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Stanford Jazz Orchestra

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.

Michael Galisatus

Michael Galisatus is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the College of San Mateo, directing both the college big bands and the wind ensemble. Prior to his appointment at the College of San Mateo, Mr. Galisatus produced award winning ensembles at various San Francisco Peninsula schools including Aragon, El Camino, and South San Francisco High Schools, and directed jazz ensembles at San Francisco State University and The College of Notre Dame.

The Stanford Jazz Orchestra welcomes its new director, Michael Galisatus. The Jazz Orchestra's Fall program features trombonist and composer Alan Ferber.

Mr. Galisatus, currently Director of Bands at the College of San Mateo, also directs the Miles Ahead Big Band for Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Fredrick Berry directs the Stanford Jazz Orchestra's program with special guests from the Department of Music's jazz faculty: Murray Low, keyboards; Charles McCarthy, saxophone; David Rokeach, drums; Rick Vandivier, guitar; and John Worley, trumpet.

Fredrick Berry directs the Stanford Jazz Orchestra with legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath joining the ensemble for a program of standards and his own compositions.

Jimmy is the middle brother of the legendary Heath Brothers (Percy Heath, bass, and Tootie Heath, drums).   He has performed with many jazz greats of the last 50 years, including Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Coleman Hawkins, Erroll Garner, John Coltrane, Benny Golson, and Ray Bryant.  

Fredrick Berry directs the Stanford Jazz Orchestra's program with guest artist Jeff Clayton, saxophone. Clayton has worked with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle, Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Gene Harris, Dianne Reeves, Joe Cocker, B.B. King, and Ray Charles, among others; additionally, he is a co-founder of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and works with his bassist brother John Clayton in the Grammy-nominated quintet, the Clayton Brothers.

Fredrick Berry directs the Stanford Jazz Orchestra's program with special guest Jim Pugh, trombonist with the iconic band Steely Dan and trombone instructor at the University of Illinois. The program includes a three-movement work, Night Suite, commisioned by Pugh, as well as material from the Steely Dan repertoire.

Fredrick Berry directs the Jazz Orchestra's program with guest drummer Carl Allen. (Program TBA.)

Fredrick Berry directs the Stanford Jazz Orchestra with guest artist Erik Jekabson (trumpet). The program will include Jekabson's own compositions, as well as works by Dave Holland.

The Stanford Jazz Orchestra, directed by Fredrick Berry, will be joined by Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, and George Lewis -- all artists associated with Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) -- for a program featuring AACM-composed works.


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