The new Brubeck Fellows have arrived!


Max Boiko

Trumpet player Max Boiko, is a 2013 graduate of Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and has studied the trumpet since seventh grade. He has won numerous awards and scholarships in national competitions, including the GRAMMY Band Jazz Session and the Jazz Band of America, and received the Outstanding Soloist Award twice at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in New York City. He has studied with Wycliffe Gordon, Wynton Marsalis, Terrell Stafford and others. Max is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.

Joel M. Ross

Vibraphonist Joel M. Ross, is a 2013 graduate of the Chicago High School for the Arts and performs with the top ChiArts Jazz Combo. He has performed with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride and Gerald Clayton, and with the Jazz Institute of Chicago Jazz Ambassadors. He was twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and has performed at the Chicago, Hyde Park and South Shore jazz festivals. Joel is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.

Sean Britt

Guitarist Sean Britt from Hingham, Mass., has studied jazz since age 13. He has performed in such venues as the Newport Jazz Festival and Boston’s Symphony Hall. His many accolades include Massachusetts All-State Jazz Band, National Young Arts Foundation winner, and GRAMMY Camp Jazz Session finalist. He teaches music and performs with his band, The Harbor Jazz Quartet, and has studied with Pat Martino, Stefon Harris, Steve Houghton and others. Sean is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.

Sarah Kuo

Bassist Sarah Kuo from Los Angeles, is the Institute’s first female fellow. A 2013 graduate of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Kuo discovered classical bass at age 12 and jazz at 14. Her performances have been regaled in the media, including CBS, Jazz Times and She has received awards from organizations such as the Monterey and Angel City Jazz Festivals and has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Bob Mintzer and Natalie Cole. Sarah is in her first year as a Brubeck Fellow.

Jalon D’Mere Archie

Percussionist Jalon D’Mere Archie, from Houston, Texas, has been playing percussion for as long as he can remember. He was in The Skidmore Jazz Program and has been selected to the All City Band, All-Region and All-State Alternate. He has participated in jazz institutes and workshops including the American Festival for the Fine Arts Institute and has been mentored by artists such as Sebastian Whitaker, Marvin Sparks, and Matt Wilson. Jalon is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.


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