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> 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

Stanford Jazz Festival
June 26 – August 8, 2009

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I’m excited to announce the incredible artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Stanford Jazz Festival. This year – our 38th – has one of the most exciting lineups we’ve ever produced. Rich in talent, diversity, and memorable experiences for audiences and performers alike, this distinctive program is a perfect musical remedy for these stressful times.

Many of our performances celebrate jazz legends of the past and present. Jazz icon James Moody is featured along with Benny Green on Opening Night, and bebop masters and SJF favorites the Heath Brothers return on August 2. We honor Frank Sinatra with a special program entitled “Songs of Sinatra” on the Fourth of July weekend. Other themed events include “1959 Revisited”, celebrating that watershed year in jazz, along with a concert I’m especially looking forward to: “Remembering Stan Getz” – Stan’s contributions were integral in the Workshop’s formative years and helped make our program what it is today. (Also, don’t miss our “Inside Jazz” pre-concert talk, a panel discussion including artists, educators and former students who came to know Getz well during his time at Stanford.)

The diversity of jazz interpretation is featured on opening weekend with a first-time SJF solo performance by Afro-Cuban piano great Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and an exciting Latin show with drummer Dafnis Prieto and his Si o Si Quartet (the ensemble’s West Coast premiere). We’re also showcasing the Brazilian guitar virtuoso Paulo Bellinati with a rare Bay Area performance featuring Harvey Wainapel.

We’re very proud to bring back the extraordinary violinist Regina Carter, and local legend bluesman Elvin Bishop joins bassist Ruth Davies for one of the most popular Stanford Jazz Festival traditions: “Blues Night”.

As always, the festival coincides with our summer jazz education programs: three weeks of intensive study and playing that bring together some of the best artists, educators, and students from the Bay Area and beyond. This annual gathering of extraordinary musicians provides the inspiration for all that we do, and always results in some of the season’s best performances – the concerts that are remembered and talked about for years afterward. In the past, these shows have featured distinguished faculty members such as Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Joe Henderson.

It’s especially gratifying to present the amazing faculty, alumni, and students – including current and future all-stars of jazz – in unique performances on campus. Included are the Generations Band with Eric Alexander, Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, Julian Lage, Taylor Eigsti, Madeline Eastman with Terell Stafford, and many more.

Finally, don’t overlook our many free and family-oriented events, such as our “Early Bird” shows and my “Everything You Wanted to Know About Jazz” class: these daytime programs are educational as well as entertaining, accessible, and free.

All of these shows – and so many more – will be presented on the beautiful Stanford campus in intimate venues that bring you closer to the music. Whether you’re a lifelong jazz fan or just discovering this uniquely American art form for the first time, you’ll find a relaxed, casual, and welcoming atmosphere. It promises to be a festival full of amazing performances. I hope to see you there.

I’d also like to take a moment to remember three of my favorite jazz artists who passed away this year. Trumpet great Freddie Hubbard’s performance at our celebration of Dizzy Gillespie’s 75th birthday (1992) was a highlight of that all-star event. Drummer Louie Bellson was the “thunder and lightning” (as Duke Ellington used to say) driving our performance of “Black, Brown, and Beige,” (1997) one of my favorite musical experiences in SJW’s 38-year history. The tenor saxophone chair in that landmark performance was filled by Bay Area great Ron Stallings, who also led “A Context for Peace,” a memorable evening of music at the Stanford Jazz Festival in 2004. Each of these great musicians will be missed, but their lasting contributions to jazz will always be with us.

Jim Nadel, Artistic and Executive Director