Registration Now Open!
Registration for the 38th season of
Jazz Camp & Jazz Residency opened Wednesday December 17, 2009. Jazz Camp
Week One (July 19-24) Faculty will
include acclaimed New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison, drummer Ndugu
Chancler, vocalist Sandy Cressman, pianist Joe Gilman, and bassist Ruth Davies,
just to name a very few. Week Two (July 26-31) will feature drummers Tootie
Heath and Matt Wilson and pianists Taylor Eigsti and Jeb Patton. Other
instructors returning for both weeks include Seward McCain (bass), Frank
Sumares (piano), Kris Strom (saxophone), David Yamasaki (guitar), Andrew
Speight (saxophone), and Victor Lin (strings).
Jazz Residency (August 2-7) faculty will again feature a wide spectrum
of jazz talent, from legendary figures such as saxophonist Jimmy Heath
and drummer Louis Hayes to rising young stars like pianist Taylor Eigsti
and guitarist Julian Lage.
registration is simple and convenient, or one can download
registration form to
submit by mail or fax. 2009 Education brochures will go in the mail
sometime in January; if you are not a recent previous participant and
want to be sure to receive one, sign up for our mailing
> Workshop Registration Now Open
> Fall Appeal
and End-Of-Year Giving
> SJW Hires New Managing
> Rhythmic Articulation
in Jazz Saxophone with Patrick Wolff
> It's Christmas! How About Some Jazz?
> Reminder: CoHo Jams Resume January 12
Fall Appeal and End-Of-Year Giving
SJW would like to thank everyone who has generously contributed to this year's Fall Appeal. Your support will help us continue to provide top-notch musical instruction at our annual Jazz Camp & Residency, as well as present some of the genre’s best artists as part of the Stanford Jazz Festival. Thank you.
As 2008 comes to a close, please remember Stanford Jazz Workshop in your year-end giving. Your tax-deductible contribution will assist us as we prepare our 2009 programs. You can donate by clicking the following link:
or by going to our website at stanfordjazz.org - just click the “Donate Online” link at the top of the page. Happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year.
Stanford Jazz Workshop Hires New Managing Director
There has been a key staff change at Stanford Jazz Workshop that
we are pleased to announce. Managing Director Fred
Spitz, who has been with SJW in various capacities for almost 20
years, has stepped down to spend more time with his growing family (including
new arrival, son Meyer Spitz, born on November 24). Fred will still be
a “regular SJW cast member” on a part-time basis for the indefinite
future, which will smooth the transition and for which we are grateful. Our
new Managing Director, as of January 2009, will be David
Miller, who comes to us fromSFJAZZ where he was Director of Operations
and Finance. David has been an integral member of the SFJAZZ team
(and his accomplishments are reflected in their success, familiar to so
many of us in the jazz community who are patrons and supporters of SFJAZZ
as well as SJW). David has helped SFJAZZ grow to become the sixth
largest performing arts organization in San Francisco, so we know that
we will be in the most capable of hands. Prior to SFJAZZ, David served
in similar roles for a number of Bay-Area based organizations, including
an education consulting and publishing firm providing resources and professional
development to elementary school teachers.
A guitarist whose early ambition was to become a professional jazz musician,
he began college as a music major before graduating from UC Berkeley
with a BA in Anthropology. David loves outdoor activities such
as skiing and biking, has traveled extensively and speaks French, to
quote him, “reasonably proficiently.” He has two children
and is President of his local PTA.
Please join with us as we welcome David to SJW!
Rhythmic Articulation in Jazz Saxophone by Patrick Wolff
Saxophonist Patrick Wolff is SJW's Jazz Residency Faculty Director, longtime faculty member & leader of the Coho Jams. Patrick will be playing three shows in the Bay Area this December: 12/23, Shanghai 1930, SF; 12/26, Jupiter Berkeley and 12/27, Revolution Cafe, SF. For details, visit SJW's or Patrick's MySpace pages.
I must preface any exposition on saxophone technique with a disclaimer. I am not a master of the instrument, and I feel that my playing is in the early stages of technical fulfillment. My understanding of the horn is still growing, and the personal style I have evolved so far has been as much a product of compromise and accident as it has been of rigorous technical study.
(read the complete article here)
It's Christmas! How About Some Jazz?
There's something about the holiday season that lends itself perfectly to jazz of all sorts: vocal, big band, bop. So, just for fun, we unscientifically and randomly polled some of the staff, faculty and associates in the SJW community to tell us about their favorite holiday jazz recordings. As you'll see, some of (our?) great minds definitely think alike. So, listen to some great holiday jazz, and may the season be filled with joy and gratitude for you and yours!
