Over the last four decades, Stanford Jazz Workshop has become the leading summer immersion experience for jazz musicians in the country, if not the world. With the support of he Stanford Department of Music SJW has been bringing the best jazz performers and educators together with students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds at the Stanford Jazz Festival and in its summer educational programs, including the Stanford Jazz Camp and Stanford Jazz Institute (formerly Jazz Residency).
Each summer, SJW turns the Department of Music facilities into a lively and supportive community of jazz artists, educators, students, and enthusiasts. In the evenings, the Festival presents the top jazz artists in the world, and during the day, these same artists work with SJW students to pass on their experience, techniques, and artistic vision.
There are many and often quite varied approaches to successfully playing and composing jazz. Because it is a music of individual self-expression as well as group collaboration, there is inevitably more than one way to learn to play. SJW’s approach to jazz education through the creation of a diverse and interactive community has resonated with jazz artists and students. Every summer, students and artists young and old, coming from all parts of the world, with different backgrounds and musical styles gather at Stanford to perform, listen and exchange ideas and information in the classroom, in jam sessions and on Stanford’s concert stages. SJW’s roster of faculty members and Festival performers contains many of the greatest artists of our times, including over 46 NEA Jazz Masters.
Many of today’s leading jazz musicians have been inspired by SJW in their formative years, including Joshua Redman, Larry Grenadier, and several others whom you’ll read about in our timeline.
For more information about SJW and its programs, visit www.stanfordjazz.org.