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~ Jazz Camp parent

For Adult Instrumentalists and advanced young musicians

Audition required

Instrumentation: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, drums

Ten Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at Los Altos High School

To audition, first register by clicking on the REGISTER button, or by using your existing SJW account. We’ll send you the audition instructions. There is no charge to register and audition.

Program Details:

January 29 – May 14

Jan 29
February 5, (skip 12), 19, 26
March (skip 5), 12, 19, (skip 26)
April 2, 9, (skip 16), 23, 30

Concert Sunday, May 6

Performance at Stanford University on Sunday, May 6

Directed by Ray Brown

Rehearsals at Los Altos High School
201 Almond Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022

Program Focus

  • Work with one of the finest big band directors and arrangers
  • Play challenging professional repertoire
  • Improvisation opportunities
  • Play great big band jazz at a very high level
  • Showcase performance in December in Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University

SJW Alumni Big Band

Stanford Jazz Workshop’s Alumni Big Band is an evening adult music program for professional and amateur musicians, featuring jazz performance and improvisation, directed by Ray Brown, in the South Bay area of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to play great big band jazz under the direction of legendary jazz musician, educator, and arranger Ray Brown!

Ray played the jazz trumpet chair with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the early 1970s and also contributed arrangements. He led his own big band in the Bay Area for 27 years, The Great Big Band, for which he wrote all the arrangements and compositions. He’s played with and/or written for the big bands of Count Basie, Bill Watrous, Bill Berry, the Frankie Kapp – Nat Pierce Juggernaut, and Full Faith and Credit. His playing credits include performances with Steve Gadd, Billy Hart, Leroy Vinnegar, Ray Brown, Mundell Lowe, Thad Jones, Roy Hargrove, and Jimmy Heath among many others.

This is much more than a rehearsal band, as each week you’ll play Ray’s renowned compositions and arrangements from his own book, as well as many of his favorite charts penned by his favorite arrangers. You’ll also get to elevate your improvisation skills, if you choose, by taking advantage of Ray’s incredible expertise in improvisation instruction.

The program will culminate with a performance at Stanford University on Sunday, May 6.

Ray’s music is as rewarding and swinging as it is challenging to play, and he’s looking for the best adult players in the Bay Area to join him in this special opportunity. Advanced high school musicians are welcome to audition as well.

Auditions are through SJW’s online audition and sight-reading systems, so click on the Register button below and get your audition in today!  Contact us at for updates.