April 2009     


Stanford Jazz on YouTube
Though the quality isn't always consistent to say the least, there's no denying that YouTube is an incredible resource (and source of entertainment as well). Stanford Jazz participants began posting videos shot at participant concerts on the site some years ago, and there are also literally thousands of clips relating to jazz available to view, whether of current artists or archival footage of legends past. With such a treasure trove only a click away, it seemed high time we started a Stanford Jazz Workshop YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/stanfordjazz) to organize all of these goodies in one place. Currently, we have playlists featuring participants (Combos), artists (Leaders) and singers (Vocal Jazz), and we look forward to adding new playlists and videos as they appear. In addition, SJW is also at work creating its own video content (more about that in next month's newsletter), which will be posted on our channel as well. We encourage all of you to come visit our page and become a subscriber. Or, if you have a video you'd like us to feature, let us know by emailing "newsletter@stanfordjazz.org"!


In This Issue
> Stanford Jazz on YouTube

> Find Your Voice - Jazz Camp & Jazz Residency Vocal Programs

> Evening Summer Program Registration Now Open; Jazz Piano Classes Added

> NOTEWORTHY - faculty/alum news and items of interest

> Education Encounters: McPherson Wrap Report, April 19th EE with Madeline Eastman

> UPCOMING: Chris Potter & Ambrose Akinmusire, April 17 (SFJAZZ); Lively Arts/Kind of Blue This Week; Gunn High School Jazz Band Friday


Find Your Voice - Jazz Camp & Jazz Residency Vocal Programs
SJW's vocal programs offer adults and youth a substantive vocal jazz curriculum tailored to each student's individual needs and abilities. Jazz Camp, for youth 12-17, is open to all singers with no audition requirements. While each of our Jazz Camp Vocal Faculty, Sandy Cressman, Peggy Stern and Wendy McCain, have their own unique approach to teaching, every Jazz Camp vocal student will learn a basic repertoire of jazz material and identify which keys are best for their voice. Phrasing, improvisation and interpretation will be covered in depth. Singers will also become familiar with charts and arranging, and learn to coommunicate with the band. Basic vocal technique will also be covered, as will mic technique. Of course, the net result is all about singing, and there will be plenty of opportunities to do that with daily combo practice and jam sessions late afternoon.

The Jazz Residency Vocal Program admits adults and advanced youth by audition. To be admitted, applicants do not necessarily have to have sung jazz before, but a good sense of rhythm and pitch are a must. Jazz Residency Vocal Program Faculty Madeline Eastman and Dena DeRose offer students the opportunity to take their singing to the next level by developing their own unique style. Participants will sing with a professional trio every day, attend masterclasses such as Scat Lab and In the Sandbox, and will be placed in a theory class appropriate to their skill level, from basic to advanced.

One Jazz Residency participant who has become a familiar face to many at the Workshop is Sakae Goto, who has attended the Jazz Residency Vocal Program four out of the last five years. Her dedication and enthusiasm are outstanding, so we thought we'd ask her to tell us a little bit about herself and how she came to SJW:

At the end of 2003, I received an e-mail from my husband’s best friend, an enthusiastic jazz lover living in Palo Alto CA.  It was information about Stanford Jazz Workshop. At the time, I was a jazz student at Yokohama Jam Music Institute in Japan, so this was exciting news to me.  I was eager to join the program, so I sent my application to the office and submitted my audition tape. It was the very beginning of my SJW experience.

Sakae GotoI’ve been studying jazz vocals for about twelve years.  Long time before that, when I was a college student, one of my classmates took me to the jazz coffeehouse in the neighborhood of the Sophia University in Tokyo. She was practicing jazz piano, and we often went to the record shop and browsed the LP records of jazz virtuosos such as Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis... (read the complete article here).

Information about all of our education programs, as well as online registration, is available on our site. Should you have any questions not answered on our site please contact Registrar Shen Weiss at 650 736 0324 x 303 or email registrar@stanfordjazz.org.

(Pictured: Sakae Goto at the 2008 Jazz Residency, with pianist Randy Porter in the background. Photo credit, Scott Chernis.)



Evening Summer Program Registration Now Open; New Piano Classes Added
Registration for Stanford Jazz Workshop's Evening Summer program is now open. Evening Summer classes are offered Monday and Wednesday evenings on the Stanford campus, and are open to all students 12 years of age and older. In addition to our Camp Warm Up, Jazz Skills and Theory classes, we've just added Jazz Piano for beginning and intermediate students, taught by Frank Sumares (who also teaches Theory and Jazz Skills; Wayne Wallace is the Jazz Camp Warm Up instructor). Classes begin on July 15 (Mondays) and July 17 (Wednesdays). Check out our Evening Summer page for complete descriptions, as well as a downloadable application.



