Our camps are designed to let you concentrate, explore and flourish as a developing jazz musician.

Jazz musicians aged 21 – 28

Must be an accomplished jazz player

     Program Focus:

  • Study, teach, and perform for two weeks with the Stanford Jazz Workshop’s world renowned faculty
  • Work closely with faculty advisors and visiting artists. Previous visiting artists have included violinist Regina Carter, pianist Geoff Keezer, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, saxophonists Jimmy Heath, Yosvany Terry, Donny McCaslin, Anat Cohen and drummers Matt Wilson, Ndugu Chancler, and Allison Miller
  • Mentor young jazz camp students and be mentored by top Stanford Jazz educators, Dr. Victor Lin & Kristen Strom
  • Meals, travel stipend (if traveling more than 300 miles) and housing provided on the Stanford University campus
  • $500 stipend per week in 2018, $750 per week in 2019

     We are looking for applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Between the ages of 21-28
  • Strong desire to teach and educate youth
  • Ability to play “straight-ahead” jazz at a professional level
  • Ability to collaborate and work within a team
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Experience working with youth

Jazz Mentor Fellowship Program

The Stanford Jazz Workshop is now accepting applications for the 2018/19 Jazz Mentor Fellowship Program – July 15-27, 2018 and July 14-26, 2019. The Jazz Mentor Fellows program provides emerging professional jazz musicians with teaching experience, formalized mentorship and on-the-job training using the multi-generational, community-oriented approach that is the Workshop’s hallmark. Up to seven applicants will be chosen to become Mentor-Fellows.

Applications are due March 15th, 2018 and Mentor Fellows will be selected by April 15, 2018.


  • Henry Solomon (alto sax), Emily Kuhn (trumpet), Daniel Rotem (tenor sax), 2016-17 Mentor Fellows, playing at the late night jam at CoHo. Henry is an SJW alumni and graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan – he is currently finishing up his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz at USC where he studies with Bob Mintzer and Roy McCurdy. Emily is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and freelances as a trumpeter and educator in Chicago, IL. She recently accepted a Teaching Artist position at the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. Daniel is a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute and currently freelances in Los Angeles, CA.

  • JJ Kirkpatrick (trumpet), 2014-15 Mentor Fellow, performing at the Stanford Jazz Festival with Yosvany Terry. JJ is a graduate of the USC Thorton School of Music and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he freelances as a trumpeter, educator, and producer.

  • Here is the entire cohort of the 2016-17 Mentor Fellows: Emily Kuhn (trumpet), Daniel Rotem (tenor sax), Henry Solomon (alto sax), Javier Santiago (piano), Carmen Rothwell (bass), Michael Ode (drums)

  • Natalie Cressman (trombone), 2010-11 Mentor Fellow, performing at the Stanford Coffee House. Natalie is an SJW alumni and graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. She has spent the last seven years touring the jam band circuit as a horn player and vocalist with Phish’s Trey Anastasio and she continues to release music to critical acclaim under her own name.

  • Emily Kuhn (trumpet), 2016-17 Mentor Fellow, working with Jazz Camp brass players. Emily is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and freelances as a trumpeter and educator in Chicago, IL. She recently accepted a Teaching Artist position at the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.

  • Javier Nero (trombone), 2014-15 Mentor Fellow, teaching jazz theory to Jazz Camp students. Javier is a graduate of the Juilliard School and recently graduated from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

  • 2014-15 Mentor Fellows, hanging with their own mentor, the great saxophonist Jimmy Heath, JJ Kirkpatrick (trumpet), Daniel Weidlein (tenor sax), Javier Nero (trombone), Jackson Fitzgerald (guitar), Raviv Markovitz (bass), John Sturino (drums), Victor Lin (program director), Peter Stoltzman (program director), Jimmy Heath

  • Ariel Pocock (vocals and piano), 2012-13 Mentor Fellow, performing at the Stanford Jazz Festival. Currently based in Durham, North Carolina, Ariel is a 2015 graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and is currently an adjunct jazz piano professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC. Ariel continues to record and tour her music to critical acclaim in the United States and internationally.

  • Natalie Cressman (trombone), Ben Flocks (tenor sax), Matt Marantz (tenor sax), Reuben Allen (piano), John Britton (trumpet), Martin Nevin (bass), Cory Cox (drums), 2010-11 Mentor Fellows, performing at the Stanford Jazz Festival

  • Jackson Fitzgerald (guitar), 2014-15 Mentor Fellow, teaching a special rhythm workshop at Jazz Camp. Jackson is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and he currently resides in New York City were he freelances as a guitarist and educator.

