Posts Tagged ‘Tyler Brooks’

My Three Weeks with the Workshop (Part 1 of 2)

I had the privilege of covering the 2013 Summer Jazz Workshop and Festival (SJW/F) for its duration – following the international cast of students, staff and faculty who make up the immersive three-week world of summer jazz camp at Stanford. The first two weeks of the Workshop (part one of my two-part SJW/F coverage) are…

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My Three Weeks with the Workshop (Part 2 of 2)

I had the privilege of covering all programs that ran the last week of SJW/F’s concurrent weeks, Aug. 3-10. In that time, I attended concerts including Savion Glover and His Trio, Jazz Guitar Night with Julian Lage and Larry Koonse, Taylor Eigsti Quintet Featuring Julian Lage, Chris Potter and Larry Grenadier, the SJW All-Star Jam,…

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Listening in on Tyler Brooks at the 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival

Omaha-native and Oakland-based guitarist Calvin Keys is the definition of a serious musician. Quiet, husky-voiced, and concealed behind dark auburn shades, Keys wore a steady, sagacious cool that warranted the opening line of Tuesday night’s program which frankly and endearingly read: “Calvin Keys doesn’t call a lot of attention to himself.” And true enough to…

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A year of high notes for Stanford’s Chocolate Heads

The Chocolate Heads movement band had a banner year, by any measure. They collaborated with jazz great William Parker, workshopped with neuroscientists and synesthetes, staged an underground performance at Cantor Arts Center, dazzled an audience at Bing Concert Hall, partnered with the a cappella group Talisman on an original composition, and finished the year with a spring…

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