Stanford Jazz Workshop Leadership
Alto saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator Jim Nadel founded the Stanford Jazz Workshop in 1972. He continues to serve as the nonprofit organization’s artistic and executive director. In addition to his work with the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Nadel designed the jazz studies curriculum for Stanford University’s academic jazz program and has served as a lecturer in the Stanford University Music Department since 1984. Nadel received a BA in Music from Stanford University and an MA in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. He is a former member of the IAJE and a current member of JEN (Jazz Education Network) and the AFM (American Federation of Musicians).
Mark joined SJW in March 2016. Previously, he worked as Campaign & Foundations Manager at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which also happens to be his alma mater. He got his start in the Development Department of San Francisco Opera, where he held a number of positions in the 1990s. Subsequently he freelanced for fifteen years, working for dozens of performing arts providers, academic institutions, service organizations, and museums. Mark serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific Singers and Actors Workshop, and is also a professional writer and opera singer. Learn more at blazingstage.com.
Scott joined the staff at Stanford Jazz Workshop in April 2016. Prior to coming to SJW, Scott was Grants Accounting Specialist and then Controller at Community Initiatives, a nonprofit specializing in fiscal sponsorship. Before focusing on the nonprofit sector, Scott worked for many years in the insurance industry as a senior auditor for several national insurance companies. Scott holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Boston University. In his spare time Scott serves as Board Treasurer for two local nonprofit organizations and tries to see as much theater as possible.
Janel joined Stanford Jazz Workshop in June of 2009. She has a background in public relations and a passion for working with organizations supporting the arts. Janel worked formerly with Schwartz Communications, Humboldt Artworks, and the YMCA. Janel was born and raised in Portola Valley. She grew up attending SJW’s summer festivals with her father.
A Bay Area native, Jenna is a professional flute player, artist, and educator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in flute performance from Florida State University, and has completed all coursework for her master’s in the same from San Francisco State. She performs and teaches often, and has previously worked as general and operations manager of two local music schools. Jenna is also a visual artist, whose portraits of SJW staff and faculty are among everyone’s favorite part of the summer.
Ernie has an extensive background in communications development for the both music industry and nonprofit sector. He served as longtime Editor-in-Chief of Keyboard Magazine, where he oversaw all aspects of the publication’s production and marketing, including print, social media, and more. A Peninsula local, he’s attended many SJF concerts over the years, and was himself a piano student in our Jazz Residency program several years ago. With a Master’s Degree in Music from UC Berkeley, years in the classroom as a jazz educator, and a deep love of jazz, Ernie brings a special insight to marketing both the festival and educational programming here at SJW.
Steven Lugerner first attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop as a student in 2002. After graduating from Burlingame High School in 2006, Steven moved to New York City to attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on scholarship. From 2006 through 2013, Steven free-lanced in NYC as a woodwind doubler (Saxophones, Clarinets, Flute, Oboe) and collaborated with the likes of Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Myra Melford, John Hollenbeck, Matt Wilson and Jane Ira Bloom. Steven has released multiple albums of original music to critical acclaim and has been called “an impeccably trained multi-reedist” by the New York Times. In June 2013, Steven moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area to work full-time for the Stanford Jazz Workshop as Manger of Education Programs.
Meredith Edgar is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Bay Area native, with a heart for music nonprofits. Prior to joining SJW, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Music from Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and worked as the Clinical Administrative Assistant for the SIMS Foundation, a nonprofit providing mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin area music professionals and their families. After returning to California, Meredith worked as the Development Coordinator at The Cedars of Marin, a nonprofit that provides a variety of arts-focused day programs for adults with developmental disabilities. In high school, Meredith took voice lessons with beloved Bay Area jazz vocalist Gail Dobson, to whom she credits her love of all things jazz (but especially Sarah Vaughan). When not at SJW, Meredith can be found performing at various venues in San Francisco, or singing to her “dog with the gypsy eyes”, Django.