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This month, we have two informative articles by SJW Faculty: Joe Gilman takes on the subject of modes, while Jaz Sawyer talks about his formative years as a developing jazz artist, and some of the lessons he's learned along the way. In other Workshop news, Founder Jim Nadel is teaching a class at Stanford with Orrin Keepnews, and our Spring Fundraising Appeal has just begun!
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Gilman is a full-time professor at American River College. He has received
Bachelor's degrees in Piano and Jazz studies at Indiana University, a Master's
degree in Jazz and the Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music,
and a Doctoral degree in Education from the University of Sarasota. Joe
has performed professionally with Eddie Harris, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody
Shaw, Richie Cole, George Duke, Chris Botti and Slide Hampton, and has
recorded with Joe Henderson and Jeff Watts. Joe recently won the 2004 Great
American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida and has twice
been an International Jazz Ambassador through the Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts and USIA, traveling to West Africa in 1999 and East and
Southern Africa in 2000.
What are MODES? What is MODAL JAZZ?
and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jaz Sawyer began playing
drums at the age of 2 and also learned the trumpet and the bass before
beginning music studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music/Preparatory
Division at the age of 15. Sawyer was a member of the San Francisco
Youth Orchestra for two years before graduating from the San Francisco
School of the Arts (SOTA), and participated in Stanford Jazz Workshop’s
programs for several years while in his teens. Jaz has performed
in numerous venues across the world including The Blue Note, The Village
Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, The New Morning, The
Concertgebouw, Red Sea Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival, and has
worked with Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Phil Lesh & Friends,
Abbey Lincoln, The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Center
Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Hutcherson, Jacky Terrasson, Irvin Mayfield,
Mlumbo and many others. Now 29, he holds a B.F.A. degree from the Mannes
Jazz & Contemporary Music Program and a Master of Public Administration
degree from the Metropolitan College of New York. Jaz will be
on the faculty during Jazz Camp Week 1.
SJW Founder and Director Jim Nadel is also a lecturer on the faculty at Stanford University. This semester, Jim will be teaching "After the Golden Age: Jazz in the Seventies" in association with pioneering jazz producer and raconteur Orrin Keepnews. The five-week class begins on Monday April 21, and space is still available for those of you who would like to take a trip down memory lane with two of jazz's most knowledgeable (and personable) guides! Keepnews, founder of the Riverside and Milestone labels, and former Director of A&R for Fantasy Jazz, has worked with Thelonious Monk, Joe Henderson, Jimmy Heath, Wes Montgomery, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins and Bobby Hutcherson among many other legends, while Jim (as many of you know firsthand) is a friend to the who's who in jazz via his 37 years at the Workshop helm.
To register or for additional information, please visit the Stanford University's Continuing Education Dept's website.
Photo: Orrin Keepnews backstage in
conversation with Bobby Hutcherson at the 2007 Stanford
Jazz Festival (photo credit, Scott