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July 2018

Ruth Davies’ Blues Night with Special Guest Eric Bibb

July 16 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ruth Davies has a history of introducing SJW audiences to the best blues artists in the world, such as Keb’ Mo’, Taj Mahal, Charlie Musselwhite, Robben Ford, Henry Butler, and many more. A blues legend herself, Ruth has toured and recorded with artists like John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Elvin Bishop, and many others — she is keeping the flame of traditional blues alive and well. Ruth is joined tonight by the sensational guitarist, vocalist, and…

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SJW CD Release Party: Debbie Poryes / Sam Reider

July 18 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Debbie Poryes is known for her original voice, both as a pianist and as a composer. Her long-established trio will perform tunes from her fourth CD as a leader, Loving Hank, a tribute to the late, great pianist, Hank Jones. Sharing the bill, composer and keyboardist Sam Reider is a musician of the world, traveling the globe everywhere a man with an accordion can go, absorbing music from many cultures, and blending it with his jazz mastery and his soulful…

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An Evening with Victor Lin

July 19 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Pianist and violinist Victor Lin’s annual concerts always make every jazz fan’s list of highlights. Expect to be delighted by Victor’s interpretations and arrangements of songs you didn’t even realize were embedded in your memory. Victor directs a large cast of talented SJW artist faculty and special guests in a dazzling spectacle that captures the imagination and gets to the heart of what SJW is all about.

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SJW Jazz Camp Showcase 1

July 20 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“The showcase performance was a highlight for us.” — Jazz Camp parent The future of jazz is strong. If you need proof, just come to the free Stanford Jazz Camp Showcase and witness over 200 kids having the time of their lives, playing in bands and improvising on four stages. In this action-packed community event, our young musicians demonstrate the vocal and instrumental skills they’ve learned after spending a week immersed in Jazz Camp. For some, it may be the…

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Classic Albums Live Fleetwood Mac: Rumours

July 20 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Known for their faithful recreations of classic rock albums from cover to cover, Classic Albums Live returns for two nights of rock favorites: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours on July 20, and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Chronicle Volume 1 on July 21.

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Classic Albums Live Creedence Clearwater Revival: Chronicle Volume 1

July 21 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Known for their faithful recreations of classic rock albums from cover to cover, Classic Albums Live returns for two nights of rock favorites: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Chronicle Volume 1 on July 21, and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours on July 20.

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Regina Carter & Xavier Davis: Duos and Quartet

July 21 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Regina Carter has collaborated with a strikingly diverse array of the world’s great musicians, from Mary J. Blige to Wynton Marsalis, and from Billy Joel to Milt Jackson. Her musical openness and virtuosity inspire her to create programs that are astonishingly creative and beautiful. Accompanied by her longtime keyboardist Xavier Davis, we can expect a deeply moving and exciting performance. Regina and Xavier will perform both as a duo and as a quartet with rhythm section.

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Bria Skonberg

July 22 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In the mold of fellow British Columbian Diana Krall, Bria Skonberg combines an astonishing mastery of her instrument and a gorgeous singing voice with a flair for airtight arrangements and highly entertaining performances. Not unlike Diana, Bria comes by her talent through hard work, determination, and a deep love of the tradition. In performance, she reaches back into jazz history almost as often as she looks forward, bringing an authenticity to the excitement of her stylistic journeys. With a major…

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SJW CD Release Party: Carline Davis’ Heart Tonic and Jessica Jones Quartet

July 23 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This CD release concert celebrates new recordings by two fantastic SJW Faculty Artists. Caroline Davis is a New York-based artist with a long line of credits including work with Matt Wilson, Ellis Marsalis, Randy Brecker, and many others.  Jessica Jones has led her piano-less quartet for 25 years, and her list of collaborations is no less impressive, including Don Cherry and Cecil Taylor. Caroline and Jessica each perform with their own bands on this special double-bill concert.

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Jazz Brazil: Anat Cohen / Romero Lubambo / Vitor Gonçalves

July 25 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

It’s lucky for us that Anat Cohen has fallen in love with the music of Brazil. We’re the beneficiaries of her application of her insatiable curiosity, deep intellect, and blazing clarinet virtuosity to the varied genres of this musically rich culture. Guitar and accordion are integral to the fiery rhythms of much Brazilian music, and supplying these essential elements with marvelous rhythmic and melodic inventiveness are guitarist Romero Lubambo and accordionist and pianist Vitor Gonçalves.

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SJW Jazz Camp Showcase 2

July 27 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“We are amazed every summer about how much our son improves in just one week.” — Jazz Camp parent Coming to SJW from all over the world, the musicians who perform at each Stanford Jazz Camp Showcase are among the most promising young artists anywhere. Vocals, reeds, horns, strings, and rhythm sections combine to form dozens of small ensembles, playing at four convenient campus venues. You’ll see and hear everything from cool jazz to bebop, from blues to swing, and…

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Remembering Ndugu

July 27 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

When Leon “Ndugu” Chancler passed away earlier this year, the world lost one of the greatest drummers in music. His contributions to pop and funk are legendary, from Michael Jackson’s iconic “Billy Jean” and records with Lionel Richie and Donna Summer, to the deeply funky “Let It Whip” by the Dazz Band and equally grooving collaborations with keyboardist George Duke. His jazz credentials are no less impressive, including projects with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk,…

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Stanford Summer Orchestra

July 27 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The 2018 Stanford Summer Orchestra, led by Paul Phillips, the Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies, will make their annual appearance at Bing Concert Hall July 27th. The Summer Orchestra’s roster includes Stanford students and community members. The featured violin soloist is Stanford Symphony Orchestra 2018 Concerto Competition winner Aditya Chander. Program Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26, No. 7 Chausson: Poème, Op. 25Aditya Chander, violin soloist Grieg: Norwegian Dances, Op. 35                                Borodin:…

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Terrence Brewer Acoustic Jazz Quartet

July 27 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Guitarist and SJW Faculty Artist Terrence Brewer presents his new project, The Acoustic Jazz Quartet, in the intimae Bing Studio. The AJQ plays original compositions as well as intriguing arrangements of jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban compositions, as well as great jazz standards. Cosponsored by Stanford Live.

