Horace-Scope with Jaz Sawyer
Danny Brown, tenor saxophone; Joel Ryan, trumpet; Danny Grewen,
trombone; Sam Grobe-Heintz, piano; Gilbert Fix, bass; Jaz Sawyer,
Monday, July 27, 7:30 pm
Campbell Recital Hall
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Listen: Horace Silver – "Song
for My Father"
Every jazz student knows Horace Silver as the composer of the ubiquitous bossa
nova “Song for My Father,” a tune with an elegant
simplicity that makes it ideal for beginning improvisers. But those
who dig a little deeper into Silver’s extensive catalog will
discover that he is one of the finest and most prolific jazz composers
of any era. His tunes vary widely in style from hard-bop to bossa
novas, modal ballads, bluesy funk, and beyond; what unifies
them all is the consistently amazing quality. Drummer Jaz Sawyer
and Horace-Scope celebrate Silver’s songbook as well as classics from the 1960s
Blue Note Era that he helped define. Horace-Scope’s front line
of saxophonist Danny Brown, trumpeter Joel Ryan, and trombonist Danny
Grewen re-create Silver’s signature three-horn harmonies in all
their swinging glory. The vitality, variety, and brilliance of the
hard-bop era’s greatest musicians come alive in their spirited
and loving tribute.
Photo Credit: Sara Johnson
Q&A with Jaz Sawyer
What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
Stevie Wonder & Buddy Rich.
Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
Samora & Elena Pinderhuges.
What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had on the bandstand?
Zealous fans in the audience.
What’s your favorite food?
Anything that is eatable, oh and cookies.
What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
What’s the last book you’ve read?
Russell Simmons Do You!
If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom
you have not played), who would it be and why?
Charlie Parker, because he was the truth.
What’s your favorite tune?
I like “Evidence” by Monk.
What’s your favorite thing about being a Stanford Jazz Workshop
Having the chance to work with the great students coming up and the
faculty. It is truly a rewarding experience personally and professionally.
Who is your favorite Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member?
I would have to say Tootie of course.
What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Blue Note Jazz club in New York City.
Who is your greatest musical influence?
Art Blakey and Max Roach
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three recordings
with you, what would they be?
- Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers Live in Paris.
Coltrane Love Supreme.
- a thousand more too hard to choose
How much do you practice each week?
At least five hours if not playing, recording or rehearsing. Practice
makes perfect or at least close to it!
What hobbies do you have?
Email & relaxing when I can.
If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz musician,
what would you be and why?
An actor trying to be a jazz musician.
When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or
events led to your becoming a professional musician?
I was always interested in music. I received a copy of an Art Blakey
documentary when I was nine years old and that is when I decided
to pursue my career in music.
If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it
be and why?
Tie-dye because the possibilities are endless and creative.