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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

Brazilian Guitarist Paulo Bellinati with special guests Carlos Oliveira & Harvey Wainapel
Paulo Bellinati, guitar; Carlos Oliveira, guitar; Harvey Wainapel, saxophones

Friday, July 17, 8 pm
Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students

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Video: Paulo Bellinati, "Surfboard" (Jobim)



In addition to being a virtuoso performer in the classical tradition, guitarist Paulo Bellinati is a composer, arranger, scholar, and master of a wide range of Brazilian musical styles. He has played with world-class artists from a variety of backgrounds, including Carla Bley, Gal Costa, and Steve Swallow, and luminaries such as John Williams and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet have performed and recorded his compositions. Bellinati is inspired by the richness of Brazil’s musical heritage and his music combines deep knowledge of dozens of regional styles and traditions with a contemporary vision and innovative spirit. Bellinati is joined by two of the Bay Area’s most accomplished performers of Brazilian music. Seven-string nylon guitar master Carlos Oliveira was born in Pernambuco, a state in northeastern Brazil. He moved to the United States in 1980, bringing the region’s heavily African-influenced style with him. While many American jazz musicians occasionally season their sound with a dash of generic bossa nova, saxophonist Harvey Wainapel has embraced Brazilian music deeply and plays with uncommon authenticity and feeling.

“Possessing a quicksilver virtuosity, arranger, composer, scholar, and guitar virtuoso Paulo Bellinati, indisputably one of the giants on his chosen instrument.”

– Brazzil Magazine

Paolo Bellinati website

Inside Jazz:
History & Development of Brazilian Choro
Harvey Wainapel
7 pm, Free with concert ticket

Q&A Paulo Bellinati

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
My grand father’s recordings, mainly Italian opera hits.

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
I believe I would be a Scientist. I was fascinated by chemical experiments when I was kid.

What’s your favorite food?
Italian of course – pasta and pizza.

What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
Taipei, Taiwan by far.

What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Eremitage in Schwaz, Austria.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
My favorite Brazilian guitar players/composers are Garoto, Laurindo de Almeida, Luiz Bonfá, Dilermando Reis and Baden Powell. My favorite American guitar players are Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and Joe Pass.

When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
It happened quickly. My father showed me the first chords when I was 13. I began music lessons with my very first music teacher when I was 15, and I got a job in a restaurant playing rhythm guitar when I was 16. I graduated from the Conservatory of São Paulo when I was 18. I never worked in anything else besides music; one thing always led to another.

If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it be and why?
Well sometimes the music is sad and slow, which would be gray and foggy. Sometimes it is bright and fast, which would be red. When it gets serious it is navy blue, and when it’s fun and happy it’s green and yellow, like the Brazilian flag.