SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars

Jazz has a future!

High School All-Stars

A pre-professional training program for current Bay Area high school age jazz musicians. Comprised of two ensembles - the Big Band and the Combo - the All-Stars rehearse and perform throughout the school year at the SFJAZZ Center, receive mentorship and clinics with leading jazz professionals, record a professional studio album, and appear at prestigious music festivals and competitions.

Although it may be a cliché to boast that the future of jazz is in good hands, the skilled young musicians comprising our award-winning Big Band and Combo continue to earn accolades wherever they appear, including four consecutive wins at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, numerous Downbeat Awards, first place in The Portland Jazz Forward and Charles Mingus festivals, and so many more.

The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars program is free of charge to all participants.

HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STARS AUDITIONS

As SFJAZZ gradually transitions to more normal operations following the pandemic, we are providing a variety of ways for students to engage and interact with the program. In lieu of in-person auditions for all students, we are offering a hybrid approach in the interest of safety and flexibility. Please visit the auditions page to sign up.

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High School All-Stars

Big Band

Directed by esteemed educator and performer Paul Contos, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band is comprised of 20-25 of the finest young Bay Area jazz musicians, selected annually by competitive audition. Get to know this ensemble's members and their achievements.

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High School All-Stars

Big Band

Directed by esteemed educator and performer Paul Contos, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band is comprised of 20-25 of the finest young Bay Area jazz musicians, selected annually by competitive audition. Get to know this ensemble's members and their achievements.

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High School All-Stars

Combo

The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars program presents its elite Combo, directed by renowned saxophonist and educator, Dann Zinn. Comprised of the "best of the best" Bay Area high school students, this small ensemble is typically designed to mirror the SFJAZZ Collective in instrumentation as well as select repertoire.

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High School All-Stars

Combo

The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars program presents its elite Combo, directed by renowned saxophonist and educator, Dann Zinn. Comprised of the "best of the best" Bay Area high school students, this small ensemble is typically designed to mirror the SFJAZZ Collective in instrumentation as well as select repertoire.

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High School All-Stars

Alumni Program

Founded in 2013, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Alumni Program is designed to maintain engagement with High School All-Star program alumni in a way that fosters their own creativity and artistry.

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High School All-Stars

Alumni Program

Founded in 2013, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Alumni Program is designed to maintain engagement with High School All-Star program alumni in a way that fosters their own creativity and artistry.

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SFJAZZ's implementation of its educational program will only further enhance the reputation it's garnered as one of the preeminent organizations in the arts.

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE

SFJAZZ's implementation of its educational program will only further enhance the reputation it's garnered as one of the preeminent organizations in the arts.

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE

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