A rising jazz star of particular thoughtfulness and creativity, saxophonist Caroline Davis brings her Portals project to Stanford Jazz Festival — don’t miss this jazz-infused immersive sound experience on Monday, July 29. Tickets on sale April 18; earlier for SJW members.
Thoughtful music of exquisite beauty

Caroline Davis Portals

Monday, July 29

8:00 p.m.

Dinkelspiel Auditorium

SJW Members: $54 | Child (17 and under) & Student (w/ valid student ID card) $12

Non-members: $62 | Child (17 and under) & Student (w/ valid student ID card) $20

Ticket prices include all fees; what you see is what you pay.

Programs, personnel, venues, and pricing subject to change without notice.


Caroline Davis, saxophone
Kris Davis, piano
Camila Meza, guitar
Or Bareket, bass
Obed Calvaire, drums

About Caroline Davis Portals

“[Caroline Davis is in] the company of vital artists at the frontier of jazz.”—Something Else

“It’s just the right amount of unsettling — like what you’d expect to hear in the background after a confounding, climactic scene in a great Lynch film.”—The New York Times

When Caroline Davis writes music, she goes deep. The inspiration might be a scientific or biological topic, such as Alula, which is part of the leading edge of a bird’s wing, or Heart Tonic, which explores the physical mechanics of the human heart. Described by Caroline as an immersive sound experience, this stunning concert focuses on a very personal topic: Caroline’s Portals compositions draw upon the idea of mourning and ancestral communications as textural entities. Caroline wrote the music to offer connections to her ancestors, biological and chosen. The band will play original pieces from Portals, Volume 1: Mourning (2021) and Portals, Volume 2: Returning (to be released later in 2024).

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