SUMMER (ALMOST) SESSION
Ben Stolorow, house keyboardist for the 7 Mile's monthly Master/Student Night, has a habit of imparting lessons through musical quotes. This Tuesday, it was "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing", and it popped up during a performance of "Just In Time", one of two sets' worth of songs shared by the house band --- Ben, San Francisco State University faculty Andrew Speight and Michael Zisman, and alumna Lilian Wu --- with a creditable gathering of current and former SFSU students. Working trademark whimsical changes on the calendar and the weather, SFSU grad Gabi Cavassa sang a sweet "September In the Rain", later thanking a couple who'd danced in the doorway during the number. Student Alex Farrell pleasantly pitter-pattered his way through his bass solos. Changing up the clock but keeping the moments mellow, Jacqueline Corona sang "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", as Danny Markowitz caressed the black-and-whites and the sunlight sleepily abandoned the bayshore marshes, visible through that same doorway. Visiting master Patrick Wolff blew some sonorous sax, just before the third vocalizing muse, Helen Palma, sent all the student bodies off to bed with "Lullaby of Birdland". With these extracurricular sessions continuing all summer and on into the Fall semester (when the San Francisco Conservatory will be launching its own jazz program), our dreams for a vital musical future may well be coming true.