Inside the 50th Anniversary Band

Inside the 50th Anniversary Band

Will there be in-person Jazz Camp this summer?

Who’s ready to play jazz in-person with other musicians? We certainly are, and we hope you are, too.

Our jazz education courses for summer 2021 now include in-person ensembles! These combos will meet at Menlo College in Atherton, California. There will be two new programs: Evening Combo Option and SJW Combo Camp.

Our Evening Combo Option is available exclusively to musicians who are enrolled in one of our online programs, either Jazz Camp Online or Jazz Institute Online. Adding the Evening Combo Option to your online program transforms it into the best hybrid jazz education program available!

The SJW Combo Camp offers daytime opportunities for in-person small ensembles. Combos will meet for three hours per day, beginning at either 10:00 a.m or 2:00 p.m. Combo Camp is offered during the same dates as Jazz Camp Online (July 12 – July 16 and/or July 19 – 23) and Jazz Institute Online (July 26 – 30), so it’s not possible to enroll in both concurrently. But you could enroll in Jazz Camp Online and add the Evening Combo Option during one week, and then take Combo Camp the next, for example.

All combos will be directed by our experienced jazz education faculty members, so you’ll learn a lot as well as play a lot.

All in-person programs will follow all state and local COVID-19 protocols.


Summer online jazz programs now open for registration

Last year, SJW had such overwhelmingly positive feedback to Jazz Camp Online that we decided to expand our summer jazz online experience with a new program for 2021: Jazz Institute Online.

Giving participants access to some of the great jazz musicians of the world, Jazz Institute Online is designed for adults 18 and over, though musicians age 17 and younger may audition for acceptance into the program. This week-long intensive jazz program offers four 75-minute live sessions per day, plus access to prerecorded lessons, panel discussions, performances, and fun live sessions such as the Charlie Parker Memorial Jam Session and the inspiring Morning Meetings.

Find out more about Jazz Institute Online by clicking here. 

Jazz Camp Online offers two 1-week sessions for students aged 18 and younger. Participants get four 40-minute live sessions per day in which they study and learn from some of the greatest jazz educators in the country. Fun events such as the Blues of the Week Contest and Charlie Parker Memorial Jam Session round out the week, and access to prerecorded lessons, master classes, panel discussions, and more give students a very deep dive into improving their jazz skills.

Find out more about Jazz Camp Online by clicking here. 

The dates for the programs are:

Week 1 Jazz Camp Online
July 11 – July 16

Week 2 Jazz Camp Online
July 18 – July 23

Jazz Institute Online
July 25 – July 30

Spring Miles Ahead programs for high school musicians: Which one is right for you?

We are very excited about our spring programs for high school musicians. The programs were very popular this past fall, and we had nearly 100 students participating, from all over the US, and in other countries, too!

We’re introducing a new program this spring, the Miles Ahead Institute, taught by Steven Lugerner. It’s a little different than our Miles Ahead Jazz Online program, and we want to help you to decide which of the programs is best for you. Most of the students who have signed up so far have signed up for both programs, which gives you a discount on the tuition, as well as an intensive 8-week program that will really improve your jazz playing.

Below is a comparison chart that will give you a little more detail about the two programs and how they differ. Please read over the program pages for each program as well, and don’t hesitate to contact our faculty and camp director, Steven Lugerner if you have any questions at [email protected].

Find out more about Miles Ahead Jazz Online by clicking here.

Find out more about Miles Ahead Institute by clicking here. 

SJW faculty artists put the swing into “Soul”

SJW announces SJW Jazz Camp Online

Enrollment opens May 26. Click here for full details.

SJW is happy to announce a brand-new, all-online summer jazz immersion program! Join us at SJW Jazz Camp Online this summer to learn from some of the best jazz musicians and educators in the business. You’ll improve your instrumental or vocal technique with daily master classes tailored to your particular needs and interests. You’ll open your ears to the sounds and language of jazz in ear training and listening classes. Dig deeper into particular jazz subjects with our library of on-demand video lessons, and get immediate feedback on your progress in daily live class meetings. You’ll meet young jazz musicians from all over the world, and you’ll become part of the fantastic international community of SJW teachers and students.

