Esperanza Spalding to perform at Stanford Jazz Festival

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

Stanford Jazz Festival tickets now on sale

Tickets to the 2014 Stanford Jazz Festival go on sale today! You can purchase tickets on the phone by calling 650-725-2787, or online

The lineup for the 2014 Stanford Jazz Festival is fantastic, including living jazz legends such as Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Jack Dejohnette, Kenny Burrell, Peter Erskine, Fred Hersch, John Pizzarelli, and Arturo Sandoval. Here’s the lineup, and you can find out the details of all 35 great shows at

Bing Concert Hall
: all-acoustic performances!

  • 06/21 Kenny Barron Trio with Dayna Stephens
08/09 Chick Corea: Solo Piano

Dinkelspiel Auditorium

  • 06/22 Rising Stars: Stanford Jazz Workshop Alumni
06/27 Meklit
  • 06/28 John Pizzarelli
06/29 Denise Perrier & the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra
 play the Ellington Songbook
07/05 Pacific Mambo Orchestra
07/12 Arturo Sandoval
  • 07/13 Remembering Stan Getz with Kristen Strom
07/18 Sachal Vasadani
  • 07/19 Yellowjackets
  • 07/20 Ndugu Trio
07/23 Ruth Davies Blues Night with Joe Louis Walker
07/24 Victor Lin: Jazz Meets Classical
  • 07/26 Larry Coryell & Bombay Jazz
07/27 Jack DeJohnette Trio with Ravi Coltrane & Matthew Garrison
  • 07/30 Bennett Paster & Taylor Eigsti
  • 07/31 Dena DeRose sings Shirley Horn
  • 08/02 Heath Brothers with Jeremy Pelt
  • 08/03 Fred Hersch Trio
08/04 Kenny Burrell Quartet
08/05 Taylor Eigsti & Julian Lage
08/06 George Cables Trio + Fly
  • 08/08 SJW All-Star Jam

Campbell Recital Hall

07/06 Jazz Inside Out with Jim Nadel & Friends
  • 07/11 Dexterity: Larry Vuckovich plays the Music of Dexter Gordon
07/21 Ben Flocks
07/22 Patrick Wolff Sextet with Ben Goldberg & Diana Gameros
  • 07/28 Jeb Patton Trio
  • 07/29 Richard Sears Sextet featuring Tootie Heath

EARLY BIRD JAZZ FOR KIDS: Dinkelspiel Auditorium

06/28 Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble
  • 07/12 Jim Nadel & the Zookeepers


07/25 SJW Jazz Camp Showcase 1
08/01 SJW Jazz Camp Showcase 2
08/07 SJW Jazz Institute Showcase

Catalog download, schedule, audio, video & tickets:
  or call 650.725.2787

SJW Members get the best seats first!

Stanford Jazz Workshop members enjoy real benefits and support America’s indigenous art form.

Join SJW to cultivate the next generation of jazz musicians and music lovers while celebrating the best artists of today! Your support of Stanford Jazz Workshop educational programs and the Stanford Jazz Festival helps build and maintain a vital jazz community.


  • Best seats first — weeks before tickets go on sale to the general public.
  • No fees — ticket service fees waived, worth up to $6.00 per ticket.*
  • Members-only events — attend a Listening Party with Kenny Barron, June 20.  More 2014 members-only events to be announced.
Higher levels of membership gain valuable advantages:
  • Student (age 25 & under):  $25
Recognition in concert programs
  • Jazz Lover:  $75-$199
25% off SJW merchandise (excluding CDs & books)
  • Jazz Advocate:  $200-$499 
One pair of tickets to a select Festival concert
  • Jazz Master:  $500-$999
Two pairs of tickets to select Festival concerts
Become a member of SJW today at or by calling 650.736.0324.
* Note: Stanford Ticket Office service fees are $4 per ticket plus $2 for the print-at-home option.

Take your support up a notch — in the Inner Circle.

