Jazz91    See's  37th season
June 2008     


Stanford Jazz Festival Tickets Selling Briskly!
Take 5! Thanks to all of you who have already purchased your Festival tickets via the Stanford Ticket Office or online at Ticketweb. Our new TAKE 5! Discount Ticket Program is garnering favorable early reviews as well, offering $5 tickets to those under 18 plus up to four members of their group of any age. Expressly designed to meet the needs of families as well as student groups, TAKE 5! is an excellent opportunity to hear world class jazz for less than the price of a movie ticket! (Advance sales of TAKE 5! tickets are limited to the Stanford Ticket Office, or may be purchased at the door based upon space availability. Make sure to mention TAKE 5! when ordering.) For those for whom TAKE 5! does not apply, we do have group discounts available to any Dinkelspiel concert for parties of 10 or more; contact Laura Thorne at SJW for details (650.736.0324 x305, lgt@stanfordjazz.org).

In This Issue

>> Tribute to Benny Carter

>> Jimmy Giuffre & Free Jazz

>> Jazz at Borders Palo Alto Friday June 20

>> Volunteers Needed

>> A Taste of New Orleans

>> Special Discount for SJW Participants & Attendees

>> Message from Stanford Blood Center


Stanford Jazz Festival: Tribute to Benny Carter July 13
Benny CarterOne of the concerts included in the TAKE 5! offer of which we'd like to make special mention is the tribute to the late great Benny Carter featuring Mel Martin. Benny Carter, who was born on August 8, 1907, making this the 100th year anniversary of his birth, was best known as a saxophonist (though he played a number of other instruments). Growing up in New York City, Carter could be found onstage in Harlem nightclubs while still a teenager, getting his first full-time gig with Charlie Johnson in 1926. From then on, Carter established himself not only an instrumentalist and leader, but as a first-rate arranger, writing for big bands including those led by Ellington, Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller & Tommy Dorsey. In the 1940's Carter's groups included Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Art Pepper and Max Roach, recording in various configurations for the Capitol label. His contributions to jazz continued unabated in subsequent decades, winning not only two Grammies for his recordings, but a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy as well. He was named Down Beat and Jazz Times' "Artist of the Year" in both of their 1990 Jazz Critics polls and was honored at the Kennedy Center in 1996. Our Tribute concert will feature Mel Martin, who collaborated and toured with Benny Carter and was greatly inspired by him; Mel's Benny Carter Tribute Band has performed at Dizzy's Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl among other prestigious venues. We're pleased to honor Benny Carter here at Stanford with Mel!
(Pictured: Benny Carter)


Jimmy Giuffre & Free Jazz by Ivor Holloway
Ivor Holloway is a familiar face to many at the Workshop, where he first participated as a young saxophone player at the age of 12.  After attending Camp through his teens, he joined SJW’s staff, fulfilling many roles over a series of summers!  Holloway studied music and psychology at Princeton, and recently graduated from Mills College with a Master's degree in Music Composition.  Ivor wrote our Festival brochure concert descriptions this year, so we asked him to write something for our newsletter as well. His piece on the music of Jimmy Giuffre, who died recently, reveals the influence of Giuffre on the development of jazz in the post-bop era. Read on! Jimmy Giuffre
Jimmy Giuffre (photo credit: Bob Parent/Hulton Images)
Jazz has always thrived on
experimentation and risk. The unpredictable interactions between improvising musicians guarantee that every jazz performance contains an element of surprise and discovery—something that has never been heard before. Often, these surprises come from subtle variations of familiar elements; a great bassist can reveal an infinite universe of possibilities within the strict limits of a walking bass line, or a singer's rhythmic phrasing can give new meaning to a familiar lyric. Most of the time, musicians strive to develop a personal sound that is completely unique, while operating within a set of stylistic boundaries. The desire to be original is counterbalanced by the need to observe certain conventions in order to communicate with other players. But there is another type of creative goal that some musicians pursue.  Instead of seeking their unique voices within broadly defined styles, some artists experiment with the boundaries of those styles to create entirely new modes of musical expression.
Read the complete article…


