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NOVEMBER 2009     


IN THEORY: The Delicate Art of "Comping"
by SJW Faculty Frank Sumares

Frank SumaresThis month, as part of our reoccurring education series (see our newsletter archive for previous articles), returning SJW faculty member Frank Sumares discusses one of the principal functions of the jazz pianist: that of accompanist. His comments regarding awareness and taste are applicable however to players of any instrument. Sumares is one of the original faculty at the Workshop, where he teaches piano and theory at our Jazz Camp and Evening Summer programs. He is also Professor in the Jazz Studies Program at San Jose State and is a Professor Emeritus at Chabot College in Hayward, where he was the Director of Jazz Studies and Instrumental Music for over 25 years.

The word "comping" is a jazz term abbreviated from the phrase, to accompany. A suitable definition would be as follows: to go with, to add or join to, and to be associated with. The key words in the previous sentence are underlined to insure their importance to the young pianist.
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In This Issue
> The Delicate Art of "Comping" with Frank Sumares

> Help Us Create Community

> Mark Murphy, a mash note by Madeline Eastman

>Donald "Duck" Bailey; Patrick Wolff, Friday Nov. 20 at Bluesix; Ambrose Akinmusire; PAJA Piano Summit III Dec. 5




Help Us Create Community

Now is the time to give thanks for our jazz community! Every summer Stanford Jazz Workshop brings together a diverse and rich mix of jazz musicians, appreciators, and students. This inclusive celebration of jazz would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.

Julian LagePlease make your tax-deductible gift to Stanford Jazz Workshop today, to ensure that we can continue to offer a world-class jazz festival and an inspirational music education experience to our growing jazz community. Every gift makes a difference.

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Thank you for your support of Stanford Jazz Workshop, and your interest in this uniquely American art form.

Photo Credit: Scott McKissen.



Mark Murphy, A Mash Note by Madeline Eastman

Madeline EastmanOn October 20, 2009, Madeline Eastman joined Kitty Margolis, Madeline Eastman, Ann Dyer, Laurie Antonioli, Joyce Cooling,
Bobbe Norris, & others at Yoshi's Oakland to "celebrate his influence through songs, stories, and the establishment of the Mark Murphy Vocal Jazz Scholarship for Berkeley's Jazzschool." Eastman, Director of the Stanford Jazz Workshop's Jazz Residency Vocal Program, has great affection for Murphy, as is evident from her note below. Registration for SJW's summer programs will open on or about December 15.

Mark Murphy loves music. I mean, he LOVES music. Just look at his incredible (and varied) body of recorded work ( Bebop, Brazilian, Lord Buckley (“hipsters, flipsters and finger-poppin’ daddies, knock me your lobes”), Orchestral, European Remixes, Songbooks, Vocalese--he’s in the mix. It’s a very pure thing, Mark’s relationship to music. It all comes straight from his heart. Mark has walked the walk and talked the talk. He has definitely taken the road less traveled. And we are the better for it. Inspirational doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about Mark.
Mark wrote the liner notes on my very first CD (about running into each other in the pool at the YMCA where we were both avid lap-swimmers). He sang a duet with me on my second CD on a song called You’re the Dangerous Type, written by one of our compatriots Bob Dorough. But, more importantly, he is my beloved mentor, his life is an example for anyone who wants to bring the truth to their music, to be authentic, and true to your code.
Mark is the man.
With Love, Madeline Eastman

Pictured: Madeline at Yoshi's October 20. Photo Credit: Scott Chernis.



NOTEWORTHY - faculty/alum news and items of interest: Donald Bailey, Patrick Wolff (at Bluesix Nov. 20), Ambrose Akinmusire, PAJA "Piano Summit III" Dec. 5

Donald BaileyLast week, drummer Donald "Duck" Bailey was feted for two nights at Yoshi's Oakland at a benefit hosted by KCSM's Jesse "Chuy" Varela. The 76-year-old Bailey, who hails orginally from Philadelphia, has lived in the SF Bay Area since the 1980's and was on the faculty at Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2008 and 2009. Bailey made his name playing with organist Jimmy Smith from 1956-1964, and has performed or recorded with artists including George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Sarah Vaughn and Charles McPherson, among others too numerous to list. Read more about Bailey's life on the SF Chronicle's website. Pictured: Donald Bailey at the 2009 Workshop.

Jazz Faculty Director saxophonist Patrick Wolff introduces his new trio with John Wiitala and drummer Hamir Atwal November 20th at Bluesix. Wiitala is top of the list of the Workshop's preferred bassists; Atwal just wrapped up a tour with Greg Osby. The trio debuts a mix of original new material and songs you know reimagined in a new way. Blue Six hasn't been open that long, but it's getting favorable local buzz as a welcoming and friendly space with great music (3043 24th St, between Balmy St & Treat Ave in the Mission).

Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is everywhere these days. The CD, Entry, on which he plays with leader & bassist Linda Oh and drummer Obed Calvaire, is getting widespread raves from sources including the expected (JazzTimes, the Village Voice) and the not so much (the Wall Street Journal). He can be heard on NPR's JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, and read about on the network's "A Blog Supreme" where Patrick Jarenwattananon observes, "everyone wants to hire Ambrose Akinmusire for his colorful imagination delivered through a tight, focused tone." Exactly.

The Palo Alto Jazz Alliance (PAJA) presents "Piano Summit III: The Richness & Beauty of Modern Jazz Piano" with Susan Muscarella, Larry Vuckovich, Denny Zeitlin and special guest pianist TBA on Saturday Dec. 5 at 7:30 pm. The program offers solo, duo and trio formats with bassist Peter Barshay & drummer Akira Tana accompanying. Hosted by Dr. Herb Wong. Location: Rothrock Performance Hall, Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Rd Portola Valley. Download event flyer for ticket outlets and other information.


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; KCSM FM 91.1, Official Radio Sponsor; Palo Alto Weekly, Official Print Media Sponsor, Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel; Stanford Park Hotel; Vin, Vino, Wine; Department of Music at Stanford University;; Grooveyard Jazz; Gallien Krueger; Gordon Biersch Brewing Company; Paiste Cymbals; Sonor Drums; Stanford Blood Center; Yamaha Band & Orchestral; Yamaha Percussion Division; Zildjian Cymbals.