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Women's History Month: Women in Jazz
by Melanie Berzon, KCSM Radio Program Director/Host of Jazz in the Afternoon

Melba Liston jazz trombonist arrangerKCSM is a unique Bay Area resource for jazz and we here at SJW simply cannot overstate how much we appreciate all of the KCSM staff, both in front and behind the mic! This month, we are pleased that KCSM's Program Director and Host of Jazz in the Afternoon, Melanie Berzon, has contributed this inspiring article about Women in Jazz. By the way, one of the female instrumentalists that Melanie references below, trombonist Melba Liston, had a long association with pianist Randy Weston, not only as a session player on many of his recordings but as his arranger as well. Weston will be performing at the Stanford Jazz Festival this season, so we will be only one degree of separation away from Liston herself, so to speak. Read on to find out more about Melba and the many other talented women like her who haven't always received the attention that is their due. For more information about Melanie Berzon, please check out her bio on the KCSM website (did you know that she was an engineer at WGBH in Boston and the Program Director at KPFA in Berkeley prior to joining KCSM?), and listen to Melanie on air at KCSM Wed-Fri from 2-6 pm. Pictured: Melba Liston.

March is here and with it comes Women's History Month in this country and International Women's Day (March 8th) worldwide. As Bird said "Now's The Time" honor our Jazz Sisters!

For the past 17 years, The Bay Area's Jazz Station has been doing just that. Every year since 1994, KCSM Radio has celebrated International Women's Day by featuring women instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, managers, producers, promoters and businesswomen all day and all night on March 8th. (read complete article here)


In This Issue
> Women's History Month: Women in Jazz

> SJW Faculty Profile: Josh Roseman

> SJW Inspires Young Musicians in Los Angeles

> Walking with Jazz Giant Jimmy Heath

> UPCOMING: CoHo Jams Return April 5, Tribute to Herbie Hancock March 31

> NPR Jazz: Nicholas Payton; 101 Ways

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Stanford Jazz Workshop Faculty Profile: Josh Roseman

Josh Roseman jazz trombonist educatorIf anyone understands the inherent value of sharing musical knowledge and experience, it’s trombonist and composer Josh Roseman. Born into an East Coast household of music makers, Roseman was surrounded by instruments and encouraged to explore from a young age. This early exposure, followed by a formal jazz education that began in high school at the Berklee College of Music and continued on scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, has evolved into a deeply innovative and eclectic sound. “We kind of absorb energy and lessons from people we work with,” wrote Josh in a recent interview with Music in Schools Today. “If I start to think about people I've learned from since I started working, I get vertigo.”

It’s no wonder, as Roseman has worked with a staggering range of musicians, and an even more staggering variety of musical projects. In addition to playing with contemporary artists like Me'Shell NdegeOcello, the Roots, and Medeski, Martin & Wood, he is also known for his improvisations with John Zorn, Dave Douglas’ Sextet, Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, and many others. (Read Complete Profile Here)

Please check our faculty page for a comlete faculty list. Pictured: Josh Roseman.

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.


SJW Inspires Young Musicians in Los Angeles

Ndugu Chancler jazz drummer educator Longtime SJW faculty member Ndugu Chancler had the band room swinging two weeks ago at the James A. Foshay Learning Center in Los Angeles. In a classroom visit made possible by SJW's Community Jazz Partnership - a program that connects SJW to underserved schools throughout California and across the nation - Foshay's middle school musicians clapped along as Chancler and his band conducted a lively jazz education lecture/demonstration. Foshay's Music Director, Vincent Womack, even got into the mix, spontaneously taking the trumpet solo on "When the Saints Go Marching In." Through the Community Jazz Partnership, SJW helps to supplement school music programs by providing teachers with much-needed expertise in teaching jazz. In addition, the Partnership helps to identify promising candidates for SJW's Youth Scholarship Fund.

Chancler first visited the students at Foshay back in February, where he assumed the role of both history and music teacher. Chancler shared the cultural history of jazz with students and demonstrated basic rhythms with a variety of percussion instruments. During the second visit, Chancler was joined by three of his frequent musical collaborators: bassist Edwin Livingston; pianist John Beasley; and saxophone, flute, and clarinet player Justo Almario. The band took students on an aural tour of jazz music through the decades, playing examples from each period – gospel hymns, blues, dixieland, swing, bebop, and cool jazz.

