2013 Stanford Jazz Festival lineup announced

Embarking on its 42nd season with expanded jazz education programs and an exciting new performance venue, the Stanford Jazz Workshop (SJW) is pleased to announce the globe-spanning, genre-expanding artist lineup of the 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival (SJF), presented by See’s Candies. Tickets go on sale on May 6 for 32 jazz concerts as well as a number of free community events, all held on the easily-accessible campus of Stanford University.

Kicking off the 2013 Festival on Saturday, June 22 in the new, acoustically dazzling Bing Concert Hall for the Ken Oshman Memorial Concert is the incomparable Herbie Hancock, a true icon of modern music, appearing for the first time at SJF in a special solo performance on piano and electronic instruments. The Festival ends on a high note on Saturday, August 10 with another evening in Bing Concert Hall, featuring the leading light of Afro-Cuban jazz, pianist Chucho Valdés with his quintet.

Filling the music-packed summer between Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdés are 30 concerts that showcase the wide range of performers and styles that comprise the landscape of contemporary jazz. Since founding the SJW in 1972, Artistic and Executive Director Jim Nadel has consistently sought to present a program that reflects the diversity that is the essence of jazz. “At the core of the Stanford Jazz Workshop’s educational programs as well as the Festival,” says Nadel, “is a firm belief in the power of presenting multiple approaches to performance and improvisation. Young virtuosos such as saxophonist Chris Potter not only benefit from the time they may get to spend at the Workshop and Festival with experienced masters such as pianist Harold Mabern, the masters learn just as much from the younger players — and from students in our educational programs, too. We strive to present the entire spectrum of jazz, mixing genres, genders, generations, and geographical origins, and the Festival has a unique sound and character as a result.”

Here is the complete lineup for the 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival. Tickets go on sale on May 6.


  • 22 — Herbie Hancock, in Bing Concert Hall
  • 23 — Claudia Villela Band
  • 28 — Jazz Organ Blowout with Chester Thompson, Tony Monaco, and Midori Ono
  • 29 — Early Bird Jazz with the Pentatonics, 10:00 a.m.
  • 29 — Tuck & Patti
  • 30 — Come Fly With Me: the Music of Sammy Cahn, with Clairdee with Ken Peplowski


  • 5 — Kim Nalley Band with Houston Person
  • 7 — Everything You Wanted to Know About Jazz
  • 12 — Allison Miller’s BOOM TIC BOOM
  • 13 — Early Bird Jazz with Jim Nadel, 10:00 a.m.
  • 13 — A Night of Brazilian Jazz: Trio da Paz with Maúcha Adnet
  • 14 — Madeline Eastman and Randy Porter
  • 19 — Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
  • 20 — Stanley Clarke Trio
  • 21 — Rebeca Mauleón and Afro Kuban Fusion
  • 22 — Mads Tolling Quartet
  • 23 — Andy Milne and New Friends
  • 24 — Ruth Davies’ Blues Night with special guest Henry Butler
  • 25 — Jazz in the Magic Kingdom: Victor Lin Plays the Music of the Great Disney films
  • 26 — Jazz Camp Showcase
  • 27 — Tia Fuller Quartet
  • 28 — Dayna Stephens and Taylor Eigsti with Tootie Heath
  • 29 — Dann Zinn 4
  • 30 — Calvin Keys Quartet
  • 31 — I Remember Dave Brubeck with Joe Gilman, Taylor Eigsti, and more


  • 1 — Stanford Jazz Mentors
  • 2 — Jazz Camp Showcase
  • 3 — Savion Glover and his Trio
  • 4 — Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern/Louis Hayes/Steve Davis/Brian Lynch
  • 5 — Jazz Guitar Night with Julian Lage and Larry Koonse
  • 6 — Taylor Eigsti Quintet featuring Julian Lage
  • 7 — Chris Potter/Larry Grenadier/Eric Harland/Brian Lynch/Larry Koonse
  • 8 — Jazz Institute Showcase
  • 9 — SJF All Star Jam
  • 10 — Chucho Valdés Quintet, in Bing Concert Hall

Herbie Hancock photo by Douglas Kirkland.

Member sale begins 2 p.m. 4/29 for Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdés

Tickets for the 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival go on sale to the public onMonday, May 6, and the entire lineup for the Festival will be announced on Tuesday, April 23.

But in the meantime, we’re proud to give you a sneak peek at two of the amazing artists we’ll present at Stanford University’s new Bing Concert Hall this summer: Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdés!

SJW members can purchase tickets for these two great concerts during an exclusive pre-sale period that starts on Monday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m..

Pre-sale schedule:

  • Monday, April 22: Tickets for Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdés on sale to SJW Inner Circle Members
  • Monday, April 29: Tickets for Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdés on sale to all SJW Members
  • Monday, May 6: Tickets on sale for entire 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival season to the general public

Renew your membership or become an SJW member today by clicking here to take advantage of early access to the best seats for these outstanding performances.

Information for current SJW members

You will receive notification via email with instructions on how to purchase your tickets during the Member pre-sale. Questions? Please contact the Stanford Ticket Office at 650-725-2787.

Information on the concerts

SJW is thrilled to open the 42nd Stanford Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 22 with a solo performance by Herbie Hancock. Herbie is a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master whose 50-year career is filled with astonishing achievements as a performing and recording artist. This exclusive event will feature Herbie in a rare solo performance at Stanford University’s beautiful new landmark venue, Bing Concert Hall. This opening event is also the Ken Oshman Memorial Concert.

The 2013 Festival will close at Bing Concert Hall on August 10 with a powerful performance by the distinguished Cuban jazz pianist, Chucho Valdés, appearing with his quintet. We are delighted that Chucho will also serve as a member of this year’s Jazz Institute faculty, sharing his artistry and expertise with more than 200 students enrolled in SJW’s advanced jazz education program.

To take advantage of the member pre-sale for these two special concerts, renew your membership today by clicking here! Specific pre-sale information will be emailed to you.