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Dena DeRose Trio with Anat Cohen

July 28 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

All jazz fans love the standards. The music is timeless; we connect emotionally with the lyrics, and even with songs from generations before our own, they’re indelibly associated with time and place in our lives. Artists of the caliber of Dena DeRose, Anat Cohen, Allison Miller, and Dave Robaire feel the same way. For the best jazz artists, to take on music as familiar and beloved as this is to free their musical imaginations to flow unimpeded, to open the…

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Charles McPherson Quintet

July 29 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

One of the living legends of jazz, alto saxophonist Charles McPherson has been a sideman with some of the greatest artists in the history of the music, as well as an influential group leader and composer. Charles’ sound is the very definition of jazz; his masterful playing represents bebop at its highest evolution. Steeped in the tradition, his band of Jeb Patton, Yotam Silberstein, David Wong, and Chuck McPherson support Charles effortlessly.

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Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet

July 30 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Afro-Cuban saxophonist and chekeré virtuoso Yosvany Terry has had a remarkable jazz journey in the U.S., beginning with his first visit to SJW in 1995. Since then, he’s been a sideman with artists such as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Eddie Palmieri, Chucho Valdes, Taj Mahal, Branford Marsalis, Paul Simon, and many others. In recent years, Yosvany has come into his own as a leader. For this show he’s assembled a blazing band to share his new compositions and arrangements.

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Taylor Eigsti Trio and Friends

July 31 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti has been on the go this past year, touring with jazz luminaries such as Chris Botti, Eric Harland, and Kendrick Scott, as well as contributing compositions to projects such as the Grammy-winning soundtrack for the critically-acclaimed movie, Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle. For this SJW concert, Taylor will be performing music with some of his closest friends and longtime band mates.

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August 2018

Robert Huw Morgan, Organ

August 1 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dr. Robert Huw Morgan will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Morgan is the University Organist at Stanford University, a position he has held since 1999. A native of Wales, he received his BA and MA from Cambridge University and in 1989 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Between 1985 and 1988, he was an Organ Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, where his duties included playing the organ for the daily services in the College…

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Jeb Patton Trio and Tupac Mantilla’s Point of View, with Melissa Aldana

August 1 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

These two dynamic trios take very different approaches, but there’s no denying that they’ll deliver an evening of excitement. Jeb Patton’s unit is the quintessential swinging jazz trio; Jeb and bassist David Wong have toured extensively with legendary jazz artists such as the Heath Brothers; they’re joined tonight by the incredibly versatile Eric Harland on drums. Colombian percussionist Tupac Mantilla, Cuban bassist Yunior Terry, and Chilean guitarist Camila Meza are liable to go in any musical direction imaginable. Award-winning Chilean…

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SJW Jazz Institute Showcase

August 2 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

“The showcase concert at the end of Jazz Institute was beyond amazing.” — Jazz Institute participant Enjoy a mini-festival of jazz, performed by musicians of all ages, from all over the world. In four convenient venues, you can hear dozens of instrumentalists and vocalists performing everything from cool jazz to bebop, and from standards to original songs. All are participants in Stanford Jazz Workshop’s famed Jazz Institute, a full-time, weeklong immersion experience designed to bring major league jazz talent together…

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SJW All-Star Jam

August 3 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

An annual tradition at SJW, this concert presents some of the greatest artists in jazz, performing in combinations familiar and unfamiliar, delivering performances of unrivalled intensity, passion, and excitement. This year, the All Star Jam features Wycliffe Gordon, Melissa Aldana, Taylor Eigsti, Yosvany Terry, Charles McPherson, Jeb Patton, Tupac Mantilla, Camila Meza, Yotam Silberstein, Mike Rodriguez, and others.

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Andrea Motis Quintet with Wycliffe Gordon and the SJW 50/50 Jazz Orchestra, directed by Joan Chamorro

August 4 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Barcelona-bred Andrea Motis returns to SJW with her astonishing trumpet and vocal talent, accompanied by her own band, which includes the founder of the famed Sant Andreu Jazz Band, Joan Chamorro. Joining Andrea is one of the world’s greatest trombonists, Wycliffe Gordon, who first played with her in Barcelona. Andrea’s sound is nothing short of exquisite, and her fresh interpretations of standards bring comparisons to her inspirations, Chet Baker and Louis Armstrong. In addition to her Barcelona quintet, Andrea is…

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Stanford Summer Chorus: A Matter of Life and Death

August 10 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Stanford Summer Chorus, directed by Rafael Ornes, is a non-auditioned community chorus sponsored by the Stanford Department of Music. Membership is open to everyone; singers typically come from all corners of the Bay Area, and from all age groups and ability levels. This year’s program, “A Matter of Life and Death,” will feature Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living (2013) and other choral works by Beethoven, Dello Joio, and Tin that touch on similar themes, along with pieces for small ensemble.

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October 2018

Robert Huw Morgan, Organ

October 3 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dr. Robert Huw Morgan is the University Organist at Stanford University, a position he has held since 1999. A native of Wales, he received his BA and MA from Cambridge University and in 1989 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Between 1985 and 1988, he was an Organ Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, where his duties included playing the organ for the daily services in the College Chapel, and assisting in the direction of the…

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