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).
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.
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.
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.
An accomplished jazz saxophonist, Alvin earned a Masters degree in music at Washington State University and a degree in Economics and Composition at U.C. Davis. At SJW, he applies his diverse skills to a variety of tasks, such as analyzing enrollment and ticket sales trends and helping SJW achieve its fundraising goals, among many others.
Karen Short joined the Stanford Jazz Workshop team in 2013. A graduate of the University of Michigan in Education and a jazz enthusiast, Karen brings many years of experience in non-profit administration and accounting to SJW.
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
Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Trust
Founder, Mohr, Davidow Ventures
Music student, teacher, and performer
Strategic Initiatives Director, Kronos Quartet
Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dialog
Robert L. Yoerg, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University
Board of Advisors
Catherine Conway Honig
Albert “Tootie” Heath