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Stanford Jazz Festival Week 3 2008     


Stanford Jazz Festival Week 3 - July 11, 12 & 13


In This Issue
>> Mulgrew Miller July 11

>> Jim Nadel & Friends - Early Bird Concert For Kids- FREE - July 12 (10:00 am)

>> Kenny Burrell July 12

>> Mel Martin & the Benny Carter Tribute Band July 13

>> Borders Palo Alto In Store Friday July 11

  Mulgrew Miller - Friday July 11
Early Bird with Jim Nadel & Friends - Saturday July 12
Kenny Burrell Quartet
- Saturday July 12 * SOLD OUT *
Mel Martin & the Benny Carter Tribute Band - Sunday July 13

Mulgrew MillerMulgrew Miller
Friday July 11 | 8 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $40 general | $20 students
“…No pianist of Miller’s generation brings such a wide a stylistic palette to the table.” – Down Beat

Mulgrew Miller is one of the most in-demand musicians in jazz, and his presence on countless classic albums has made his perhaps the quintessential modern piano sound. Valued for his versatility, boundless creativity, and impeccable taste, Miller has appeared on more than 400 recordings as a leader and as a sideman. He has played with a long list of modern jazz luminaries, including long-running collaborations with Art Blakey, Woody Shaw, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Betty Carter, and Tony Williams. Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, Miller started studying piano at an early age, and the gospel music of his childhood continues to influence his style. Arriving in New York in 1977, he rapidly established himself as a top-shelf pianist and has been a driving force in jazz ever since. Mulgrew has released four live trio recordings (two each at Yoshi’s and the Kennedy Center, all on the MaxJazz label) in the last four years. He is currently the director of the prestigious Jazz Studies program at William Paterson University in New Jersey.


Early Bird: An Intro to Jazz for Kids
Saturday, July 12 | Kids 1-7, 10 am; Kids 8-12, 11:15
Dinkelspiel Auditorium | Tickets: FREE! Early Bird Concert
Looking for a great way to introduce your kids to jazz? Bring them to our Early Bird Jazz Concerts, designed as an entertaining introduction to the wonderful world of jazz. This week, saxophonist and Stanford Jazz Workshop founder Jim Nadel and a friendly group of musicians will lead an enjoyable tour through basic jazz concepts and instruments. Fun for youngsters and grownups too!
Pictured: Stanford Jazz Artistic & Executive Director Jim Nadel, Jazz Camp Faculty Director Rob Kohler and friends at last year's Early Bird concert (photo: Scott Chernis)


Kenny Burrell Quartet
Kenny BurrellSaturday, July 12 | 8:00 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: SOLD OUT
Kenny Burrell is an undisputed master of the jazz guitar. In a career spanning more than six decades, he has recorded more than 90 albums as a leader and countless more as a sideman, played with jazz legends from John Coltrane to Billie Holliday, founded the Jazz Studies program at UCLA, and been declared the “greatest guitarist in the world” by no less an authority than B.B. King. A Detroit native, Burrell’s recording career got off to an auspicious start in 1951 when he recorded with Dizzy Gillespie’s group, which at the time included Coltrane, Milt Jackson, and Percy Heath. After earning a degree in music from Wayne State University in Detroit, Burrell moved to New York and took the town by storm. His incredibly prolific output over several decades has helped define the sound of the modern jazz guitar. He has also helped earn academic recognition for jazz through his work at UCLA, where he taught the first-ever seminar on the music of Duke Ellington in 1978.


Mel Martin and the Benny Carter Tribute BandMel Martin

Sunday, July 13 | 2:30 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students
“Mr. Martin displays a dazzling technique and an awesome command of jazz harmony. His approach to playing is unique. He doesn’t sound like anyone else.” – Saxophone Journal

Among the Dukes, Earls, and Counts of jazz royalty, Benny Carter was known as the King. A master of both the alto saxophone and the trumpet, he was also a prolific composer, arranger, and bandleader. He passed away in 2003, but his spirit lives on in the music of his erstwhile student Mel Martin. Martin is a Bay Area jazz institution, known for his woodwind virtuosity and his teaching. Martin’s extensive collaborations with Carter include tours of Japan with the Benny Carter Orchestra, and a recording project featuring Carter playing his own compositions with Mel’s group. For a loving centennial tribute in 2007, Martin assembled a stellar combo of musicians, all of whom had been deeply touched by Carter. The project was so successful that Martin has made the tribute band an ongoing project, and they continue to bring the magical music of Benny Carter to appreciative audiences everywhere, including engagements at Yoshi’s, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, and the Hollywood Bowl.
The Genius of Benny Carter
Speaker: Sonny Buxton
1:30 pm, free with concert ticket



Borders Palo Alto In-Store Friday July 11, 5-7 pm

Fred HarrisLive Jazz with Faculty & Alumni from Stanford Jazz Workshop in the Borders Palo Alto Courtyard between 5 and 7 pm! This week, pianist Fred Harris (pictured left in a photo taken last week at the Stanford Jazz Festival) will be joined by bassist Perry Thoorsell and drummer E.W. Wainwright. Come out and enjoy the gorgeous summer weather while listening to great jazz, it's one of the most pleasant outdoor spots in downtown Palo Alto. Drinks and snacks available at Borders Cafe.456 University Ave Palo Alto CA 94301 Borders.com

Photo below: saxophonist Andrew Speight, pianist Glen Pearson, bassist Gabe Davis and drummer Akira Tana at last month's Borders performance.

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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; Department of Music at Stanford University; Gallien Krueger; Gordon Biersch Brewing Company; Mantra Palo Alto; Paiste Cymbals; Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel; Sonor Drums; Stanford Blood Center; Yamaha Band & Orchestral; Yamaha Percussion Division; Zildjian Cymbals.