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.
World Rhythm @ SJW features one of the most creative percussionists on the globe, Tupac Mantilla. Tupac will open up the world of creativity to each participant, showing how our lives are infused with rhythm, as well as how the lives of all humans are connected via rhythm, and bringing out each participant’s inherent musical creativity. Using rhythms and instrumental techniques of music cultures from around the world, as well as body percussion, Tupac’s approach turns every class into a journey in group and personal expression. Tupac is sought after by many of the top jazz artists, not only for his creativity, but also for the inspiration he instills in all his students.
JAZZ VOCAL PROGRAMS
The Jazz Institute vocal program is designed for amateur and professional-level adult singers, and for highly advanced young singers. Focused on solo jazz singing with rhythm section. A special program called “Sing Like a Horn” puts individual singers in instrumental combos, where they function just like a horn, reading arrangements, improvising solos, and blending with the other horns. All first-time participants must audition in advance.