Staff and Contact Information

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Postal mail:
Stanford Jazz Workshop
P.O. Box 20454
Stanford, CA 94309

Phone: 650-736-0324
Fax: 650-856-4155

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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.

Jared S. Scherer — Director of Development

Jared began his professional career as a higher education/student affairs administrator, working at the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University advising and educating undergraduate students. In 2007, he joined Project Open Hand as its Director of Special Events and then went on to become Director of Development & Marketing in 2012, overseeing the fund development, marketing, and communications activities of the agency that provides meals to people living HIV/AIDS, the homebound, and to seniors in San Francisco and Alameda County. He is a San Francisco resident and loves theater and live music.

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.