Grammy-nominee Stanley Jordan plays at Genuine Jazz & Wine this weekend at Copper
Ryan Summerlin August 23, 2012
The multi-talented Stanley Jordan plays Genuine Jazz & Wine this weekend, starting with an all-star jam Saturday at noon followed by a 4 p.m. performance. He will also participate in a workshop with David Romanelli on “wisdom through the ages using yoga and music” at 9 p.m. Friday as a part of the Mountain Pose and Medicine Symposium, which coincides with the wine and jazz fest.Here’s what the artist had to say about his various projects and experiences:
One of the most amazing moments was in July playing with Dave Matthews, looking out at the audience at the Alpine Music Theatre. 40,000 people – and yet it felt so intimate and cozy. Alpine is an amphitheater with a steep slope, so that the person in the last row is not far away; they’re just up. And the vibe was amazing. So far the DMB fans have voted this the best weekend of the Dave Matthews tour.
I’ve always wanted to have my own summer music camp, but I’ve been too busy touring to organize it. So it was great that Umphrey’s did it and I could just show up and teach. I also played with them in the evening rock show. In addition to talking about practical things such as technique, I talked about larger issues – like thinking about who you are and the purpose of your life and how to find the music that enhances that purpose.
It’s an eclectic mix of musical styles that’s intended to awaken, inspire and heal.
I’m open to many sources, so I feel inspired pretty much all the time. It could be a memorable experience, a feeling, a concept put into sound or a sense of spiritual connectedness that can’t be expressed in words.
I have been an artist/spokesperson for the AMTA for over 10 years now. I talk about music therapy in general, and about the work the AMTA does to promote and develop the field. After going to conferences and observing music therapists, I’ve been inspired to spread the word. Most people have no idea how useful music can be in healing.
It’s a pianistic way of playing the guitar, with both hands independently on the neck, but you still have the expressive possibilities of the guitar, such as bending notes.
I’ve developed tools in many areas, but the applications I use the most are in computer-assisted learning and audio and MIDI recording.
I’ve done benefit concerts to support the Tamar Project, which has been protecting endangered sea turtles for over 30 years. I adore these creatures; the more I learn about them the more amazed I am.
My most memorable experience in the Summit County area was a guest appearance with Widespread Panic and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. My daughter Julia, who was 15 at the time, looked out at the huge audience and said, “Dad, I didn’t know they still had so many hippies!”
One of the other artists in the festival, Ronnie Laws, was a guest on my “Friends” album. We played a song, “Sambe Delight,” which I wrote with him in mind. I look forward to his live set.