Jazz Institute Showcase
Jazz is one of the most important musical styles, a fundamental basis for all modern music, as well as one of the most engaging to listen to live. The chords are complex, the melodies flowing and subtle, and the extensive improvisation is truly the benchmark of the genre. There’s something truly special about listening to jazz in a more intimate setting, too, because that’s where the genre evolved. On August 8 near Palo Alto, experience live jazz at a free showcase by amateur and up-and-coming jazz musicians, as they display their musical expertise and improvisational skills. Each talented performer is in the process of developing and honing his or her own unique sound, and you can watch this process occur in a relaxed and cool atmosphere, for free.
The culmination of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, a rigorous, week-long immersion experience which has helped to produce greats like Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage and Joshua Redman, the Jazz Institute Showcase features professionals and rising stars – both youth and adults – from all over the world, performing on four different stages. They are some of the best and most passionate musicians around. You’ll also explore the many faces and aspects of jazz music in this free event. Styles run from modern jazz to bebop, and from instantly recognizable classics to original tunes. It’s a great introduction to the genre for a beginner, or a nice evening out for the jazz enthusiast. The showcase will take place on Thursday, August 8 at 6pm, at Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium.