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Stanford Jazz Festival Week 7 2008     

Stanford Jazz Festival Week Seven

   

In This Issue
>>Moran/Grenadier/Davis/Ballard August 5

>>Delfeayo Marsalis August 6

>>All-Star Jam August 8

>>Fly + 1/Joshua Redman August 9

 
   
  OUR FINAL WEEK OF SHOWS - Festival ends August 9
 

Jason Moran / Larry Grenadier / Richard Davis / Jeff BallardJason Moran
Tuesday August 5 | 8:00 pm |
Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $32 general | $16 students 18+
Take 5!
An avant-garde masterpiece from the 1960’s will get a fresh treatment from some of today’s most adventurous jazz mavericks when Jason Moran presents his re-interpretation of Andrew Hill’s seminal album Smokestack. Moran is an exciting pianist who carries on the legacy of innovators like Jaki Byard, Hill, and Muhal Richard Abrams. The Houston, Texas native has earned a reputation as a fearless experimenter who brings together disparate influences with dazzling, unpredictable results. He has worked with visionaries like Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, and Von Freeman. For his Stanford performance, Moran will lead a band featuring drummer Jeff Ballard and bassists Larry Grenadier and Richard Davis through a re-examination of the music from Andrew Hill’s 1963 album Smokestack. Hill’s mysterious, abstract compositions define their own unique territory between post-bop and free jazz, combining contemporary harmonies with a rich palette of unconventional sounds and techniques. Richard Davis, whose performance on the original Smokestack re-imagined the role of the bass 45 years ago, will provide the bridge from the past to the future.

 

 

Delfeayo Marsalis & the Stanford Jazz Workshop Sextet
Wednesday August 6 | 8:00 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $32 general | $16 students 18+
Take 5!

Delfeayo MarsalisFrom New Orleans, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis is the third youngest member of the renowned Marsalis family. A graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts as well as Berklee College of Music, Delfeayo first established himself as a producer, working with artists such as Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr. and Nicholas Payton (as well as brothers Branford & Wynton). As an instrumentalist and session player, he earned numerous credits recording and touring with Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Slide Hampton & Max Roach, and his compositions have been featured in television, film and theatrical productions. A frequent clinician and lecturer, he founded the Uptown Music Theatre in 1997 to provide 8-12th grade youth with training and performance opportunities. Most recently, Marsalis led a tribute to Louis Armstrong at the Minnesota Orchestra Hall that included new arrangements written by Delfeayo, as well as performances of Armstrong’s own charts. Marsalis’ Stanford Jazz concert program will be a mix of mainstream jazz and standards, augmented by original songs contributed by several members of the ensemble.

 

 

SJW All-Star Jam Session
Friday August 8th | 8 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $34 general | $17 students

Josh RedmanFeaturing Charles McPherson, Joshua Redman, Andrew Speight, Mark Turner, saxophone; Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone; Phil Grenadier, trumpet; Madeline Eastman, Dena DeRose, vocals; Bruce Forman, guitar; Barry Harris, Jason Moran, Randy Porter, piano; Richard Davis, Larry Grenadier, bass; Jeff Ballard, Akira Tana, drums

Jazz can flourish in concert halls, recording studios, and the world of academia, but it’s in the late-night, informal jam sessions that the real magic happens. That’s where you’ll hear spontaneous groupings of musicians playing for each other, exploring their favorite tunes, and sometimes engaging in the friendly one-upmanship of a “cutting” contest. The vibe can be relaxed and convivial, with musicians relishing each other’s stylistic nuances, or riotous, with soloists egging each other on and chomping at the bit for their turn to show their stuff; in the world of the jam session, the only constants are surprise and “All the Things You Are.” When the Stanford Jazz Workshop’s All-Star faculty–an unprecedented lineup of revered masters and rising stars–gets together, it will be the jam session to end all jam sessions. You’ll hear the experimentation and energy that come from mixing and matching the musical chemistry of this stellar roster, who have spent the week teaching and performing together. The possibilities are limitless when these great artists play together spontaneously on their own terms.

 

Fly +1 with special guest Joshua RedmanFly
Saturday August 9 | 8:00 pm |
Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $40 General | $20 Students
(this show is sold out but a limited number of seats may be released at the door)

Few ensembles epitomize collaborative creativity as perfectly as Fly. Drummer Jeff Ballard, bassist Larry Grenadier, and saxophonist Mark Turner eschew the traditional roles of their instruments and bring a fresh approach to the trio format, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Although each is a star in his own right, the three musicians emphasize the collective sound rather than the individual, and the result is an unpredictable and exciting symbiosis. Add to this mixture Joshua Redman, one of the most charismatic and lyrical soloists to emerge from the 1990s resurgence, and creative fireworks are guaranteed. Redman explored the pianoless trio format on his Grammy-nominated 2007 album Back East and has played with the individual members of Fly in various contexts for years. A Berkeley native and Berkeley High School alum, Redman has also been integral to the Bay Area’s jazz scene as artistic director of the San Francisco Jazz Festival (2000-2007), and part of its resident supergroup the SFJAZZ Collective (2004-2007).

 


 

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.