Summer Jazz Colony is almost here!

Jazz Corner wrote a nice article about our upcoming 2013 Summer Jazz Colony. We are getting geared up and are very excited for a great week with top-notch students and faculty. 

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Annual Brubeck Institute Program Pairs Nation’s Best Student Musicians with Award-Winning Jazz Artists

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony at University of the Pacific draws together 18 of the best high school jazz musicians from throughout the country to hone their performance skills in the shadow of jazz greatness.

Named for the late Dave Brubeck, a University of the Pacific alumnus who went on to become the most popular jazz musician of his time, the Summer Jazz Colony provides participants with intense musical instruction, meaningful mentoring, and challenging performance experiences.

Russell Gloyd, who conducted symphonic and choral appearances for the Dave Brubeck Quartet, is slated to be among the distinguished visiting faculty this year. Grammy Award-winning bassists Eddie Gomez and Clark Sommers also will be on hand, as will Grammy nominees Stefon Harris (vibraphone) and Matt Wilson (drums), along with a roster of other highly regarded artists-in-residence who are among the finest musicians and instructors in jazz today.

“Under the mentorship of world-class artist educators, these young musicians embark on a weeklong journey of musical self-discovery,” said Brubeck Institute Executive Director Simon Rowe. “In the past, many of our colonists have been so deeply inspired by this experience that they have aspired to become a part of our highly regarded Brubeck Fellowship Program. In fact, three of our incoming 2013-14 Brubeck Fellows, Max Boiko (trumpet), Sean Britt (guitar) and Jalon Archie (drums), were all 2012 Summer Jazz Colonists.”

University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Fellowship Program is a one- or two-year full-scholarship program in jazz performance for five musicians who have just graduated from high school. The Brubeck Fellows comprise the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, winner of numerous DownBeat awards for best collegiate jazz group in the country. The group also performs at schools, jazz festivals and jazz clubs throughout the country, and in April played at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and at the first-ever Dave Brubeck Forum at the United Nations in New York City.

Ben Flocks, a Brubeck Fellow in 2007-08 and again in 2008-09, and now a professional saxophonist, composer and educator in Brooklyn, N.Y., will be among this year’s instructors. Malachi Whitson, a Brubeck Fellow in 2011-12 and 2012-13 now pursuing a three-year honor jazz degree from the Pacific Conservatory of Music, is another former Brubeck Fellow returning to teach and mentor Summer Jazz Colonists.

The 18 Summer Jazz Colonists are selected from about 70 applicants each year. Musicians must fill out an application, submit two letters of recommendation, include a resume highlighting performance experience, and upload a recorded audition showing musical skill and versatility.

The Summer Jazz Colonists study with Brubeck Institute faculty, guest artists and master teachers in combo rehearsals, master classes and private instruction. They take classes in jazz theory and advanced jazz improvisation, and seminars on Brubeck’s music and other topics. The Summer Jazz Colonists have an opportunity to visit with musical artists and clinicians, and to visit the Brubeck Collection housed in the Holt-Atherton Special Collections at the University of the Pacific Library.

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