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2012 Stanford Jazz Festival now on sale

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Stanford Jazz Workshop is pleased to announce that tickets for the 2012 season of the Stanford Jazz Festival are now on sale. Tickets are available from the Stanford Ticket Office via the following methods:

Click here for detailed information about the 38 performances of the 2012 Stanford Jazz Festival!

2012 Stanford Jazz Festival lineup announced

We’re thrilled to announce the lineup for the 2012 Stanford Jazz Festival. Tickets go on sale May 1, and we’ll be adding information to the website soon about each of the concerts.

To be alerted when we have the full concert information online, click the Sign Up Now link below and fill out the form.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival this summer!

Photo of Roy Haynes © by Carol Friedman.


  • 06_22_Danilo_Perez_EVENT17 — Kitty Margolis (special preview show)| 8 p.m. Oshman Family JCC
  • 21 — SJW Faculty All-Stars (special preview show) | 6 p.m. Stanford Shopping Center
  • 22 — Danilo Pérez Trio | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 23 — Early Bird Jazz for Kids: Jim Nadel and Friends | 10 a.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 23 — Bobby Hutcherson and the Joey DeFrancesco Trio | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 24 — Lionel Loueke Trio | 7:30 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 28 — Everything You Wanted to Know About Jazz | 7:30 p.m. Campbell
  • 29 — Luciana Souza: Brazilian Duos with Romero Lubambo | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 30 — Lounge Art Ensemble, featuring Peter Erskine and Bob Sheppard | 8 p.m. Campbell


  • 07_14_Roy_Haynes_STO_Credit_Carol_Friedman01 — Stan Kenton Centennial with the Ray Brown Great Big Band, featuring Peter Erskine | 2:30 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 06 — Chet Baker Tribute with the Erik Jekabson Quintet | 8 p.m. Campbell
  • 07 — Early Bird Jazz with the VNote Ensemble | 10 and 11 a.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 07 — Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 08 — Songs of Sinatra, featuring Kenny Washington | 2:30 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 08 — Bob Murphy and Friends | 7:30 p.m. Campbell
  • 13 — Peter Stoltzman and New Genre, featuring Richard Stoltzman and Mika Yoshida | 8 p.m. Campbell
  • 14 — The Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 15 —The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet | 7:30 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 07_16_Wooten_Chancler_Keezer_EVENT16 — Victor Wooten/Ndugu Chancler/Geoffrey Keezer | 7:30 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 17 — Ruth Davies’ Blues Night with special guest Charlie Musselwhite | 7:30 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 18 — Akira Tana’s Secret Agent Band | 7:30 p.m. Campbell
  • 19 — Vertical Voices | 7:30 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 20 — Jazz Camp Student Showcase | 6 p.m. Multiple venues
  • 21 — Houston Person Quartet | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 22 — Julian Lage, Victor Lin, and Jorge Roeder: Le Jazz Hot | 7:30 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 23 — Homage to Clifford Jordan with Patrick Wolff | 7:30 p.m. Campbell
  • 24 — Paul Beaudry and Pathways | 7:30 p.m. Campbell
  • 25 — Charles McPherson Quartet featuring Albert “Tootie””Heath | 7:30 p.m. Campbell
  • 26 — Victor Lin’s Westside Stories | 7:30 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 27 — Jazz Camp Student Showcase | 6 p.m. Multiple venues
  • 28 — Wycliffe Gordon’s Hello Pops | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 07_29_matt wilson_EVENT29 — Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 30 — Taylor Eigsti Group and Kendrick Scott’s Oracle | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 31 — Kenny Barron/Terell Stafford/Dayna Stephens | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel


  • 08_01_Gretchen_Parlato_Sasha_Dobson_EVENT01 — Gretchen Parlato and Sasha Dobson | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 02 — Jazz Residency Showcase | 6 p.m. Multiple venues
  • 03 — Stanford Jazz Workshop All-Star Jam | 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel
  • 04 — Dena DeRose Trio with Terell Stafford | 8 p.m. Campbell

Khalil Shaheed, 1949-2012, a tribute by John Santos

I cannot begin to express my sadness around the passing of Brother Khalil Shaheed so soon. It leaves a gaping hole in our extended Oakland community, as well as in my heart. He was a wonderful friend, colleague, father, mentor, and human being — a grand soul. Khalil Shaheed (born Tommy Hall on 1/19/49) came to the Bay Area from Chicago in the mid-’70s. I met him shortly thereafter when he was a member of a spankin’ funk group called Kingfish. Tommy, as he was known back then, was a solid trumpeter with jazz and blues roots, and played a vibrant and integral part in solidifying the San Francisco Bay Area musical scene that cut across several genres, particularly funk, soul, and Latin.

