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STANFORD LIVE AND SFJAZZ PRESENT

Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford University

Every Thursday at 7:30PM • Jul 8 – Aug 5

STANFORD LIVE AND SFJAZZ PRESENT
Every Thursday at 7:30PM • JUL 8 – AUG 5
Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford University

Beginning July 8, each Thursday will feature an exciting series of concerts programmed in partnership with Stanford Live, with a line-up that includes Gregory Porter, blues-roots-R&B singer Fantastic Negrito, Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin's Dinner Party with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and DJ Jahi Sundance, Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, SFJAZZ Collective and more. The summer concert series will mark SFJAZZ’s first time co-presenting at the historic Frost Amphitheater.

Tickets are now on sale on the Stanford Live website in pods of 2, 4 and 6 seats only. 

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THU, JUL 8 Fantastic Negrito
THU, JUL 15 Glasper Martin Present Dinner Party:
Robert Glasper & Terrace Martin w/ special guests Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah & DJ Jahi Sundance
THU, JUL 22 Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers: Kansas City Swing
THU, JUL 29 SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Sly and the Family Stone's Stand! and Miles Davis' In A Silent Way
THU, AUG 5 An Evening with Gregory Porter, Marcus Shelby Quartet w/ Tiffany Austin

Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford University
351 Lasuen Street, Stanford, CA 94105
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THU, JULY 8 | Fantastic Negrito

Thu, JULY 8 at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $30/40/50/75

Fantastic Negrito is the incarnation of a musician who is reborn after going through some extremely difficult times. In fact, the name Fantastic Negrito represents his third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. Songs born from a long hard life channeled through Black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to “make it”, who “got it”, who lost it all, and somehow managed to find his way back. 

Returning to music in 2014 by playing on the streets of Oakland, Fantastic Negrito won the inaugural NPR Tiny Desk contest. He is also a three-time GRAMMY winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

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THU, JULY 8 | Fantastic Negrito

Thu, JULY 8 at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $30/40/50/75

Fantastic Negrito is the incarnation of a musician who is reborn after going through some extremely difficult times. In fact, the name Fantastic Negrito represents his third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. Songs born from a long hard life channeled through Black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to “make it”, who “got it”, who lost it all, and somehow managed to find his way back. 

Returning to music in 2014 by playing on the streets of Oakland, Fantastic Negrito won the inaugural NPR Tiny Desk contest. He is also a three-time GRAMMY winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

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THU, JUL 15 | Glasper Martin Presents Dinner Party

Robert Glasper & Terrace Martin w/ special guests Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah & DJ Jahi Sundance
Thu, JULY 15 at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35/55/75/100

A collaboration between two longtime friends, Dinner Party brings together keyboardist and composer Robert Glasper and saxophonist/producer Terrace Martin for a project rooted in their shared love of old-school hip-hop, soul, and modern jazz.

Glasper became a superstar with his 2012 Blue Note GRAMMY-winner Black Radio and scored the 2015 Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, while Martin was a producer of rapper Kendrick Lamar’s landmark To Pimp a Butterfly and is currently working with Herbie Hancock.

Dinner Party is, as its name suggests, intended as a musical conversation between friends. The pair’s 2020 self-titled EP featured saxophonist Kamasi Washington and DJ/producer 9th Wonder, and for this live event, Glasper and Martin have invited GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, described as “jazz’s young style god” by JazzTimes, and DJ Jahi Sundance, known for work with Glasper and Christian McBride.

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THU, JUL 15 | Glasper Martin Presents Dinner Party

Robert Glasper & Terrace Martin w/ special guests Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah & DJ Jahi Sundance
Thu, JULY 15 at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35/55/75/100

A collaboration between two longtime friends, Dinner Party brings together keyboardist and composer Robert Glasper and saxophonist/producer Terrace Martin for a project rooted in their shared love of old-school hip-hop, soul, and modern jazz.

Glasper became a superstar with his 2012 Blue Note GRAMMY-winner Black Radio and scored the 2015 Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, while Martin was a producer of rapper Kendrick Lamar’s landmark To Pimp a Butterfly and is currently working with Herbie Hancock.

Dinner Party is, as its name suggests, intended as a musical conversation between friends. The pair’s 2020 self-titled EP featured saxophonist Kamasi Washington and DJ/producer 9th Wonder, and for this live event, Glasper and Martin have invited GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, described as “jazz’s young style god” by JazzTimes, and DJ Jahi Sundance, known for work with Glasper and Christian McBride.

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THU, JULY 22 | Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Thu, JULY 22 at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $30/40/50/75

"Hands-down the best thing to come out of the jump/swing revival...the gal can sing her tail off." – Seattle Times

Formed in 1986 and fronted by the sultry Lavay Smith, an alluring singer whose bluesy, brassy style draws on Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Little Esther Phillips, the band is known worldwide for tasty arrangements of tunes from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as their finely crafted original compositions. Under the leadership of arranger and pianist Chris Siebert, the eight-piece ensemble features a rogue’s gallery of robustly swinging soloists from around the Bay Area who cut their teeth with everyone from Big Joe Turner to Ray Charles. They’ve released a trio of fine albums on Smith’s own Fat Note label, covering the gamut of legendary composers including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Irving Berlin, and Harold Arlen.

