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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

Taylor Eigsti & Free Agency
Gretchen Parlato, vocals; Becca Stevens, vocals; Gerald Clayton, piano; Taylor Eigsti, piano; Harish Raghavan, bass; Aaron McLendon, drums

Sunday, July 26, 7:30 pm
Take 5!Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $32 general | $16 students

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VIDEO: Taylor Eigsti at the Jazz Standard, May 2008

Listen: "Less Free Will"

Listen: "Deluge"

Menlo Park native Taylor Eigsti has taken the jazz world by storm in the last few years. His 2006 album Lucky to Be Me received two Grammy nominations, and his most recent recording, 2008’s Let It Come to You, has earned wide acclaim. Since moving to New York he has gigged widely with his own groups, as well as in a duo setting with guitarist Julian Lage and other collaborative projects. Eigsti has also proved himself to be an ambitious composer, arranger, and bandleader. The title of his new project Free Agency reflects his practice of assembling ideas and influences from disparate musical sources the way a football team drafts players. The group’s sound features adventurous improvisation with an eclectic and unpredictable mix of rock and R&B rhythms, classical and jazz harmonies, and the layering aesthetic of electronic music. This performance will be an early opportunity to hear Taylor’s brand-new ensemble, which features vocalists Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, keyboardist Sam Barsh, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Aaron McLendon.

“He’s the most amazing talent I've ever come across. Remember him.”

– Dave Brubeck

Taylor Eigsti website

Supported by Joan Talbert & David Lyon.

Photo Credit: Devin DeHaven

Q&A with Taylor Eigsti

Do you have any rituals or superstitions when preparing for performances?
I usually don’t have time for any rituals. I am 85% deaf in my right ear, and so I always have to put the monitors on the left side so I can hear them better. This also makes me take waaaay too long in sound checks. As a result, I'm usually left with no time to get out a Ouija board, light some candles, churn homemade butter, or do any of those such strange rituals before the show. However, if it's available, I do throw hand powder in the air like LeBron James.

Describe your most exciting gig, ever.
The first gig with Free Agency last month! I've had these songs swimming around in my head for two years, and it feels so incredible to finally get a chance to play them with humans. The other most exciting gig might have been performing with Harish Raghavan at Carnegie Hall last year.

Describe the most memorable gig you’ve ever attended when you weren’t playing but were in the audience.
Björk at Shoreline Ampitheatre, 2007, by a landslide....

Name something you’re most proud of.
My quarterbacking skills :)

What are your hidden talents?
There is an iPhone game called "Arcade Bowling". At one point, I had the #5 all-time score in the world. I hope my mother is reading this, and that she is proud of me. 

What’s your pet peeve?
Well, I've written some pretty extensive blogs on these. Probably the biggest thing in the world that I hate is cilantro. This, and people driving in my blind spot.

What are your two favorite places and why?
Lucerne, Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain. I also love New York, where I live. And the Bay Area of course!

Is there a particular teacher or teachers who had a strong influence on you?
Cole Dalton, Randy Masters, Shelly Berg, Benny Green, Mulgrew Miller, and everyone who taught at SJW when I went there. Also, the musicians I play with FOR SURE!

What advice would you give to young jazz musicians developing their craft?
Come to Stanford Jazz Workshop....

“I’d really love to meet…”
Barack Obama and Zach Galifianakis. Maybe together?

Do you think music should have a message or can it simply be aesthetic?
I think it can be both, and it’s healthy to aim for either at different times.