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Stanford Report, June 14, 2000

Jazz Festival 2000 brings classics, young voices to campus June 24 - August 5

Stanford Jazz Festival 2000 kicks off Saturday, June 24, with the Roy Haynes Trio, featuring Haynes, a master drummer; bassist John Patitucci; pianist Danilo Perez; and tenor saxophonist George Coleman. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium.

The following evening, Mary Stallings, former featured vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra, brings her meticulous phrasing to Campbell Recital Hall in the Braun Music Building at 8 p.m.

Tickets for these opening performances and for the summer season are available by calling 725-ARTS or by visiting www.ticketweb.com. For more information, call 856-4155 or visit www.stanfordjazz.org.

The festival runs through Aug. 5 and showcases some of today's premier jazz musicians in intimate concert settings. A jazz camp for youngsters ages 12 to 17 will be held in conjunction with the festival from July 16 to July 29, and adult and advanced students will be on campus for a jazz residency program from July 30 to Aug. 5.

The summer concert schedule follows. All concerts begin at 8 p.m., except as noted.

Saturday, June 24: Roy Haynes Trio with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and George Coleman. In his 50-year career, Haynes has powered the music behind such jazz innovators as Lester Young, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, John Coltrane and Stan Getz. Panamanian-born Perez synthesizes jazz, Afro-Cuban, Latin American and classical music on his keyboard. "Big George" Coleman, who established himself with Miles Davis in the early 1960s and went on to collaborate with such pioneers as Max Roach, Johnny Griffin and Kenny Dorham, lends a smooth accompaniment.

Sunday, June 25: Mary Stallings. The San Francisco native, who has been greatly influenced by Carmen McRae, sang jazz in Bay Area clubs as a teenager, worked with Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine in the 1960s and toured with the Count Basie Orchestra as a featured vocalist from 1969 to 1972.

Friday, June 30: Rob Schneiderman Trio. A dynamic composer, musician and arranger who has toured and recorded with Eddie Harris, Tana Reid, Chet Baker and Charles McPherson, Schneiderman is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in advanced mathematics at the University of California-Berkeley.

Saturday, July 1: Sheila Jordan. A native of Detroit, Jordan is known as one of the most distinctive singers of her generation. She regards Charlie Parker as her musical guru.

Sunday, July 2, at 7 p.m.: Lou Levy. A bop-based pianist, Levy made his strongest imprint on the jazz world while working with such singers as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O'Day. He also played in the bands of Stan Getz, Woody Herman and Tommy Dorsey.

Friday, July 7: NLS Trio with Paul Nagel. Bay Area pianist Nagel has played with Bobby McFerrin, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Marshall and Eddie Harris. His trio includes drummer Jason Lewis and bassist John Shifflett.

Saturday, July 8: Lou Donaldson and Lonnie Smith Quartet. Fusing swing, bebop, ballads and the blues, alto saxophonist Donaldson was an early pioneer of soul jazz. Organist Smith played with George Benson's classic quartet of the mid-1960s before joining Donaldson.

Sunday, July 9, at 7 p.m.: Billy Childs. One of the most adventurous pianists and composers of the 1990s, Childs has toured with J. J. Johnson and Freddie Hubbard and led Night Flight, a group featuring vocalist Diane Reeves.

Friday, July 14: Jesus Díaz Quintet. Cuban-born percussionist Diaz has performed and recorded with such master artists as Dizzie Gillespie, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo and Carlos Santana. A multi-instrumentalist, arranger and vocalist, Diaz has established himself as one of the Bay Area's favorite musicians.

Saturday, July 15: Eddie Marshall and Holy Mischief. Drummer Marshall is an internationally known sideman who has played with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bobby McFerrin and Stan Getz. His Stanford performance will feature Holy Mischief, the powerful, hard-edged group he recently recorded with on the Monarch label.

