Young woman playing the xylophone


SFJAZZ High School All-Stars in performance


One of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars playing the slide trombone


SFJAZZ High School All-Stars

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 winter 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.

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.

Representing the "best of the best", this small ensemble focuses on original compositions and arrangements plus works by the SFJAZZ Collective. Led by renowned Bay Area educator and saxophonist Dann Zinn.

Paul Contos and Dann Zinn have each been involved in jazz performance and education for over 30 years. Their mentoring and teaching have touched hundreds of lives and their work as a performers, composers and arrangers is distinguished and comprehensive.

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.