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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


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.


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