Advance tickets: GENERAL $15 | STUDENTS $10 | SENIORS $10 (Now on sale!)At the door: GENERAL $20 | STUDENTS $15 | STANFORD STUDENTS FREE WITH SUID | SENIORS $15
Michael Galisatus directs the Stanford Jazz Orchestra's program, featuring guest Kenny Washington. A native of New Orleans, Kenny grew up singing and performing gospel in church, developing a deep love for music at a very young age. He began performing with the school band, and later studied various styles of music ranging from traditional and contemporary jazz, classical, rhythm and blues, and pop at Xavier University. Kenny performed and toured throughout the U.S., Asia, Russia, and Australia with the U.S. Navy Band in 1986. Kenny later made his home in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing in jazz clubs and working with other well-known artists. Kenny also appeared in Roy Nathanson’s Fire at Keaton’s Bar and Grill with Elvis Costello and Deborah Harry, which opened in London and New York. More recently, Kenny performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. With Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway among his influences, Kenny has a four-octave range, and his scatting is rapid-fire, passionate, melodious, and inventive. His intonation is so precise that it becomes noticeable if the piano wasn’t tuned that day!