In conjunction with this school visit, SJW is thrilled to announce that one student from Foshay Learning Center has been awarded a 2010 Jazz Camp scholarship. Thanks to the The Green Foundation for its funding of our Los Angeles school outreach, which continues with a visit by Chancler and his crew to the Horace Mann School.

Pictured: Ndugu Chancler and Jazz Camp participant at the 2008 Stanford Jazz Workshop. Photo credit: Scott Chernis.


Walking with Jazz Giant Jimmy Heath

Jimmy Heath jazz saxophone educationJimmy Heath's biography, I Walk With Giants, was released on January 28 2010. With a foreword by Bill Cosby and an introduction by Wyton Marsalis, the book is both Jimmy's personal story, as well as a journey through the annals of jazz history via his experiences playing with some of the defining artists in jazz: Coltrane, Davis, Gillespie. The Heath Brothers (Jimmy, along with his brothers Percy (1923-2005) and Albert, aka "Tootie"), have also left their imprint upon Stanford Jazz Workshop, where their top shelf brand of hard and post-bop has made them perennial Festival favorites and their ongoing contributions to the Workshop education programs as returning faculty have shaped and influenced the lives of many a young jazz student! Jimmy Heath himself said about the Workshop: "For over thirty-six years in San Francisco, the Mecca for young aspiring jazz artists has been the Stanford Jazz Workshop, started by Jim Nadel, who I consider the number one advocate for our music out West. His tenacity is evident and his love lasting. During my several visits over the years, I've been privileged to be with the pros from the world of jazz as well as the young wide-eyed students of all races and ages. This is truly democracy at its best. Jim Nadel is an "Educational Giant," along with his great staff of dedicated workers and volunteers. He's one of the keepers of the flame."

Wow! It's an honor to be referred to in such glowing terms, and we indeed have been fortunate here at SJW to have shared so many fond memories with Jimmy, Tootie and Percy. We salute the Heath Brothers and look forward to settling down for a good read with Jimmy's book.

Pictured: Jimmy Heath (R) and Jeb Patton (L) at the 2009 Stanford Jazz Festival. Photo credit, Scott Chernis.


UPCOMING...CoHo Jams Begin April 5; A Tribute to Herbie Hancock

CoHo Jams Return Monday April 5
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).

A Tribute to Herbie Hancock: Christian McBride and Friends
Christian McBride, bass; Bennie Maupin, tenor sax; Eddie Henderson, trumpet; Michael Dease, trombone; Geoffrey Keezer, keyboards; and Billy Hart, drums
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | 8:00 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium

National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) Co-Director and bass phenom Christian McBride leads a tribute to the legacy of pioneering jazz composer/keyboardist Herbie Hancock. McBride has long embraced electric jazz, funk, and soul music as a vibrant part of the jazz mainstream. Here, he leads his versatile band through Hancock’s incredible body of work, from his years as a Miles Davis sideman and Blue Note Records solo artist in the 1960s, through his groundbreaking Headhunters fusion project in the ’70s, to his work with pop vocalists and producers in the ’80s and ’90s, and his current interest in young hip hop and techno artists. The concert is the culmination of a season of free public programs on jazz and technology, and a continuation of Lively Arts’ collaboration with NJMH and the Stanford Jazz Workshop, revisiting classic jazz repertoire from a fresh perspective.


NPR Jazz: Nicholas Payton Live at the Village Vanguard, plus 101 Ways to Get Into Jazz

Nicholas Payton trumpet jazz Trumpet Player Nick Payton is on faculty at the Workshop this year. He's been playing with Taylor Eigsti of late and NPR was on hand to record their recent Village Vanguard performance.

Also on NPR: an interview with writer Gary Giddins, author (with Scott DeVeaux) of the new guide to jazz, simply titled "Jazz" and published by W.W. Norton. Giddins picks five songs to introduce new listeners to jazz.

Pictured: Nicholas Payton at Opening Night, 2007 Stanford Jazz Festival. 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 91.1, 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.