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2009 Stanford Jazz Festival Opening Weekend Friday June 26

James MoodyThe James Moody Quartet featuring Benny Green opens the 38th season of the Stanford Jazz Festival on Friday, June 26th. NEA Jazz Master Moody's timeless and elegant style embodies bop at its finest, and with the addition of pianist Green (who's half Moody's age, but has the sensibililty and the chops of Wynton Kelly and Oscar Peterson, with whom he's been compared), the evening will be a distinctive and memorable Stanford Jazz Festival experience!

Saturday morning we get the energy up for the young set with Keith Terry and Crosspulse's Early Bird Jazz program for kids, returning for a second year. Saturday night will feature a solo concert by Grammy-winning Cuban virtuoso pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba in Campbell Recital Hall (selling fast). Sunday's performance by fellow Cuban, composer/drummer Dafnis Prieto and his Si o Si Quartet featuring the multi-talented Peter Apfelbaum, will be a feast for the senses as described by the New York Times: “The essence of Mr. Prieto’s style is his collation of various Afro-Cuban percussion sounds - from old religious music to modern music - within one set of trap drums. His playing is infernally complicated, and infernally precise; the blizzard of accents he throws into any pattern have their place as surely as pixels in a computer image.” For a taste, watch this recent YouTube video featuring Dafnis and Peter (other videos on Dafnis' Stanford Jazz concert page, as well as our YouTube site).

Dafnis Prieto


In This Issue
> Stanford Jazz Festival Opening Weekend June 26

> Stanford Jazz Workshop Educational Videos Launched

> The Art of Improvisation: A Musical Life in New York City

> Calling All Drummers!

> UPCOMING: Monday CoHo Jams; Borders Palo Alto Jazz in the Courtyard, KCSM Benefit June 30

>NOTEWORTHY - faculty/alum news and items of interest: NEA Jazz Masters, White House Jazz, Laila Smith, Victor Lin


Stanford Jazz Workshop Educational Videos Launched

Ndugu Chancler
Stanford Jazz Workshop's educational programs, Jazz Camp & Jazz Residency, are known internationally for their world-class faculty and advanced level of instruction. So it made sense to capture some of these moments in a way that is both informative and educational. So, using archived footage shot at the Workshop, we have done exactly that and are pleased to present six video segments that offer a glimpse into the Workshop experience, featuring faculty instructors Victor Lin, Yosvany Terry, Ndugu Chancler & Andrew Speight. Check them out at our new video page! Also in the works: audio interviews with jazz greats Geoff Keezer, Barry Harris, Larry Grenadier & more. Pictured: Ndugu Chancler at the 2007 Stanford Jazz Workshop.



The Art of Improvisation: A Musical Life in New York City

Ryan Snow is a trombonist, improviser and composer living in Brooklyn, New York. Born and raised in Stanford, California, Ryan grew up playing jazz in local and regional bands, touring Japan and performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory in 2005, he moved to Brooklyn to continue his musical studies. He has been involved in numerous projects centered around free improvisation but including more traditional jazz as well as chamber music, experimental rock and various forms of interdisciplinary performance. His band, Pull, is releasing it's first album later this summer.

Ryan SnowI remember being twelve years old and at my first SJW placement audition, and Gerard Carelli asked me to play something. I had never played jazz before, and wasn't sure what he wanted to hear, so I asked. He said it didn't matter, just play something. I played a piece we had performed in wind ensemble that year, but I didn't have the sheet music - I improvised. That week I had my first experiences playing jazz and improvising with other musicians, but really I had been improvising in various contexts for my whole life. Improvisation is how we navigate the world as individuals, it is how we learn and grow and how we disclose our selves to the world and to each other. (READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE.)

Pictured: Ryan Snow.



Calling All Drummers!

Louis HayesGregory Hutchinson, Louis Hayes, Tootie Heath & Donald Bailey will all be teaching and performing at the Stanford Jazz Residency August 1 -7, 2009. If you have any students or know anyone who might be interested in studying with them, please send them our way, there are spots available. Bass faculty that week (Aug 1 -7) include Ray Drummond and Larry Grenadier.

There are also a couple of drum spots open in the Jazz Camps which are specifically for students ages 12 - 17:
w/ Ndugu Chancler and Jaz Sawyer (July 19 -24)
w/ Matt Wilson and Tootie Heath (July 26 -31)

Visit stanfordjazz.org for more information about Jazz Camp & Jazz Residency programs, including dates, pricing, faculty, sample schedules and more. Questions, email "registrar@stanfordjazz.org" or call 650 736 0324 x 308.
Pictured: Louis Hayes.



