Summer Jazz Saxophone Intensive


Summer Jazz Saxophone Intensive

Our Summer Jazz Saxophone Intensive has been postponed until 2021.

Jazz Saxophone Intensive
June 29 – July 3, 2020

An all-day, weeklong jazz saxophone intensive for intermediate and advanced players, directed by internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonists/composers/educators Dann Zinn and Dr. Michael Zilber, joined on the final day by New York saxophone great Dayna Stephens. Includes daily morning master classes, coached afternoon playing sessions with a top-shelf Bay Area rhythm section, and a joint Friday night student/faculty concert with Stephens, Zilber, Zinn and the rhythm section.

Daily Schedule


Master Class with Mike Zilber and/or Dann Zinn (10 am)

Students play with a professional rhythm section with guided critique from Zilber and Zinn (1 pm)


Master Class with guest artist Dayna Stephens (11 am)

Student Rehearsal with Rhythm Section, Faculty and Guest Artist providing guidance (1:30 pm)

Faculty and Guest Artist open dress rehearsal (4 pm)

Dinner Break

Final Performance featuring all students, faculty and guest artist (8 pm)


Tuition: $850 ($800 if you register before March 1st)

Open to intermediate/advanced jazz saxophonists ages 14 and up (youth and adults)  

Maximum Enrollment: 15

Audition Requirements: Please see application form below.



Dayna Stephens

dayna stephensRecent winner for the 2019 DownBeat Critics Poll in the category “Rising Star—Tenor Saxophone”, Dayna Stephens has garnered critical acclaim over the years for his playing, compositions and arrangements. To hear his music is to fall in love with whatever instrument Dayna uses to channel his ideas. Through a tendency toward experimenting with both tone and texture in a harmonic context, he embraces a range of instruments—and their varying degrees of warmth—including double bass. A master of tenor, soprano and baritone saxophones and, more recently, Nyle Steiner’s EWI (electric wind instrument). Dayna’s openness and sensitivity as an artist have allowed him to stretch as a composer and arranger. Dayna’s Quartet and soulful lines have resonated through the halls of such internationally renowned venues – as the Village Vanguard, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Yoshi’s, The Blue Whale, Blue Note Milano, Le Duc des Lombards and San Francisco Jazz Center— and jazz festivals – as Warsaw Jazz Days, Jazz & Wine in Montalcino, Newport Jazz Festival.


Michael Zilber

NEA Jazz Master David Liebman calls San Francisco-based saxophonist/composer Michael Zilber “one of the best players and composers around anywhere. Period!” The Canadian-born ex-New Yorker has performed and/or recorded around North America with many jazz greats over the years, including Liebman, Miroslav Vitous, Mike Clark, Ben Allison, Steve Smith,  James Genus, Rachel Z, John Stowell & Yoron Israel, to name just a very few. Says ALL ABOUT JAZZ, “Zilber is one of the true masters of modern jazz saxophone, his prodigious talents evidenced by his recordings and live performances are truth.”

Zilber has 12 CDs to his credit as a leader, the last 6 on Seattle’s acclaimed Origin Records

Among the most recent of these is “Originals for the Originals” project, a 2017 Origin recording featuring high-profile sidemen Dave Kikoski, James Genus and Clarence Penn. ALL ABOUT JAZZ’s Paul Rauch says “Originals For the Originals is a top 10 of 2017 candidate without a doubt.” Zilber’s latest release from November 2019,East West: Music for Big Bands is a double CD consisting of an all-star New York and all-star SF big band, and has been a JAZZWEEK top 50 CD for multiple weeks,  NPR/California Report’s Andrew Gilbert writes, “East West is beauty AND burn, intense swing AND sweet balladry, all united under Zilber’s commanding and ever-expanding creative purview.”

Zilber has co-led several notable groups, including with drumming greatSteve Smith 1995-2003, releasing the top 20 recordingReimagined: Jazz Standards, Volume 1. As well, for more than a decade, Zilber has frequently collaborated with guitar virtuosoJohn Stowell, most recently on 2016’sBasement Blues, where All About Jazz’s Dan McClenaghan hails  Zilber as “soulful and flawless”. Their 2015 Origin Records recordingLive Beauty, made DownBeat magazine’s “best of the year” list.

Zilber is also a sideman in various projects, including Bass virtuoso Kai Eckhardt’s The Resilience, drumming giant Mike Clark’s “four…and more,” trumpet/composer Erik Jekabson’s Stringtet, and playing lead tenor/composing for SF’s Electric Squeezebox Orchestra.

In Berkeley, California, Zilber’s Jazzschool Advanced Workshop has won more than 25 group/individual Downbeat awards. As well, he is a Professor of composition, advanced improv and ensembles at theCalifornia Jazz Conservatory. Zilber has a Doctorate in composition from NYU.


Dann Zinn

“Dann Zinn is a game changer, who is taking jazz in new directions.” As a world-class saxophonist/flutist, Zinn is renowned for being a passionate soloist and composer/arranger. Hailed over the years as “inventive,” “distinctive,” and for “creating a stunning and emotional listening experience,” Zinn has developed a unique style distinguishing him as a one of a kind artist with a tone unlike any other horn player on the jazz scene today.

Zinn’s resume includes working with Peter Erskine, Taylor Eigsti, Allison Miller, Derrick Hodge, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Henderson, Mary Wells, Martha and the Vandellas, and Barry Finnerty, among many others. Zinn has been featured on numerous CDs, and has produced five of his own; Ten Songs, Wish, Grace’s Song,  and Shangri La. DownBeat Magazine gave Shangri La a 4-star review, and listed it as one of the best albums of 2015. His latest CD Day Of Reckoning has received rave reviews and been on the jazz charts for six months. It was released on Origin Records. Zinn has toured around the US, and played on distinguished stages including a Top Ten, Must See at the 2015 Monterey Jazz Festival with Peter Erskine, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and Yoshi’s Night Spot, where he has played to sold-out crowds.

As an educator, Zinn’s resume includes Director of Jazz Studies at the California State University East Bay, former Director of Jazz Studies at Chabot College, Director of the award winning San Francisco Jazz Festival High School All Star Combo, faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, The California Jazz Conservatory, and The Brubeck Institute. Zinn’s private studio is home to multiple winners of full scholarships to the nation’s top Jazz College Programs, All Star Bands, and DownBeat Winners. Zinn and the Art of Saxophone is Zinn’s series of six technique books based on 30 years of teaching experience, and is currently on its third printing.

Dann Zinn is a D’Addario Artist.