Bay Area jazz enthusiasts have reason to rejoice with last Thursday’s announcement that the Stanford Jazz Workshop’s world-class concert series is back at Frost Amphitheater, with headliners Joshua Redman and Zakir Hussain taking the stage on Thursday, July 1. Big news for students, too, as the lauded workshop returns to in-person instruction as well as online and hybrid programs in July for young jazz acolytes at all levels.
Saxophonist Redman and tabla master Hussain team up with Joel Ross on vibraphone and Zach Moses Ostroff on bass for a sparkling four-way musical conversation in the first of the summer’s co-presentations by Stanford Live and the Jazz Workshop. Sold in distanced pod groups of two, four, and six seats, tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show go on sale June 11 on the Stanford Live website.
Other shows in the series include Fantastic Negrito on July 8, Kansas City Swing with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers on July 22, and the SFJAZZ Collective on July 29. Get the details and see the full roster of Stanford Live’s summer events here.
There’s lots of options for jazz students this summer, with two in-person programs in addition to online and hybrid options. For face-to-face learning, options include the Combo Camp and the Evening Combo Camp. Students in the Workshop’s in-person ensembles work with a single instructor and play together as a small group each day. All combos will perform for each other at the end of the week. Get the specifics about dates, times, and tuition for these in-person programs here.
For students preferring a virtual learning environment for the time being, the Workshop offers many options, including “up to four live online sessions each day with top jazz artists, private lessons, fun live group online activities, and access to SJW’s library of on-demand jazz content.” More details here.