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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

Mulgrew Miller Trio
Mulgrew Miller, piano; Ray Drummond, bass; Louis Hayes, drums; Gregory Hutchinson, drums

Wednesday, August 5, 8 pm
Take 5!Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $32 general | $16 students

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By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford Ticket Office
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Listen: "Song for Darnell"

Listen: "Old Folks"

Pianist Mulgrew Miller is one of the premier contemporary performers on his instrument and an important voice in the jazz piano pantheon. His peers cite him as one of the most sought-after pianists in modern jazz, due to his originality, versatility, and deep knowledge of many styles and traditions. Miller is a dazzling soloist whose style fuses the swinging energy of classic bebop with the adventurous sophistication of modern jazz. As an accompanist he inspires his fellow musicians, adapting sensitively to their ideas while inspiring them with his own distinct sound. Born and raised in the Mississippi delta, Miller was surrounded by blues and gospel as a child. Early gigs with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Art Blakey, Tony Williams, Betty Carter, and many others shaped his unique musical style. He has recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader, and his credits as a sideman are extensive. Miller’s Stanford Jazz Festival performance features a trio with bassist Ray Drummond and a tag-team of outstanding drummers: hard-bop pioneer Louis Hayes and rising star Gregory Hutchinson.

“Miller quietly wrings as much emotion out of a grand piano as is possible for any human to do.”

– All About Jazz

Mulgrew Miller website

Supported in part by Jay Clemens & Carolyn Seen

Photo Credit: Scott Chernis

Q&A with Mulgrew Miller

Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
I have two: Vibraphonist Warren Wolf and alto saxophonist Tim Green, both from Baltimore.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had on the bandstand?
I couldn't find a piece of music that had fallen unseen and face down on the floor. It was the only music I needed at that moment out of a book of approximately 25 or more songs.

What’s your favorite food?
Indian food

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

What’s the last book you’ve read?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Sarah Vaughan. She was my favorite singer and accompanying her would have been heavenly.

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