- Stay on campus or commute from home
- Menu-based program: You select your classes and activities
- Emphasis on small combo, one-on-a-part improvisation and performance
- Combo placement by experience level
- Classes include jazz theory, applied theory, reharmonization, and more
- Special Events taught by all-star faculty, such as (from 2010)
“Advanced Improvisation” with Nicholas Payton
“How to Make a Tune Your Own” with George Cables
“Songwriting” with Rebecca Martin
“Narrative Flow in Jazz Improv” with Joshua Redman
“Anatomy of a Composition” with Dave Douglas
- Instrument-specific and vocal master classes
- Daily combo rehearsal
- Piano trio program
- Jazz Residency Participant Recital, Thursday night
- Free admission to nightly Stanford Jazz Festival concerts and CoHo jams
Jazz Residency offers a week-long intensive interaction with jazz legends, top
professionals, gifted educators, and motivated students from around the world.
SJW's Jazz Residency curriculum includes master classes, small ensemble playing,
and performance opportunities, as well as theory, musicianship, arranging,
jazz and jazz history instruction.
SJW's Jazz Residency provides a high-quality
and hands-on introduction to jazz improvisation for beginning
students, as well as an intensive experience for intermediate
and advanced musicians. Jazz Residency is ideal for jazz students
at all levels; musicians from other musical genres looking to
gain insight and experience in jazz; music educators seeking
to hone their jazz skills in teaching and performance; and adults
looking to reconnect with music or get started in jazz.
In addition to daily class sessions and rehearsals,
students are encouraged to complement their instruction by attending
Stanford Jazz Festival concerts (Sunday through Friday) and participating in jam sessions.
Students may also enjoy sports and recreational activities available
at Stanford University's world-class facilities. Please see Jazz Residency FAQ's for a sample daily schedule.
Recent Residency faculty includes Branford
Marsalis, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Ray Drummond, Wycliffe Gordon, Joshua Redman, Geri Allen, Mundell Lowe,
Marcus Belgrave, Slide Hampton, John Scofield, Mulgrew Miller, Jim Rotondi,
Dave Liebman, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Ronnie Mathews, Peter
Bernstein, Steve Davis, Dena DeRose, and many others.
Jazz Residency also offers special programs for vocalists and songwriters:
- Directed by Madeline Eastman, the 2011 Vocal Program features Dena DeRose and Judy Silvano. The Vocal Program provides intensive instruction in vocal performance with professional rhythm section accompaniment. An additional part of the Vocal Program is the Vocalists as Instrumentalists program, in which vocalists are placed in combos with instrumentalists and function as part of the horn section.
- Intended for all singers and instrumentalists, the Songwriting Program is directed by Rebecca Martin. Songwriting classes include participation by additional faculty such as Larry Grenadier, Reid Anderson, and Jenny Scheinman, and instruction focuses on lyrics, melody, popular song forms, and ways to arrange and present your originals.
Auditing is a great option for listeners or music educators who
wish to broaden their knowledge and appreciation of jazz styles
- or to
learn new approaches to playing and teaching the music. Auditors
attend classes and lectures, but do not play in combos or recitals. Auditors may play in jam sessions, and are
attend nightly Stanford Jazz Festival concerts (Sunday through Friday).
Professional Growth Units for Educators
Through a partnership with University of San Diego's Continuing
Education Division, K-12 educators and junior college faculty
may earn graduate-level
professional growth units for their participation in Jazz Residency.
Depending upon program selection, teachers can earn 2-4 semester
units during their week at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
Jazz Residency (USD# EDU 571AD) : 3 semester units
Jazz Residency (Auditor) (USD# EDU 571AE) : 2 semester units
Teaching Instrumental Jazz (USD# EDU 571AF) : 1 semester unit (Participation in
this course requires enrollment in the regular or auditor
version of Jazz
Residency; there is no separate registration for this course, but you will complete a form that will be provided to you on the day of registration.)
Click here for
more information on USD Continuing Education credits.
Go to Jazz Residency FAQ's.