Whether you’re a jazz master who gets all the solos in your school jazz program, or someone who just wants to explore and experience jazz for the very first time, we have live and on-demand instruction that is designed to help you get to the next level of mastery. We place all Jazz Camp Online students in classes and sessions based on their experience level, so you’ll always get the right level of instruction for your needs.

Here are some of the highlights of SJW Jazz Camp Online.

  • Four 40-minute live sessions each day from 10 AM – 6 PM Pacific Standard Time for Full Day participants
  • Two 40-minute live sessions each day from 2 PM – 6 PM Pacific Standard Time for Half Day participants
  • Master class on your instrument or for voice, for your level
  • Musicianship
  • Improvisation
  • Jazz Theory (for Full Day participants)
  • Special topics on performance, composition, and more (for Full Day participants)

Also included each week:

  • One private lesson with one of our legendary faculty artists
  • Additional private lessons available for an extra fee
  • Practice parties
  • Jazz history listening sessions
  • Panel discussions
  • Access to our online library of on-demand jazz class content
  • Time to practice and absorb what you’ve learned

Enroll for two weeks, and we’ll place you in classes at a more advanced level your second week.

Tuition: $475 per week of full-day sessions; $275 per week of half-day sessions. Tuition can be paid on a sliding scale.

One private lesson is included, and additional private lessons are available for an extra fee.

Check back for more information soon.

SJW cancels 2020 Stanford Jazz Festival

In compliance with directives from Stanford University regarding cancellation of summer camps and programs, and heeding the recommendations of state and local health officials, we have come to the painful decision to cancel the 2020 Stanford Jazz Festival, concerts of which were scheduled to be held on the campus of Stanford University, between June 20 and August 1.

We know this news will be as much of a disappointment to our ticket buyers and performers as it is to all of us here at Stanford Jazz Workshop, as we’ve been looking forward to immersing ourselves into music this summer with all of our friends. We will of course miss the joy, inspiration and revitalization that comes with the direct connection to our jazz community, though our primary concern now is the health and safety of our students and their families, our faculty, and our staff. We also want to ensure that we as a community do our part to halt the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19 disease.

We are painfully aware of the negative impact this unprecedented action will have on the SJW community, particularly:

  • The 10,000+ patrons who look forward to being thrilled by the unique live performances at the Stanford Jazz Festival
  • The 700+ developing jazz musicians who count on SJW’s summer jazz immersion programs for inspiration, guidance, and community
  • The 100+ faculty artists who depend on SJW’s summer programs for community, growth, and income
  • All in our extended SJW family around the world

Ticket purchases will be refunded

We will issue a full refund for any tickets purchased, to any of the four concerts already on sale. Please allow up to 5 business days for the refund to reflect on your online credit card bank account. If you do not see your refund by Thursday, April 16, please contact the Stanford Ticket Office by emailing [email protected]. The entire Stanford Ticket Office staff is working remotely while sheltering at home, and we’re managing our operations as best we can. Thanks in advance for your patience.

You can help SJW to continue our important work with a donation

The response necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is devastating for arts organizations, and SJW is no exception. We want to assure you that, though our summer programs are canceled for now, our dedicated and caring staff is here and doing all they can to make sure that our important education and performance programs will be available to you again as soon as possible. We look forward to staying connected with you through social media and our e-newsletter.

If you would like to support our continuing work, you may waive your refund and convert your ticket purchase into a donation. To do so, simply reply to the notification email you received and indicate you’d like to donate your ticket purchase to SJW.

Alternatively, if you have capacity to contribute and help us to keep our operations going during this difficult time, please click on the link below:

We look forward to staying connected with you through social media and our e-newsletter.

We urge everyone to keep informed about this changing situation by visiting the following web sites regularly:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
California Department of Public Health
Santa Clara County Public Health Department
San Mateo County Department of Health

If you have any questions or concerns about our programs or our response to the threat of the spread of COVID-19 disease, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or by calling 650-736-0324. We want you all to stay safe and healthy during this difficult situation.  That is our primary goal, now and always, at SJW.  Please take care of yourselves, of your friends and families, and our communities.