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).

Jeffrey Babcock — Managing Director

Jeff has a huge passion for performing arts, and as a composer, performer, and educator jazz is in his DNA. He has a list of stellar accomplishments a mile long, including having been the co-founder (with Michael Tilson Thomas) and CEO of the New World Symphony, the co-founder (along with Leonard Bernstein) of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, the CEO of the Boston Ballet, and the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. As the Executive Director of the International Center for the Arts at San Francisco State University, he created the Generations Jazz Mentorship program, out of which came the Generations band, which features SJW faculty members Andrew Speight and Jimmy Cobb.

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.

Ivor Holloway – Education Program Coordinator

Ivor Holloway’s participation in the Stanford Jazz Workshop began in 1992, when he first attended Jazz Camp as a saxophone student. Since then, Ivor has been involved with the Workshop in many ways: as a teacher, a performer, a chauffeur, an advertising copy writer, and now as the Education Program Coordinator. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and raised in the Bay Area, Ivor studied psychology and jazz performance at Princeton University and received his MA in music composition from Mills College. He lives in San Francisco and performs throughout the Bay Area.

Janel Thysen – Director of Program Operations

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.

Brenna Noonan – Marketing Associate

Saxophonist and composer Brenna Noonan is a proponent of new music whose works have been performed across North America, Europe, and Australia. Her work can be heard on Quakebasket, Holy Page, and Skellum records. She has been an Artist-In-Residence at the Arteles Creative Center in Huakijärvi, Finland and is a founding member of the international performance art collective Art On Demand. Brenna received a BA with a summa cum laude distinction in Contemporary Music from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and an MA in Composition from Mills College. She was a Teaching Artist with the Santa Fe Concert Association Orchestra wherein she taught developing musicians of all ages and experience levels throughout Santa Fe’s public schools. Upon relocating to California she was a Communications Intern with the Center for New Music before joining SJW.

Faculty Leadership

Steven Lugerner – Jazz Camp & Institute Faculty Coordinator

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, 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 continue his studies in Classical Composition and to work full-time for the Stanford Jazz Workshop as Faculty Coordinator.

Rob Kohler – Jazz Camp Combo Coordinator

A Montana native, Rob Kohler is a bassist who has performed jazz, classical, and pop music all over the world. His playing, composing, and producing skills have appeared on recordings by groups such as the Jared Burrows Trio, the Olem Alves Band, Three Form, This World, and the Platt/Kohler Trio. He has also toured and performed with such artists as Stefan Karlsson, Alice DiMicele, Madeline Eastman, John Stowell, Danny Gottlieb, Nancy King, Brian Bromberg, and Art Lande. Kohler has also been long active as a private tutor and school music teacher.

Board of Directors

Joan Talbert – Chair

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

Sheila M. Riley – Secretary/Treasurer

Partner, Casas Riley & Simonian, LLP

Evan Brooks

Co-founder, Digidesign

Moy Eng

Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Trust

Larry Mohr

Founder, Mohr, Davidow Ventures

Bob Murphy

Music student, teacher, and performer

Kären Nagy

Strategic Initiatives Director, Kronos Quartet

Roger Summit

Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dialog

Robert L. Yoerg, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University

Board of Advisors

John Calloway
Catherine Conway Honig
Ndugu Chancler
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