MARCH 2009     


Memorable Moments from the 1980's at Stanford Jazz Workshop by SJW Faculty Member Bob Murphy
Bob Murphy
Bob Murphy was a student in the first Stanford Jazz Workshop class in 1972 while a jazz studies major at DeAnza College. He was also a founding member of the Natural Gas Jazz Band, a traditional jazz band that has made more than a dozen recordings and toured internationally at least ten times (including a historic 1989 tour of the Soviet Union as the Berlin wall was coming down, when the group was the first American band since the 1917 Soviet revolution to perform east of the Ural Mountains). Bob has taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop since the mid-1970s and is on SJW’s Board of Directors.

Many interesting characters have passed through
the Stanford Jazz Workshop since 1972.  Perhaps the most interesting was jazz giant and innovator, Dizzy Gillespie, but there were other prominent and talented jazz musicians at Stanford during that period, such as Stan Getz and John Handy.  Each of them left indelible impressions. (click here to read the complete article).


In This Issue
> Memorable Moments from the 1980's at SJW by Bob Murphy

> Discount for Returning Female Workshop Participants Under 18

>March & April Education Encounters: McPherson, Eastman

>Concerts: PAJA with Kim Nalley, Dmitri Metheny & Noel Jewkes this Sunday March 15; Chris Potter & Ambrose Akinmusire, April 17 (SFJAZZ)

> Highlights from last month's Demonstration/Discussion with Jimmy Cobb


Discount for Returning Female Workshop Participants Under 18
Kirsten EdkinsDiversity is what makes jazz music exciting, and is one of the core principles of Stanford Jazz Workshop's mission. Different backgrounds, experiences, and perspective bring rich texture and new sounds to the stage and to the classroom. One way that SJW is actively cultivating this rich diversity is by offering a SPECIAL RETURNING STUDENT DISCOUNT to young women under the age of 18.

In addition, we are offering recruitment discounts to our returning female participants under 18 years of age who bring in other young women under 18 attending SJW for the first time (upon completion of enrollment in either Jazz Camp or Jazz Residency). For each young woman you recruit, you will receive a $50 credit back to your account (to be reimbursed once Jazz Camp or Jazz Residency has begun).

Please take advantage of these great discounts, and pass the word along to friends and family members under age 18 who you think would be interested in attending Jazz Camp or Jazz Residency (by audition) this summer.  (For more information, contact Registrar Shen Weiss at 650 736 0324 x 303 or email registrar@stanfordjazz.org.) To register for our programs, visit our online registration page.

Speaking of female jazz musicians, the Montclair Women's Big Band led by Director Ellen Seeling was recently at the Jazz School in Berkeley with a performance celebrating International Women's Day (March 8). The performance was dedicated to the memory of Rozetta Reitz, jazz feminist pioneer, founder of Rosetta Records and columnist for Village Voice, who passed on November 1, 2008 in New York.  She was 84. Read about Reitz in the New York Times article published in 2008 (thanks again to Ellen for bringing this to our attention).

Pictured: Stanford Jazz Workshop Faculty Member & Jazz Mentor, saxophonist Kirsten Edkins with students at last year's Jazz Camp Week 2. Photo credit, Scott Chernis.


March & April Education Encounters - McPherson, Eastman

Madeline EastmanStanford Jazz Workshop's Education Encounters are a special benefit for members of SJW's Inner Circle of donors. Often held in private homes, Education Encounters bring supporters close to their music with a friendly atmosphere that encourages dialogue and exchange between artist and audience. Our March Encounter on Sunday March 22 presents saxophonist Charles McPherson in a trio setting with bassist Seward McCain and drummer JoJo Ramirez (SJW Jazz Camper and recipient of the 2007 Merit Scholarship). 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 find out more about these opportunities, please contact SJW Development Director Jeanne Sweet (650 736 0324 x 307, jsweet@stanfordjazz.org).

Photo, Madeline Eastman at the 2008 Stanford Jazz Festival, photo credit, Scott Chernis.



Upcoming Concerts: Palo Alto Jazz Alliance this Sunday; Ambrose Akinmusire & Chris Potter, April 17 (half-off student tickets)

Kim NalleyVocalist Kim Nalley, saxophonist Noel Jewkes and flugelhornist Dimitri Metheny will be performing for the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance on Sunday, March 15 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the CABANA Hotel in Palo Alto at 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306. The concert celebrates the 100th birthday of acclaimed saxophonist Ben Webster, one of the "Big Three" classic swing tenors (along with Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins). General Admission is $30, with discounts for PAJA members and students. Tickets are sold at the door or call Shirley Douglas (650 856 7927) for more information. That's this Sunday!

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 half-price offer is only available online or in person at the SFJAZZ Box Office. To redeem online, go to sfjazz.org and click on Login at the top right hand corner of the page. Create an Account and be sure to enter Promotion Code 1255. Select the Potter show from the Calendar page. Discount prices will automatically be updated—under “Quantity/Unit price” you will see Potter Student Offer.
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.

Photo: Kim Nalley at the 2004 Stanford Jazz Festival. Photo Credit, Scott Chernis.



Highlights from Last Month's Demonstration/Discussion with Jimmy Cobb
Last month, our own Jim Nadel hosted a demonstration and discussion with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. Produced in association with Stanford Lively Arts, the presentation included a detailed analysis of each composition from the recording, with examples performed by a group including Jimmy, bassist John Wiitala, pianist David Hazeltine and guest horn players Anthony Diamond (alto), Ian Jellison (tenor) and Amrit Robbins (trumpet) from Stanford's Music Department. Cobb responded to questions from the packed house (there was an overflow crowd that spilled out into the hallway) with thoughtfulness and good humor; he shared anecdotes and crazy road stories accummulated over his 50+ year career. Hard to believe he's 80; you'd never know it!

Cobb was also in the Bay Area as part of his work with the Generations Project, an international jazz competition and post-graduate Fellowship under the auspices of San Francisco State’s International Center for the Arts. The Artistic Director of the Generations Project is Andrew Speight, also one of SJW's principal faculty members and an accomplished sax player in his own right.

Reporter Don Sanchez from our local ABC affiliate KGO TV picked up on the story, and came to Cobb's hotel the day after his arrival to talk about the Kind of Blue anniversary. The video clip is on the KGO website on their video page (once you've landed, click on the entertainment tab and scroll through the screen shots until you find the picture of Miles with the Kind of Blue caption).

Thanks to Jimmy Cobb and his wife Eleana for their gracious help and cooperation. Pictured below, left to right: Jimmy Cobb, Lively Arts Artistic Director Jenny Bilfield and SJW's Jim Nadel. Photo courtesy Joe Johnson.

Jimmy Cobb, Jenny Bilfield, Jim Nadel



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.