  • Caili O’Doherty (piano), 2012-13 Mentor Fellow, performing at the Stanford Jazz Festival. Caili is a graduate of Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute. She has received national awards for jazz piano performance, and composition from Downbeat Magazine and the ASCAP Foundation. She currently lives in NYC where she freelances as a jazz pianist and teaches at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Litchfield Jazz Camp, and Stanford Jazz.

  • Victor Lin (program director), Jimmy McBride (drums), 2012-13 Mentor Fellows, hanging with some of their Jazz Camp students

  • JJ Kirkpatrick (trumpet), 2014-15 Mentor Fellow, teaching combo performance at Jazz Camp. JJ is a graduate of the USC Thorton School of Music and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he freelances as a trumpeter, educator and producer.

  • Ben Flocks (tenor sax), 2010-11 Mentor Fellow, jammin’ at CoHo. Ben holds a bachelors degree from the New School in New York and serves on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and The Calhoun School. He teaches at public schools around the country through Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s educational programs. Ben’s debut album Battle Mountain received 4-stars in Downbeat Magazine, and he continues to tour and collaborate with Sammy Miller (and the Congregation), Joshua Redman, and Antonio Sanchez.

Mentor Fellow line-ups since 2006:

  • 2016-2017
    Emily Kuhn – Trumpet
    Daniel Rotem – Tenor Sax
    Henry Solomon – Alto Sax
    Javier Santiago – Piano
    Carmen Rothwell – Bass
    Michael Ode – Drums
  • 2010-2011
    Natalie Cressman – Trombone
    Ben Flocks – Tenor Sax
    Matt Marantz – Tenor Sax
    Reuben Allen – Piano
    John Britton – Trumpet
    Martin Nevin – Bass
    Cory Cox – Drums
  • 2014-2015
    JJ Kirkpatrick – Trumpet
    Daniel Weidlein – Tenor Sax
    Javier Nero – Trombone
    Jackson Fitzgerald – Guitar
    Raviv Markovitz – Bass
    John Sturino – Drums
  • 2008-2009
    Brian Chahley – Trumpet
    Pascal LeBoeuf – Piano
    Paul Orbell – Guitar
    Kirsten Edkins – Tenor Sax
    Jorge Roeder – Bass
    Kevin Congleton – Drums
  • 2012-2013
    Ariel Pocock – Vocals
    Jon Hatamiya – Trombone
    Danny Janklow – Alto Sax
    Mike Bono – Guitar
    Caili O’Doherty – Piano
    Joshua Crumbly – Bass
    Jimmy McBride – Drums
  • 2006-2007
    Lynn Speakman – Alto Sax
    Naomi Siegel – Trombone
    Theo Croker – Trumpet
    Heath Walton – Tenor Sax
    Bryan Doherty – Electric Bass
    Harish Raghavan – Acoustic Bass
    Joe Saylor – Drums
    Sam Grobe-Heintz – Piano

The Mentor Fellow experience:

“To be immersed in a safe environment where everyone is intensely focused on the music is super important to my development as an artist, musician and a human being. The MF program was an opportunity to have this experience. It’s very rare to be surrounded by such great musicians for 2 weeks straight. It was very spiritually rewarding to be able to collectively pass on our knowledge of the music to a younger generation as well as have the chance to share ideas with the other instructors (who are some of the best instrumentalists in the world). One of the most unforgettable experiences of my life. I recommend it to any musician who wishes to be inspired and take themselves to the next level.”  — Javier Santiago, Class of 2016/17 – Piano

“Working at SJW as a mentor fellow in the summers of 2016/2017 had a major impact on me as a person, as a musician, and as an educator. For me, one of the highlights of the program was getting to work with an inspiring cohort of mentor fellows who all brought different experiences and perspectives to the table. The program is structured in a way that allows you to build close relationships with all of the other fellows, and it was exciting to learn from everyone and see how we grew as a band over the course of four weeks. I appreciated the extent to which we were able to workshop different teaching strategies and observe classes as well as teaching our own, and I’ve found that I’ve been able to translate a lot of what I learned about jazz pedagogy at SJW to my work as a music educator in Chicago. SJW is one of the most creative, supportive musical communities I’ve ever been a part of, and I value and hope to continue the relationships I built with faculty, staff, and students.”  — Emily Kuhn, Class of 2016/17 – Trumpet