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Free Concerts and Coho Jams
The famous late night faculty jam sessions at the Stanford Coffee House (COHO) are the community's window into the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Both the SJW community and the general public kick back and enjoy entertaining jazz jam sessions provided by SJW faculty members. The jams are always packed with people, and latecomers often find it's "standing room only." You never know which jazz legend will pop up to join the fun on stage, making these exciting and unpredictable sessions ripe for producing
some of the most memorable musical performances of the summer.

The COHO jams have a long history at SJW, and were actually the first events to take place when the program was founded in 1972. They have since become a fixture in Stanford's late-night summer entertainment scene.

COHO jams are free, and part of SJW's efforts to serve members from the local community through their summer programming. Other free SJW community events include the Tressider Union noontime faculty concerts and the "Early Bird" concert series, designed to introduce children under the age of 11 to jazz in a family-friendly environment.

Bennett Paster (piano), Julian Lage (guitar) & Austin Harris (drums) Where it all began in 1972 - the Coho Coffeehouse
Saxophonist Patrick Woolf, the Coho Jams' Master of Ceremonies, with Julian Lage (gtr), Josh Thurston-Milgrom (bass) & Austin Harris (drums) Group Confab - Patrick Woolf (tenor saxophone), Julian Lage (gtr) & Lukas Vesely (bass) decide what to play next.
Ambrose Akinmusire steps up to take a trumpet solo during one of the free noon concerts. Guitarist Ray Scott holds down the harmony while looking out at the crowd on the Tresidder patio. Bassist & Faculty Director Rob Kohler maintains visual contact with his bandmates while his fingers do the walking.
Sunshine, Subway sandwiches and Stanford - add free jazz and it's a perfect day!  


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