Jazz Institute Weekly Schedule

The daily schedule, Monday through Friday — subject to change in 2022

Updated: December 12, 2022

Note for minor Jazz Institute commuters

Commuter participants are encouraged to stay for the concerts and evening activities after the scheduled day classes have ended, however SJW does not provide any supervision for minor commuters once classes are over. If you want to stay later for the optional evening activities, please arrange an appropriate meeting spot with your parent or guardian, such as the Braun Music Center lobby or the Coffee House (CoHo) in Tresidder Union.

Note for minor dorm residents

Minor dorm resident participants are supervised by our experienced and dedicated SJW counseling staff. Counselors will take roll at the 9:00 a.m. morning meeting and conduct a late wake-up check at 9:15 a.m. in the dorms. At 6:20 p.m., once classes are over, counselors take roll at the daily check-in meeting in Campbell Recital Hall, and go over that evening’s activity options. Minor dorm residents then have free time and are encouraged to join in on counselor-led activities or Jazz Festival events until the 10:00 p.m. curfew check-in. After 10:00 p.m. all minor dorm residents must be in their dorms or at the CoHo with the counselors on duty. Minor dorm residents who attend the CoHo Jam will be led back to the dorm by midnight. Counselors will do a final check-in at the dorm and then monitor the halls throughout the night.

General daily schedule

Although there may be slight daily variations, the basic daily schedule is outlined below. Vocalists will confirm their daily schedule at Monday’s master class.

Monday – Thursday ScheduleClasses from 9:00 a.m. – 6:20 p.m.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.Jazz Theory
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.Masterclass
11:45 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.Lunch and noon concert
1:00 – 2:25 p.m.Special presentations
2:30 – 4:20 p.m.Early combo rehearsals / afternoon jam sessions / free time
4:30 – 6:20 p.m.Late combo rehearsals / afternoon jam sessions / free time
6:20 p.m.Minor dorm resident check-in
6:20 p.m.Dinner break
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.Stanford Jazz Festival concert
10:00 p.m.Minor dorm resident curfew check-in
10:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.Faculty Jam Session at the Coffee House Standards and Vocals Jam Session
Open Instrumental Jam Session
Friday ScheduleClasses from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.Jazz Theory
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.Masterclass
12 noon – 12:55 p.m.Lunch
1:20 – 2:00 p.m.Charlie Parker Memorial Jam and group photos
2:00 – 3:20 p.m.Special presentations
4:00- 6:30 p.m.Showcase
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.Stanford Jazz Festival concert: SJW Faculty All-Star Jam
SaturdayFinal dorm room check-out
8:30 a.m.All participants must be moved out of their rooms. Participants can wait with their luggage in dormitory lobbies and common spaces.
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.Stanford Housing staff will be on hand to help dorm residents check out. All keys must be returned to Stanford Housing staff by 10:00 a.m. or the $250 key deposit will not be returned.

After Combos on Friday

Please return all instruments and other borrowed equipment after the combo periods on Friday before 6:30 p.m. to the Production Assistant Office, Braun Music Center.

Jazz Institute daytime event details

Each Jazz Institute participant will be assigned to one combo, trio, or vocal section, which they will attend throughout the week. Other than that, participants are free to choose their own classes and activities. Lists of class and presentation offerings for each time period will be posted daily in Braun Music Center. Participants can also sign up to have each day’s class offerings emailed to them.

Jazz Theory classes: Each morning there will be several jazz theory classes from which participants can choose. Theory classes begin at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning and most run sequentially for all five days. A list of theory class offerings will be posted on Sunday, July 30 and updated throughout the week as needed.

Masterclass: Masterclasses are instrument-specific lectures and demonstrations given by different faculty members every day. There may be more than one offering for any given instrument. You may attend any master class you choose; for example, you can attend a piano masterclass even if you play saxophone.

Special presentations (“Specials”): Every day at 1:00 p.m. there will be a variety of one-time lecture/demos given by our faculty on many different topics, such as: Latin percussion, the music business, piano voicings, an artist’s life in jazz, new ways to improvise, and many more. We will post a list of the week’s 1:00 p.m. Specials on Sunday evening in the Braun lobby.

Combos: Combos are assigned according to playing experience and ability. We will post the combo assignments on Sunday morning when you arrive. It may be possible for some — but not all — participants to play in two combos. This will depend on scheduling restrictions but we will try to accommodate you the best we can. Some vocalists may be joining combos as well (see “Sing Like a Horn” below for details).

Early combo vs. late combo

The only difference between Early and Late combos is the time slot in which they meet. If, due to outside activities, you have a critical need to be either in the Early or Late time slot, please alert the SJW main office as soon as possible. We make no guarantee that we can accommodate every request.

Jazz Institute evening activities

Stanford Jazz Festival concerts: Every night during Jazz Institute except Thursday, the Stanford Jazz Festival presents the world-class jazz artists in concert, and Jazz Institute participants may attend at no additional charge. We urge Jazz Institute participants to attend these events, because it’s an incredible opportunity to hear top jazz artists perform in intimate settings. Additionally, many of the performers are themselves faculty members, and hearing the teachers perform is a great way to reinforce the experience of Jazz Institute. Your participant name tag allows you to obtain an admission ticket. Participants will receive more specific instructions on the first day of Jazz Institute regarding admission to the Jazz Festival concerts.

Coffee House Faculty Jam (Sun-Thu): After the Jazz Festival concerts on Sunday through Thursday there will be a faculty jam session at the Stanford Coffee House (CoHo) in Tresidder Student Union beginning around 10:00 p.m. Jazz Institute participants and their guests are invited to come hear our faculty play. Advanced participants may play at the discretion of the faculty leader, though opportunities to sit in are subject to change due to time constraints, musical situations, or special circumstances. If you want to perform, please speak to the faculty emcee. Minor dorm resident participants will be able to attend this session with counselor supervision.

Standards and Vocal Jam Session in Campbell Recital Hall (Mon-Wed): This faculty-supervised nightly jam begins immediately after the evening concert and focuses on vocal jazz repertoire, but all instrumentalists are invited to participate.

Instrumental Jam Session in Braun Rehearsal Hall (Mon-Wed): Beginning after the Jazz Festival performances Monday through Wednesday, this is a faculty-led nightly jam session, where participant instrumentalists can play together.

Practice/Private Jam Session: Participants who want to practice or organize private jam sessions may check out keys to combo rooms during the evenings, Monday through Thursday.

Friday Night Party: There will be a party for adult participants in Campbell Courtyard after the faculty concert on Friday night to celebrate a great week of music. Bring your dancing shoes.

Participant Showcase Concert on Friday Afternoon

The Jazz Institute Showcase Concert is on Friday at  3:30 p.m. All combos, trios, percussionists, and vocalists will have the opportunity to perform. Since there are so many participants, performances occur in four venues simultaneously: Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Rehearsal Hall, and the Coffee House (CoHo). Friends and family are welcome and admission is free. A Participant Showcase Roster that tells where and when each participant will be playing will be posted in Braun Music Center and online on Thursday afternoon.