Standards with Melecio Magdaluyo
Sandy Cressman, vocals; Melecio Magdaluyo, woodwinds; Erik Jekabson,
trumpet; Joe Gilman, piano; Seward McCain, bass; Jaz Sawyer, drums
Thursday, July 23, 7:30 pm
Campbell Recital Hall
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Standards are the universal language of jazz. Musicians who have
never met or heard one another can take the stage together confident
in the knowledge that everyone will be able to play “All the
Things You Are,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Stella
by Starlight,” or any of a long list of beloved tunes. That
these songs are so widely known and have endured so long is a testament
not only to the great composers who wrote them, but also to the versatility
and imagination with which they have been interpreted by generations
of jazz musicians. One of the unique challenges of playing jazz is
making such familiar tunes sound fresh and exciting every time, so
it’s common to hear improvisers really let their creativity
off the leash when playing standards. Multi-woodwind master Melecio
Magdaluyo has performed with the Asian American Jazz Orchestra, Pete
Escovedo, Machete Ensemble, and countless others, in addition to
leading his own quintet. Along with pianist Joe Gilman, bassist Seward
McCain, and drummer Jaz Sawyer, plus special guests, Magdaluyo will
explore the boundless creative possibilities of these beloved songs.
Photo Credit: John Spragens
Q&A with Melicio Magdaluyo
What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles
Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever
had on the bandstand?
Seeing a upright bass collapse during a performance
What’s your favorite food?
What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled
to as a musician?
What’s the last book you’ve read?
The Book Of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinponche
If you could play with any other musician, living or dead
(with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Hampton Hawes. I love his playing, comping and harmonic approach!
What’s your favorite tune?
“Prelude to a Kiss” by Duke Ellington
What’s your favorite thing about being a Stanford
Jazz Workshop faculty member?
Sharing knowledge, learning while teaching, and meeting great
What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Yoshi's in Oakland
Who is your greatest musical influence?
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three
recordings with you, what would they be?
Miles in Europe by Miles Davis; Star Time by James
Brown; Indestructible by Ray Baretto
How much do you practice each week?
What hobbies do you have?
If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz
musician, what would you be and why?
A visual artist—it’s another way of expression.
you have a favorite music-related joke (that can be told in mixed
What is the definition of a half step? Two clarinets playing in unison.
did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events
led to your becoming a professional musician?
I started playing sax at 15 at the urging of a counselor who said
I needed to find something because trouble had found me.
If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it
be and why?
Ultra violet, which transcends many realms.