NOTEWORTHY - faculty/alum news and items of interest
Anthony DiamondSaxophonist and SJW alumni Anthony Diamond, who's now a Stanford student and a frequent player at the CoHo Jams, popped up on stage at February's sold-out Esperanza Spalding concert (presented by Stanford Lively Arts). Anthony sat in with the group on "Body and Soul." As it turns out, the twenty-one-year old Diamond and twenty-four-year old Spalding met each other as teenagers in Portland, Oregon where they were both living at the time, and are so close that she refers to him as her "little brother."
A Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar, Anthony is studying Mechanical Engineering and somehow finds the time to volunteer for several community organizations and campus-based groups including the Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club. He also plays tennis, football and basketball. You can read more about Anthony on the Jackie Robinson Foundation website. (Pictured: Anthony Diamond. Photo Credit: Joe Jackson.) =================== Monterey's Next Generation Festival took place from April 3-5 in downtown Monterey. SJW was there on Friday and Saturday, and we had the pleasure of meeting many previous Jazz Camp & Residency participants and their families from years past as well as present. Top ranking schools in the Big Band division included Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Valley Christian (headed by Band Director and SJW faculty member Dave Gregoric) and Folsom High School; the HS Combo division led with Berkeley High School, LA HS for the Arts and Valley Christian. For a complete list of results, visit the Next Generation website. Thanks for all of you who came and said hi, including MJF staffers Tim Orr, Paul Fingerote and Rob Klevan! =================== Speaking of Berkeley High, perhaps some of you readers were at their benefit concert on March 15th? What a gathering of talented alumni, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Will Bernard, Dave Ellis, Erik Jekabson, Dayna Stephens, Howard Wiley and the afternoon's Musical Director, Peter Apfelbaum. The program was eclectic, including a Saxophone Choir that entered from the back of the hall, performing a repeating motif in the style of a round, a sassy original swing chart with a rich ensemble sound called "Forget Me Not" written by Toby Hargreaves and a another original composition, "Waterway" performed on solo piano by William Beatty. The BHS program was founded by Dr. Herb Wong in 1966, and has been led by Charles Hamilton since 1981. ================== NPR ran a nice segment with jazz pianist Marcus Roberts that caught our ear - he demonstrates stride piano as played by Jelly Roll Morton and then shows how the style evolved as different influences were introduced. He talks about Ellington and Thelonious Monk as well. Worth listening to for the playing alone and also interesting from a historical perspective. =================== Ron Stallings passed away yesterday April 13 in Berkeley after a prolonged illness. A tribute concert to celebrate Ron's many contributions to the culture of the Bay Area and beyond is scheduled this month at La Peña in Berkeley on Sunday, April 26, hosted by Chuy Varela of KCSM. Thanks also to KCSM's Greg Bridges and Barbara Lamb-Hall for the information. and look for a feature on Ron in next month's newsletter. Our condolences to his family and friends.



Education Encounters: McPherson Wrap Report, April 19th EE with Madeline Eastman
Charles McPhersonThe amazing Charles McPherson was our special guest at last month's Education Encounter (a special benefit for members of SJW's Inner Circle of donors). His talent is known to all, but what was particularly lovely was to hear him take questions from the audience and relate them to his music and life, peppering his responses with references to philosophy and his experiences coming up in the Detroit jazz scene. A true Renaissance man!

The group featured pianist Glen Pearson, bassist Seward McCain and SJW alum JoJo Ramirez on drums. JoJo is just fifteen, yet she plays with a maturity way beyond her years, and happily held her own with the seasoned veterans with whom she shared the bandstand.

Next month's gathering will be held on April 19. Vocalist Madeline Eastman and pianist Randy Porter will take us into the mind of a jazz musician with "This is Your Brain on Jazz." Should you wish to join the Inner Circle and participate in these unique events, please contact SJW Development Director Jeanne Sweet (650 736 0324 x 307, jsweet@stanfordjazz.org).

Pictured: Charles McPherson.


Upcoming: Ambrose Akinmusire & Chris Potter, April 17 (half-off student tickets); Lively Arts/Kind of Blue events this week; Gunn Jazz Band, this Friday

Half-off ticket offer from SFJAZZ
SFJAZZ is offering 50% OFF student tickets to a remarkable double-bill featuring Chris Potter’s Underground and the Ambrose Akinmusire Group, on April 17 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco.

Chris Potter stands as one of the most inventive saxophonists performing today, having risen to prominence with Dave Holland, Dave Douglas and as a leader. His highly calibrated funk and fusion combo Underground combines complex harmonies, with killer backbeats and edge-of-your-seat dynamics. Kicking off the show is the Bay Area’s own Ambrose Akinmusire, who started attracting attention as a standout in the Berkeley High School band, then vaulted to wider acclaim following his 2007 first-place triumph at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

How to Get It: This 50%-off discount is available exclusively to current students with valid ID, and can only be redeemed in person at the SFJAZZ Box Office or at the Palace of Fine Arts ticket window on the night of the show, starting at 6:30 p.m. Get there early, as there are a limited number of student tickets available!
Note: It is very important that the promotion code is entered before adding any items to your cart. This is the only way for the system to apply the appropriate pricing.

Lively Arts: Stanford Lively Arts Kind of Blue series culminates this week with this Saturday's concert led by Musical Director Jonathan Batiste (which is sold out), but you can attend a lecture with Loren Schoenberg, Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, this Thursday April 16 at 8 pm for free (Wallenberg Learning Theater, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 160, Stanford CA 94305). For complete details, visit the Lively Arts website.

Gunn High School in association with Montalvo Arts: Composer and multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich is the second composer to be commissioned by Montalvo to write a new work for the Gunn High School jazz band. Ehrlich will workshop with Gunn as well as other local elementary, middle and high schools in 2009 and the work will be performed as part of Gunn High Schools annual concert.. Ehrlich will lead the band during his own composition as well as perform with the band as a guest soloist. This Friday, April 17, 7:30 pm, Spangenberg Theater at Gunn High School.


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; Gallien Krueger; Gordon Biersch Brewing Company; Paiste Cymbals; Sonor Drums; Stanford Blood Center; Yamaha Band & Orchestral; Yamaha Percussion Division; Zildjian Cymbals.