Sunday, July 16: E. W. Wainwright's African Roots of Jazz. Bay Area drummer Wainwright, who has played with Oscar Brown Jr.'s band, Earl "Fatha" Hines and McCoy Tyner, founded the African Roots of Jazz in 1977 to increase local exposure to jazz through music education and performance.

Monday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Concert: Guitar Summit.

Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m.: Dave Ellis Group. In recent years tenor saxophonist Ellis has established himself as one of the most vibrant young voices of the new generation of jazz players. He was a founding member of the Charlie Hunter Trio before launching his own solo career, and has performed with Cassandra Wilson and the Yellowjackets.

Wednesday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.: Victor Lin and Friends.

Thursday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Concert: Standards Night.

Saturday, July 22: Miya Masaoka's Improv Summit. San Francisco composer Masaoka is an experimental master of the koto, a 21-stringed traditional Japanese instrument. She incorporates hip hop, free jazz and sometimes the sound of live buzzing bees. She has performed with the Asian American Jazz Orchestra, Ornette Coleman and Pharaoh Sanders.

Sunday, July 23: Jim Cullum Jazz Band.

Monday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m.: Josh Jones Ensemble. Berkeley-based percussionist/drummer Jones is a tireless performer who is equally at home on the trap set or congas, driving his own Latin jazz trio.

Tuesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m.: Dena DeRose. DeRose has recorded three CDs that showcase her soulful voicings and hard-swinging piano flurries. She has worked with jazz luminaries Slam Stewart, Randy Brecker and Bob Moses, and has been a favorite at the summer jazz festival.

Wednesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.: Columna B. Led by saxophonist Yosvany Terry, this young ensemble of virtuosos from Havana will be in residence at Stanford this summer as jazz clinicians and featured performers. They blend hard-hitting Cuban rhythms and complex modern jazz compositions.

Thursday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m.: Bob Murphy and Guests.

Saturday, July 29: Clark Terry Septet and Friends. The 79-year-old trumpet and flugelhorn player has played with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk and Jimmy Heath, and today he continues to be one of jazz's most respected elder statesmen.

Sunday, July 30: Mark Murphy. With six Grammy nominations and more than 40 albums, Murphy is regarded as one of the original jazz hipsters of his generation. Two of his albums are a tribute to Beat writer Jack Kerouac, and he also has penned the lyrics for such standards as "Milestone," "Red Clay" and "Stolen Moments."

Monday, July 31: Chucho Valdés Quartet. Pianist and composer Valdés founded Cuba's Grammy Award-winning group Irakere before going on to a successful solo career. He draws on American jazz, European classical music, traditional Cuban music and African rhythms for his distinctive sound.

Tuesday, Aug. 1: The Trio, with Billy Higgins, Mulgrew Miller and Ray Drummond. Drummer Higgins has played with some of the best known names in jazz, including Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins and Lee Morgan and made hundreds of recordings. Pianist Miller's style is tinged with the blues and gospel flavor of his native Mississippi and has been polished in his associations with Woody Shaw, Art Blakey, Betty Carter and Tony Williams. Bassist Drummond returns to Stanford, where he was an MBA student in the 1970s, for a week of teaching and performing, demonstrating the rhythmic sense he cultivated during work with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra and Bobby Hutcherson.

Wednesday, Aug. 2: Bob Brookmeyer with Smith Dobson. Trombonist and composer Bob Brookmeyer has had a 50-year career in jazz and was a seminal member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet of the mid-1950s.

Friday, Aug. 4: Harold Land with Billy Higgins, Mulgrew Miller and Ray Drummond. Saxophonist Land came to national attention in the mid-1950s, touring with the hard-bop Max Roach-Clifford Brown quintet. Today the septuagenarian boasts a thoroughly modernist approach to his playing and composition.

Saturday, Aug. 5: The Music of Mulgrew Miller. Miller will lead the trio of Billy Higgins and Ray Drummond through original compositions. SR