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March 2008     


Welcome to the March Edition of SJW's E-News. Time is just flying by! Most of our 2008 faculty have been booked for Jazz Camp & Residency, and the Festival season is promising to be an exciting one indeed, with both the tried-and-true and rising stars represented in equal measure. While the schedule won't be finalized until next month, there's definitely much to look forward to!


In This Issue
>>"On the Gig" with SJW Faculty Member Joe Gilman

>> Inner Circle Education Encounters

>> Scholarship Deadline March 17; Volunteers Needed

>> Uri Caine, March 19 (presented by Stanford Lively Arts)

>> Yosvany Terry: Yedégbé Project Audio Now Available


"On the Gig" with SJW Faculty Member Joe Gilman
Pictured: Joe Gilman on piano (with student Laila Smith at the 2007 Stanford Jazz Camp)
(Photo: Scott Chernis)

Joe GilmanJoe 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.

I've been fortunate enough over the past 20 years to play thousands of gigs, and to have many great musical, personal and professional experiences. One of my most treasured memories occurred in 2000, when I was a member of a trio that toured Southeast Africa as a part of the USIS/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador program.

I made it a personal project to collect indigenous instruments from every country we visited, and had had a large degree of success in most countries. When we arrived in Malawi, I was having difficulty in finding truly native instruments, or even anyone who knew anything about traditional instruments from Malawi.

We happened upon a rattan shop on the side of the road near Lilongwe and stopped for a look. In a conversation with the owner, I mentioned that I was looking for native instruments. A sixteen-year-old boy named Dave Banda (his Christian/African name) told me that he had made a guitar and would happily sell it to me if I would only give him a lift to his village. We had the day off and this sounded like an adventure, so we all hopped in the jeep.
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Inner Circle Education Encounters

Wesla WhitfieldLast month, SJW Inner Circle members were treated to a memorable performance by Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill at the beautiful Hewlett Foundation building in Palo Alto. Moy Eng, Program Director for the Arts at Hewlett, was on hand to welcome the small group of supporters who enjoyed this intimate concert, an installment of the SJW Education Encounter series. Wesla is a gifted singer known for her interpretations of the Great American Songbook, and she touched all of our hearts with songs such as "My Ideal" (from her latest recording, "Message From the Man In the Moon"), accompanied by Mike Greensill on piano and John Wiitala on acoustic bass.

Mike GreensillThere are at least two upcoming Education Encounter concerts you won't want to miss: Taylor Eigsti will perform Sunday March 30 and Wycliffe Gordon on May the 4th. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Inner Circle, please contact Jeanne Sweet, SJW's Development Director, at (650) 736-0324 or via email at jsweet@stanfordjazz.org.

Pictured: Wesla Whitfield, Mike Greensill; John Wiitala conducts with his fork while talking to SJW Donor Karl Robinson.
(Photos: SJW Staff)

John Wiitala

Scholarship Deadline March 17; Volunteers Needed

Registration continues for SJW's 2008 Jazz Camp & Jazz Residency programs (JC1, July 20-25, JC2, July 27-August 1; JR, August 3-8). All instruments are still open, though drums and piano are expected to reach capacity soon. If you are applying for a scholarship, please note that the application deadline is Monday March 17th.

In addition, Stanford Jazz relies upon the contributions of its many volunteers, without whom the Festival would not be possible! Activities include event registration, box office, ushering, artist transportation, hospitality, and marketing outreach (distributing flyers and brochures to bookshops, music stores, and cafes).

If you have questions about scholarships or would like to join in the Festival fun as a volunteer, please contact Registrar and Volunteer Coordinator Shen Weiss, (650) 736 0324 or shen@stanfordjazz.org. (You may also go to the forms page on the SJW site and download the Volunteer Application if you prefer.)
Pictured: Longtime Volunteers and Friends of SJW, Ona Merritt and Ben Deovlet. (Photos: SJW Staff)Ona MerrittBen Deovlet


Special Offer: Pianist Uri Caine, March 19
(presented by Stanford Lively Arts)

Uri Caine

MARCH 19, 2008
$27-31 (Stanford Faculty/Staff) | $15–17 (Stanford Student)

“ferociously versatile...at home in jazz but fluent in many musical languages and capable of juxtaposing them in virtuoso collage”
—New York Times
Revered by classical and jazz enthusiasts alike and acclaimed for his “effortlessly quick improvising wit and multistyle musical sensibility,” Uri Caine is a musical alchemist. A classically trained jazz pianist and composer, he recontextualizes musical genres and introduces improvisation where it is not ordinarily found. His Mahler “remix” recording, Urlicht/Primal Light, is considered a groundbreaking artistic statement, winning a prestigious award from the International Mahler Society just after its release. In his Lively Arts debut, Caine reinterprets Mahler’s melancholy songs and encompassing symphonic works on solo piano.

Special Offer for the Stanford Jazz Workshop- SAVE 10% when you order online. Use promo code MARCH at checkout. 
For tickets and information: livelyarts.stanford.edu or 650-725-ARTS

Generously supported by Abraham and Marian Sofaer and the Office of the Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences.

Yosvany Terry & the Yedégbé Project: Audio Now Available

Yosvany TerryCuban Saxophonist Yosvany Terry's Afro-Cuban Rhythm class is one of the most lively and upbeat offered at the Workshop. Students are on their feet as Yosvany leads them through an exploration of Afro-Cuban beats, using traditional percussion instruments such as the chekere, cabaça, güiro, bongo drums and more.

Stanford Jazz Workshop has partnered with Terry in support of his latest project, "Yedégbé Afro-Caribbean Legacy." The name "Yedégbé" is from the West African language Fon, translated to "with the approval of the spirits."

MP3 Audio tracks from the Project's new recording are now posted on the audio page of the Yedégbé Project area of the site.

Photo: Yosvany Terry (with fellow faculty members Bob Murphy, background right and Ndugu Chancler, not pictured) at the 2007 Stanford Jazz Camp.
(Photo: Scott Chernis)