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OCTOBER 2009     


IN THEORY: "All God’s Children Got Rhythm Changes?" by SJW Faculty Director Patrick Wolff

Patrick WolffThis month, as part of our reoccurring education series (see our newsletter archive for previous articles), Jazz Faculty Director saxophonist Patrick Wolff analyzes "I Got Rhythm," one of the staples of the jazz pedagogical lexicon. Its AABA form and textbook use of the circle of fifths make it an ideal vehicle for developing jazz musicians, who will hear its echoes in literally hundreds of jazz arrangements. Catch Patrick live in San Francisco on Oct 24th at Club Deluxe or November 20th at Bluesix with his new trio (John Wiitala, bass; Hamir Atwal, drums).


“I Got Rhythm,” composed in 1930 by George Gershwin for the musical Girl Crazy, Is one of the most frequently performed standards of the American songbook. The song is an icon of its era; the deliberately cavalier approach to grammar in the title, the syncopation and riffs of the melody, and the happy-go-lucky attitude of the lyrics all shout “jazz age!” like, well, like Ethel Merman.   Read the complete article here.


In This Issue

> "In Theory" with Patrick Wolff

> SJW Faculty Audio Interviews: Jason Moran

> Grammy Jazz Ensembles Call for Applicants: DEADLINE OCTOBER 22

>Fall Quarter CoHo Jams Continue Weekly!




SJW Faculty Audio Interviews: Jason Moran

Jason MoranThere's no question that pianist & composer Jason Moran (2008 Workshop Faculty) is one of the jazz world's bright sparks. Whether he's interpreting an existing work (as he did with his 08 Stanford Jazz Festival concert, a recreation of Andrew Hill's Smokestack), performing one of his own compositions (his recent Monterey Jazz Festival commissioned piece, Feedback, for example) or as part of a group (such as his current project, the Overtone Quartet, with Chris Potter, Dave Holland and Eric Harland), Moran radiates artistic intelligence, courage and curiosity. While clearly a man of deep thought, he's not one to take himself too seriously either as can be heard in his 2008 interview with Stanford Jazz Workshop's Artistic & Executive Director, Jim Nadel. Visit our audio page to listen to interviews and get close to your music with Moran and fellow SJW faculty Richard Davis, Larry Grenadier, Barry Harris & Tootie Heath.
Photo: Jason Moran with Jazz Residency participants, Summer 2008. Photo Credit: Scott Chernis.



Grammy Jazz Ensembles Call For Applicants: Deadline, Oct 22

Grammy Jazz EnsemblesThe GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles program identifies and selects top high school instrumentalists and singers (several SJW alum have participated and have had a tremendous experience). Students from across the country have the opportunity to audition for the choir, band and combo and receive a free trip to the host city of the GRAMMYs.  Selectees are also eligible for more than $2 million in scholarships from College Partners, perform in GRAMMY® Week events, record a CD and attend the GRAMMYs.
Application Process - Students apply to this program by completing our online application process and submitting a video audition.  Applications are reviewed by our screening committee and students are notified in the late fall.  To apply click the link or visit: <>

Deadline is October 22nd



COHO JAMS - Mondays Through November 2nd, Nov. 30

The autumn CoHo Jams continue weekly at the Stanford Coffeehouse, from 8:00 until 10:00 pm each Monday through November 2nd (Oct 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2). Stanford University student jazz combos will perform on Nov 9 & 16, followed by the final fall quarter Jam on November 30 (the week after the Thanksgiving break).

CoHo JamsThe Jams offer a lively atmosphere as well as a comfortable place to hang out while enjoying the excellent food, espresso, wine & beer at the CoHo. Led by SJW faculty, the Jams are open to all jazz musicians of intermediate-to-advanced skill level. Sign up with faculty leader at the Jam; drums, amps and a piano will be provided. 459 Lagunita #1, Tresidder Union, Stanford, CA 94305. Map. More info on our Special Events page.

Presented in association with Stanford Lively Arts, the Stanford Coffeehouse and SiCa (Stanford Institute for Creativity & the Arts).

Photo: 2009 Summer CoHo Jams. 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; KCSM FM 91.9, 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.