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Week Five at Stanford Jazz Festival

Thursday July 23 - Simply Standards with Melecio Magdaluyo
Saturday July 25 - Matt Wilson's Sonic Garden featuring Julian Lage
Sunday July 26 - Taylor Eigsti & Free Agency

Monday July 27 - Horace-Scope with Jaz Sawyer

Tuesday July 28 - Jeb Patton Trio featuring Albert "Tootie" Heath

Wednesday July 29 - "1959 Revisited" with Victor Lin & SJW Faculty

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In This Issue
> Stanford Jazz Week Five

>Ruthe Nadel Memorial, August 1

>Simply Standards with Melecio Magdaluyo

> Matt Wilson's Sonic Garden featuring Julian Lage

> Taylor Eigsti & Free Agency

> Horace-Scope with Jaz Sawyer

> Jeb Patton Trio featuring Albert "Tootie" Heath

> 1959 Revisited wtih Victor Lin & SJW Faculty

> Pictorial Highlights, 2009 Stanford Jazz Festival



Ruthe Nadel Memorial gathering on 8/1/09

Ruth Nadel, mother of Stanford Jazz Workshop's founder Jim Nadel, passed away on June 28, 2009. Many Workshop artists, participants, faculty & staff knew her well. A Memorial gathering is planned for August 1st. Read more about Ruthe Nadel's life here. Details about the Memorial event are below.

Ruthe NadelRemembering Ruthe (September 17, 1921 - June 28, 2009)
Join us in remembering and celebrating the remarkable life of Ruthe Nadel

Saturday Aug 1, 2009, 1pm
Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center, Stanford University

Please RSVP to nadel@stanfordjazz.org if you will attend so we can get a sense of how many people to prepare for.

for information about an East Coast Celebration in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday August 16, 2009, contact: bookczuk@gmail.com



Simply Standards with Melecio Magdaluyo
Sandy Cressman, vocals; Melecio Magdaluyo, woodwinds; Erik Jekabson, trumpet; Joe Gilman, piano; Seward McCain, bass; Jaz Sawyer, drums

Thursday, July 23, 7:30 pm| Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $20 general | $10 students


Melecio MagdaluyoStandards are the universal language of jazz. Musicians who have never met or heard one another can take the stage together confident in the knowledge that everyone will be able to play “All the Things You Are,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Stella by Starlight,” or any of a long list of beloved tunes. That these songs are so widely known and have endured so long is a testament not only to the great composers who wrote them, but also to the versatility and imagination with which they have been interpreted by generations of jazz musicians. One of the unique challenges of playing jazz is making such familiar tunes sound fresh and exciting every time, so it’s common to hear improvisers really let their creativity off the leash when playing standards. Multi-woodwind master Melecio Magdaluyo has performed with the Asian American Jazz Orchestra, Pete Escovedo,s Machete Ensemble, and countless others, in addition to leading his own quintet. Along with pianist Joe Gilman, bassist Seward McCain, and drummer Jaz Sawyer, plus special guests, Magdaluyo will explore the boundless creative possibilities of these beloved songs.



Matt Wilson's Sonic Garden featuring Julian Lage
Douglas Yates, alto saxophone/clarinet; Julian Lage, guitar; Jorge Roeder, bass; Matt Wilson, drums

Saturday, July 25, 8 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $40 general | $20 students

“Wilson has emerged as one of the most in-demand and versatile musicians in jazz, comfortable as a bandleader or as a sideman, at home in a grassroots touring band playing small venues or performing at Carnegie Hall.” - Downbeat Magazine

Matt WilsonMatt Wilson is a dynamic and adventurous drummer and bandleader with tremendous versatility and a distinctive style. Wilson has recorded and toured extensively with his own quartet and the groundbreaking group Arts & Crafts, showcasing his eclectic musical tastes and inclusive vision. The Matt Wilson Quartet’s newest CD, That’s Gonna Leave a Mark, includes original compositions by Wilson and his bandmates, classics by great jazz composers, and creative covers of well-known songs from other genres. Wilson is also a sought-after sideman for artists who run the gamut form traditional jazz to avant-garde experimentation. His swinging energy has propelled groups led by Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Charlie Haden, Herbie Nichols, Dena DeRose, and dozens of others, and these artists’ styles and innovations have augmented Wilson’s personal sound and broadened his musical horizons. For his Stanford Jazz Festival performance, Wilson teams up with two sensational young players—guitarist Julian Lage and bassist Jorge Roeder—as well as saxophonist/clarinetist Douglas Yates, a Stanford Jazz Workshop alumnus and Wilson’s colleague from the seminal Either/Orchestra.
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Taylor Eigsti & Free Agency
Gretchen Parlato, vocals; Becca Stevens, vocals; Gerald Clayton, piano; Taylor Eigsti, piano; Harish Raghavan, bass; Aaron McLendon, drums

Taylor EigstiSunday, July 26, 7:30 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $32 general | $16 students

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“He’s the most amazing talent I've ever come across. Remember him.”Dave Brubeck

Menlo Park native Taylor Eigsti has taken the jazz world by storm in the last few years. His 2006 album Lucky to Be Me received two Grammy nominations, and his most recent recording, 2008’s Let It Come to You, has earned wide acclaim. Since moving to New York he has gigged widely with his own groups, as well as in a duo setting with guitarist Julian Lage and other collaborative projects. Eigsti has also proved himself to be an ambitious composer, arranger, and bandleader. The title of his new project Free Agency reflects his practice of assembling ideas and influences from disparate musical sources the way a football team drafts players. The group’s sound features adventurous improvisation with an eclectic and unpredictable mix of rock and R&B rhythms, classical and jazz harmonies, and the layering aesthetic of electronic music. This performance will be an early opportunity to hear Taylor’s brand-new ensemble, which features vocalists Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, keyboardist Sam Barsh, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Aaron McLendon.
Taylor Eigsti website
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Horace-Scope with Jaz Sawyer
Danny Brown, tenor saxophone; Joel Ryan, trumpet; Danny Grewen, trombone; Sam Grobe-Heintz, piano; Gilbert Fix, bass; Jaz Sawyer, drums

