musicians featured in series of concerts from November
17 through November 19
San Francisco -- For jazz junkies who didn’t get their fix at the SF Jazz Festival, SFSU caters jazz to all tastes in Fall into Jazz, a new four-day jazz festival November 17 through November 20 in Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts Building on the SFSU campus. The week’s offerings include student, faculty and guest performances and culminate on November 20 with a gala benefit concert by the SFSU Jazz Faculty All Stars, an electrifying ensemble of jazz pros who appear regularly at venues throughout the Bay Area.
Saxophone luminary Stan Getz once said every great jazz player needs four things: taste, courage, individuality and irreverence. All four are in ample supply with the Jazz Faculty All Stars and their special guests. Among the line-up is Marcus Shelby, a virtuoso bassist and composer whose copious talents have been showcased throughout the Bay Area as well as in L.A., New York and Paris. Keyboardist Dee Spencer, a Monday-night fixture at Rasselas Jazz Club in San Francisco, is recently back from New York, where she led a stand-out troupe of Bay Area high schoolers in an Ellington extravaganza at the prestigious Lincoln Center. A pair of gifted sax players give the All Stars added punch. Hafez Modirzadeh, the name and the tenor horn behind the Hafez Modir Quartet, appears regularly in jazz havens throughout Northern California and laces his intense playing with cross-cultural influences from the world music scene. His alto counterpart is Australian-born Andrew Speight, a nimble, lyrical performer whose trademark nuances have earned him an Aria Award, Australia’s equivalent to the Grammy. And keeping everyone stompin’ is drummer supreme Akira Tana, an internationally touring player and the percussion might behind several local jazz groups, including his own trio.
The SFSU Jazz Faculty All Stars appear on stage Thursday, November 20, at 8 p.m. in Knuth Hall. Admission is $50/benefactors; $25/general; and $10/ students and seniors. Tickets are available through the box office at 415/338-2467. Proceeds from the benefit will go to support jazz education at SFSU’s renowned School of Music and Dance.
The festival also spotlights three nights of student ensembles and jam sessions. Accomplished student musicians cover a range of styles in thematic sets, including Big Band, R&B, Afro-Cuban, Straight Ahead, jazz vocals and more. Student sessions run from Monday, November 17, through Wednesday, November 19, at 8 p.m. in Knuth Hall. Admission is free.
For jazz enthusiasts with the afternoon off, Boston-based trombonist Bill Lowe performs with jazz faculty and students in a free hour-long concert, Wednesday, November 19 at 1 p.m. in Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts building. Lowe has played with greats such as James Brown, George Russell, Henry Threadgill and Lester Bowie.
The SFSU School of Music and Dance
Fall into Jazz Festival, November 17 through November 20, 2003
Jazz Faculty All Stars Benefit: Thursday, November 20,
Student Jazz Ensembles
Artist: Bill Lowe, Trombone: Wednesday,
November 19, 1 p.m. (Free)
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 415/338-1111