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This Week: Stanford Jazz Workshop
& Lively Arts collaborative events with Dave Douglas, Jim Nadel & more

Dave Douglas jazz trumpet jazz educationStanford Lively Arts' Arts + Invention is a "campus-wide arts programming initiative for the 2009-2010 year, designed to infuse the processes and values of artistic inquiry into the fabric of campus life and learning." The focus of Arts + Invention has been the commissioning of a new music and film work by jazz trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas and experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison, along with various other projects involving Stanford students and faculty. Stanford Jazz Workshop has been delighted to partner with Lively Arts in the presentation of selected events with Douglas and his ensemble Keystone during the year, two of which are coming up next week beginning Monday April 19 (culminating in the debut performance of Douglas' and Morrison's original work, Spark of Being, on Saturday April 24). (Pictured above left: Dave Douglas)

This week's events are as follows:

Jim Nadel Stanford Jazz education Monday April 19, 11 am: a special matinee performance by Dave Douglas and Keystone for educators and K-12 students hosted by Stanford Jazz Workshop's Artistic & Executive Director, Jim Nadel (Memorial Auditorium)
(Pictured right: Jim Nadel)
Wednesday April 21, 8 pm: Jazz/Tech Talks IV, a conversation and mini-concert with Jim Nadel, Dave Douglas and Keystone. Jim will talk to the group, which includes trumpet, saxophone, keyboards, electric bass, drums and electronics about how they get their sounds, with demonstrations by each player and questions from the audience. This event will be a great opportunity to find out more about Dave Douglas - who is a fascinating and witty speaker, by the way - and his music in preparation for the Saturday concert. Free; open to the public. Download Event Flyer (Campbell Recital Hall)
Friday April 23, 7 pm: Art + Invention Student Works Festival - an evening of faculty-nominated student works from composers, filmmakers, improvisers, designers, video artists and more. Four Stanford Music Department combos and one high school combo (featuring SJW alum trumpeter Ben Kreitman) will perform original material. Free; open to the public (Memorial Auditorium)
Saturday, April 24, 8 pm: Premiere, Spark of Being, with Dave Douglas, Keystone and Bill Morrison - a reimagining of the Frankenstein story through film and live music. Tickets and Information (Memorial Auditorium)

This is not Douglas' first foray into music for film, by the way - in 2006 he released "Keystone," inspired by the life and times of silent film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Two-time Grammy-nominee Douglas is also Artistic Director at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and Co-Founder/Director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York. A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, he has been named Artist of the Year by JazzTimes, DownBeat & Jazziz among many other awards. We are looking forward to welcoming Douglas back to the Workshop this year when he teaches and performs at Jazz Residency in August.


In This Issue
>This Week: Stanford Jazz Workshop & Lively Arts collaborative events with Dave Douglas, Jim Nadel & more

> Evening Summer Registration Now Open!

> New Jazz Residency Program Tracks: Songwriting & Singers As instrumentalists

> Manatees, Soft Pretzels & Appreciating Jazz

> Volunteers Needed for Stanford Jazz Workshop & Festival!

>UPCOMING: CoHo Jams Every Monday, Palo Alto Jazz Alliance Concert April 25

Joshua Crumbly


Evening Summer Registration Now Open!

Wayne Wallace Stanford Jazz Workshop jazz educationThe Evening Summer Program offers musicians ages 12 - adult a chance to develop their skills in a five-week series of classes held on Monday & Wednesday evenings on the Stanford campus. Taught by SJW ongoing faculty Frank Sumares and Wayne Wallace, classes are offered in jazz piano (beginning and intermediate), beginning jazz skills, beginning theory and Jazz Camp Warm Up (specifically for those who will attend SJW's Jazz Camp & Residency programs later in the summer). Course descriptions, application forms and other information may be found on the evening summer page of the website.

Evening Summer Registration Form

Pictured: SJW Faculty member Wayne Wallace at Jazz Camp with student.
Photo Credit: Scott Chernis.



New Jazz Residency Program Tracks:
and Singers as Instrumentalists

SJW is proud to highlight the addition of two new tracks to the Workshop's Jazz Residency Week:

The Songwriter Track
Rebecca Martin jazz singer Singer-songwriter Rebecca Martin guides students through the often-personal process of writing your own songs in this two hour class, which will be offered twice daily for three days during Jazz Residency week. It is scheduled such that anybody can attend, and is open to all singers and instrumentalists, at all levels. Students will have a chance to workshop their original songs with Rebecca and other students, and will explore the inextricable link between lyrics, melody, and storytelling in an inviting, hands-on workshop environment. Participants are encouraged to bring original songs and lyrics, but even those who are new to the process of songwriting will find plenty of inspiration and direction. So whether you’re a beginning songwriter, or have specific material you’d like to develop, the Songwriter track will give you a better handle on songwriting structure and process. (Pictured: Rebecca Martin; photo credit: Jimmy Katz) More about Jazz Residency

The Singers as Instrumentalists Track
From Ella Fitzgerald, through Betty Carter, and into the present with artists like Kurt Elling and Sachal Vasandani, there has always been a special place in jazz for singers who can fully cohere with an ensemble. SJW's new "Singers As Instrumentalists" track will integrate a limited number of advanced level singers into the instrumental combo program, where they will join fellow student instrumentalists in daily combo rehearsals. Singers must demonstrate proficiency at sight-reading and improvisation to participate; auditions will be held on the first day of Jazz Residency. Designed for vocalists who wish to explore an alternate approach to jazz beyond the traditional role of “lead singer.”
“Singers As Instrumentalists” students may also participate in the regular curriculum of the Vocal Program, and have the option of attending advanced elective classes. More about SJW Vocal Programs

Please check our faculty page for a complete faculty list.

