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: stanfordjazz.instantencore.com/m/home.aspx.

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

2013 Stanford Jazz Festival lineup announced

Embarking on its 42nd season with expanded jazz education programs and an exciting new performance venue, the Stanford Jazz Workshop (SJW) is pleased to announce the globe-spanning, genre-expanding artist lineup of the 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival (SJF), presented by See’s Candies. Tickets go on sale on May 6 for 32 jazz concerts as well as a number of free community events, all held on the easily-accessible campus of Stanford University.

Kicking off the 2013 Festival on Saturday, June 22 in the new, acoustically dazzling Bing Concert Hall for the Ken Oshman Memorial Concert is the incomparable Herbie Hancock, a true icon of modern music, appearing for the first time at SJF in a special solo performance on piano and electronic instruments. The Festival ends on a high note on Saturday, August 10 with another evening in Bing Concert Hall, featuring the leading light of Afro-Cuban jazz, pianist Chucho Valdés with his quintet.

Filling the music-packed summer between Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdés are 30 concerts that showcase the wide range of performers and styles that comprise the landscape of contemporary jazz. Since founding the SJW in 1972, Artistic and Executive Director Jim Nadel has consistently sought to present a program that reflects the diversity that is the essence of jazz. “At the core of the Stanford Jazz Workshop’s educational programs as well as the Festival,” says Nadel, “is a firm belief in the power of presenting multiple approaches to performance and improvisation. Young virtuosos such as saxophonist Chris Potter not only benefit from the time they may get to spend at the Workshop and Festival with experienced masters such as pianist Harold Mabern, the masters learn just as much from the younger players — and from students in our educational programs, too. We strive to present the entire spectrum of jazz, mixing genres, genders, generations, and geographical origins, and the Festival has a unique sound and character as a result.”

Here is the complete lineup for the 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival. Tickets go on sale on May 6.


  • 22 — Herbie Hancock, in Bing Concert Hall
  • 23 — Claudia Villela Band
  • 28 — Jazz Organ Blowout with Chester Thompson, Tony Monaco, and Midori Ono
  • 29 — Early Bird Jazz with the Pentatonics, 10:00 a.m.
  • 29 — Tuck & Patti
  • 30 — Come Fly With Me: the Music of Sammy Cahn, with Clairdee with Ken Peplowski


  • 5 — Kim Nalley Band with Houston Person
  • 7 — Everything You Wanted to Know About Jazz
  • 12 — Allison Miller’s BOOM TIC BOOM
  • 13 — Early Bird Jazz with Jim Nadel, 10:00 a.m.
  • 13 — A Night of Brazilian Jazz: Trio da Paz with Maúcha Adnet
  • 14 — Madeline Eastman and Randy Porter
  • 19 — Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
  • 20 — Stanley Clarke Trio
  • 21 — Rebeca Mauleón and Afro Kuban Fusion
  • 22 — Mads Tolling Quartet
  • 23 — Andy Milne and New Friends
  • 24 — Ruth Davies’ Blues Night with special guest Henry Butler
  • 25 — Jazz in the Magic Kingdom: Victor Lin Plays the Music of the Great Disney films
  • 26 — Jazz Camp Showcase
  • 27 — Tia Fuller Quartet
  • 28 — Dayna Stephens and Taylor Eigsti with Tootie Heath
  • 29 — Dann Zinn 4
  • 30 — Calvin Keys Quartet
  • 31 — I Remember Dave Brubeck with Joe Gilman, Taylor Eigsti, and more


  • 1 — Stanford Jazz Mentors
  • 2 — Jazz Camp Showcase
  • 3 — Savion Glover and his Trio
  • 4 — Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern/Louis Hayes/Steve Davis/Brian Lynch
  • 5 — Jazz Guitar Night with Julian Lage and Larry Koonse
  • 6 — Taylor Eigsti Quintet featuring Julian Lage
  • 7 — Chris Potter/Larry Grenadier/Eric Harland/Brian Lynch/Larry Koonse
  • 8 — Jazz Institute Showcase
  • 9 — SJF All Star Jam
  • 10 — Chucho Valdés Quintet, in Bing Concert Hall

Herbie Hancock photo by Douglas Kirkland.

