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Stanford Jazz Festival Week 1 2008     

 

Stanford Jazz Festival Opens This Friday 6.27.08

Terence Blanchard, Mary Stallings, 3 Cohens and Early Bird with Keith Terry & Crosspulse for Kids

   

In This Issue

>> Terence Blanchard Quintet 6.27, 8 pm

>>Early Bird with Keith Terry & Crosspulse 6.28, 10 am

>> Mary Stallings 6.28, 8 pm

>> 3 Cohens 6.29, 2:30 pm

 

Terence Blanchard QuintetTerence Blanchard

Friday, June 27 | 8 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $34 general | $17 students

New Orleans-born Terence Blanchard is one of the most prolific musicians in modern jazz. As a trumpeter and bandleader, he has more than a dozen albums and three Grammy awards to his name, but his acclaimed film music reaches an even wider audience. Blanchard’s atmospheric jazz compositions and haunting trumpet sound have become an indispensable part of filmmaker Spike Lee’s signature style over the course of their long collaboration. In 2006, Blanchard’s music and personal history came together dramatically when he composed and performed the score for Lee’s documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, about the tragedy in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Motivated by a belief in the power of art to document and comment on the times in which we live, Blanchard expanded and re-orchestrated material from the Levees soundtrack into his most recent album A Tale of God’s Will, a suite of compositions for his quintet and a 40-piece string orchestra.

INSIDE JAZZ: 7 pm, free with concert ticket
Jazz and New Orleans: Post-Katrina
Speaker: Terence Blanchard

 

And for Kids...Early Bird Featuring Keith Terry & Crosspulse Keith Terry
Saturday, June 28
Kids 1–7, 10 am; Kids 8–12, 11:15 am | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: Free

Keith Terry's
body percussion combines drumming, dance, theater, and performance art into a wholly unique musical experience that’s loved by audiences of all ages. By using his own body as a musical instrument—clapping his hands, stomping his feet, singing, drumming on his chest, and producing an astonishing variety of sounds—Terry communicates the rhythmic energy that is the beating heart of musical traditions all over the world. As a percussionist working with the original Jazz Tap Ensemble, Terry became fascinated by the overlap between the two art forms; the movement inherent in drumming and the rhythmic music of the dancers' bodies inspired him to explore the intersection of both worlds. The Crosspulse Percussion Quintet, Terry's ensemble of body musicians, brings together diverse cultural influences and expresses them through the most universal medium: the human body. They drum, dance, sing, and play a variety of instruments, taking audiences on a high-energy world tour. Kids are captivated by the contagious energy of their interactive performances and inspired to discover music that they can make themselves.
KEITH TERRY FEATURED ON COVER OF JUNE 20 PALO ALTO WEEKLY

 

Mary Stallings Mary Stallings
Saturday, June 28 | 8 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students


According to the New York Times, “perhaps the best jazz singer singing today is a woman almost everybody seems to have missed.” That woman is Mary Stallings, a Bay Area native who established a name for herself as one of the finest jazz singers of the 1960s, performing with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Cal Tjader, Billy Eckstine, and Count Basie. After taking a hiatus from her recording career in the 1970s to raise her daughter and work as a clothes designer, Stallings stepped back into the national jazz spotlight in 1999 when the owner of the famous Village Vanguard nightclub in New York heard a recording of her singing and eventually tracked her down at her home in San Francisco. Ever since then, jazz fans have had the pleasure of rediscovering Stallings, whose voice and phrasing continued to mature and improve during her long sabbatical. In 2006 she was presented with the San Francisco Jazz Festival’s Beacon Award for her contributions to jazz in the Bay Area.

 

 

3 Cohens3 Cohens
Sunday, June 29 | 2:30 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $40 general | $20 students


The three Cohen siblings, Yuval (soprano saxophone), Anat (tenor saxophone/clarinet), and Avishai (trumpet), seem to communicate almost telepathically on the bandstand. Growing up in Tel Aviv, Israel, they were immersed in classical music, but a shared love of jazz and three scholarships to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston led the siblings to their true calling. Since 2002 they’ve performed together as 3 Cohens, and their uncanny musical empathy and compatibility have only grown, creating a sound that blends straight-ahead jazz with Latin and Middle-Eastern influences, collective improvisation, and seductive rhythms. Their acclaimed 2007 album Braid (on Anzic Records) is inviting and unpredictable, with innovation and experimentation built on a solid foundation of excellent musicianship and creative chemistry.

 

 

Thanks To Our Sponsors
Whether through cash sponsorships or in-kind donations, the support of our corporate sponsors helps to make the Stanford Jazz Festival and Workshop possible. SJW gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors for their generosity: See’s Candies, Presenting Sponsor of the 2008 Stanford Jazz Festival; Merrill Lynch; Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc., KCSM FM 91.1, Official Radio Sponsor; Palo Alto Weekly, Official Print Media Sponsor, Stanford Park Hotel, Official Hotel Partner of the 2008 Stanford Jazz Festival; Bauer’s Transportation; Department of Music at Stanford University; Gallien Krueger; Gordon Biersch Brewing Company; Paiste Cymbals; Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel; Sonor Drums; Stanford Blood Center; Yamaha Band & Orchestral; Yamaha Percussion Division; Zildjian Cymbals.