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December 2009     


2010 Workshop Registration Now Open
This summer is already shaping up to be another outstanding season of jazz. We're very excited about our faculty for Jazz Camp (for ages 12-17). This year's instructors will include legendary pianist Junior Mance, acclaimed saxophonist Charles McPherson, drummers Ndugu Chancler and "Tootie" Heath, guitarist Julian Lage, and bassist Ruth Davies, just to name a very few. Other instructors include Patrick Wolff, Kris Strom and Andrew Speight (saxophone), Frank Sumares (piano), David Yamasaki (guitar), Victor Lin (strings) and Seward McCain (bass).

Joshua Redman, Larry GrenadierJazz Residency (for adults and advanced students) faculty will include an all-star line up, including Joshua Redman (saxophone) Dave Douglas and Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Randy Weston and Taylor Eigsti (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass) and Eric Harland (drums). NEW THIS YEAR: we're excited to offer two new Jazz Residency programs in 2010: Singers as Instrumentalists, and Songwriting. Information about these new programs will be posted on our website shortly.

We're continuing to book more artists every week, so check our faculty page for updates.

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 at
Pictured: Joshua Redman & Larry Grenadier at the 2008 Stanford Jazz Workshop. Photo Credit, Scott Chernis.


In This Issue
> 2010 Workshop Registration Now Open!

> Your Gift Can Make A Difference

> Favorite Musical Moments of 2009 by SJW faculty, participants & staff

> Grammy Nominees, 2009 Best Of Lists & Happy Christmas!

Joshua Crumbly


Your Gift Can Make A Difference
“I have learned a lot about musicianship as well as respect, honor, and courage. SJW has shed light on subjects most teachers have not taught me: passion to achieve and having the ambition to go after something.” - 2009 Jazz Camp Scholarship Recipient

Since its founding in 1972, SJW has been inspiring young musicians to boldly pursue their love for jazz. Our Workshop experience offers a unique level of access and personal interaction between faculty and students, and a
supportive and welcoming environment where creativity and learning can flourish. Revenue from tuition and ticket sales covers just half the cost of presenting our educational programs and performances. If you believe in our mission, please make a gift by December 31 to help the SJW community continue to thrive. Every donation brings us closer to our goal.

And to those who have already made their gifts this year, we send our sincerest thanks!

Network for Good


Favorite Musical Moments of 2009 by SJW Faculty, Participants & Staff

Taylor EigstiJim Nadel, SJW Artistic & Executive Director: The 2009 Stanford Jazz Festival included so many magical moments. Looking over the schedule, the first one that jumps out to me occurred during Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s solo piano performance in Campbell Recital Hall. Suffice it to say that Gonzalo had not been an easy artist to deal with, and the whole process, from first inquiry months before to finally actually getting him to the venue, had been difficult.  Yet finally he was actually was on stage, and the scene was set: a great artist at the Hamburg Steinway in the excellent acoustics and intimacy of our small room. My job was done, and I started to feel a huge sense of relief. The, just a few moments into the concert during the second song, Gonzalo played an extraordinary brilliant idea with an astonishing subtly of touch I’d never heard before. My trials and tribulations vanished and I was instantly in the moment, in the music.

And here are Elizabeth Finlayson's picks (Elizabeth is Mrs. Jim Nadel): 1. The Julian Lage Group concert, in particular a celestial sax solo by Ben Roseth during the first set; 2. Regina Carter and Fred Harris playing Georgia and 3. Rob Kohler’s combo playing at the student concert. Yeats’ phrase “a terrible beauty” comes to mind.

And Joby Nadel's favorite moment was when Taylor Eigsti and Victor Lin got under the piano during the "1959" concert. (Pictured: Taylor Eigsti & basketball at "1959 Revisited" - photo credit, Joel Simon.)

Lin, Roeder & LageVictor Lin, SJW Faculty: This was actually my favorite musical moment of 2009. It happened the day after SJW 2009 ended - fellow faculty members and unbelievable musicians and friends Jorge Roeder, Julian Lage and I piled into a car and drove into downtown Palo Alto on a sunny Saturday afternoon and decided to play on the sidewalk of University Avenue for an hour just to play music with each other! No banners, no announcements, just three friends deciding to play some jazz for people walking up and down the street and cars passing by us on University. It was great because out on the street, nobody really knew who we were or why we were there, but it was just three people making music together for the sake of making music, and if they stopped to listen they did so because they liked what we were doing, not because they'd bought a ticket or read about us in some program! We played for an hour across from what used to be the Taxi's burger joint and had a fantastic time. It's so fun to look at this photo and think that Jorge was a Monk Competition finalist and Julian is a Grammy nominee - and none of that mattered to anyone listening! We just played because we love playing. (Photo, courtesy Victor Lin.)

Keep reading - More Favorite Musical Moments!


Grammy Nominees, 2009 Best Of Lists & Happy Christmas!
Julian LageIt's the time for awards and best-of Lists. We extend our congratulations to the numerous Grammy Award nominees who have been part of SJW through the years, beginning with guitarist Julian Lage, whose debut recording, Sounding Point, was nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Julian's been teaching at the Workshop since 2003, and to see his talent recognized on the national stage makes us so very pleased. Other artists who are nominated that have taught and performed at the Workshop & Festival recently include Geoffrey Keezer (Best Latin Jazz Album, Áurea), Terence Blanchard (Best Improvised Jazz Solo category for the song "Dancin' 4 Chicken" from the recording Watts), Gerald Clayton (Best Improvised Jazz Solo category for "All Of You," from the new CD, Two-Shade), John Santos (Best Traditional World Music album, La Guerra No) and Kneebody (with Theo Blackmann, in the Best Classical Crossover category for Twelve Songs by Charles Ives). Heartfelt congrats to you all! (Pictured right: Julian Lage at last summer's Matt Wilson & Sonic Garden SJF concert; photo credit, Scott Chernis).

Of course, everyone and their brother compiles their annual Best Of Lists, which mostly consist of recordings made during the year about to expire. SJW's Development Director Maggie Andrews spotted a list of the 100 Best Jazz Recordings Of All Time in UK's Telegraph news site. The British have long appreciated American music of all sorts, and though the jazz scene "across the pond" is a small one relatively, its enthusiastically and strongly supported. The Telegraph's list contains the major titles by Armstrong, Basie, Parker, Miles, Monk, Coltrane, Brubeck etc. that are the cornerstone of any jazz lover's collection, but also tips its hat to artists whose names one doesn't hear about so much these days (Warne Marsh, Serge Chaloff, Ruby Braff).

Christmas card...and finally, Stanford Jazz Workshop wishes you the Joy of the Season and all the best in the year ahead. Thank you for being a part of our community and we look forward to seeing you in 2010!


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.