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THU, JULY 22 | Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Thu, JULY 22 at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $30/40/50/75

"Hands-down the best thing to come out of the jump/swing revival...the gal can sing her tail off." – Seattle Times

Formed in 1986 and fronted by the sultry Lavay Smith, an alluring singer whose bluesy, brassy style draws on Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Little Esther Phillips, the band is known worldwide for tasty arrangements of tunes from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as their finely crafted original compositions. Under the leadership of arranger and pianist Chris Siebert, the eight-piece ensemble features a rogue’s gallery of robustly swinging soloists from around the Bay Area who cut their teeth with everyone from Big Joe Turner to Ray Charles. They’ve released a trio of fine albums on Smith’s own Fat Note label, covering the gamut of legendary composers including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Irving Berlin, and Harold Arlen.

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THU, JUL 29 | SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE: MUSIC OF SLY STONE & MILES DAVIS

SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Miles Davis' In a Silent Way and Sly & The Family Stone's Stand!
Thu, JULY 29 at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35/55/75/100

"The octet boasts as much or more collective talent, firepower and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going." — DownBeat

An all-star ensemble comprising the finest composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective assembles each year to create fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each member of the band. In 2019 the Collective celebrated the 50th Anniversary of two of the essential albums in popular music, Sly and Family Stone’s Stand! and Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way. For this performance, the group revisits this groundbreaking project featuring tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, trumpeter Etienne Charles, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, guitarist Adam Rogers, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Brewer, drummer Obed Calvaire, and vocalist Martin Luther McCoy

Released respectively in May and July 1969 by a pair of artists connected by mutual respect, inspiration, and a commitment to artistic exploration, Stand! and In a Silent Way were beacons of hope and new possibilities during a turbulent time in American history. Sly’s classics “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Everyday People” and “Sing a Simple Song” have become timeless expressions of joy and positivity, while Davis’ evocative work on In a Silent Way pushed jazz into bold new directions influenced by pop, R&B, and funk.

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THU, JUL 29 | SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE: MUSIC OF SLY STONE & MILES DAVIS

SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Miles Davis' In a Silent Way and Sly & The Family Stone's Stand!
Thu, JULY 29 at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35/55/75/100

"The octet boasts as much or more collective talent, firepower and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going." — DownBeat

An all-star ensemble comprising the finest composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective assembles each year to create fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each member of the band. In 2019 the Collective celebrated the 50th Anniversary of two of the essential albums in popular music, Sly and Family Stone’s Stand! and Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way. For this performance, the group revisits this groundbreaking project featuring tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, trumpeter Etienne Charles, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, guitarist Adam Rogers, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Brewer, drummer Obed Calvaire, and vocalist Martin Luther McCoy

Released respectively in May and July 1969 by a pair of artists connected by mutual respect, inspiration, and a commitment to artistic exploration, Stand! and In a Silent Way were beacons of hope and new possibilities during a turbulent time in American history. Sly’s classics “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Everyday People” and “Sing a Simple Song” have become timeless expressions of joy and positivity, while Davis’ evocative work on In a Silent Way pushed jazz into bold new directions influenced by pop, R&B, and funk.

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THU, AUG 5 | An Evening with Gregory Porter

Opener: Marcus Shelby Quartet w/ Tiffany Austin
Thu, AUGUST 5 at 7:30 PM PT
Tickets: $30/45/60/90/120

A two-time GRAMMY-winner and six-time nominee, Gregory Porter has undoubtedly become jazz’s most celebrated male vocalist, “a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift” (The New York Times). After the success of his 2010 debut Water and follow-up Be Good, Porter broke through to mainstream stardom with his Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit, winning the 2013 GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album. He repeated the GRAMMY and chart success of Liquid Spirit with 2016’s Take Me to the Alley, and his latest two recordings, 2017 tribute to Nat “King” Cole, Nat “King” Cole & Me and 2020’s All Rise both received nominations. Growing up around rollicking tent revivals, Porter brings the same soul-stirring authority to jazz settings, revealing powerful truths with heart and grace.

Backed by the Marcus Shelby Quintet, renowned Bay Area vocalist Tiffany Austin opens this exciting concert.

Gregory Porter Concert On Sale Dates
Leaders Circle: Tue, Jul 6 • 8AM
Members: Fri, Jul 9 • 12PM
Public & Digital Members: Sat, Jul 10 • 12PM

THU, AUG 5 | An Evening with Gregory Porter

Opener: Marcus Shelby Quartet w/ Tiffany Austin
Thu, AUGUST 5 at 7:30 PM PT
Tickets: $30/45/60/90/120

A two-time GRAMMY-winner and six-time nominee, Gregory Porter has undoubtedly become jazz’s most celebrated male vocalist, “a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift” (The New York Times). After the success of his 2010 debut Water and follow-up Be Good, Porter broke through to mainstream stardom with his Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit, winning the 2013 GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album. He repeated the GRAMMY and chart success of Liquid Spirit with 2016’s Take Me to the Alley, and his latest two recordings, 2017 tribute to Nat “King” Cole, Nat “King” Cole & Me and 2020’s All Rise both received nominations. Growing up around rollicking tent revivals, Porter brings the same soul-stirring authority to jazz settings, revealing powerful truths with heart and grace.

Backed by the Marcus Shelby Quintet, renowned Bay Area vocalist Tiffany Austin opens this exciting concert.

Gregory Porter Concert On Sale Dates
Leaders Circle: Tue, Jul 6 • 8AM
Members: Fri, Jul 9 • 12PM
Public & Digital Members: Sat, Jul 10 • 12PM

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