When you become a member of SJW at either the Director’s or Producer’s level, you provide inspiring and often life-changing arts education experiences for thousands of SJW students and SJF listeners — helping to guarantee the future of jazz. You also gain access to the most exclusive Inner Circle events, maximizing your connection with the SJW community. Inner Circle members enjoy all the benefits listed above, plus:

  • Director’s Circle: $1,000-$2,499
Concierge ticket service & seat selection with special attention from SJF staff 
Invitations to special Workshop events 
Invitations to Festival backstage receptions
  • Producer’s Circle:   $2,500-$4,999
All Director’s Circle benefits
Invitations to intimate house concerts
Invitations to exclusive listening parties with special guest artists
For further information about how you can play a part in the SJW Inner Circle, please contact Nathan Davis, Development Director, or 650.736.0324 extension 307.

Early Bird Jazz for Kids, On Sale Now

Bring the whole family and enjoy two mornings of jazz for kids!

• Meet all the instruments
• Dance to the rhythms
• Sing along with some swingin’ songs
• Instrument petting zoo on July 13!


June 29: Early Bird Jazz for Kids with Doug Goodkin and the Pentatonics

July 13: Early Bird Jazz for Kids: Jim Nadel and Friends

Adult tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets for kids under 18 are free!   Get tickets for adults and kids online at or call 650-725-2787. Both shows are in Dinkelspiel Auditorium, across the plaza from Tresidder Student Union, on the Stanford University campus. Get tickets soon, as these shows are likely to sell out! More info here:

2013 SJW app ready for download

Now available for iOS, Android, and other mobile devices, the Stanford Jazz app gives you instant access to Jazz Festival tickets, Jazz Camp updates, SJW videos, and more! With the app you can:

  • purchase tickets to the Stanford Jazz Festival
  • get updates and alerts about Jazz Camp and Jazz Residency activities
  • get directions to Stanford Jazz venues
  • get special ticket offers
  • alerts of ticket availablity for sold-out shows

To get the app, just point your gizmo’s browser to, and you’ll be prompted to download the appropriate app for your phone or mobile device. Find out more by clicking on the links below.

Get the Stanford Jazz Workshop app for iOS.

Get the Stanford Jazz Workshop app for Android.

Go to the Stanford Jazz Workshop mobile site.

2013 Stanford Jazz Festival tickets on sale now

Call the Stanford Ticket Office at 650-725-2787 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12 noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday to purchase tickets to the 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival.

With 32 performances by some of the world’s greatest jazz artists, the Stanford Jazz Festival offers you a summer of excitement. For details on all of the performers, including links to videos of performances, click here.

Herbie Hancock show is SOLD OUT

Demand for the Ken Oshman Memorial Concert on Saturday, June 22 featuring a special solo performance by Herbie Hancock has been incredibly high, and the show has sold out.

If you’d like be informed of any returns or exchanges that might make tickets available, please call the Stanford Ticket Office at 650-725-2787 and check with their knowledgable ticket staff.

It is possible that there will be a small number of tickets available at the door on the night of the show. If you’d like to be alerted in this case, please download the Stanford Jazz Workshop app at the Apple App store or at the Google Play store. You can also access our app directly with an iPad or other tablet device at this web address:

Herbie Hancock, Chucho Valdés in Bing Concert Hall: on sale now

The Stanford Jazz Festival’s 42nd season opens in the amazing new Bing Concert Hall with a solo performance by the legendary pianist Herbie Hancock, a true icon of modern music. Chucho Valdés, the Promethean master of 21st Century Afro-Cuban jazz piano, closes our 2013 season in Bing Concert Hall.

We expect both shows to sell out rapidly, so don’t delay! You can purchase tickets online, or by calling the Stanford Ticket Office at 650-725-2787 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12 noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Click here to purchase tickets for Herbie Hancock on Saturday, June 22.

Click here to purchase tickets for the Chucho Valdés Quintet on Saturday, August 10.

Frank Sumares remembered

Frank teaching(2)Frank Sumares, pianist, composer, arranger, educator, and longtime SJW family member, passed away on March 28, at the age of 73. To give you a sense of how deeply Frank touched his students, colleagues, and band mates, and how much his influence has impacted their lives, we’d like to offer a selection of anecdotes and memories from SJW students and faculty.

