Kristen Strom will appear at the Stanford Jazz series, performing a tribute to Stan Getz. It’s a matinee, 2 p.m. July 13 Sunday. Info here. The show is at Dink, with tickets ranging from $15 to $35, which actually seems a little pricey, especially for a matinee, featuring all local musicians. She’s playing for no cover at Rosewood Sand Hill — the famous “cougar bar” on or near Stanford campus, the following Saturday evening, from 7 to 11, and has several other area appearances, plus her teaching at Stanford and other camps, according to her website. (My ambivalence about Stanford Jazz is hard to conceal, huh?)
Part of the back story for the Strom gig is that Stan Getz had a residency at Stanford, an event which inspired the university developing a jazz program involving: Larry Grenadier, Jim Nadel, Joey Oliveira, Andy Geiger, Ted Gioia, Nathan Oliveira and more. Joey played a Getz tribute a few years back. Nathan made a portrait of a sax player at Smith-Andersen titled “The Man”, that I saw in a private collection.
There’s a story in the East Bay Express by Sam Levin about Ellen Seeling of Montclair Women’s Band complaining that there are few spots for women in the area’s jazz festivals, and she recommends blind auditions. Strom is quoted in that story, as is Jason Olaine, who is producing a Fillmore Jazz festival. Reminds me of Nat Hentoff in his 2010 book commenting on, and validating, Joan Bender who in 2001 protested about the lack of women in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
I think of Strom as a local musician, but am unsure of her Palo Alto ties. Provisionally I include her in my list of 500 Palo Alto jazz memes.
Here is Montclair band video(I remember seeing them in the East Bay, when Allison Miller was their guest artist):
Not to confuse matters, or deflect from the Kristen Strom hit, but here is Joan Bender, with Brian Gari and Michael Wolff somewhere back east playing “Chocolate Eyes”. I met Joan in IAJE in New York, and actually had a meeting with Wolff that same week, as a candidate to join his enterprise.
And while I am near the subject, the Palo Alto Twilight Series has finally been announced and includes Mads Tolling, a Danish-American violin player gaining material, August 16 at Mitchell Park. Back to Our Ms. Strom, her band includes Scott Sorkin, Jason Lewis and John Shifflett, — and Fred Harris, piano — plus in this case, for the Getz book, singer Jackie Ryan.