Santa Barbara Jazz Workshop


The 4th annual

Santa Barbara Jazz Workshop

The dates for the 4th annual Santa Barbara Jazz Workshop are now firm. They are–

Sunday, July 12 – Thursday, July 16 2020

Presented by Kim Richmond and Kimberly Ford

in partnership with the Los Angeles Jazz Society 

and the Santa Barbara Jazz Society

at the

SOhO Music Club (downtown Santa Barbara, California),

Cate School, (1960 Cate Mesa Rd, Carpinteria, CA 93013),

Island Brewing Company (Carpinteria) for evening jam sessions

     The Santa Barbara Jazz Workshop  returns to the beautiful facility of Cate School. This location is a spectacular panoramic and historic setting. Please see the Cate School Location page.

Our daily evening jam sessions are at the Carpinteria seaside Island Brewing Company. This gives the students a chance to try their hand at performing with the faculty pros.  

Our final performance is at SOhO, and we were not restricted time-wise, but can go the ENTIRE evening.

We have a superior set of faculty members who meet the various students’ ability levels and give them a boost (and in some cases, a start) in their performance techniques.

There are photos and videos to be viewed and heard on this website. There are (on display under the Sponsors menu) comments from the students about the 2018 event.

 About the Jazz Workshop:

A learning and growing jazz experience for aspiring students of jazz -adults and high school aged students welcomed.: Our limited enrollment (approximately 40 students) to our high ratio of instructors assures an intimate and personalized music education experience. The Santa Barbara Jazz Workshop will be something that you will always treasure as a worthwhile investment in your music education. You make new friends that share a love of jazz and will also be studying and playing daily with world class seasoned jazz professionals.

A faculty of jazz professionals teach instrumental/vocal master classes, improvisation, jazz listening (how to listen, and who to listen to, old and new), modern jazz combo and big band playing, with concerts and jam sessions each late afternoon (open to the public) where advanced students sit in with the professionals.

Kim Richmond

Kim Richmond, saxophone

Kimberly Ford

Kimberly Ford, vocals

This will be an intimate event with 35 students maximum.

A major “perk” is students hanging out with the faculty at meals and after classes, story sessions (ie. about the big bands), and jam sessions. Prior big band or Jazz combo experience is not necessary.

The enjoyment of the awe-inspiring panoramic landscape and ocean views, are an important part of the Santa Barbara experience.


Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Santa Barbara Jazz Workshop, sponsored by the Los Angeles Jazz Society 501(c)3 and the Santa Barbara Jazz Society 501(c)3. Your donation will help provide youth with vital musical jazz education and will help keep America’s original musical art form  “Jazz” alive and thriving.