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October 2008     

Stanford CoHo Jazz Jams Are Back!
SiCaLively Arts
The CoHo Jams, the popular jam sessions that are a nightly tradition during Stanford Jazz Workshop’s summer Jazz Camps & Residency, return as a weekly event every Monday evening from 8 to 10 pm, October 6 through November 3 (subsequent dates to be announced). 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 including saxophonist Kris Strom, guitarist Jeff Buenz, bassist John Shifflett and drummer Jason Lewis.  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 offers a casual menu of sandwiches, salads and housemade sweets, along with espresso and coffee beverages. Admission is free. The CoHo is located inside the Tresidder Memorial Union building (map here).  Plenty of parking is available, and free after 4 pm.

On Monday November 10th and 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.  

CoHo Jam Stanford Jazz


In This Issue
>> CoHo Jams Every Monday through November 3rd

>> Next Education Encounter November 9 with John Santos

>> In Memoriam: Viki Faktor

>> Ambrose Akinmusire - Yoshi's Oakland Oct 28

>> Palo Alto Jazz Alliance Concert: Save the Date

>> Opportunities for Young Jazz Musicians, Composers & Educators



Education Encounter November 9 - John Santos

John SantosLatin Jazz percussionist, composer and educator John Santos is a Bay Area and Stanford Jazz Workshop favorite. Founder of the Machete Ensemble, John has also performed with Max Roach, Tito Puente, McCoy Tyner and Dizzy Gillespie, among many others. A Santos performance is a window to the world - John shares his deep understanding and knowledge of the culture and people that have contributed to this rich and multi-faceted style of music. What a fitting choice then for our first post-Festival Education Encounter on Sunday, November 9! For those of you who may not be familiar with the Education Encounter concept, it's an opportunity for SJW Inner Circle donors to get up close and personal with artists such as John, engaging in lively and informative discussion while enjoying an intimate performance with others in the SJW community.

f 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.

Photo, John Santos (on conga drum, with Saul Sierra, bass) at a special presentation at the Elmhurst School in Oakland last December.


In Memoriam: Viki Faktor Viki Faktor
Viki Faktor, familiar to many of you as the House Manager at the Stanford Jazz Festival, passed away on September 28, 2008 after a long illness. A music event and festival pro, she also worked with SFJAZZ, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Herbst Theatre when not "on duty" with Stanford Jazz. Viki's dedication to the job and her sense of fun made her not only a valuable colleague, but a friend to many in our community. It won't be the same without you, Viki! To read her obituary, published in the San Francisco Chronicle, go here.

Here's a photo of Viki (left) with Pam Bergmann, Stanford's Venue Representative, at the Festival.


  Ambrose Akinmusire - Yoshi's, Oakland October 28 Ambrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire
is an exceptional talent. His concert at Stanford Jazz Festival this past season was one of its artistic high points, an intersection of technical brilliance with an adventurous yet humble spirit. Winner of the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and a recent graduate of the master's program at USC, his modern sensibility is grounded by a an unusual maturity and depth. Ambrose will be at Yoshi's Oakland on Tuesday, October 28th for two shows: 8 pm ($16) and 10 pm ($10).

Photo Credit: Scott McKissen


Palo Alto Jazz Alliance Concert: save the date
Our friends at the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance have announced a concert presented on Sunday November 16th by the Montclair Women's Jazz Orchestra led by Ellen Seeling at the Cubberley Center in Palo Alto. Here's a review of the ensemble by one of our favorite writers, Andy Gilbert:

"The sight of 17 women swinging is a powerful thing, and that's exactly the point of the Montclair Women's Big Band according to Director and veteran trumpeter Ellen Seeling. Formed by Seeling and long time producer Barbara Price in 1998, the band features a cast of topflight soloists and a potent book of big band standards. The group was created to showcase some of the region's most prodigious female players, and the plan seems to be working. Last February the band performed at a sold-out event at UCLA for the GRAMMY Foundation. For listeners, the most striking facet of the Montclair big band is the profusion of strong soloists...a formidable East Bay jazz ensemble. "(more)

This is the first of three PAJA concerts diring the school year. Details to follow!


Opportunities for Young Jazz Musicians, Composers & Educators
At SJW, it sometimes happens that we are contacted by prestigious and reputable organizations that support music and the development of young musicians, and who would like our help spreading the word about their programs. Such was the case these past weeks, when both the ASCAP and Grammy Foundations let us know about the following opportunities:

Grammy FoundationThe Grammy Foundation/Grammy in the Schools:
Offering several programs, including Grammy Jazz Ensembles, Signature Schools, and Grammy camp, of interest to students and music teachers. For more info, go to the Grammy in the Schools site. If you're a student interested in their Jazz Ensembles program, you can apply here. Application and grant deadline is October 22nd. The Grammy Foundation contact is David R Sears, Senior Director, Education programs ("david@grammy.com") or Joseph Langford, ("joseph.langford@grammy.com").

ASCAPThe Ascap Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards:
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the US who have not reached their 30th birthday by December 31st. Deadline: all materials must be postmarked no later than December 1st.

For information, guidelines and application forms, contact
www.ascapfoundation.org/youngjazz or
The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards
One Lincoln Plaza, NY NY 10023
Attn: Frances Richard


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.