Artistic & Executive Director Jim Nadel:
I always enjoy hearing Dexter Gordon play "Have Yourself a Merry
Little Christmas," probably because I have so many wonderful
associations with Dexter's great sound and good humor. You can
find it bundled on various jazz holiday CD's. I also get a kick out of
Bird's live version of "White Christmas." I've always
imagined that he was playing at someone's Christmas party, and it's all
a bit tongue in cheek. If I have to listen to this song, I'd choose the
Charlie Parker version.
(Recent) Managing Director Fred Spitz: I have to admit
I’m still a sucker for the Peanuts Xmas recordings by Vince Guaraldi. They
connote carefree, pleasant childhood times (although mainly in front of
the TV!), and now that I’m a transplanted San Francisco native, I
of course appreciate that Guaraldi and the others on those sessions were
local jazz musicians.
Development Director Jeanne Sweet: Nat King Cole’s The
Christmas Album - Because I love the sound of Nat King Cole’s
voice and when I hear his version of "The Christmas Song," I
recall all the happy memories of past holidays spent with my family.
Registrar/Production Coordinator Shen Weiss: My favorite
holiday album is A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi
Trio - released in 1965 as the soundtrack to the CBS Christmas television
special of the same name. This album has the ability to make anyone
feel young at heart. Vince Guaraldi (1928 -1976) was also a native of San
Communications Director Laura G Thorne: I have to give
a shoutout to Nat as well - so elegant. Makes me think of New York City
in winter, all snow and bright lights - you nip into a majestic hotel lobby
built circa 1940-something and warm up over a (gin) martini. Nice. Second
pick: Count Basie's "Jingle Bells." If that doesn't rev up your
holiday spirit and knock the bah humbug out of you, nothing will!
Jazz Camp Faculty Director Rob Kohler: My favorite Christmas
recording is easily Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas w/Monte
Budwig and Donald Bailey. It is a perfect session, everyone plays great
and all of the solos are swinging. "Christmas Time is Here" is
probably my all-time favorite x-mass tune. Guaraldi took this idea from
Mendelson, I'm not sure which piece. When my son was a little tyke he used
to spin around the room whenever
he heard Linus and Lucy.
Drummer/SJW Faculty member Albert "Tootie" Heath: Donny Hathaway, "This Christmas" - love the lyrics, the arrangment, his voice - I just love it!
Saxophonist/SJW Staff Ivor Holloway: My favorite Christmas
jazz recording is the Duke Ellington version of the "Nutcracker Suite." People
can sometimes get sick of hearing the same holiday music over and over,
but this recording gives new life and tons of personality to some favorite
melodies. Duke's hip orchestrations and incomparable style really make
Violinist/Pianist/SJW Faculty member Victor Lin: My favorite
jazz Christmas performance is a tossup - of course I love the Vince Guaraldi Charlie
Brown Christmas CD (it's a classic!), but I also love a really simple
version of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" done by Bill Evans,
solo piano. It's on Bill Evans, The Solo Sessions Vol. 2.
I just love how Bill Evans is able to take something seemingly trite and
make it swinging, poignant, and altogether musically wonderful. Let's
hear it for solo piano!
SJW House Photographer Scott Chernis: First of all I have
an extremely small collection of Christmas music, but this song spoke to
me immediately. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" from Ella
Wishes you a Swinging Christmas originally released in 1960. Why?
ELLA circa 1960!
KCSM DJ's/Staff: Tony Bennett with The Count Basie Band -- A Swingin' Christmas (new release) (DJ Chris Cortez - though he has more than one favorite); "OY CHANUKAH" by The Klezmer Conservatory Band on Rounder Records (DJ Melanie Berzon, who was also the engineer on this one); Christmas with Mahalia Jackson -- originally 1968; re-issued 1990 (Major Gifts Officer Barbara Lamb Hall, fav from childhood; more in the gospel/blues tradition) and Vince Guaraldi, Charlie Brown Christmas from Fantasy (still one of their biggest sellers) - DJ Alisa Clancy.
Reminder: CoHo Jams Resume Jan 12
The CoHo Jams, the popular jam sessions that are a nightly tradition during Stanford Jazz Workshop’s summer Jazz Camps & Residency, are back for the winter quarter every Monday evening from 8 to 10 pm, January 12 through February 23 (with additional dates in April/May). Held at its namesake, the CoHo Coffeehouse on the Stanford campus, the Jams are open to jazz musicians of intermediate to advanced skill level, and will be led by Stanford Jazz faculty members. Musicians need not necessarily be alumni of SJW’s programs to participate! Drums, amps and a piano will be provided.
The public is encouraged to attend; the CoHo Coffeehouse is open to all ages, and admission is free. The CoHo is located inside the Tresidder Memorial Union building (map here). Plenty of parking is available at no charge after 4 pm.
Presented in association with Stanford Lively Arts, the CoHo Coffeehouse and the Stanford Institute for Creativity & the Arts.
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; Paiste Cymbals; Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel; Sonor Drums; Stanford Blood Center; Yamaha Band & Orchestral; Yamaha Percussion Division; Zildjian Cymbals.