“You don’t have to have a lot of knowledge to appreciate jazz – you just have to open your ears,” said Jim Nadel, jazz saxophone player and Stanford jazz lecturer, who dedicated himself to educating jazz students from around the world for over 30 years.
This report covers a selection of incidents from May 28 to June 4 as recorded in the Stanford Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) bulletin.
Coming off the acclaim of his work on Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled unmastered” and his own “The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam” mini-LP, bass virtuoso Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, turns to a clear lyrical message on “Drunk,” his first full studio album in four years. Clocking in at about 51 minutes and 23…
Though the bass guitar is not the tool of choice for flashy musicians, the few masters of its solo performance have won great devotion from fans of the instrument. Known for his masterful slap technique and expansive musical vocabulary, Victor Wooten may be the best electric bassist since Jaco Pastorius, who redefined the instrument’s possibilities in the 1970s. His performance last Saturday for a packed house at Yoshi’s in Oakland was as funky as they come.
On Saturday, jazz bass legend Stanley Clarke will take the stage at Dinkelspiel Auditorium with his trio – comprised of pianist John Beasley and drummer Mike Mitchell – for what is sure to be one of the highlights of the Stanford Jazz Festival. In anticipation of the show, Intermission talked to Clarke about his upcoming performance, his approach to composition and the future of jazz.