He converted to Islam and changed his name in the ’80s. This was the major force in his rebirth, and he dedicated himself wholly to his art, his understanding of the world, and to community service. It instilled in him a contagious joy and enthusiastic attitude that he kept to the end. He was a peaceful man on a mission and was exemplary for all of us in his focus on his spirituality, his family, his music, and band — and last but not least, the kids in Oakland.

In 1994, Khalil founded the Oaktown Jazz Workshop with the intention of giving the youth of Oakland the opportunity to know and celebrate jazz, and draw from its history and wisdom in their own creative ways. He also understood that jazz is essential to teach life skills, not only in Black and working class communities, but anywhere in this country. He frequently brought in jazz greats to teach and play with the kids, such as Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Gene Harris, Art Farmer, Terrence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Arturo Sanduval, Joe Zawinul, and Michael Brecker, to name just a few. Many of his kids have gone on to become professional musicians, teachers and stars in their own right. It was a constant struggle, but he saw it through, eventually convincing all doubters and procuring sponsorship from many sources.

He was a tireless warrior for jazz and for our kids, bringing jazz to schools throughout Oakland, the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and Northern California. The city finally gave Oaktown Jazz a beautiful space in Jack London Square across from Yoshi’s in 2010. I hope it can flourish as it deserves to — the way Khalil dreamed. Before Oaktown Jazz got its own space, he’d bring many of us in to work with the kids at the Church on International Blvd., and give them a well-rounded perspective of where the music is coming from and how to participate, appreciate, and honor it. This is the neighborhood in which I live and I can tell you beyond the shadow of a doubt that his work is directly related to what sanity still exists between the shootings that happen here every day or two. In that regard, Khalil was a great blessing and saviour for countless kids and their families — truly a local treasure.

I last saw him a few weeks ago, and he looked tired and swollen from the chemo, and was obviously in pain. But his warm smile showed through just the same. His hug was weak, but his heart was irrepressible.

I know of few others who are as loved and respected by their peers and as well as community members of all ages. Khalil was fearless and spoke up in any setting on behalf of all of us — a real giant in our village. He was seriously funny with a wicked sense of humor, but also dead serious about his business. My family and I love that man and will forever be grateful for having him in our lives as a positive force and inspiration. I know that many of us will continue to carry him in all we do, as we attempt to honor his legacy of generosity, love, and goodwill. Much love and strength to the beautiful family he leaves behind. Much gratitude and light to your spirit good brother Khalil — asalam malecum.

John Santos, March 24, 2012, Oakland, California

Photo by Chuck Gee.

Jazz Residency: New video shows you what it’s like

Been wondering what our adult jazz immersion camp is like? Jazz Residency offers a week-long intensive interaction with jazz legends, top professionals, gifted educators, and motivated students from around the world. The curriculum includes master classes, small ensemble playing, and performance opportunities, as well as theory, musicianship, arranging, Afro-Latin jazz and jazz history instruction. Jazz Residency is ideal for jazz students at all levels; musicians from other musical genres looking to gain insight and experience in jazz; music educators seeking to hone their jazz skills in teaching and performance; and adults looking to reconnect with music or get started in jazz. For adult jazz camps, you can’t beat it.

Find out about all aspects of the Jazz Residency program—including our special songwriting, vocal, and piano trio programs—by clicking here to watch our new Jazz Residency Overview video! 

Scott Hamilton & Friends 2/24

The Stanford Jazz Festival is pleased to present a performance of tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton on Friday, February 24, at Dinkelspiel Auditorium on the campus of Stanford University. In this special performance, Scott not only teams up with his local favorite co-stars in the Larry Vuckovich Trio, he expands his usual quartet format to include the great vocalist Kenny Washington, the incendiary young trumpet star Erik Jekabson, and Latin percussionist John Santos. The combination of these dynamic artists gives Scott a wider palette and more interactive potential than Bay Area audiences are accustomed to hearing from him, promising a very rare night of top-flight jazz.

