SJW announces 2011 Jazz Festival

Allen_ToussaintProviding an intimate interaction of jazz and community found nowhere else, the Stanford Jazz Festival is pleased to announce the lineup of its 40th season. Beginning on June 24 with Grammy®-winning, New Orleans-based living legend Allen Toussaint (at right), presenting rare appearances by the great Brazilian songwriter and singer Milton Nascimento, and winding up in August with an all-star week that includes Joe Lovano and the Bad Plus, the Festival will present upwards of 100 of the world’s greatest jazz artists in the comfortable and convenient setting of the Stanford University campus.
JIm_NadelUnique among jazz festivals in the way it brings great jazz artists together to collaborate and to work closely with students, the Stanford Jazz Festival is the result of the vision of founder and Artistic and Executive Director Jim Nadel (pictured, left). “Our community-based approach to teaching and nurturing jazz has resonated with a great many musicians over the years,” says Nadel. “The musicians’ love for the music and the open exchange of ideas have been the key ingredients in the success of our Jazz Camp and Jazz Residency programs as well as the world-class performances that characterize the Stanford Jazz Festival.”

Milton_NascimentoAs he’s done for each of the Festival seasons since 1972, Nadel has put together a compelling mix of styles and talent that includes living legends of jazz (Allen Toussaint, Oscar Castro-Neves, George Cables, Milton Nascimento – pictured right, Ndugu Chancler, and Jimmy and Tootie Heath), international marquee artists (Gary Burton, Bill Frisell, Irvin Mayfield, Wallace Roney, Robben Ford, Bill Charlap, and Renee Rosnes), and buzz-generating younger musicians (Gretchen Parlato, Anat Cohen, Claudia Acuña, Charlie Hunter, Scott Amendola, Marcus Shelby, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, and Yosvany Terry).

Madeline_EastmanUnderscoring the status of the Stanford Jazz Workshop’s programs as among the elite in all of jazz education, well over half of this year’s Stanford Jazz Festival events feature performers who are alumni or faculty of the Jazz Camp or Jazz Residency programs, which run concurrently with the Festival between July 17 and August 5 this year. Among the superstar faculty and former students who will appear are Madeline Eastman (pictured left), Larry Grenadier, Jenny Scheinman, Ruth Davies, Ethan Iverson, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Victor Lin, Patrick Wolff, Bennett Paster, and Joe Gilman.

Claudia_AcunaWhile Nadel often features his passion for bebop in his programming, his vision encompasses all styles. In 2011, Festival fans will be treated to a rainbow of world jazz, including Brazilian (two special shows with Milton Nascimento, Oscar Castro-Neves), Chilean (Claudia Acuña, pictured right), Colombian (Edmar Castaneda), and Afro-Cuban (Yosvany Terry). For classic standards and swing, the Festival has several special shows, including clarinetist Ken Peplowski; Unforgettable: A Tribute to Nat “King” Cole featuring vocalist Allan Harris; and For Singing and Swinging: The Great American Songsmiths featuring Clairdee and Bobbe Norris. Bassist Ruth Davies hosts the perennial favorite Blues Night, which this year features the world-renowned guitarist Robben Ford as the special guest artist.

Complete details on the 2011 Stanford Jazz Festival lineup will be available here by the end of April. Festival artist information will include song samples and video clips, so ticket buyers can sample each performance.

Tickets for the Stanford Jazz Festival go on sale May 2. Buy tickets by phone: 650-725-ARTS (2787). Buy tickets online by clicking the buttons on this page once they’re active on May 2. For more information, call 650-736-0324.

The Stanford Jazz Festival is presented by the jazz education nonprofit Stanford Jazz Workshop, in conjunction with presenting sponsor See’s Candies. Stanford Jazz Workshop has been bringing the best in jazz to local audiences and jazz musicians through both the festival and its summer education programs for youth and adults for nearly 40 years, and is funded in part by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Powerhouse Jazz String Faculty at 2011 Jazz Residency

Where can adult string players go to get a summer jazz immersion experience? Stanford Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Residency! The violin, viola, and cello faculty for 2011 is an all-star lineup, including Jenny Scheinman, Dana Leong, and Victor Lin. All three are at the top of the jazz string world, and—not coincidentally—they all are alumni of the Stanford Jazz Camp.

In addition to releasing her own recordings, Jenny’s been playing with many artists, including Tony Scherr, Norah Jones, Bill Frisell, Lucinda Williams, Madeleine Peyroux, Marc Ribot, and many others. Dana’s been seen with Dafnis Prieto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Wynton Marsalis, Yoko Ono, Kanye West, and Henry Threadgill, in addition to playing with his own group, Milk & Jade. Victor Lin has recently released a solo album entitledThe Hymnal, and he performs with Frank Vignola’s Hot Club USA and The Howard Fishman Quartet.

In addition to being world-class jazz artists, all three are highly experienced teachers, with many years of instruction under their belts.

Acoustic bassists are in for a treat at Jazz Residency, too: The faculty includes Larry Grenadier (FLY, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny), Reid Anderson (The Bad Plus), Harish Raghavan, Josh Thurston-Milgrom, Tomoko Funaki, and Jon Wiitala.

Violin, viola, cello, and bass players of all levels are welcome at Jazz Residency. All players get placed in combos with musicians of a similar level of experience, and combos rehearse every day under the guidance of a faculty member. In master classes, the string faculty will demonstrate jazz string techniques and skills at all levels. Special Presentations cover topics from soloing and ensemble techniques to arranging and advanced jazz concepts. String players may choose their own level of jazz theory class, from beginner to highly advanced.

On Thursday evening, August 4, all combos perform for the public, family, and friends in fantastic performance venues on the Stanford campus.

For more information about Jazz Residency, click here.

Click on a name to learn more about individual faculty members at Jazz Residency: Jenny Scheinman, Dana Leong, Victor Lin, Larry Grenadier,Reid Anderson.

Jazz guitar superstars at SJW Jazz Residency

SJW’s Jazz Residency (July 31 – August 5) is always a great place to come to improve your guitar chops, get a lot of playing time, and hang out and have fun with other jazz guitarists. This summer SJW has an excpetional guitar faculty lined up for Jazz Residency: genre-buster Bill Frisell, accompanist to the stars Anthony Wilson, and meteoric young trail-blazer and longtime SJW faculty member Julian Lage.

Bill Frisell is has long been the poster child for unbridled creative jazz. His mastery of the instrument is augmented by an affinity for adventurousness where tone and color are concerned. His unique voice is instantly recognizable, yet you never know what to expect when you hear him. Anthony Wilson is one of the most in-demand musicians of his generation. He has released eight critically-acclaimed solo albums since 1997. He has been a member of Diana Krall’s quartet since 2001, and played on her Grammy-winning Live in Paris recording. SJW favorite Julian Lage is currently touring with the New Gary Burton Quartet, and has recently released his debut album, Sounding Point.

At Jazz Residency, guitarists spend time daily shedding with their combos, improving their knowledge of theory, and, most importanly, learning from these incredible talents in guitar masterclasses, in special presentations, and in nightly live performances at the Stanford Jazz Festival. Click here to learn more about Jazz Residency.

Click on a name for more information on Bill Frisell, Anthony Wilson, andJulian Lage.

To sign up for Jazz Residency, click on the Register button above, or the one below.