Stanford Jazz Workshop Leadership

Staff Leadership

Jim Nadel – Artistic & Executive Director 

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).

David C. Miller — Executive Director

David first joined SJW in 2009, and after a break of several years during which he and his family lived overseas, rejoined as Executive Director in 2017. David brings more than two decades of experience with education and performing arts organizations, and enjoys connecting the dots among different aspects of non-profit work, including program, fundraising, finance, and administration. Although he entered college as a music major with an emphasis on jazz composition and performance, by the time he graduated from UC Berkeley he knew that he was better suited to supporting the music rather than performing it. David lives in the East Bay with his wife, two teenage children, and their overly excitable dog.

Mark Hernandez — Development Director

Mark joined SJW in 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 Each One Reach One and Pacific Singers and Actors Workshop. Outside of his work for nonprofits, he is a professional writer and opera singer. Visit

Scott Nielsen — Director of Finance and Administration

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 Patton – Director of Program Operations / Camp Co-Director

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.

Jenna Countryman Mauro — Program Associate

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 Rideout – Marketing Director

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 – Manager of Education Programs / Camp Co-Director

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 – Development & Executive Associate

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.

Board of Directors

Kären Nagy – Chair

Strategic Initiatives Director, Kronos Quartet

Joan Talbert – Chair Emerita

Senior Research Scholar and Co-Director of the Center for Research on the Context of Teaching, School of Education, Stanford University

Jim Nadel – President

Artistic and Executive Director, Stanford Jazz Workshop

Kay E. Kleinerman, Ed.D – Secretary

Development Director, El Camino Youth Symphony

Al Eisenstat – Treasurer

Community Volunteer

Moy Eng

Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Trust

David C. Miller

Executive Director, SJW

Larry Mohr

Founder, Mohr, Davidow Ventures

Bob Murphy

Music student, teacher, and performer

Sheila M. Riley

Partner, Casas Riley & Simonian, LLP

Ronda Rosner

Retired biotech business manager

Robert L. Yoerg, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University

Sharon Yoerg

Community Volunteer

Board of Advisors

John Calloway
Catherine Conway Honig
Ndugu Chancler
Anthony Diamond*
Taylor Eigsti*
Larry Grenadier*
Albert “Tootie” Heath
Julian Lage*
Victor Lin*
Bennett Paster*
Joshua Redman*
Stephen Sano
Steve Savage
Andrew Speight
Dee Spencer
Fred Spitz
Matthew Tiews
Wayne Wallace

*SJW alumni

In their own words

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

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

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!

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

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

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

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

Stanford Jazz ParentJazz Camp

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.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

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

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

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

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

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!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

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

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

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

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

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

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

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

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

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

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

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.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

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

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

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

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

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.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

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.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

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!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

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

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

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.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

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.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Bg Band

It surpassed our expectations in all respects. Thank you!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

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.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

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

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Institute

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

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Institute

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.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Institute

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.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Insititute

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.

Kendra K.

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

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

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.

Zakiya M.

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.

Regina Carterjazz violinist & MacArthur Fellow

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

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

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.

Jazz Institute participant

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

Jaz Sawyerdrummer& jazz educator

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.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

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.

Taylor Eigstipianist & SJW Advisory Board Member