The Stanford Jazz Workshop owes its very roots to — appropriately enough — a jam session.

Saxophonist Jim Nadel and his friend Bert Carelli had organized a Monday night jam session at Tresidder Union on the Stanford University campus back in 1972. That went well, so they decided to add a Tuesday meeting — only this one would be centered on musicians exchanging ideas and information as well as discussing approaches to playing jazz.

Thus, the Stanford Jazz Workshop was born.

And, a half century later, it’s still going strong.

Music lovers will be heading to the Peninsula beginning this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, which is best known to the general public for hosting the Stanford Jazz Festival.

This year’s festival runs June 17-July 30 and features Eliane Elias, Patrice Rushen, Dianne Reeves and many other talented acts.

Here are 10 top shows to catch at the 2022 festival. For tickets and more information, visit

Jim Nadel and Friends

Let’s start off our picks with Nadel himself, as the Stanford Jazz founder/artistic director/saxophonist leads a group featuring saxophonist Tommy Occhiuto, trumpeter Skylar Tang, bassist Tomoko Funaki, drummer Jason Lewis and pianist Glen Pearson. The informative show/demonstration is focused on introducing listeners to the different elements of the jazz art form. “Jim doesn’t just talk about jazz — he takes you inside it, so you’ll have a deeper appreciation of the entire Stanford Jazz Festival lineup,” according to the festival website.

Details: 8 p.m. June 17; Campbell Recital Hall; $8-$18 (free for SJW members)

Eliane Elias

The brilliant vocalist-pianist just keeps releasing remarkable albums, such as 2019’s “Love Stories” and the 2021 trio offering with fellow pianists Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés, “Mirror Mirror.” The latter won the trophy for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 64th annual Grammy Awards. The Brazilian jazz star is joined onstage by bassist Marc Johnson, guitarist Leandro Pellegrino and drummer Tiago Michelin.

Details: 8 p.m. June 18; Bing Concert Hall; $24-$110

The Dynamic Faye Carol

Carol is a skillful vocalist and entertainer, who gracefully draws from jazz, blues, R&B, gospel and soul in her sets. She comes to Stanford with a band featuring pianist Joe Warner, bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Deszon Claiborne.

Details: 8 p.m. June 24; Campbell Recital Hall; $15-$49

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