California Arts Council

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Stanford Jazz FestivalMusic

For nearly four decades, Stanford Jazz Workshop (SJW) has been bringing the best jazz performers and educators together with students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, in two summer programs: the Stanford Jazz Festival, and the Stanford Jazz Camp and Jazz Residency. 

During the Festival and Jazz Camp/Residency, Stanford Jazz Workshop becomes a lively and supportive community of jazz artists, educators, students, and enthusiasts on the beautiful campus of Stanford University. In the evenings, the Festival presents the top jazz artists in the world who are SJW's faculty for the Workshop. In the past, these jazz greats have included artists such as: Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Ray Brown, Jimmy Cobb, Slide Hampton, Mulgrew Miller, Branford Marsalis, Ray Drummond, Mundell Lowe, Dena DeRose, Steve Davis, Jim Rotondi, the Heath Brothers, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Jim Cullum, Phil Woods, and many others. 

During the day, these same artists mingle with the students at Jazz Camp and Residency to pass on their experience, techniques, and artistic vision. Many emerging jazz stars are past participants of SJW programs, including Joshua Redman, Larry Grenadier, Bill Stewart, Sasha Dobson, Taylor Eigsti, and Jenny Scheinman. 

Founded in 1972, Stanford Jazz Workshop is a nonprofit organization dedicated to jazz education and appreciation.SJW's programs provide an exceptional immersion in jazz, fostering a deeper appreciation of this great improvisational music genre, hailed by many as "the definitive American art form." 

Festival has a children/youth component.

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Occurs in: June; July; August

Festival Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto

Contact Information:
Stanford Jazz Workshop
P.O. Box 20454, Stanford, CA 94309
(650) 736-0324

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