Monday, July 27, 7:30 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $20 general | $10 students

Horace-ScopeEvery jazz student knows Horace Silver as the composer of the ubiquitous bossa nova “Song for My Father,” a tune with an elegant simplicity that makes it ideal for beginning improvisers. But those who dig a little deeper into Silver’s extensive catalog will discover that he is one of the finest and most prolific jazz composers of any era. His tunes vary widely in style from hard-bop to bossa novas, modal ballads, bluesy funk, and beyond; what unifies them all is the consistently amazing quality. Drummer Jaz Sawyer and Horace-Scope celebrate Silver’s songbook as well as classics from the 1960s Blue Note Era that he helped define. Horace-Scope’s front line of saxophonist Danny Brown, trumpeter Joel Ryan, and trombonist Danny Grewen re-create Silver’s signature three-horn harmonies in all their swinging glory. The vitality, variety, and brilliance of the hard-bop era’s greatest musicians come alive in their spirited and loving tribute.



Jeb Patton Trio featuring Albert "Tootie" Heath
Jeb Patton, piano; David Wong, bass; Albert "Tootie" Heath, drums

Jeb PattonTuesday, July 28, 7:30 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $34 general | $17 students

“…pianist Jeb Patton is… a player of great expression, bringing to the surface every little vignette that gives a song its depth and character.” - All About Jazz

With his irrepressibly swinging style and superlative musicianship, Jeb Patton has quickly become one of the first-call pianists for jazz artists from a wide range of styles and traditions. Patton studied intensively with tenor saxophone giant Jimmy Heath and pianist Sir Roland Hanna, absorbing the melodic sophistication of these great jazz masters and becoming well-versed in many styles. Through gigs with his former mentor Patton formed one of the most significant musical relationships of his career, becoming the pianist of choice for the legendary Heath Brothers. He has also performed and recorded with his own groups, as well as projects led by Lewis Nash, Winard Harper, and many others. The quality of the musical company he keeps is a testament to Patton’s versatility, creativity, and musicianship. Drummer Albert Tootie Heath is a venerable master who has played on countless recordings with virtually every jazz legend imaginable. His classic sound embodies the relaxed yet propulsive feel of the best jazz drumming. Bassist David Wong, also a frequent collaborator with the Heath Brothers, is another young musician who has learned from the greatest performers in jazz and carries their legacy forward.
Jeb Patton website
Listen to audio clips of Jeb Patton here: http:/www.stanfordjazz.org/jazzfestival/07_28.html



1959 Revisited
Victor Lin, piano/violin, plus Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty

Victor LinWednesday, July 29, 7:30 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $20 general | $10 students

1959 - A Milestone in Jazz
Victor Lin
6:30 pm, free with concert ticket

“One of the foremost keepers of the flame in jazz today.” - Highlights In Jazz

1959 was a watershed year in jazz history. Ella Fitzgerald recorded the sublime George and Ira Gershwin Songbook. John Coltrane’s Giant Steps expanded jazz’s harmonic universe into realms of unprecedented complexity, while Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue went the opposite direction, presenting each chord as a discrete entity of abstract beauty. Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come revealed new frontiers of expression by subverting convention, Charles Mingus’s Mingus Ah Um put an avant-garde spin on the sanctified roots of jazz, and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out attracted a new audience with its coolly sophisticated rhythmic grooves. It was an amazingly fertile era when innovation blossomed and jazz was near the peak of its national popularity. 50 years later, the same creative energy and spirit of originality still motivate jazz musicians, and echoes of 1959 can be heard all over. With pianist/violinist Victor Lin as emcee, the outstanding faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop will revisit this magical era in jazz to celebrate its sounds and trace the developments of its many styles.
Victor Lin website



Pictorial Highlights, 2009 Festival

Everything You Wanted to Know About Jazz"Everything You Wanted to Know About Jazz" concert, Stanford Jazz Festival July 12. Pictured, L-R: Jim Nadel, Sylvan "Schmoe" Elhay, Dayna Stephens & Erik Jekabson. Photo credit, Joel Simon.
Donald Harrison Donald Harrison 3D Experience, Stanford Jazz Festival, Saturday July 18 2009. Pictured, L-R: Victor Gould, piano; Donald Harrison, alto saxophone; Max Moran, bass & Joe Dyson, drums. Photo credit, Scott Chernis.
Donald Harrison, Joe DysonJoe Dyson, L, and Donald Harrison, R, Stanford Jazz Festival, Satuday July 18. Photo credit, Scott Chernis.


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 2009 Stanford Jazz Festival; Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc., KCSM FM 91.1, Official Radio Sponsor; Palo Alto Weekly, Official Print Media Sponsor, Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel; Stanford Park Hotel; Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel; Vin, Vino, Wine; Department of Music at Stanford University; JazzWest.com; Gallien Krueger; Gordon Biersch Brewing Company; Paiste Cymbals; Sonor Drums; Stanford Blood Center; Yamaha Band & Orchestral; Yamaha Percussion Division; Zildjian Cymbals.