Stanford Jazz Combo at Borders Palo Alto, Friday June 20
As a way of giving back to the local community, SJW will present a jazz quartet featuring Andrew Speight (saxophone), Glen Pearson (piano) Gabe Davis (bass) & Akira Tana (drums) in the Courtyard of the Borders Palo Alto store next Friday June 20 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. If you haven't been to Borders Palo Alto, the store is located inside a former movie theatre on University Avenue. The front entrance opens up onto a charming courtyard and patio area with tables and such. We'll be set up there, enjoying the summer weather along with a couple of sets of straight ahead jazz. Check the Special Events page of our site for more info!



Volunteers Needed for the Following Festival Concerts!
The Stanford Jazz Festival is grateful for the assistance we receive from our dedicated cadre of volunteers.
Stanford Jazz FestivalWe are still looking for ushers for the following Festival concerts:

Fri July 25  SJW Participant Concert -
Mon July 28 Sylvia Cuenca Trio
Thu July 31  Tia Fuller and Healing Space
Sun August 3 The Agosto Trio with John Scofield/
Larry Grenadier/Bill Stewart
Tue August 5  Jason Moran/Larry Grenadier/
Richard Davis/Jeff Ballard
Thu August 7 SJW Participant Concert

If you're available, please contact Shen Weiss at 650.736.0324 x303 or email shen@stanfordjazz.org.



A Taste of New Orleans Culture at Stanford this Summer!
There's no doubt about it - New Orleans is a very special place! Capture some of that atmosphere at several music and arts events on the Stanford campus this summer:

Terence Blanchard Stanford Jazz Festival Opening Night! June 27th

Irvin MayfieldIrvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
July 3rd Celebration
(presented by Stanford Lively Arts)

Thursday, July 3 / 7:30 pm
Frost Amphitheater
$44 (Adult) | $22 (Stanford Student)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to nearby construction on campus, there will be no post-concert fireworks this year.

In what has become a much anticipated summertime tradition, Stanford Lively Arts presents its annual pre-Independence Day concert and picnic in beautiful Frost Amphitheater, featuring the sizzling sounds of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Led by Grammy-nominated trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, this rousing big band delights with New Orleans jazz, blues, swing, and spirituals. Bring the family and come early -- gates open at 5:30 for picnicking. For tickets and more information, please visit the Lively Arts site!

Henry Butler Stanford Jazz Festival Blues Night July 29th

"Spared by the Storm: Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art" Exhibition
Cantor Arts Center Friday June 4 - October 5

  A Special Discount for Stanford Jazz Festival Attendees
& Stanford Jazz Workshop Participants

Stanford Park HotelIf you or someone you know is coming from out of town this summer to participate in any of Stanford Jazz Workshop’s programs, you are eligible to receive a discount on accommodation at the Stanford Park Hotel, Official Hotel Partner of the 2008 Stanford Jazz Festival.  Simply mention the Stanford Jazz Workshop and ask for the Stanford Conference Rate when making your reservation ($245 Sunday through Thursday and $145 for Friday and Saturday nights, based on availability, tax not included). For more information about Stanford Park Hotel or to make your reservation, call (888) 322-7788 or visit online at www.woodsidehotels.com/stanford/.


An important message from the Stanford Blood Center Stanford Blood Center

Stanford Blood Center is very pleased to partner once again with the Stanford Jazz Workshop. With the end of the high school and college blood drive season and the advent of vacations, summertime is a particularly challenging time for blood donations. It is through the support of like-minded non profit organizations that we can get the word out for the continued need for blood during these critical times, and we appreciate the support from Stanford Jazz Workshop. Stanford, Lucille Packard and other area hospitals are growing in need for blood products, while donations are trailing off. In additional to three centers in Palo Alto and Mountain View, we hold blood drives throughout the area, including many on Stanford University Campus and in the local community. Please look out for our information table at selected Stanford Jazz concerts this season. To make an appointment, please call: 650-723-7831 or visit us on the web.


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.