Which SJW program is best for me?

From Giant Steps Day Camp to the Jazz Institute, SJW offers a wide range of summer jazz immersion experiences. You’ll have a great time and you’ll learn tons no matter program you sign up for, but we want to make sure you’ve chosen the program that you think is best for you. You can compare all of our one-week and two-week programs here in this comparison chart: Just match the color of the program name with the color of the program dates on the calendar to see when programs occur and when they overlap. If you still have questions after going over these handy charts, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 650-736-0324, and we’ll get you set up.




Lifetime Achievement award presented to Remo Belli at Stanford Jazz Festival

The Stanford Jazz Festival and Stanford Jazz Workshop were honored to be part of a special presentation by SJW Festival artist, faculty member, and percussionist Tupac Mantilla. Tupac is beloved by Festival patrons and SJW students alike, with his boundless energy, creativity, and virtuosity. Just prior to the August 1 performance of percussionist John Santos at the Stanford Jazz Festival, Remo Belli, Founder and CEO of Remo, Inc., a world-renowned manufacturer of percussion instruments and products, received Percuaction’s annual Lifetime Achievement Industry Award, presented by Tupac Mantilla, who is himself Artistic Director and CEO of the organization. Having the ceremony at the John Santos performance was not coincidental, as Santos has been a Remo artist for many years.

Please download the attached press release for full details and photos. SJW_Remo_award_2015_final

Schedule your audition for the SJW Giant Steps Big Band now

Thanks to your support, last year’s Giant Steps Big Band for Middle School was a huge success, so much so that this Fall we’re offering two after-school big bands.

Giant Steps Big Band North will rehearse Wednesdays at Carlmont High School, and will be directed by Mike Galisatus, of the College of San Mateo.

Giant Steps Big Band South will rehearse Tuesdays at The Harker School in Santa Clara, and will be directed by Dave Gregoric.

As with last year’s successful band, the program is in a big band format, and its focus is on developing improvisations skills, mastering jazz styles and articulations, and instilling good practice discipline.

We’ll hold auditions in two weeks for the program at Stanford University on September 6 and 7, and the weekly rehearsals will begin on September 23 at The Harker School, and September 24 at Carlmont High.

For more information, click here.

To schedule an audition, write registrar@stanfordjazz.org or call 650-736-0324.

Jazz Camp Week 2 Showcase schedule and other info

Tonight’s the night! The Jazz Camp Week 3 Showcase will feature nearly 200 rising stars of jazz performing on four stages. How do you find out who is performing on which stage at which time? Download the Jazz Camp Showcase schedule here, then read below to find out how to interpret the schedule.
Here’s how the schedule is organized:
  • Jazz Camp participants are listed alphabetically by last name
  • The center column indicates combos that rehearse in the early afternoon, which are known as “early combos”
  • The right column indicates combos that rehearse in the late afternoon, which are known as “late combos”
  • Vocalists will perform in Braun Rehearsal Hall, Room 110, and their performance order is indicated in the center column
The numbers indicate the order in which the combos perform on a particular stage:
  • If your combo or vocalist is indicated as “05”, that means they will be the fifth to perform.
  • Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Dinkelspiel, Campbell, and Braun Rehearsal Hall; performances on the Outdoor Stage begin at 6 p.m.
  • Each performance takes approximately 12 – 15 minutes, so a combo slated to perform fifth on the Dinkelspiel stage would begin at between 8 and 8:15 p.m.
  • A combo slated to perform eighth (08) on the Outdoor stage would begin at between 7: 30 and 7:45  p.m.
  • Vocal performances take approximately 5 minutes, so a vocalist slated to perform fourth in Braun Rehearsal Hall, Room 110, would begin at approximately 7:15.
Friends and Family Dinner
If you’re purchased tickets for the Friends and Family Dinner, you can pick them up in front of Tresidder Union, directly across from Dinkelspiel Auditorium, at 5:30 p.m.
New this year: Combo photos
Following each combo’s performance, the performers will proceed to our new Photo Station next to Dinkelspiel Auditorium to have a band portrait taken. Photo prints and downloads will be available for sale online following the Showcase.

2014 – 2015 SJW Jazz Mentors Announced

We are thrilled to announce our new SJW Jazz Mentors for the 2014 – 2015 seasons:

This group represents some of the best and brightest emerging artists and jazz educators. Selected from a highly competitive pool of nearly 200 applicants, our SJW Mentors join the Jazz Camp faculty for two years, receiving invaluable teacher training and performance opportunities. Click here to learn more about the SJW Jazz Mentor program.

Congratulations to our new Jazz Mentors!

