FEBRUARY 2009     


Discussion/Demonstration with Jimmy Cobb & Jim Nadel this Monday
Monday, February 23rd, 2009, 8 pm
CCRMA Stage, Stanford University
Jimmy CobbMiles Davis' Kind of Blue was recorded in March and April of 1959, making 2009 the 50th Anniversary of its release. To commemorate this landmark achievement, Stanford Lively Arts is presenting a series of events in association with Stanford Jazz Workshop, including a demonstration and discussion on Monday, February 23rd with Jimmy Cobb, the only surviving member of the original ensemble. A discussion and performance designed to inform both musicians and non-musicians alike, songs from Kind of Blue will be considered from the active listener’s point of view, identifying the structure and organization of each composition, as well as other distinguishing characteristics. Jimmy Cobb will also be invited to share his memories and thoughts on the impact of this recording. With David Hazeltine (piano) and John Wittala (bass). Free. (Photo, Jimmy Cobb at the 2007 Stanford Jazz Festival; Photo Credit, Scott Chernis.)


In This Issue
> Jimmy Cobb & Jim Nadel Discussion/Demonstration this Monday

> Working 365 Days A Year with Christian McBride

>The Art of the Jazz Singer by Sandy Cressman

>Workshop Faculty Additions, Early Registration Discount

> Louie Bellson: 1924 - 2009


Working 365 Days a Year with Christian McBride by Jim Nadel
(Artistic & Executive Director, Stanford Jazz Workshop/Lecturer, Jazz Studies, Stanford University)
Christian McBride, Loren SchoenbergSeveral of us here at Stanford Jazz were in attendance at last month's Lively Arts presentation with bassist Christian McBride & pianist/saxophonist Loren Schoenberg (part of the "
Kind of Blue" series described above). Prior to the public presentation, McBride led a master class for Jim Nadel's Stanford students. Here's a report-back written by Nadel (it contains a few terms that non-musicians may not necessarily understand; you may wish to refer to our glossary for clarification).

Last month SJW collaborated with Lively Arts at Stanford to present a Combo Workshop with bassist Christian McBride. It was an inspiring class and there were also a few moments that made me chuckle.  Christian was talking in his entertaining, no-nonsense way about the necessity of being able to play tunes in all keys. He recommended that bass players in particular learn tunes using numbers [Roman numerals] to keep track of chord progressions and be able to provide a solid foundation in whatever key the tune is called. “As a bass player, you have to know the changes. Because bass players don’t get to hit on two. Piano players and everyone else can wait and hear it (‘Oh yeah, that’s the chord’) and then come in on two, but a bass player’s got to hit the root on beat one. Guys that can do that work 365 days a year.” (read complete article here). Pictured: Christian McBride, (L), Loren Schoenberg (R)


The Art of the Jazz Singer by Sandy Cressman

Sandy CressmanVocalist and teacher Sandy Cressman is one of SJW's Jazz Camp vocal program instructors and also teaches privately throughout the Bay Area. Her Brazilian jazz group, Homenagem Brasiliera (which includes keyboardist Marcos Silva, former musical director & arranger for Flora Purim & Airto) has recorded two CD's and performed at jazz festivals near and far, including San Jose Jazz, Monterey Jazz & of course, Stanford. In addition, Sandy performs and tours with other ensembles including Orquesta Candela and Jai Uttal, and is an in-demand session vocalist. ________________________________________________________
You bought tickets in advance, you are there in the dark of the theater, digging Kevin Mahogany, Cassandra Wilson, Kurt Elling, Abbey Lincoln, or Deedee Bridgewater.  You came to the concert to be moved by melody, swing, soul, rhythm, personality-music.  Ever wondered just what it is that makes a great jazz singer so compelling? (Read complete article HERE)



Workshop Faculty Adds, Early Registration Discounts for Returning Students

Eric AlexanderGuitarist Peter Bernstein and pianist David Hazeltine have been added to the Jazz Residency Faculty roster. Other Residency (August 2-7) faculty include saxophonists Eric Alexander & Jimmy Heath, drummers Louis Hayes & Tootie Heath, guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Taylor Eigsti and bassist Ray Drummond.

Jazz Camp Faculty will include acclaimed New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison, drummers Ndugu Chancler, Matt Wilson & Tootie Heath, vocalist Sandy Cressman, pianists Joe Gilman and Jeb Patton, and bassist Ruth Davies, just to name a very few.

A $50 Early Registration discount is available to all returning SJW students up to and until March 2nd. (The discount isn't mentioned in the online registration, but we'll credit you $50 when we receive your enrollment information.) Again, the discount applies to previous SJW participants only.

Online registration is fast and convenient, or one can download the registration form to submit by mail or fax. 2009 Education brochures were mailed in January; if you'd like one and haven't received it, sign up for our mailing list. (Pictured: Eric Alexander; Photo Credit, Scott Chernis.)



Louie Bellson, 1924 - 2009

Jim Nadel, Louie BellsonTruly one of the great jazz drummers of all time, Louie Bellson passed away on Valentine's Day, Feb 14, 2009 after an extended illness. His accomplishments (Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey & Harry James big bands, Duke Ellington Orchestra among others), were legion,
and he was an active and inspiring clinician and educator as well. However, our sadness at this news also has a personal resonance. In 1997, the highlight of the Stanford Jazz Festival was a big band performance of Duke Ellington's "Black, Brown & Beige" led by Bellson himself, conducted by Maurice Peress with vocals by Joe Williams. A jazz orchestra piece that Ellington rarely played after its debut in 1943 upon receiving a chilly response from critics, "Beige" was later considered to be well ahead of its time in retrospect and its resurrection was warmly noted by jazz writers such as Jesse Hamlin in the Chronicle (link here for the preview article). Louie Bellson was often seen in the audience at later Stanford Jazz Festivals, including 2007 and 2008's Opening Night Concerts (Bellson pictured here with Jim Nadel, 2007 Opening Night). He will be much missed. Please visit Louie's website for more information. (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 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.