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 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.

Under the expert direction of Paul Contos (Orchestra) and Dann Zinn (Combo), the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Program also includes an Alternate Program, in which students are invited to participate as subs in rehearsals, recordings, and concerts, and a Mentorship Program, in which promising young players are matched with alumni mentors and invited to audit all All-Stars rehearsals and clinics.

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 presented annually to one of our former All-Stars.

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.

Education Program Calendar

SFJAZZ Hotplate in the Joe Henderson Lab

SFJAZZ Hotplate is a monthly concert series at the Joe Henderson Lab featuring Bay Area’s most gifted musicians re-imagining a famous recording of a jazz legend. The 2nd Thursday of every month, Hotplate aims to show another side of SFJAZZ, an informal setting where you can drop in for a drink and hear some of the best jazz the local scene has to offer. Make sure to show up early for each set as DJ Pat Les Stache spins some of the legend's best-known tracks before the live music begins. This is a seriously fun jazz hang and the joint is always packed!

Hotplate Video Vault

Check out these videos from some past Hotplate gigs. To view all Hotplate videos, click here.

Erik Jekabson plays Chet Baker

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Marc VW plays Jaco Pastorius

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Haggai Cohen Milo

plays John Zorn

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Marcus Stephens plays
Joe Henderson

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Mike Olmos plays Freddie Hubbard

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Fil Lorenz plays Count Basie

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Mads Tolling plays Jean Luc Ponty

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Josh Jones plays Ray Barretto

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The Shotgun Wedding Quintet plays Cab Calloway

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SFJAZZ Spring Season

SFJAZZ Collective

San Francisco Jazz Festival

Give a full year of benefits:

FIRST CHANCE AT TICKETS - Choose your seats before anyone else. Tickets go on sale to Members first.

DEEP DISCOUNTS: 

  • 25% off select performances, classes and workshops
  • 10% off orders of 10 or more tickets in a single order

INSIDER EVENTS:

  • Listening Parties 
  • Members-Only Concerts

NO TICKET SERVICE FEES - A savings of up to $7.50 per ticket!

What's in a gift membership package?

We'll send you a letter acknowledging your tax-deductible donation, and send the gift recipient a letter information him/her of your gift along with official SFJAZZ Member cards. 

If you'd prefer that we send all materials directly to you so that you can surprise the recipient, please check the box that says "Send all membership materials to me" on the order page.

Once an order is placed, the materials will be mailed out to the recipient within ten business days.

To give one-year gift memberships, sign-up here or call 415-283-0337.

Double the impact of your contribution.

Corporate matching gifts can double or even triple the value of your membership contribution to SFJAZZ. Ask your Human Resources department if your company has a matching gift program. To participate, just complete the form provided by your company and mail it to us at:

SFJAZZ
3 Embarcadero Center
Lobby Level
San Francisco, CA 94111

Not sure if your company has a program? Check here to learn more. Not all companies are listed, so double-check with your Human Resources department.

These organizations have extended additional support to SFJAZZ due to their employees' generosity:

4Charity Foundation
Adobe Matching Gift Program
Amgen Foundation
Bank of America Matching Gifts Program
Barclays Global Investor Matching Gift Center
CENGAGE Learning Matching Gift Program
Chevron Corporation Matching Gifts Program
Cisco Systems Foundation
ExxonMobil Foundation
Gap Foundation Gift Match Program
Giving Express Program from American Express
Global Impact
Google Gift Matching Program
IBM Matching Grants Program
J.P. Morgan Clearing
JustGive.org
Levi Strauss Foundation Matching Gifts Program
LexisNexis Cares
Liberty Mutual Foundation Match
Merrill Lynch & Company, Inc. Foundation
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
Northern Trust Charit. Giving Prg
Oracle Matching Gifts
Pepsico Foundation
Sun Microsytesm, Inc. Matching Gift Program
Symantec Giving Station
The Clorox GIFT Campaign
The James Irvine Foundation
United Way of the Bay Area
Wells Fargo Comm. Suppt. Camp.
XL America / Global Services, Inc  

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