Stanford Jazz Workshop program dates are as follows:
Jazz Camp Week 1: July 18-23, 2010
Jazz Camp Week 2: July 25-30, 2010
Jazz Residency: August 1-6, 2010

You can register online or by mailing in the enrollment form available on our site. For more information, please visit our Jazz Camp and Jazz Residency pages. If you have specific questions about SJW's education programs, contact Registrar Janel Thysen via email or by calling 650.736.0324 x303.


Manatees, Soft Pretzels and Appreciating Jazz
by Ivor Holloway, Stanford Jazz Workshop's Education Program Coordinator

Florida manateeIvor Holloway is a familiar face to many at the Workshop, where he first participated as a young saxophone player at the age of 12. Ivor studied music and psychology at Princeton, and recently graduated from Mills College with a Master's degree in Music Composition. He's now Stanford Jazz Workshop's Education Program Coordinator. Below, Ivor takes a lighthearted look at Jazz Appreciation Month. Pictured: Florida manatees (neither of whom are Ivor Holloway, for those of you who were wondering!)

What do jazz, manatees, and soft pretzels have in common?

The answer is that they’re all celebrated in the month of April. In case you weren’t aware, April is Jazz Appreciation Month. It’s official: in 2003 President George W. Bush signed into law a congressional resolution extolling jazz’s value as “one of the greatest cultural exports of the United States” and officially recognizing the music every April. It is your patriotic duty as an American to appreciate jazz this month.

Before it had a presidential endorsement, Jazz Appreciation Month (or JAM, appropriately enough) was an initiative by the Smithsonian Institution to present lectures, exhibitions, and educational events about jazz during the month of April, and to encourage other institutions to do the same. In an effort to get other organizations on board, the Smithsonian creates an official poster each year, and shares lesson plans and other resources on its website. Now in its ninth year, Jazz Appreciation Month is observed by jazz fans and organizations around the world. (Read the complete article here)


Volunteer at Stanford Jazz Workshop & Festival!

Ben Deovlet Stanford Jazz Festival volunteerStanford Jazz Workshop is looking for volunteers to help out this summer at the Stanford Jazz Festival and with Workshop education programs. It's a great way to get involved and help support your local jazz community, and we are grateful for the assistance we receive from our dedicated cadre of volunteers, some of whom return year after year. In return, our volunteers are rewarded with tickets to SJW concerts, a free SJW t-shirt and an annual volunteer party. We have a great season planned and would love to have you join us for a memorable summer of music and fun.

We need help with:
• Ushering at concerts • Ticket taking • Merchandise sales
• Artist hospitality • Artist driving • Distribution of posters and flyers • General Office tasks

We have a special need for assistance spreading the word about the Festival by distributing flyers and posters in the following areas: Stanford campus; Los Altos; Los Altos Hills; Atherton; Woodside; Redwood City; San Carlos; Belmont and San Mateo. If you’re in one of those areas and interested in joining our team for an afternoon or two of flyering, please contact Jess Sand at 650.736.0324 x302, or email Jess at

To sign up for all other volunteer activities listed above, please download and complete the volunteer application and send to: Janel Thysen, Stanford Jazz Workshop, PO Box 20454, Stanford CA 94309 (fax to 650.856.4155). For more information about becoming a SJW volunteer, please call Janel Thysen at 650.736.0324 x303 or email

Pictured: Volunteer Ben Deovlet (center) "on the gig" with patrons at the 2009 Stanford Jazz Festival. Photo credit: Scott Chernis.


UPCOMING...CoHo Jams; Palo Alto Jazz Alliance Concert April 25

CoHo Jams Continue Every Monday
Patrick Wolff Dayna Stephens Stanford CoHo Jazz JamsJoin us at the Stanford Coffeehouse for the CoHo Jazz Jam sessions every Monday from 8 pm to 10 pm starting April 5. The Jams are led by Stanford Jazz Workshop Faculty, including SJW Faculty Director Patrick Wolff, and are open to all players 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 the Stanford Coffeehouse, Stanford Lively Arts & SiCa (Stanford University Arts Initiative).

Palo Alto Jazz Alliance Concert April 25
The Palo Alto Jazz Alliance is sponsoring a Jazz Party on Sunday afternoon, April 25 (2 to 5pm) at Senzala Restaurant in Sunnyvale. Featured performers are the Modesto Briseno Septet, with East Bay vocalist Kenny Washington. Young vibes talent Christian Tamburr will also be performing. The septet is a swinging, driving group playing Briseno arrangements of jazz classics and standards from the 50’s and 60’s. Kenny Washington’s new album (with Michael O’Neill) is getting national attention. It should be a great afternoon of foot-stomping, listenable jazz. Just $12 at the door. Bar food and beverages available. To get to Senzala, take 101 to the Mathilda exit North. Follow Mathilda past the Lockheed plan to the signal light at Java. Turn right on Java to the shopping center area at Geneva for the restaurant at 250 E. Java, Sunnyvale.

And save the date for PAJA’s big spring concert on Sunday, May 23 (2pm)—Remembering the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, featuring baritonist Gary Smulyan and trumpeter Ron Stout, backed by Akira Tana and Michael Zisman. At Canada College Main Theatre in Redwood City. Details for both these gigs on


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.