I remember walking nervously into an evaluation room to play for Frank on my first day at the Stanford Jazz Workshop as a 13-year-old. I already knew who he was from seeing him perform in the Bay Area. Though I hadn’t yet learned all my major scales, I wanted to show him that I knew what a diminished scale, was because it was so “advanced.” I was afraid I’d mess up, but Frank was all jokes and smiles, and I soon forgot where I was and just played. He was a crucial source of encouragement throughout my education, giving me the advice and confidence I needed to play music for fun. Even when I returned years later to teach and perform at the SJW as an adult, Frank was full of helpful advice and warmth. I still use his handouts. I’ll miss you Frank. May your music live on in all of us.
—Pascal Le Boeuf

Frank and I were a mutual admiration society. Our career paths were strikingly similar. We both had successful careers as jazz band directors at the community college level, before moving to the university level, and we both worked as bay area professional musicians. Over the years, we judged many festivals together and I had a small part in him coming to Stanford to teach jazz piano. We shared many unique experiences, probably ther latest and most notable of which was us sharing what it was like conducting the Count Basie Orchestra. Frank did many clinics for me at Stanford with my Stanford Jazz Orchestra. He was undoubtedly one of best jazz educators I have had the experience of knowing. We will certainly miss him, his wit, and his hipness — and man could he swing! “Oh, by the way Frank, you still owe me a clinic!”
—Fred Berry

I first met Frank at about age 15 when I took his jazz theory class. That’s where I learned his adage, “Up your thirds, down your sevenths!” I also remember him greeting me with “ii-V-I, momma, get down!” Over the years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop or at San Jose State, I’d greet him as my Hayward home-boy. We saw each other over the years at SJW: I remember kvetching at lunch, hanging in his “office” in the lobby of Campbell. He’d always help my piano players who were having trouble. Last summer, we taught a class together on the last day of camp, talking to kids about continuing their musical experience beyond camp. I said, “You don’t need a whole band to play, you only need two!” So we played duo for the kids. We were having so much fun, laughing, playing stuff back and forth, that we made our point to the students. Good for them, but I was just so happy that I got to play with Frank!
—Kristen Strom

Frank was always there for students, willing to assist even the most beginning student the basics of jazz theory and harmony. My son, Ryan, had attended as a trumpeter and was required to take theory and harmony, something he of course had no clue about. In the course of the week, Ryan learned quite a lot from Frank, and every time our paths would cross Frank wold inquire about Ryan and how he was doing. Frank was a caring person who loved to share his knowledge of this music. In addition, he was one of the funniest guys around, alway making me and everyone else laugh! Frank will be missed for sure, but he leaves a legacy of what music education is about, and what it should be.
—Akira Tana

Frank_Sumares_jokingFirst, when I was in high school (in Carmichael, CA), I was playing in the jazz band and had no idea what to with all of those funny chord symbols and slashes on my music. My band director gave me a copy of Frank’s book on jazz piano voicings. It was the first I had ever heard of “comping,” and he opened up a whole new world of harmony to me. Thank you Frank!
Second, when I was a young jazz band director at American River College, Frank would frequently clinic my band at various festivals. His supportive, friendly, yet direct demeanor in front of me and my students was a big influence on my teaching and on my understanding of how to direct the band and communicate with students. Again, thank you so much Frank!
Third, as a fellow instructor at SJW, Frank was always around and available, always supportive an complimentary of what we were doing. He always had great stories about the music and a life in education. I always looked forward to talking with Frank and getting just a few more nuggets from him. I will sincerely miss Frank and his sly smile, and his exquisite mentoring. I will miss you sir!

—Joe Gilman

I will miss Frank tremendously at Jazz Camp. He was a pal, ever ready with his unstoppable sense of humor, and extremely generous with his musical knowledge and talent. Frank was very encouraging and helpful to me as teacher. I’ll always think of him with a smile in my heart.
—Wendy McCain

Frank had a delightful and self-deprecating sense of humor. I took his beginning jazz piano class at Stanford in 2002. He began the class by writing his name on the blackboard, “Frank Sumares.” Chalk in hand, he turned to the class and said, “You could call me Doctor Frank, but I don’t have a doctorate. You can call me Master Frank if you want to.”
—Bob Murphy

Frank_Sumares_Hip_StuffI was a student of Frank’s at Chabot College. I was terrible and a guitar player, and he specifically told me that he did not care for guitar players. But I didn’t care because he made me laugh everyday. Years after, I was on a late night BART train, with hardly anyone around. I sat down and after a minute or so, someone grabbed my neck from behind and said, “Give me your wallet!” I jumped up and turned — and there was Frank, laughing! That was the last time I saw him. He was really the most honest and best teacher i ever had.
—Jason Vanderford