Dayna Stephens, Ben Wendel & Dan Tepfer, and Jeff Clayton this week at the Brubeck Institute

Busy week here at the Brubeck Institute for guest artists!

On Tuesday Feb 26th Dayna Stephens will be teaching with us all day teaching lessons and working with the BIJQ. Check out Dayna here at


On Thursday 28th, Ben Wendel and Dan Tepfur will be teaching and performing at Take 5 Jazz. Ben and Dan are touring promoting their new record. We are super excited to have this great duo with us for the day. They will also be playing at Take 5 Jazz Club that night at 7:00pm. They will be playing music from their new record “Small Constructions” and also with the BIJQ. “Small Constructions” is a co-lead project recorded with Ben and Dan for Sunnyside Records. You can order the album on ITUNES or AMAZON.  For more information on their upcoming US/EUROPE TOUR, click HERE.

Check out this clip of Ben and Dan

And if that wasn’t enough the great Jeff Clayton will be with us on Friday March 1st


From Jeff’s blog he shares his thoughts on his career performing and teaching.
“From Thad Jones who led the Count Basie Orchestra when I was on the band the second time I learned the art of rehearsal—- how to give musicians the
support they needed to create without restrictions. He had a wonderful heart.

From my life long association with Ray Brown I learned about expression, being yourself no matter what and to do what you do best. “Push through the
music phrase”, Ray would say, “put it out there”. He left a void in our lives .

From years in the studio and on stage with Frank Sinatra, I was shown how to embrace long phrases and how to just state the melody.
Benny Carter told me, “the writer wrote the melody for a reason Jeff”.

While playing on the Gene Harris Philip Morris Super band with Sweets Edison, the economy of ideas comes to mind. My musical experience through
application has been rare and invaluable.

Music is not mine to keep only to have and to hold……
I must give back what I have been so freely given so I spend a good amount of time teaching”.

Looking forward to a great week of learning and performing with these inspiring musicians and educators!


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