The group kicks off their summer tour with a performance in the Campbell Recital Hall.
“You guys are my test audience,” said Victor Lin, Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty advisor and star of the night, within the first several minutes of his July 24 “Jazz Meets Classical” concert at Dinkelspiel Auditorium. He wore a half-apologetic smile.
Casually dressed down in a two-piece suit, Lin explained the night’s experiment, which was to determine if he could find a synergistic middle ground between jazz and classical music. “Previous crossovers have yielded awkward hybrids,” Lin said. “Tonight, the verdict of Lin’s attempt — successful or not — rests in the audience’s hands. But please clap anyway,” he urged with a cheeky grin.
If you happen to be anywhere remotely near Stanford this summer, be sure to catch a few performances at the Stanford Jazz Festival, a summer-long celebration of jazz music where enthusiasts, students, educators and musicians convene to enjoy the rich multitude of performances presented by breakthrough artists and legends of the industry. Over the course of…
Fresh off a fantastic show earlier this month at the Stanford Jazz Festival, jazz saxophonist Chris Potter sat down with Intermission to discuss influences on his work, his experiences as both a bandleader and a sideman and the demands of being creative.
Intermission: You play around with lots of people, as a sideman and a bandleader. What’s the trade-off between getting new ideas and really understanding and communicating with a core group?
“We’re a quartet plus one,” joked tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens.
After a slightly erroneous introduction of the jazz quintet, Stephens and pianist Taylor Eigsti, trumpeter Mike Olmos, bassist Zach Ostroff and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath began their otherwise flawless performance at a Stanford Jazz Festival concert on July 28 at Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
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.
This July and August, Stanford is playing host to some truly one-of-a-kind performances by the Summer Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Jazz and the Summer Youth Orchestra, all of which are sure to leave audiences eager for more. Even as excitement for Itzhak Perlman’s arrival and the kickoff of the much-anticipated fall season continues to build, check out some of the special performances Stanford’s talented summer music groups have to offer in the interim.
From June 22 to August 10 this year, the 41st annual Stanford Jazz Festival will play host to some of the biggest names in jazz. It opened with a sold-out solo performance by Herbie Hancock and will close with Chucho Valdes. The Daily took a look at some of the most compelling scheduled performances.