Esperanza Spalding to perform at Stanford Jazz Festival

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 the comparison charts below. 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

November 2014 Newsletter

December 2014 Newsletter

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 &  or call 650.725.2787

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Registration for spring and summer programs now open

You can now register for our spring and summer jazz immersion programs! Don’t forget to register by February 1, 2015 to receive the $50 Early Bird discount. Need help deciding which program is right for you or your child? Visit the links below to read about each program.

  • Giant Steps Day Camp  for middle school students offers a fun week of learning jazz styles and improvisation in big band and small group settings. No audition is required for admission, but students will be evaluated in advance to determine class placement.
  • Jazz Camp is for musicians aged 12 – 17, and provides a fun, encouraging environment in which to get immersed in jazz improvisation and combo playing. No audition is required for admission, but students will be evaluated in advance to determine class placement.
  • 2-Week Jazz Comprehensive provides 13 days of structured instruction in jazz improvisation, jazz performance, and instrumental and vocal mastery. No audition is required for admission, but students will be evaluated in advance to determine class placement.
  • Jazz Institute gives instrumentalists and vocalists a chance to work with the greatest jazz artists of our time. Auditions are required only for first-time applicants to the Vocal Program and for first-time instrumental applicants aged 17 or younger. All students will be evaluated in advance for class placement.
  • 2-Week Jazz Advanced Intensive for experienced high school musicians offers the best of both worlds: the structured curriculum of Jazz Camp and direct contact with the top jazz artists at the Jazz Institute. Auditions are required.
  • Giant Steps Jazz Singers gives middle school singers a fantastic introduction to ensemble singing and vocal improvisation.

Don’t forget, financial aid is available. Click here to learn more about financial aid.

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 [email protected] or call 650-736-0324.

Kenny Burrell shines at Stanford Jazz with new quartet

We have been privileged this past week to have Kenny Burrell on our faculty at Jazz Institute! He delivered a series of invigorating masterclasses on guitar performance as well as the music of Duke Ellington. On Monday he performed at the Stanford Jazz Festival, first as a duo with masterful pianist Fred Hersch, and then with a brand new quartet consisting of Dena DeRose on piano, David Wong on bass, and Peter Erskine on drums. The star-studded performance was one for the ages! In addition to his active performance schedule, Kenny also teaches actively at UCLA where he is the Director of Jazz Studies and a Distinguished Professor of Jazz and Ethnomusicology.