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November 2008     


"On the Gig" with Patrick Wolff
Patrick WolffIn this newsletter, we resume our ongoing series of columns contributed by SJW Faculty/Staff. This month, we go on the road with SJW Jazz Residency Faculty Director, longtime faculty member & leader of the Coho Jams, saxophonist Patrick Wolff. Sometimes, the funniest stories are those about events that were less than pleasant at the time. Such is the case here.
In the fall of 2004
, I was on the road with the Glenn Miller Orchestra when the group did its yearly Japanese tour. Yes, the Glenn Miller Orchestra lives on and tours on, despite the death of its leader over sixty years ago and most of its audience since then.  Like some dinosaur that has made it through the meteor and is just too strong to lie down, it wanders lonely to the same feeding spots, year after year after year: Mackinac Island, Newport, Hilton Head Island, and more than a few Dell Webb Sun Cities. The most fertile spot now is Japan, and the annual trip brings in enough to help keep the bus full of musicians through the cold and mostly empty winter. To read the complete article, go here.

Pictured: Patrick Wolff.


In This Issue
>> "On the Gig" with Patrick Wolff

>> Next Education Encounter December 7 with Julian Lage

>> New CoHo Jams; "Kind of Blue" Anniversary events

>> 2009 NEA Jazz Masters

>> Palo Alto Jazz Alliance Concert November 16


Education Encounter Sunday December 7 - Julian Lage

Julian LageLimited to small groups of around forty per event, Education Encounters are a special benefit for members of SJW's Inner Circle, enriching the listening experience and fostering growth of the SJW community. On Sunday December 7, guitarist and composer Julian Lage will be our featured artist for an intimate concert and discussion. A virtuoso with musical wisdom, sophistication and wit, Julian is also an SJW alum and faculty member. He is widely recognized as one of the rising young stars in jazz today. He will be appearing in a duo format with bassist John Shifflett.   

If you’d like to be a part of SJW's Education Encounters as a member of our Inner Circle, contact Development Director Jeanne Sweet (jsweet@stanfordjazz.org, 650.736.0324x307). Also let Jeanne know if you'd be interested in hosting an Encounter in your home.

Pictured: Julian Lage at the 2008 Stanford Jazz Workshop. (Photo Credit, Scott Chernis)


New CoHo Jam dates; "Kind of Blue" 50th Anniversary events
Last Monday's CoHo Jam was the last of the fall season. Good news though: the Jams will resume in January, starting Monday the 12th (and it'll be here before you know it). We'll remind everyone in our December newsletter.

CoHo JamSpeaking of last Monday, we were delighted to be joined by Loren Schoenberg, Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (among many other prodigious accomplishments as a musician, educator, arranger, radio host and author; read his complete bio here), who got the evening going by sitting in on piano. The Jam's leader, drummer Akira Tana, ensured that everyone had plenty of opportunity to play, and it sounded great: the musicianship was impressive all round. We were happy to see so many faces from the Workshop, including Max Eckstein, Laila Smith, Larry Chinn, Anthony Diamond and Chris Tang, among other musicians from Stanford's Music Department and the local jazz community. So thanks to all of you for participating, and we'll see you in January!

Next Monday the 17th, instead of the Jam, Stanford’s music program will be showcased as jazz combos from the Music Department perform at the CoHo during the 8 pm – 10 pm time slot.

Presented in association with Stanford Lively Arts, the CoHo Coffeehouse and the Stanford Institute for Creativity & the Arts.

Pictured: CoHo Jam participants, Monday November 3rd. (Photo credit, Akira Tana)

PS: On Thursday November 6th, Stanford Lively Arts and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) hosted a discussion and listening session about the music and life of Miles Davis, led by Loren Schoenberg. An engaging and insightful speaker, Schoenberg's lecture covered forty-plus years of Miles' biography, with references to current affairs, history and pop culture, all leavened with wit and personal anecdotes. This is the first of several events coming up in 2009 related to the 50th anniversary of Miles' landmark recording, "Kind of Blue," to be presented on the Stanford campus. Details are still taking shape, but you can take a look at the dates and preliminary descriptions on the Lively Arts page. Featured artists taking part in the series will include Jonathan Batiste, Jimmy Cobb and our own Jim Nadel. We'll include information on our site as we get closer to the dates.



2009 NEA Jazz Masters
Lee KonitzTwo of SJW's recent faculty, Jimmy Cobb and Lee Konitz, were among six jazz greats named 2009 NEA Jazz Masters at a ceremony held in New York on October 20. Arguably, Mr. Cobb is most famous as the drummer on Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" (see mention in above story), while Lee Konitz first attracted attention as a member of Claude Thornhill's Orchestra, a group that influenced Miles Davis and led Miles to offer Lee the saxophone slot in his Nonet, the group that recorded "Birth of the Cool" in 1949.
What an amazing time in jazz it was, and we are fortunate that these two talents are still here making music. Congratulations to all.

Read about the event in a piece written by The New York Times' Nate Chinen.

Pictured: Lee Konitz at the 2007 Stanford Jazz Workshop. (Photo Credit: Scott Chernis)


Palo Alto Jazz Alliance Concert Sunday Nov. 16
Monclair Women's Big BandOur friends at the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance will present the Montclair Women's Jazz Orchestra this Sunday November 16th at the Cubberley Center in Palo Alto. Directed by trumpeter Ellen Seeling - who was interviewed this Monday past on KCSM - the group pays tribute to female big bands from the 1920's through the 1940's. Their Sunday concert will also feature vocalist Pamela Rose.

Montclair Women's Big Band
Sunday, November 16, 4:30-6:30pm

Cubberley Community Center Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are available at the Cubberly Auditorium box office on the day of the show after 4pm (cash or check only). For more Information call 650-345-9543 or email "harveymit@rcn.com" or go to the Monclair Women's Big Band site.

"MWBB is the life of the party, delivering hard-charging arrangements with grit, class and rhythmic conviction. With
a vivid cast of musical personalities, the band combines an audacious sense of swing, tight ensemble, work and and inspired solos." -Andy Gilbert, SF Chronicle

To see reviews of our Kennedy Center performance click on these links:
Washington Post
Jazz Times


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.