JANUARY 2009     


Fundamentals of Transcription
by Ivor Holloway, SJW Staff
Ivor HollowayIvor Holloway is a familiar face to many at the Workshop, where he first participated as a young saxophone player at the age of 12. Ivor studied music and psychology at Princeton, and recently graduated from Mills College with a Master's degree in Music Composition. He's currently on staff at SJW. (Photo: Ivor at the Stanford CoHo)
How did people learn to play jazz before there was a Stanford Jazz Workshop?  Louis Armstrong never had the benefit of an Advanced Jazz Theory class.  Charles Mingus didn’t go to Jazz Traditions lectures to learn about the various jazz styles and movements.  For most of the history of jazz, people studied it without the educational institutions and modern teaching methods we take for granted today.  So, how did they do it?  (read the complete article here).


In This Issue
> Fundamentals of Transcription

> SJW Faculty/Alum News

>Workshop Registration In Progress

> KCSM Radio Pledge Drive Seeks Volunteers

> Reminder: CoHo Jams Every Monday


News in the Stanford Jazz Community & Beyond
Keeping up with the faculty, artists & alumni of SJW past & present, as well as items of interest to jazz lovers selected at random
Lee Konitz, Grace KellySixteen-year-old saxophonist & SJW alum Grace Kelly was the guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Alto player Grace is burning up the internet with news and reviews of her recent recording with the legendary fellow saxophonist (& SJW faculty member) Lee Konitz, Gracefullee. Grace describes how she got to know Lee at the Workshop in 2007, glides through a set of classics including All The Things You Are (and lets on to a penchant for Strayhorn with his tune, Isfahan) and even sings a couple of numbers. (Pictured: Lee Konitz with Grace at the 2007 Workshop. Photo Credit, Scott Chernis)

Speaking of recordings, several SJW 2009 returning Faculty have CD's in progress. Matt Wilson has samples from three tracks on his website, pianist Jeb Patton's new disc is called "Big Strides" and Julian Lage will release his first CD as leader in March 2009, "Sounding Point" (details to follow).

We've been seeing many familiar names in Annual Best of and awards lists too. Bassist Ruth Davies is credited on Elvin Bishop's Grammy-nominated "The Blues Rolls On," selected in the Best Traditional Blues Album category. Ambrose Akinmusire's "Prelude:to Cora" was number three in the Village Voice's list of Best Debut CD's, and Mulgrew Miller played piano on Dave Holland's much lauded "Pass It On" CD. Aaron Parks - who was last at SJW in 2007 with Kurt Rosenwinkel - is getting high marks for his first Blue Note recording, "Invisible Cinema" (see also related mention below).

Another SJW Alum, saxophonist Barclay Moffitt of Pueblo, CO, received Berklee College of Music's Presidential Scholarship, once of six awarded each year. Congratulations to you Barclay!

We came across a video of Donald Harrison performing with the same young trio who accompanied him during a stop at one of SJW's Education Encounters last year (Victor Gould, piano, Max Moran, bass & Joe Dyson, drums). It's hard to see much given the dim light, but it's fun nonetheless. (Also check out a vintage performance with Donald and Terence Blanchard, probably circa 1987).

Finally, NPR's salute to 70 years of Blue Note is definitely worth a listen. (On tour now in homage to the Anniversary are the Blue Note 7, led by Musical Diretor Bill Charlap and featuring Nicholas Payton & Ravi Coltrane, among others... you can catch them at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz on Monday the 19th if you missed their earlier Bay Area dates.)


Workshop Registration In Progress
Stanford Jazz Education ProgramsRegistration for the 38th season of Jazz Camp & Jazz Residency is open. Latest Faculty adds include Eric Alexander and Mulgrew Miller (Jazz Residency).

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.

The Jazz Residency (August 2-7) faculty will again feature a wide spectrum of jazz talent, from legendary figures such as saxophonist Jimmy Heath and drummer Louis Hayes to rising young stars like pianist Taylor Eigsti and guitarist Julian Lage.

Online registration is fast and convenient, or one can download the registration form to submit by mail or fax. 2009 Education brochures will be mailed next week; if you are not a recent previous participant and want to be sure to receive one, sign up for our mailing list.

(Brochure Design by Flying A Design)



KCSM Radio Pledge Drive Seeks Volunteers
KCSMOur favorite people at KCSM could use some help with their upcoming pledge drive! Spend a few hours with KCSM personnel and meet other jazz fans. The drive begins on Wednesday Jan. 21 and runs through Wednesday Feb. 4. Shifts vary and include weekends, contact Pledge Drive Assistants John Hellman & Keith Wallace to sign up!
Phone: (650) 524-6904 Email: fmvolunteers@kcsm.net



The CoHo Jams, the popular jam sessions that are a nightly tradition during Stanford Jazz Workshop’s summer Jazz Camps & Residency, are back for the winter quarter every Monday evening from 8 to 10 pm, January 12 through February 23 (with additional dates in April/May). 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.  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 admission is free. The CoHo is located inside the Tresidder Memorial Union building (map here).  Plenty of parking is available at no charge after 4 pm. 
SiCaLively Arts
Presented in association with Stanford Lively Arts, the CoHo Coffeehouse and the Stanford Institute for Creativity & the Arts.  



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.