Brubeck Fellowship Deadlines and Application Process

Please note the January 15th deadline for application. Below are links to our degrees and  application process.

Degree Programs click here……….

Accelerated 3-Year B.A. Honors Degree click here……….

Application Process click here……….

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Adam Kolker visits the Brubeck Institute

Here are some highlights from Adam Kolker’s visit to the Brubeck Institute. During his time at the Brubeck Institute, Adam performed with the BIJQ, the UOP Jazz Ensemble, presented several masterclasses, and taught private lessons.

Here is a clip of Adam and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet performing at the Take 5 Jazz Club.

Adam also performed with the University of the Pacific’s Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Patrick Langham.

Here is a clip of Adam and Brubeck Fellow, Paul Bloom, performing an original of Paul’s entitled “Empty City”. It was Paul’s birthday that night so as a treat Paul got to play a duo with Adam.

Adam Kolker is a multi-talented performer, composer and arranger. He performed and recorded with latin-jazz artist Ray Barretto from 1994 through 2002 (with whom he received two GRAMMY nominations). He also appears in New York City with groups including the Village Vanguard OrchestraFred Hersch’s “My Coma Dreams,” the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Bruce Barth, Judi Silvano, Lucia Pulido, and his own groups with John Abercombie and Billy Hart. He has recorded with Bruce Barth, John Hébert, Marty Ehrlich, The Story, Allan Chase, Bobby Previte, Gunther Schuller, Bruce Saunders, Frank Carlberg, among others.

For more info on Adam Kolker and his music click here……….

Message from Brubeck Institute Executive Director, Simon Rowe

Dear Friends,

The extended Brubeck community would like to thank you for your expressions of sympathy and support over the last few days. The massive global outpouring of love and affection for Dave reflects his impact. We would invite you to visit our blog to partake of the many remembrances and tributes penned by students, peers, and fans worldwide.

On a personal level, I recall my first meeting with Dave as I became the new executive director of the Brubeck Institute over a year ago. Upon hearing my recorded version of Irving Berlin’s “How deep is the ocean” Dave wrote me a note. He suggested that in my new role at the Brubeck Institute the title should be “How deep is the notion”.

As we grieve and begin to celebrate Dave’s life, we are reminded of the elevated resolve, purpose and joy with which he lived. We now embrace this same resolve as we strive to perpetuate his unique legacy.


Yours Truly,

Simon Rowe

Executive Director

Melanie O’Reilly’s radio tribute to Dave Brubeck

A powerful radio tribute to Dave Brubeck featuring the Brubeck Institute, from Melanie O’Reilly’s Irish National Radio award winning series, “Jazz on the Bay ” will air on RTE Radio at 3pm Pacific Standard Time on Sunday December 9th.
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*Made in collaboration with, and courtesy of Mistloe Music LLC ©.
Originally broadcast by RTE, Ireland’ public service broadcaster.

Glenn Zaleski remembers Dave Brubeck

Remembering Dave Brubeck – Five Great Records

I first heard Dave Brubeck in 2000 when I was in the 8th grade. His quartet was playing in Worcester, MA at Mechanics Hall. (This was the band with Bobby Militello, John Dankworth, and Randy Jones). The concert was magic, with an explosive energy and focus. I was captivated throughout the whole concert in a way that I had never felt before. From that moment I was completely hooked on Dave’s music: I bought every record that I could find, bought every LP that wasn’t yet re-released on CD, learned every tune I heard him play. I really became a “superfan”.

In 2005, after five years of study and practice inspired by Dave’s music, I was honored to be selected as a Brubeck Institute Fellow. While studying at the Brubeck Institute I met the musicians who would become my best friends and strongest musical inspirations, I studied with the most amazing musicians currently on the scene, and I had international performance opportunities, and even got to know and work with Dave himself. My time spent there was honestly a dream come true.

Dave’s music represents an unwavering commitment to personal creativity, but also balanced with an endearment that touched millions of people across the globe. Anyone could listen to the music of Dave Brubeck and feel the heart in it. This is what I felt at my first Dave Brubeck concert experience in 2000, what inspired me and thousands of others to pursue their creative passion, and what will continue to inspire listeners for years to come.

Here are five records of Dave’s that are particularly inspiring to me:

Brubeck Plays Brubeck (1956)

Dave wrote nine tunes, recorded solo piano versions of them in his house, and released it on Columbia Records in 1956 as “Brubeck Plays Brubeck”. The result is one of the great solo piano records: every tune is original, but every tune feels like a classic. (Of course “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “The Duke” did go on to become classics, but their original recordings appear here.) Dave’s solo playing is crystal clear, often blurring the line between “melody” and “improvisation”. Every track listens like an entirely composed piece, but also maintains a casual, “just playing in your living room” sentiment. Check out the re-harminiaztions of the last “A” section of the in head of “In Your Own Sweet Way”, and the slow stride on “One Moment Worth Years”.

Jazz Impressions of the U.S.A. (1957)

This is my personal favorite of the “Jazz Impressions” series that Dave recorded for Columbia Records. The compositions stand out among Dave’s strongest for the quartet. Here is the original recording of “Summer Song”. Also “Plain Song” is one of the wildest minor blues heads you would ever hear. And to close this record is “Home At Last”, which is another solo piano classic that Dave recorded in his California home. (This track was basically a textbook for jazz piano harmony for me, with drop 2’s, walking tenths, upper structure triads, and inner voices…) Fortunately this classic record recently became available on CD/iTunes!

Dave Digs Disney (1957)

One of the first jazz records to explore Disney music (which wasn’t that old then!), Dave’s quartet captures the joyful energy of these beautiful melodies in a way that no other quartet could. And some of Dave’s solo playing on this record is absolute magic: the piano intro on “Someday My Prince Will Come”, and the outro on “When You Wish Upon a Star” are some of Dave’s best recorded playing, absolutely virtuosic.

At Carnegie Hall (1963)

Although the classic DBQ is known for its “cool” records of the late 50’s and 60’s, this record captures the explosive energy that they would produce in a live concert. “Southern Scene” is particularly beautiful, and one of Dave’s lesser known tunes. And “Blue Rondo a la Turk” is unforgettable. Paul’s solo is as classic as his “Time Out” take, and Dave’s solo takes its time, building into an amazing double time. This is a must- hear.

The Duets (1975)

The chemistry between Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck is felt on this record in a more personal way than almost any other.  Dave and Paul are basking in each other’s sounds, working together to create a duo sound that could only result from years of experience together.  “Koto Song” is one of my favorites on this record, a rare example of Dave and Paul exploring more open improvisation.

Thank you Dave!

Glenn Zaleski