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Menlo Park resident Madeleine McGlynn started singing about the time she started talking. “My Dad listened to jazz standards, and every day when he got home from work, I’d have him play whatever songs he wanted to introduce me to. That music has remained my era. I love Harlem Renaissance jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday.”

Madeleine will be sharing her passion for jazz standards when she performs at this year’s Stanford Jazz Festival. She’ll take the stage along with Bay Area rising star vocalists Tiffany Austin and Allegra Bandy and fellow Stanford Jazz Workshop alumna Nina Grigg, performing best-loved tunes and standards from the Great American Songbook.

“I’ve performed before people before,” she says, “but never on this scale. This will be my first big public performance.”

Now a rising junior at The Nueva Upper School in San Mateo, Madeleine attended Nueva at the Hillsborough campus from first grade on. She first started performing at school events, became a member of the Middle School’s Menuhin Program and the Steel Drum Band.

Since the summer of 2014, she has attended the Stanford Jazz Summer Workshops and has received numerous awards for her performances including Outstanding Middle School Musician (2014), Outstanding Achievement (2014, 2016) and Outstanding Soloist (2016).

In the fall of 2015, Madeleine was invited to join the award-winning Skyline College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Michelle Hawkins (whom she met through Stanford Jazz Workshop). She has performed at The Old Skool Café, a non-profit youth-run supper club in San Francisco, has competed at Jazz Search West (2016), and been a National Young Arts Foundation Competition finalist (2016).

While in ninth grade, Madeleine produced and recorded a CD, singing covers of six songs, as well as an original song she wrote called “BLINK” after which her album was named. She sold it as a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.

“Music was always something like a friend to me,” explains Madeleine, an only child.  “It was like having a conversation with myself.

“The great thing about jazz is that it’s all story telling. Each time it’s a different story. It allows the artist to expose her own identity through it. Newer jazz takes on different tones. Today we are in a time of confusion, and the music reflects it. Music is always fluid, never constant.”

Given that she’ll be a junior this fall, we were interested in hearing her thoughts about college. She threw us a bit of a curveball: “I think I want to do something in science, probably biology/pre-med. Music, science and math all correlate.

“But I’m not going to give up music. I’ll be the doctor that sings to patients in surgery!”

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Spotted: Young rockers at Portola Valley summer concert

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The first on the dance floor at tonight’s Portola Valley summer concert were the young kids in the audience. That they had never heard the great rockabilly tunes played by session guitarist Jinx Jones  (far right) mattered little. The music got their groove on. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Stanford Park Hotel launches “Music on the Patio”

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“Music on the Patio” features free, live, al fresco music at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm with a variety of entertainment. Local artists like Jimmy Ashley (pictured), Tom Duarte (Father’s Day), Lily Holbrook, Dave […]

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Festival of Music takes place on May 21 at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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On Sunday, May 21, at 10:00 am, Trinity Church in Menlo Park is hosting a Festival of Music, which is free and open to the public. “We offer the Festival of Music to celebrate our many musicians and singers at Trinity, and the wide variety of sacred music that is offered, from classical, traditional choral pieces […]

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Spotted: Clint Baker All Stars at Cafe Borrone

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Do Menlo Park residents know that they can hear New Orleans style jazz at Cafe Borrone during the spring and summer months? And that it’s free? We’ve interviewed bandleader Clint Baker who brings his All Stars to the cafe on Friday nights. But we hadn’t stopped in to hear the band recently. Tonight turned out to be a […]

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“The Glorious Violin” is theme of 2017 Music@Menlo concert series

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David Finckel and Wu Han, founding Artistic Directors of the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, today announced the 2017 festival theme: The Glorious Violin. The violin has shaped the very evolution of music itself, demonstrated by the earliest violin compositions of the Baroque period, through the performances of extraordinary virtuoso luminaries of the Romantic […]

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M-A Drama presents The Addams Family for its spring musical the next two weekends

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Izzie Nada plays Morticia and Teddy Pagee plays Gomez (both pictured above) in Menlo-Atherton High School’s drama department production of the musical, The Addams Family. The production is overseen by the school’s newest drama teacher, Danette Bathauer, who arrived on campus last fall but has taught drama for over 20 years, most recently in the Clovis Unified […]

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Grateful Dead in Ladera? Yes, it really happened 50 years ago

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Although some might not believe it because it does not appear in any official Grateful Dead chronologies, the famous Bay Area band played at Ladera School for the Ladera Christmas Dance on the night of December 17, 1966. We have neighbors’ recollections and newspaper accounts to prove that the event was a wildly successful evening. Barbara Rusmore, […]

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Music and fundraising for Willow Oaks School at Cafe Zoë on Saturday, Feb. 11

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Emails Kathleen Daly, owner of Cafe Zoë : “Saturday evening is something really special. Not only do we have Scott Bell and Scott Thompson returning to play music at 7:00 pm, but before the event we will host a musical ensemble from Willow Oaks school. Get to the cafe at 5:15 pm to watch a […]

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M-A teacher Kent Kurris shepherds the school’s music program to continued excellence – and another Big Band Dance

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Except for a few years owning a wine store in Capitola, it’s music that’s been front and center in Menlo-Atherton High School teacher Kent Kurris’ life. He plays both the piano and the French horn and has taught at both the high school and college level, starting in 2010 at M-A, overseeing two classes of orchestra, the concert band, […]

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Live music this weekend at Cafe Zoë

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Emails Zoë of Cafe Zoë: “[We have some of] are some of our favorite local musicians playing this weekend. Friday night [1/6] starting 7:00 pm, we have Scott Bell (of the Bell Brothers) and Scott Thompson performing solo and together on covers and some of their originals. This is always a fun night with good friends of […]

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