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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

Simply 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
Tickets: $20 general | $10 students

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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?
Richard Sears

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
Youth counselor

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?
Flat noodles

What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
Cuba

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 musicians!

What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Yoshi's in Oakland

Who is your greatest musical influence?
Miles Davis

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?
8-12 hours

What hobbies do you have?
Martial arts

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.

Do you have a favorite music-related joke (that can be told in mixed company!)
What is the definition of a half step? Two clarinets playing in unison.

When 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.