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The Stanford Jazz Workshop is renowned for its jazz curriculum, faculty, and resident artists. Through programs that immerse musicians in technique and improvisation, SJW students develop a deeper understanding of jazz as an art form, improve their performance skills, and become part of the SJW jazz community.

Learning alongside experienced educators, touring artists, and legendary jazz masters motivates students to perform at the highest levels. SJW’s approach encourages all students to bring their own personality and life experience into their music, developing their creativity and opening them up to life skills such as collaboration and cooperation. In the intense, supportive, and fun environment of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, students will play the best jazz of their lives.

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Play the best jazz of your life at Giant Steps Day Camp, Jazz Camp, and Jazz Institute, and listen t

Looking for jazz improvisation instruction and feedback this summer? Sign up for Miles Ahead Improv Sessions hosted by SJW Faculty Director, Steven Lugerner! Classes meet on three Monday evenings plus one Thursday evening in June, (6/13, 6/20, 6/27 and 6/30) – 5:30 – 7:30p.m, at Braun Music Center on the campus of Stanford University. All students will be invited to hang and play at the CoHo jam session following each class from 8-10pm. In this hands-on class on improvisation, you’ll learn to recognize chord symbols, and to identify scales and note choices that go with chords. Every week, you’ll use that knowledge to have fun playing jazz! You’ll learn by playing lots of great pieces from the jazz repertoire, and by getting more familiar with the vocabulary of jazz. Most importantly, you’ll sound better by increasing your creativity and confidence. Open to middle and high school music students and adults. Minimum student enrollment will be 10 students, maximum student enrollment is 15. Beginning to advanced students welcome! Instructor @stevenlugerner is the Faculty Director and Camp Director at SJW. As a saxophonist and composer, Steven is well known and respected as a member of the Bay Area jazz community and as a jazz educator. Sign up today! ... See MoreSee Less
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Can't travel to get to jazz camp this summer? Come to SJW's Jazz Camp Online! Our online jazz system has been super popular and successful, and even if you can't play with others in-person, you'll still get to have virtual ensemble experience and play great tunes. You'll learn tons about jazz and your instrument or voice, too. Sign up today: ... See MoreSee Less
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#MentorMonday • Congratulations to trombonist Kilan Thorns, who will joining the SJW community this summer as part of the 2022/23 Mentor Fellow program. Kilan is from Sacramento, California and was actually an SJW camper in 2015! Soon after, he went to California State University at Northridge as a jazz studies major in 2016. He performs with a wide variety of notable musicians in the LA areas, as well as directing the jazz programs at Valencia High School and Castaic High School — Kilan knows his stuff! Come study with him this summer at SJW! • #stanfordjazz #sjw2022 #50yearsofsjw #stanfordjazz2022 #jazzeducation #jazzcamp #youbelonghere #getclosetoyourmusic #jazz #jazzmusic #weteach #inspiration #history #gratitude #perseverance #improvisation #jazzimprovisation #jazzimprov #harmony #rhythm #saxophone #trumpet #trombone #piano #guitar #bass #drums #violin #voice #trombonelife #jazzcamp #musiccamp ... See MoreSee Less
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Faculty Spotlight

Anat Cohen

Woodwinds, Jazz Institute

Anat Cohen is a brilliant virtuoso on clarinet and saxophone, and she is truly one of the world’s leading jazz artists. You can study with her this summer at Jazz Institute, and you can hear her in several concerts! Read more…

SJW an excellent atmosphere where the kids could interact with the professionals.

We were the very fortunate recipients of generous financial aid, without which our son could not have attended. This was the first time he went to a music camp, and we are all so happy he did. Thank you!

Best experience imaginable. It far exceeded our expectations. Our daughter can’t wait for next year.

Thank you for offering this program, and helping my daughter grow in her confidence and her music abilities.

First thing he said when he got home was he wants to go back next summer and he wish he could go for two weeks next year.

SJW is an amazing and one-of-a-kind program.

SJW has inspired our girls to pursue their music through jazz bands, orchestra, pep bands, chamber groups, and musical theater. Thank you so much.

After the second day of camp, my daughter said ‘It’s getting easier.’ She described how jazz is different from classical music and how much she enjoys playing jazz with a group. And, of course, the concert on the final day was amazing!

My daughter said all the teachers are amazing, super supportive of students learning jazz for the first time.

She said it was awesome that the teachers appreciated how courageous the students were to try jazz for the first time.

The entire experience was wonderful! She had a great time learning music and making new friends. Thank you!

I wish it was longer than one week. I’d have my son in for the whole summer if possible!

Every time my son finished his rehearsal, he would tell me all about it with excitement.

I was impressed with everything from the communication, the level of professionalism, the enthusiasm, the ratio of coaches to students, the quality of the instruction, and that the students had fun and grew as musicians.

My daughter said she would never forget the performance. (Nor will I.)

I also loved the performance — the kids sounded terrific and they all looked intensely excited to be part of it.

At the end of each class, he was always upbeat and excited about all that he learned. And he said that the teachers were so nice and supportive, and that everyone just wanted to him to succeed.

The staff made all that hard work exciting and fun for the kids. I saw the last ten minutes of a couple of sessions and loved the energy, passion, and enthusiasm.

The staff had high standards for the kids, but did not make it grim. It was obvious that everyone was having fun. And, they sounded amazing!

Giant Steps had a profound impact on my daughter. It changed the way she saw herself.

She went in as a trumpet player in her middle school band and came out thinking of herself as a nascent jazz musician. Her playing and musicianship improved tremendously. Her love of playing jazz trumpet also grew.

Those 10 weeks stretched him as a musician and gave him a huge boost in confidence. He is now a freshman at Menlo-Atherton High, and he and a bunch of his friends in Intermediate Jazz Band have set up their own quintet and are working together on music selection, arrangement, rehearsals etc.

It surpassed our expectations in all respects. Thank you!

Giant Steps was a life-changing experience for my daughter. It empowered her and showed her what was possible if she challenged herself and continued to play jazz trumpet.

My favorite thing? Direct one-on-one teaching, exactly where I need to be taught and challenged in my artistic endeavors.

It’s an amazing opportunity to study from the greats, in a place where inspiration and electricity abound.

The total-immersion program of playing, listening, and learning has inspired me to continue making my own music until I can return to SJW next year.

I had no idea about the level of inspiration I would get, or the number of things it is now clear I need to work on.

This week has been an incredible learning opportunity for me as a student, and I can’t wait to apply all that I’ve learned here in my outside musical career. The level of skill and growth I attained this week is priceless. I love the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

My highlight was seeing my shy daughter perform her first public jazz solo and do an amazing job.

While here, my knowledge of theory, technique and musicianship improved immensely. I never thought I could learn what I did or do what I have achieved.

What makes the SJW community so special is that it creates an environment in which artists can readily share music and educational ideas with each other, with students, and with concert audiences. This interaction between people of different generations and backgrounds is so much of what jazz has always been about.

I wish the SJW Jazz Camp was longer than one week. I’d have my son in for the whole summer if possible!

All week I was able to interact with some of my greatest musical heroes and learn from their expertise. The master classes with Jason Moran, Joshua Redman, Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard changed the way I think about the music.

Simply put, Stanford Jazz Workshop changed my life that first summer.

When we picked our son up, he said ‘I was among giants’ and was very excited by the professional level of the musicians he met during the week.

You’ve got 200 eager kids there, and you’ve got your friends there who are also musicians. Every single year the Stanford Jazz Festival date is my favorite gig.