SJW Saturdays

Join us this fall for SJW Saturdays! These new online weekend workshops offer a full-day mix of the most compelling live content about jazz, presented by SJW faculty members. Each SJW Saturdays event features three exciting live online presentations, plus all-weekend access to pre-recorded video lectures, lessons, panel discussions, and more.

Thanks to the generous support of one of our partners, we’ve reduced the cost of these exciting programs by 50%. See details below.

For all jazz fans and musicians, of any age

No jazz experience required! Just a passion for it.

SJW Saturdays, No. 1

Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Steven Lugerner: The Music of Jackie McLean, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Very few musicians have delved as deep into the genius that is Jackie McLean more than SJW’s faculty and camp director, Steven Lugerner. Steven will present recordings of some of Jackie’s unique compositions, and talk about the impact Jackie’s music has had on Steven’s own band, JACKNIFE. In this 90-minute live presentation, Steven will discuss aspects of the music that made Jackie such a visionary, as well as Jackie’s life and history.

Carmen Staaf: Jazz Piano through the Years, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Carmen is not only one of SJW’s most beloved faculty members and festival artists, she’s also in the international spotlight as the pianist and musical director for NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater. She’s performed with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and many other jazz legends. In this 90-minute live presentation, Carmen will dazzle and entertain you as she takes you through the history of the great jazz pianists, and how their pianistic mastery pushed jazz forward.

Backstage I with Jim Nadel, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

SJW founder and artistic director Jim Nadel has presented many of the world’s legendary jazz artists, and he’s engaged them to teach at SJW’s jazz camps, too. The time Jim’s spent with these great players has yielded a deep understanding and love of the music — and some pretty entertaining stories, too. Jim will roll back the hands of time to share moments from SJW’s history including some never-heard-before recordings and interviews of some of your favorite jazz musicians.

On-Demand, All Weekend

From Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25, you’ll have access to pre-recorded video content by SJW faculty members, including:

  • Terrence Brewer on Jazz History: lectures on Ornette Coleman, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Christian.
  • Sam Reider: Music is . . . : If you’re curious about harmony, song form, and improvisation, Sam Reider takes you on a very entertaining tour of the musical concepts and ideas that inspire his own eclectic compositions and improvisation. Sam will challenge you to become a composer yourself, with simple and fun musical explorations. You’ll come away inspired to listen more and to create more.

SJW Saturdays, No. 2

Saturday, November 21, 10 a.m. — 7 p.m.

Noah Garabedian: The Great Jazz Albums of 1959, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

1959 was a watershed year for great jazz. An astonishing number of the best and most popular recordings ever were recorded or released in that year, including Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Cannonball Adderley’s Something’ Else. Bassist and educator Noah Garabedian will spin cuts from these and several lesser-known gems, as he discusses the artists and the work that went into their creation.

Caroline Davis, Subconsiouslee: the music and improvisation stylings of Lee Konitz, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Alto saxophonist Caroline Davis is one of SJW’s essential workers, bringing her master of jazz and her teaching chops to Jazz Camp and to Jazz Camp Online. Caroline will spotlight the great alto sax master Lee Konitz, who was one of her big influences and a mentor as well. She’ll talk about his recordings, his approach to improvisation, and everything else that went in to making his voice one of the most recognizable in jazz. You know the music is going to be hot, too.

Backstage II with Jim Nadel, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

SJW founder and artistic director Jim Nadel has presented many of the world’s legendary jazz artists, and he’s engaged them to teach at SJW’s jazz camps, too. The time Jim’s spent with these great players has yielded a deep understanding and love of the music — and some pretty entertaining stories, too. Jim will roll back the hands of time to share moments from SJW’s history including some never-heard-before recordings and interviews of some of your favorite jazz musicians.

On-Demand, All Weekend

From Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22, you’ll have access to pre-recorded video content by SJW faculty members, including::

  • Terrence Brewer on Jazz History: lectures on Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, and Charlie Parker.
  • Dr. David Hart: Meaningful Improvisation on the Blues: If you’ve always wanted to try improvisation yourself — even if you can hardly play a note or if all you want to do is sing — you’ll be transported by Dr. David Hart’s inviting approach to improvising.

SJW Saturdays, No. 3

Saturday, December 19, 10 a.m. — 7 p.m.

Valerie Troutt: Black Women in Jazz, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The contributions black women have made to jazz throughout its history are manifold, influential, and powerful. In this 90-minute live presentation, SJW faculty artist and vocalist Valerie Troutt will discuss the lives and work of several of the mist influential black women artists, as well as play music that will leave a lasting impression on you.

JJ Kirkpatrick: The New Orleans Jazz Trumpet Family Tree, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

New Orleans is where it all started. One of Nola’s favorite sons (Louis Armstrong himself) was once described as “the source and the river” of jazz. It’s no surprise that among the great practitioners of the art are dozens of amazing trumpet players from New Orleans. Trumpet master and SJW faculty member JJ Kirkpatrick will give you a fascinating tour of this royal lineage, and he’ll play some music that will blow the roof off.

Backstage III with Jim Nadel, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

SJW founder and artistic director Jim Nadel has presented many of the world’s legendary jazz artists, and he’s engaged them to teach at SJW’s jazz camps, too. The time Jim’s spent with these great players has yielded a deep understanding and love of the music — and some pretty entertaining stories, too. Jim will roll back the hands of time to share moments from SJW’s history including some never-heard-before recordings and interviews of some of your favorite jazz musicians.

On-Demand, All Weekend

From Friday, December 18 through Sunday, December 20, you’ll have access to pre-recorded video content by SJW faculty members, including:

  • Terrence Brewer on Jazz History: lectures on John Coltrane and Nina Simone.
  • Joshua Redman, Taylor Eigsti, and Eric Harland: “Influences and Inspirations” Three of SJW’s favorite instructors and performers in an engaging panel discussion, hosted by Jim Nadel.

SJW Saturdays

  • Two 90-minute and one 45-minute live online presentations per session, for nearly four hours of great live jazz content
  • Access to selected on-demand jazz content, up to 2 hours of pre-recorded jazz presentations by SJW faculty members, available for you to enjoy at anytime during the same weekend as the corresponding SJW Saturday presentation
  • Register for individual SJW Saturdays for $39 (50% off original fee)
  • Sign up for any two SJW Saturdays for $69 (50% off original fee); 10/21 and 11/20, 10/21 and 12/19, or 11/20 and 12/19
  • Get access to all three SJW Saturdays and all the corresponding on-demand content for $89 (50% off original fee); 10/21, 11/20, and 12/19

Faculty for SJW Saturdays