"Anthropology" and Other Subjects
San Francisco State University professors Andrew Speight & Michael Zisman and Jazz alumna Lilian Wu open May's Master & Student Jam. (Photo by Jeff Kaliss)
"There will be other songs to sing, another Fall, another Spring," sang Helen Palma, a San Francisco State University student among those who joined in the second monthly Master & Student Jam last Tuesday. "But there will never be another you," she continued, in a somewhat Ella-Fitzy sweet and clear style. Well --- if teachers like Andrew Speight and Michael Zisman, who co-led the Jam, have anything to do about it, there will be other jazz talents singing and playing way beyond the Fall and Spring semesters. Proof positive was Lilian Wu, the SFSU alumna (she studied with Professor Akira Tana before graduating a year ago) sitting in the session's drum chair, invoking tasty temple tones from her kit on Charlie Parker's "Anthropology" and other selections from the Masters' variegated opening set list. Lilian, visiting from her new home in Alhambra, entertained a collection of siblings and in-laws, as well as a legion of current SF State students. Filling out the house quartet was Ben Stolorow, enhancing the curriculum with his book of musical quotes. The second set, at one point, showcased a pair of student altos alongside their teacher Andrew's, blowing more Bird, and the perky vocalization of Gabi Cavassa. The future of jazz sounds real good at the 7 Mile House; make sure you're listening to it next month.