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Jazz workshop celebrates 30 years of education, concerts

The Stanford Jazz Workshop celebrates its 30th anniversary this season as one of the Bay Area's premiere jazz educators and concert presenters.

The workshop organizes a jazz camp for musicians ages 12-17, a jazz residency for musicians ages 12 and up, and an evening summer program for general listeners and musicians. It also organizes a series of jazz concerts, which, in the mid 1980s, was expanded and given its own name: the Stanford Jazz Festival.

This year's festival, which runs from June 29 through Aug. 10, includes more than 30 concerts and special events. In addition, a series of free, noontime concerts are set to take place on some weekdays outside Tresidder Union between roughly July 21 through Aug. 10; after-hour jam sessions are scheduled for Mondays and a few other weeknights from about June 24 through Aug. 10 in the Coffee House.

Following is a schedule of the festival concerts and events through July 31. Tickets and festival passes can be purchased at the Stanford Ticket Office in Tresidder Union or by calling the office at (650) 725-2787. Tickets also can be ordered online at (Unless sold out, tickets will be available at the door.) If not otherwise noted, members of the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, students with a valid ID and seniors 65 and older receive $2 off general admission prices.

For more information and a full schedule of festival events, call the Jazz Workshop or visit its website.


  • Early Bird Jazz. Saturday, June 29: 10:30 a.m. for children 7 and younger; 11:30 a.m. for children 8-12. Campbell Recital Hall. Free. An introduction to instruments and jazz music for children and families, with Stanford Jazz Workshop founder Jim Nadel and friends.
  • Lou Donaldson Quartet featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith. Saturday, June 29, 8 p.m.. Dinkelspiel Auditorium. $30. The legendary alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and Hammond organist Dr. Lonnie Smith kick off the festival. With Randy Johnston on guitar and Fukushi Tainaka on drums.
  • Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra. Sunday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. Dinkelspiel Auditorium. $22. Marcus Shelby's 15-piece jazz orchestra performs traditional and original compositions from its popular compact disc, The Lights.
  • Joyce Cooling Group. Friday, July 5, 8 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $25. Jazz guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Joyce Cooling performs a rare acoustic concert. Her three compact discs all have topped the smooth-jazz charts.
  • Hirahara/Sickafoose/Amendola Trio. Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $20. With Art Hirahara on piano, Todd Sickafoose on acoustic bass and Scott Amendola on drums, this Bay Area trio draws on eclectic influences, performing original compositions and re-interpreting jazz standards.
  • Teddy Edwards Quartet. Sunday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $22. With drummer Vince Lateano and his trio. Bop pioneer and saxophonist Teddy Edwards is known for his communicative and forthright playing.
  • John Calloway: The Afro-Cuban Experience. Friday, July 12, 8 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $22. Two-time Grammy-nominee John Calloway and Cuban-born percussionist Jesus Diaz explore the full spectrum of Afro-Caribbean music, from salsa and timba to Latin jazz and folk music.
  • Hank Jones Trio (Taylor Eigsti Trio opens). Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m. Dinkelspiel Auditorium. $32 ($25 with valid student ID). Pianist Hank Jones, one of the jazz world's living legends, performs with Dennis Mackrel on drums and John Clayton on bass. Pianist Taylor Eigsti, 17, began his professional career at age 8.
  • Steve Erquiaga's Trio Paradiso. Sunday, July 14, 7:30 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $20. Guitarist/composer Steve Erquiaga, accordionist Rich Kuhns and bassist Rich Girard enlist elements of tango, samba and Afro-Cuban montuno to create music with a rich, dramatic sound.
  • CRATER with live feed video mix by Carole Kim. Friday, July 19, 8 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $20. A collaborative exchange of improvised video and music performance. With Scott Amendola on drums and electronics; jhno on electronics; Nels Cline on guitars; Todd Sickafoose on bass; and artist Carole Kim "on" video.
  • Michael Weiss Quartet. Saturday, July 20, 8 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $20. Grand-prize winner of the 2000 BMI/Monk Institute Composers Competition, keyboardist Michael Weiss combines elements of jazz, Latin music and rock 'n' roll.
  • Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Sunday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. Dinkelspiel Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. $25 ($20 with valid student ID). Jim Cullum, cornetist and host of National Public Radio's Riverwalk, Live from the Landing, and his band cover a lot of ground from 19th-century cakewalks and spirituals to the sounds of small, pre-World War II Benny Goodman ensembles.
  • Ruth Davies' Blues Night featuring Brenda Boykin. Monday, July 22, Campbell Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. $16. Grammy-winning bassist Ruth Davies teams up with contralto Brenda Boykin and friends for a night of jazz, blues and soul.
  • Gerard Carelli – Great American Songbook. Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $16. Trombonist and vocalist Gerard Carelli performs selections from the great American songbook.
  • Dmitri Matheny: Full Moon Concert. Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $16. Flugelhornist Dmitry Matheny and the Stanford Jazz Workshop All-Stars perform compositions inspired by the cosmos and full moon. Think "Stardust."
  • Victor Lin's Night of Pianos. Thursday, July 25, 7:30 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $16. Three pianos; the entire piano faculty of the jazz workshop; a dynamite rhythm section. Anything could happen.
  • Giants of Jazz. Friday, July 26, 8 p.m. School of Education. $12. An evening of jazz on film compiled and hosted by jazz film expert and lecturer Mark Cantor.
  • Dena DeRose Group. Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $25. Writing for Hot House magazine, David Orthmann describes pianist and vocalist Dena DeRose as combining "a profound respect for the American Popular Songbook with the ability to make us hear these songs in a different way."
  • Sheryl Bailey's Night of Guitars. Sunday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $16. A Thelonious Monk Competition finalist, guitarist Sheryl Bailey bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary improvisation.
  • Taylor Eigsti Trio (SOLD OUT). Monday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $20. The 17-year-old pianist has been opening for and performing with the jazz greats since he was 8.
  • Dave Ellis Group. Tuesday, July 30, Campbell Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. $16. Steeped in jazz, funk, rock, soul, and rhythm and blues, tenor saxophonist Dave Ellis has played with a diverse group of musicians, including jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter and the Grateful Dead.
  • Sasha Dobson Group. Wednesday, July 31, 7:30 p.m. Campbell Recital Hall. $16. Vocalist Sasha Dobson has informally titled this concert "Homecoming." She first attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop when she was 12. With mother Gail Dobson and brother Smith Dobson Jr.


By John Sanford

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