Member sale begins 2 p.m. 4/29 for Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdés

Tickets for the 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival go on sale to the public onMonday, May 6, and the entire lineup for the Festival will be announced on Tuesday, April 23.

But in the meantime, we’re proud to give you a sneak peek at two of the amazing artists we’ll present at Stanford University’s new Bing Concert Hall this summer: Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdés!

SJW members can purchase tickets for these two great concerts during an exclusive pre-sale period that starts on Monday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m..

Pre-sale schedule:

  • Monday, April 22: Tickets for Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdés on sale to SJW Inner Circle Members
  • Monday, April 29: Tickets for Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdés on sale to all SJW Members
  • Monday, May 6: Tickets on sale for entire 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival season to the general public

Renew your membership or become an SJW member today by clicking here to take advantage of early access to the best seats for these outstanding performances.

Information for current SJW members

You will receive notification via email with instructions on how to purchase your tickets during the Member pre-sale. Questions? Please contact the Stanford Ticket Office at 650-725-2787.

Information on the concerts

SJW is thrilled to open the 42nd Stanford Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 22 with a solo performance by Herbie Hancock. Herbie is a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master whose 50-year career is filled with astonishing achievements as a performing and recording artist. This exclusive event will feature Herbie in a rare solo performance at Stanford University’s beautiful new landmark venue, Bing Concert Hall. This opening event is also the Ken Oshman Memorial Concert.

The 2013 Festival will close at Bing Concert Hall on August 10 with a powerful performance by the distinguished Cuban jazz pianist, Chucho Valdés, appearing with his quintet. We are delighted that Chucho will also serve as a member of this year’s Jazz Institute faculty, sharing his artistry and expertise with more than 200 students enrolled in SJW’s advanced jazz education program.

To take advantage of the member pre-sale for these two special concerts, renew your membership today by clicking here! Specific pre-sale information will be emailed to you.

Stanford Jazz Festival announces…

The 2013 Stanford Jazz Festival will open on June 22 and closes on August 10. Save the dates!

Tickets go on sale on May 1.

Stay tuned for further announcements!

This weekend: Taylor Eigsti and Dayna Stephens

SJW faculty artists and alumni Taylor Eigsti and Dayna Stephens are presenting the following two special shows this weekend, which also feature Stanford Jazz Festival artists Harish Raghavan on bass and Eric Harland on drums.
  • Who: The Young Jazz Stars of New York
  • When: Saturday, February 16, 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley
  • Price: $35 adults, $30 PAJA members, $15 students
  • Info: www.PAJazzAlliance.org, 650-345-9543, [email protected]
Taylor, Dayna, Harish, and Eric perform to honor the memory of music patron Chuck Huggins and pay tribute to the late jazz icon Dave Brubeck. Produced by Dr. Herb Wong for Palo Alto Jazz Alliance and Palo Alto Adult School, and co-sponsored by KCSM FM 91.1.
  • Who: Benefit concert for Dayna Stephens, featuring the Taylor Eigsti Trio and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet
  • When: Sunday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
  • Price: $25; other donation levels to benefit Dayna Stephens
  • Info: jazzfoundation.org/DaynaStephens
Dayna Stephens has been a beloved member of the SJW family for many years. A first-rate saxophonist, composer, and educator, Dayna has a rare kidney disease that urgently requires him to obtain a transplant. His current and future medical bills are a daunting obstacle, and this performance gives you a rare chance to hear Dayna’s artistry and to help defray the costs of his treatment. All donations go directly to Dayna via the Jazz Foundation of America.

Early Bird discount deadline Friday, Feb. 1

The winter weather makes it seem as though summer is far away — but some Stanford Jazz Workshop summer jazz program deadlines are just around the corner!

Sign up for Jazz Day Camp, Jazz Camp, Jazz Institute for Youth, Jazz Institute for Adults, or our Songwriting @ SJW program by this Friday, February 1, to get the Early Bird tuition discount.

The next big deadline is March 1 for Financial Aid applications, but register as soon as you can, as there are supplemental application forms that you’ll need to complete and return to the Stanford Jazz Workshop so that we have them in our offices no later than March 1.