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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

Julian Lage Group
Ben Roseth, alto saxophone; Julian Lage, guitar; Aristides Rivas, cello; Jorge Roeder, bass; Tupac Mantilla, drums

Tuesday, July 21, 7:30 pm
Dinkelspiel Auditorium*
Tickets: $34 general | $17 students

* In response to audience demand, this concert has been moved to Dinkelspiel Auditorium.  Recognizing the intimacy that distinguishes the Campbell Recital Hall concert experience, the Stanford Jazz Festival production staff is making specific technical arrangements to preserve the acoustic excellence and enhance the atmosphere of this very special show. Note: the Take 5! discount ticket offer does not apply to this event.

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VIDEO: Julian Lage EPK for "Sounding Point"

Julian Lage Group @ Club Passim

Following the success of his 2009 album Sounding Point, guitarist Julian Lage brings his exciting international band to the Stanford Jazz Festival. Since he emerged as a child phenomenon, Julian’s playing and musicianship have developed and matured through wide-ranging study and extensive gigging. He has long since come into his own as an artist with something important to say and an undeniable gift for communicating with audiences. His new group’s unique lineup includes cellist Aristides Rivas, percussionist Tupac Mantilla, saxophonist Ben Roseth, and bassist Jorge Roeder. Their concept is firmly rooted in the communication and improvisation of jazz, but their sound is strikingly original and not easily categorized, drawing on folk, bluegrass, Latin American music, chamber music, and more. Sounding Point features Julian’s own jazz compositions as well as diverse covers, collaborations, and original through-composed pieces. An electrifying performer with limitless creativity and a unique vision, Julian Lage has become a favorite of Stanford audiences, and this performance by his innovative group is not to be missed.

“[Lage] plays like Jim Hall with a dash of Chet Atkins. His solos sparkle…”

– popmatters

Julian Lage website

Supported in part by John & Carolyn Messer, the Ongkeko/del Calvo Family

Photo Credit: Jimmy Katz

Q&A with Julian Lage 

Who are your favorite musicians or composers?
In no particular order I would definitely say my favorites are Wayne Shorter, Igor Stravinsky, Jim Hall, J.S. Bach, Martha Argerich, Björk, Maurice Ravel, Danilo Perez, Julian Bream, Brad Mehldau, Chris Thile, Steve Kimock, Inara George, and Nat Mugavaro.

Do you have any rituals or superstitions when preparing for performances?
Before shows with my group, we like to come together and choose a couple of themes that we want to pursue on any given night. Some nights we might play thinking about struggle, and what it means to us as well as how to overcome it. Other nights, it might be suspense: How can we play so the sound feels like the music is lurking in the room, eager to jump out at you.

Describe the most memorable gig you’ve ever attended when you weren’t playing but were in the audience.
I have two shows that are tied. Seeing Björk a few years ago at Shoreline completely changed my life. Taylor Eigsti has always been a huge Björk fan and I hadn't ever really gotten into her. So when he found out she was coming to the Bay Area, he said, "You are coming!" I'm so grateful he persisted! The second most memorable show was seeing Wayne Shorter with Herbie Hancock, Brian Blade, and Dave Holland at the Newport Jazz Festival. I watched from backstage and I remember that as the set unfolded, the rain started to come in from off the coast. It felt as though their music had the power to call the rain. It was beautiful.

What are your hidden talents?
Hmmmm, I'm not sure I have any......oh wait! I used to be able to touch a 10-foot basketball rim. Does that count?

What are your two favorite places and why?
I think my favorite city is Copenhagen, Denmark mainly because I love the sense of design there. There is an incredible creative energy that you feel there that is unlike any other city. I'm also a quite a big Bay Area fan.

What do you do to relax?
It's hard for me to really slow down and relax but when I do, I love cooking with my girlfriend and watching Arrested Development.

Is there a particular teacher or teachers who had a strong influence on you?
I've been so fortunate to have many amazing teachers in my life both musically and personally. One person who has been my biggest influence as a guitarist as well as a personal role model is my guitar teacher, Randy Vincent. From the time I was eight to 13, I took two, three-hour lessons a week with Randy and I'm so grateful for the time we spent together.

 “I’d really love to meet…”
Osvaldo Golijov.

Give us a playlist from your Ipod.
1. "The Races" by The Bird and The Bee
2. Symphony No. 7 by Dmitri Shostakovich
3. "The Blind Leaving The Blind, Mvt. 1" by Punch Brothers
4. "Masquelero" by Wayne Shorter Quartet
5. "Whitewater" by Bela Fleck