A long-running favorite for jazz fans, The Stanford Jazz Festival continues its newish tradition of having opening and closing weekend concerts at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall. Vocalist and multiple Grammy Award-winner Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist Sullivan Fortner bring their duo magic to the 6-year old bandstand on June 22. Still Dreaming, the collective led by saxophonist Joshua Redman (whose quartet opened the Stanford Jazz Festival last year) makes its Bay Area debut with drummer Dave King (of The Bad Plus fame) to conclude the festival at Bing on Aug. 3, with trumpeter Ron Miles and double bassist Scott Colley rounding out the all-star quartet. In between, there are both intimate and larger-scale concerts by Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty and others in Dinkelspiel Auditorium and Campbell Recital Hall, including the beloved SJW All-Star Jam on Aug. 2 (see sidebar for an interview with clarinetist Anat Cohen).
Jazz at Filoli has pretty much perfected the art of live jazz (and more) on a Sunday afternoon. The base level ticket includes a drink ticket for beer, white wine or flavored sparkling water, and lunch boxes can be pre-ordered. Vocalist Jamie Davis' offers his "The Great Baritones" program on June 23, with vocalist Sara Niemietz and guitarist/composer W.G. Snuffy Walden headlining on July 14. Pianist Larry Vuckovich and his Contemporary Swinging Hard Bop Ensemble play July 28, and vocalist Nicolas Bearde pays tribute to Nat "King" Cole's centenary on Aug. 11. Conguero, educator and all-around good guy John Santos closes at the 2019 live jazz season at Filoli on Aug. 25 with his sextet.
Portola Vineyards in Portola Valley is offering a quartet of stylistically varied concerts for its Summer Jazz series (paired with wine tasting) starting Sunday, June 23, with organist Pat Bianchi from New York City and his trio. Cabanijazz, led by conguero and Pacific Mambo Orchestra member Javier Cabanillas, performs July 14, while on Aug. 4 the Five Ten quintet out of the East Bay (with its 510 area code) will offer its brand of globally electrified fusion featuring steel pans and Brazilian percussion. Local favorites Charged Particles close out the series on Aug.18 with a tribute to the iconic pianist, composer and bandleader Chick Corea.
Free outdoor jazz concerts are once again presented every Thursday at the Stanford Shopping Center (except on the Fourth of July), starting at 6 p.m. through Aug. 22. Attendees can sit in the courtyard outside of Nordstrom to hear Stanford Jazz Workshop Faculty All-Stars (June 27); harpist Destiny Muhammad (July 11); the fusion quartet Mino Yanci (July 18); '50s West Coast jazz-meets-bossa nova singer/songwriter Avi Wisnia (July 25); "Spanglish Rumba/Ska" purevyors Makr
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