UPCOMING: CoHo Jams, Borders In the Courtyard, KCSM Benefit June 30


CoHo Jams The CoHo Jams began their summer session last Monday June 15 at the Stanford Coffeehouse, led by yeoman founding SJW faculty member Bob Murphy. We welcome jazz players from intermediate to advanced skill levels, whether an SJW alum, Stanford music student or otherwise, so grab your horn or axe and come on down to the next Jam every Monday now until July 13 from 8 - 10 pm (and weekdays thereafter; check our site for days & times during Camp & Residency). Piano, bass and drums provided. BTW, if you haven't noshed at the CoHo, the food is pretty darn good and the atmosphere is cozy and informal. Jam session personnel during the Workshop will be announced and posted online closer to the date.
Pictured: 2008 CoHo summer jam. Photo Credit: Scott Chernis.

BORDERS PALO ALTO - jazz in the courtyard
Have you been to Borders Palo Alto lately? Located in the premises of a former movie theatre on University Avenue, the Palo Alto store is made particularly charming by its courtyard that opens onto the street. Complete with fountain and bistro tables, it's the perfect spot to hang out on a late Friday afternoon while enjoying a book and a jazz combo, presented by Stanford Jazz Workshop and featuring its stellar faculty players from 5 to 7 pm. Event Dates: June 26, July 10, 456 University Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94301.


Taylor EigstiStanford Jazz Festival's radio sponsor is KCSM 91.1 in San Mateo, a treasure not only to us for to every jazz listener in the Bay Area (and beyond, through their online stream). A non-commercial station affiliated with the College of San Mateo, KCSM''s last pledge drive fell short and they are holding a benefit concert at Yoshi's Oakland on Tuesday July 30 to raise some much-needed revenue. Pianists Denny Zeitlin, Jon Jang and Workshop favorite Taylor Eigsti will all be performing solo piano sets to support this great cause. Taylor will take the stage with his latest project, Free Agency, at the Stanford Jazz Festival on Sunday July 26, a completely different program than the Yoshi's date and featuring Taylor with Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, vocals; Gerald Clayton, piano; Harish Raghavan, bass and Aaron McLendon, drums. The concept behind Free Agency, in the words of Eigsti, represents "...a notion that I have been dwelling on that music should be free of rules that are determined by the conventions of genre. 'Musical Free Agency' as I see it, is a composer's right to assemble a team of musical elements comprised of components of one's own musical taste, without much regard to conventional genre restrictions." Taylor's reputation grows by the moment and his concert last year was extremely well-attended, so we look forward to this year's event to be just as exciting! Pictured: Taylor Eigsti.


NOTEWORTHY: faculty/alum news and items of interest

Bobby HutchersonWhen it comes to prestigious jazz awards, the NEA Jazz Masters are the crème de la crème. The 2010 recipients include the Bay Area's own vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, along with Muhal Richard Abrams, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Annie Ross, Bill Holman & Yusef Lateef. The awards ceremony will be held on in January 2010 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center complex. For more information, visit the NEA site. Pictured: Bobby Hutcherson at the 2007 Stanford Jazz Festival. Photo Credit, Scott Chernis.

On June 15, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted Jazz Studio, the first of several live music events featuring various genres as part of the new White House Music Series, bringing together artists of all ages who will perform, educate and interact with young people. Taking place in conjunction with the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, 150 students (some of whom are students at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz) participated in classes and then attended a concert featuring Paquito d'Rivera. Workshops were led by faculty including Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis, his brothers Branford, Delfeayo and Ellis as well as Sean Jones, Stephen C. Massey, Todd Williams, Davey Yarborough, Eli Yamin and others. You can watch a clip from the event on Stanford Jazz Workshop's YouTube page (Playlist/Other Jazz Videos) or read more about the event here.

In follow up to our previous mention regarding SJW participant & vocalist Laila Smith's win in the Downbeat Student Music Awards, the San Jose Merc wrote a feature article about Laila that ran in the paper this past Sunday. Read it online.

Victor LinFinally, many Workshop participants and Festival concertgoers have become famliar with Victor Lin, who's been teaching at the Workshop for eleven years and counting. Victor, who is also a wonderful pianist and violinist, is working on his doctoral dissertation at Columbia University in New York. His topic of study looks at how jazz pianists practice now compared to in the past. As Victor explained, "I'm examining and comparing the way jazz pianists practice between different generations and different eras of time.  Basically, I'm looking for better answers to give to students who want to learn jazz piano - answers to questions like how did Barry Harris practice jazz when he was a teenager?  Mulgrew Miller?  Kenny Barron? Taylor Eigsti?  What's common between them and what's different, and if we can figure out recurring themes, wouldn't that be a better way to inform new students how to practice and set up better environments for them?"  

"Essentially, I'm interviewing different pianists from different decades, from 1950 to 2000, and after thoroughly looking at the interviews, I'm going to try and map out what stays the same over 50 years and what's different, looking for patterns of behavior that can be explained from a student's perspective instead of from a teacher's point of view." BTW, you can see Victor in action in three of our new videos on our media page as described above. He'll also be leading our "1959 Revisited" concert on July 29 at Campbell. Pictured: Victor Lin at the 2008 Stanford Jazz Workshop. 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.