Jazz Camp financial aid deadline looming: March 24

Financial aid is still available for youth aged 17 and under for Jazz Day Camp, Jazz Camp, and Jazz Institute. In 2013, we distributed over $100,000 in financial aid for underserved youth, which enabled nearly 100 deserving and talented young jazz musicians to immerse themselves in the study of jazz with some of the leading artists in the world. The deadline is March 24, and there are several items that must be prepared prior to that. The time to act is now; here’s what you have to do:
  • Parent or legal guardian should create an SJW account online; click here to go to the account setup page.
  • Register for the program you wish to attend.
  • Select the financial aid option you wish.
  • Submit a $25 non-refundable application fee and a deposit of $100. The deposit will be refunded if the student is unable to attend due to not receiving sufficient financial assistance.
Once your registration is processed, we’ll follow up with a confirmation email that includes a supplement that must be completed and returned by March 24. The supplement will include the following, but feel free to get a head start by downloading and completing these tasks if you can:
  • Student essay: Download a Word document template here.
  • Letter of recommendation from your music instructor: Download a Word document template here.
  • Proof of current financial situation; to be completed by the parent. When you submit the financial aid supplement, we ask you to include a copy of the first page of your most recent 1040 Federal Tax return, along with W2s, 1099s and/or other relevant documentation and information. You may write us a letter explaining your financial situation if you do not have access to these materials or if you feel they do not reflect your current situation.
All financial aid applications and all supplemental materials must be received by March 24, 2014. Click here for more information.

Jazz strings this summer at SJW

This summer at the Stanford Jazz Workshop we’re pleased to offer a fantastic opportunity for string players of all ages to study jazz in a friendly and stimulating environment on the Stanford University campus. SJW specializes in helping classically-trained musicians learn the creative art of improvisation through small ensemble performance, jazz theory instruction, master classes, and more.

Financial aid is available for students aged 17 and under. Please have your students apply soon, though, as the deadline for financial aid applications is March 24, 2014. For more information on financial aid, click here.

For middle school students, our Jazz Day Camp begins on Monday, July 14, runs through Friday, July 18, and features Grammy-winning jazz violinist Mads Tolling as our string program director.  This program has no on-campus overnight accommodations; it’s a day camp only. Click here for more information.

High school students and advanced middle schoolers can attend either or both weeks of Jazz Camp (July 20-25 and July 27 – August 1), where acclaimed performer and educator Victor Lin directs the string program in a fun, supportive environment. Students reside in convenient Stanford University dorm housing and attend the nightly performances at the Stanford Jazz Festival.  Click here for more information.

For college students, music educators, adult amateurs, and professionals, the Jazz Institute (August 3 – August 8) provides an immersive experience in which string players can learn from both Mads Tolling and Victor Lin, while also studying with other great artists such as Larry Grenadier, Fred Hersch, George Cables, Chick Corea, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, and many more. This program is open to advanced high school musicians aged 17 or under by audition only.  Click here for more information.

New after-school program for middle schoolers in Belmont

We’re very excited to announce the launch of a new after-school program for middle school musicians: the SJW Giant Steps Middle School Band.

Directed by Dave Gregoric, and assisted by Steven Lugerner, David Hart, and Joshua Thurston-Milgrom, this fun big band focuses on developing improvisational skills, mastering jazz styles and articulations, and instilling good practice discipline.

Enrollment is open by audition only to any middle school musician currently enrolled in the music program at their school, within driving distance of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Click here for the details of the program.

2014 SJW faculty announced

We’re pleased to announce the premilinary lineup for the 2014 Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty. We’re adding new faculty members every day, so please check our faculty page for detailed profiles and new additions. 

Jazz Day Camp

  • Kristen Strom (saxophone)
  • Dave Gregoric (trombone)
  • Josh Thurston-Milgrom (bass)

Jazz Camp

  • Sax: Jimmy Heath, Kristen Strom, Lynn Speakman
  • Trumpet: David Hart
  • Trombone: Dave Gregoric
  • Drums: Ndugu Chancler, Tootie Heath
  • Percussion: Tupac Mantilla
  • Piano: Jeb Patton, Taylor Eigsti, Bennett Paster Joe Gilman, Victor Lin
  • Voice: Sandy Cressman, Wendy McCain
  • Bass: Josh Thurston-Milgrom, Rob Kohler
  • Guitar: Dave Yamasaki, Scott Sorkin
  • Strings: Victor Lin

Jazz Institute

  • Special presentation: Chick Corea
  • Piano: Fred Hersch, George Cables, Taylor Eigsti, Dena DeRose, Benett Paster, Victor Lin
  • Drums: Peter Erskine, Jeff Ballard
  • Percussion: Tupac Mantilla
  • Guitar: Julian Lage
  • Bass: Larry Grenadier, Josh Thurston-Milgrom, Rob Kohler, David Wong
  • Sax: Jimmy Heath, Mark Turner, Dayna Stephens, Patrick Wolff
  • Trumpet: Jeremy Pelt
  • Voice: Madeline Eastman, Dena DeRose

Songwriting @ SJW

  • Cliff Goldmacher
  • Bonnie Hayes