Accomplished jazz artists, jazz educators, classical musicians wishing to explore jazz improvisation, jazz amateurs, young up-and-coming professionals — all types of adult musicians from around the world gather at the Jazz Institute each year. Focused on combo performance, the curriculum of the Jazz Institute is open, so participants choose their own jazz theory classes, master classes, as well as special presentations offered by our marquee faculty members. The nightly performances at the Stanford Jazz Festival are a highlight of each day, as are the after-hours jam sessions.
Offered at the start of summer, our Miles Ahead Improv Sessions are hands-on classes that give adults and talented high school students the fundamentals of jazz theory and improvisation. By the end of the five weekly sessions, students will have the tools they need to be able to begin improvising over nearly any jazz composition or jazz standard they encounter.