With a resume that begins with Roy Eldridge, Jo Jones, and Benny Goodman, Scott Hamilton knows the jazz tradition and language inside and out. In the years since his time with those late, great artists, Scott has taken his full-toned tenor in wonderful directions of his own. Over 40 albums and as many international tours later, Scott is widely regarded as one of the most talented jazz artists in the world.

In addition to the beloved master pianist himself, the Larry Vuckovich Trio is powered by bassist Jeff Chambers and drummer Chuck McPherson, whose combined credits include stints with the top artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Roberta Flack, Harold Land, Dizzy Gillespie, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Benny Carter, Tommy Flanagan, and Joe Henderson — and that’s just scratching the surface.

Expect an evening of jazz fireworks!

Scott Hamilton plays “more swinging, inventive, and hot tenor sax than anyone else on the scene today.” —Down Beat Magazine

“. . . any discussion of the best jazz piano players in the world must now include Larry Vuckovich!” —KSJS, San Jose

Tickets for this special performance of Stanford Jazz Festival are on sale now. Buy tickets by phone: 650-725-ARTS (2787). Buy tickets . See complete lineup and details For more information, call 650-736-0324.

Jazz Camp registration now open

Sign up now for 2012 Stanford Jazz Workshop summer jazz immersion programs and evening classes!

  • Jazz Camp is for musicians aged 12 – 17, and provides a fun, encouraging environment in which to explore jazz improvisation and to make lots of new friends. Week 1: July 15 – July 20. Week 2: July 22 – 27.
  • Jazz Residency is for adults, and gives emerging professionals a chance to work with the greatest jazz artists of our time. Week 3: July 20 – August 3.
  • Evening Summer Classes provide a fun and relaxing way to improve your chops and increase your knowledge of jazz. June 18 – July 13.

Click on the links above to find out more, and click on the Register button above to sign up immediately.

SJF alumna up for GRAMMY® on The Mosaic Project

Several Stanford Jazz Festival artists are up for GRAMMY® awards for their participation on Terri Lyne Carrington’s new CD, The Mosaic Project, on Concord Records. SJF alumna on the disc include pianist Geri Allen, trumpeter/flugelhorn player Ingrid Jensen, vocalist Gretchen Parlato, and clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, all of whom contributed beautiful parts to the fascinating arrangements on this excellent album. Other great musicians among the all-female personnel on this fine recording include Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Esperanza Spalding, Helen Sung, and Tineke Postma, in addition to Terri Lyne herself on drums.

The Mosaic Project is nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Find out more about it by clicking here.

Stanford Jazz Festival artists get GRAMMY® nominations

Congratulations to jazz pianists Fred Hersch and Gerald Clayton, who each have albums nominated for GRAMMY® awards in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category. In addition to the nomination for Alone at the Vanguard, Fred has been nominated for Best Jazz Solo for his solo on “Work,” also from Alone at the Vanguard. Gerald’s CD is called Bond: the Paris Sessions. Both pianists performed at the 2010 Stanford Jazz Festival.

Click here to go to the official Fred Hersch website.

Click here to go to the official Gerald Clayton website.

SJW alumni at the GRAMMIES®

We’re thrilled to learn that several alumni of Stanford Jazz Camp and Jazz Residency have been selected to participate in this year’s Grammy® Camp Jazz Session ensembles. During the week-long program, participants will perform at events related to the 54th annual Grammy® Awards in Los Angeles, under the direction of Justin DiCioccio of the Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Ron McCurdy of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and Dr. Leila Heil of the University of Colorado, Boulder. Read more about it here, and congratulations to these great SJW alumni who’ve been selected to participate:

Max Boiko (trumpet)
Lucas Del Calvo (guitar)
Ryan DeWeese (trumpet)
David Leon (saxophone)
Connor Schultze (bass)
Laila Smith (vocals)
Christina Takayama (vocals)
MIchael Wang (trombone)