whitfield website


Q&A with Wesla Whitfield

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
Tico-Tico (A Brazilian choro piece recorded by Carmen Miranda).

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
I would have been a computer programmer or a paralegal or something wonderfully lucrative, but very unhappy.

What’s your favorite food?
I love tacos – the really cheap kind. I can't actually eat them any more, but I still love them.

What’s the last book you’ve read?
A biography about Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Teddy's first child.

What’s your favorite tune?
“Looking At You”

What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Either Le Jazz Au Bar or the Plush Room – both now gone.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
Karrin Allyson

How much do you practice each week?
About 20 hours on average – days are too damned short!

What hobbies do you have?
I love to crochet, sew, read and go for long 'walks' into town.

If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz musician, what would you be and why?
I'd be a writer – you don't have to cajole people to come watch while you work!

When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
I knew at two and a half that I would be a musician when I heard a band playing at the Bucket Of Blood, an old dance hall in Arroyo Grande, CA where my parents went. After that I did everything I could to learn music in all forms - beginning with singing in the church choir, playing drums in grammar school, taking piano lessons and eventually studying voice.