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SEPTEMBER 2009     


ON THE GIG: "Many Hats" with SJW Faculty Akira Tana

Akira TanaShortly after the close of the Stanford Jazz Workshop season last month, ongoing SJW faculty member Akira Tana was at the legendary Fantasy Studios complex in Berkeley recording with Dena DeRose, Benny Green, Dominick Farinacci and Ray Drummond. The yet-unnamed project, to be released in Japan for the Christmas season, should also be available on both Akira and Dena's websites here in the US. We asked Akira to tell us about his experiences as a session player and producer. Photo credit: Scott Chernis.

I’ve worked with a vast range of musicians, producers, groups, and studios during the more than 150 recording sessions I’ve participated in over the years, and have been involved on the production side of many recording projects as well. Playing on sessions and observing the process has been invaluable in learning about the role of the producer: a recording session is challenging, but is very different from being a producer of a project. It is even more challenging to play and also be the producer of a recording session. In a way that is very similar to being an actor and director in a film: one has to be able to wear many different hats simultaneously. Read the complete article here.


In This Issue
> "On the Gig" with Akira Tana

> Benefit Concert for Helen Wray Saturday September 26, Yoshi's

> Stanford Lively Arts Events, October

>Fall Quarter CoHo Jams

>Other Minds Presents Lester Bowie Tribute Concert



Benefit Concert for Helen Wray Saturday September 26, Yoshi's

Helen Wray benefit Yoshi'sHelen Wray, partner of George Cables, is now struggling with her own health crisis. A benefit for Helen this Saturday organized by Healdsburg Jazz will be held at Yoshi's San Francisco from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Featured artists include George Cables, Bobby Hutcherson, Paula West, Benny Green, Peter Barshay, Bruce Foreman, Michele Rosewoman, Azar Lawrence, Jaz Sawyer, Myron Cohen, Barry Hutcherson, Mel Martin, Vince Lateano, Pete Yellin, David Ewell & Dee Spencer. For more information: Healdsburg Jazz Festival (, 707.433.4644) or to reach Helen directly: "". Please attend if you can!

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October at Stanford Lively Arts:
Musical hybridizers Cyro Baptista and Uri Caine

October Stanford LIvely Arts
Every musical genre has its purists and hybridizers. Hybridizers are inclined to fling the doors and windows open and let sounds come in from every direction, putting a personal stamp on the results. In this camp you’ll find composer/instrumentalists Cyro Baptista and Uri Caine, both appearing this fall at Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium.

On Saturday, October 10, Caine leads a jazz/soul/electronica-infused ensemble from his keyboard in the West Coast premiere of The Othello Syndrome, his postmodern reimagining of Verdi’s Otello.
Uri Caine Tickets & Information

Master percussionist Baptista brings the global funk on Friday, October 30, courtesy of his band Banquet of the Spirits, combining sounds and styles from Africa, his native Brazil, and, quite literally, the streets: his battery includes homemade instruments constructed from found objects. Divergent as they are in background and training, both Caine and Baptista find creative impetus in splicing the musical genome to create brilliant new hybrids in sound. Cyro Baptista tickets & information

Read the full article in Lively Arts Magazine
All Other 09-10 Season Information



COHO JAMS - Fall Quarter Begins Monday October 5th

The autumn CoHo Jams begin Monday October 5 at the Stanford Coffeehouse, from 8:00 until 10:00 pm, and continue weekly 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.

Presented in association with Stanford Lively Arts & the Stanford Coffeehouse.

Photo: 2009 Summer CoHo Jams. Photo Credit: Scott Chernis.



Other Minds Presents Lester Bowie Tribute Concert

Lester BowieOn Friday, October 9, 2009 at 7:30pm, the adventurous new music organization Other Minds will present The Lester Bowie Tribute Concert at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. This benefit event for Jazz in Flight will honor the late jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie, with performances by Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, James Carter Quartet, and Fred Ho in a rare solo appearance.

Lester Bowie (1941–1999) was best known as co-founder and leader of the Art Ensemble of Chicago from 1968 until his passing a decade ago. Bowie’s work in that group, and in other projects including his brass nonet, Brass Fantasy, and the New Directions Quartet led by Jack DeJohnette, became highly influential thanks to his showmanship and sense of adventure. The Village Voice referred to Bowie in his obituary as “the wiliest jazz provocateur of his generation.”

More info at
Tickets $30-50 online from City Box Office, phone (415) 392-4400.


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;; Grooveyard Jazz; Gallien Krueger; Gordon Biersch Brewing Company; Paiste Cymbals; Sonor Drums; Stanford Blood Center; Yamaha Band & Orchestral; Yamaha Percussion Division; Zildjian Cymbals.