The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra is comprised of 22 of the finest young Bay Area jazz musicians, selected annually by competitive audition. Get to know this ensemble's members and their achievements.
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars
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 Orchestra and Combo continue to earn accolades wherever they appear, including four consecutive wins at the NextGeneration Jazz Festival in Monterey, their numerous Downbeat Awards, first place in The Portland Jazz Forward and Charles Mingus festivals, and so many more. In addition, our extraordinary alumni return each year to present a memorable showcase of their ongoing musical explorations, further enhanced by our Alumni Commission Award, which is offered to one of our former All-Stars. Under the expert direction of Paul Contos (Orchestra) and Dann Zinn (Combo), the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars display a technical brilliance and musical maturity rarely seen in the youth ensemble arena, and as always we are proud to show them off to the world! For their December concert, the All-Stars will be joined by critically-acclaimed tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman as they highlight the indelible work of Miles Davis in addition to presenting unique takes on classic holiday favorites. In May they are honored to perform with stellar vocalist and SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Mary Stallings. Don’t miss the All-Stars in concert and help us support the next generation of jazz ambassadors!
All-Stars members enjoy regular workshops, master classes and mentoring sessions with leading artists that have included Miguel Zenon and the SFJAZZ Collective, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Ravi Coltrane, and Ellis Marsalis.