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Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet

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The members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ) are in the Institute's Fellowship Program. Winners of numerous DownBeat awards, including the 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 awards for best collegiate jazz group in the country, this group has performed on the Monterey Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Brubeck Festival, Detroit International Jazz Festival, and others, and have done concerts in California, New York, Washington, Florida, Texas, Chicago, Toronto, Minneapolis, Washington DC, and on a State Department tour in Spain.

They have also performed in jazz clubs such as Yoshi's in Oakland, Herb Alpert's club Vibrato in Los Angeles, Blues Alley in Washington DC, the Dakota in Minneapolis, and the Jamboree Jazz Club in Barcelona. They have also performed at the annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education, and at the First Annual Jazz Education Network conference in St. Louis, MO.

The BIJQ does clinics and performances in schools throughout the country.

The members of the 2013-2014 BIJQ: Max Boiko, Trumpet, from Fort Lauderdale, FL; Joel Ross, Vibraphones, from Chicago, IL; Sean Britt, Guitar, from Hingham, MA; Sarah Kuo, Bass, from Los Angeles, CA; Jalon D'Mere Archie, Drums, from Houston, TX

Overview

The Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program is an intensive program in jazz performance for five musicians who have just graduated from high school. The Brubeck Fellows become members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ).

NOTE: Deadline for applications has been extended to March 1st, 2014. Please review application guidelines & deadlines here.

Performance

The BIJQ has performed on the Monterey Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Brubeck Festival, Detroit International Jazz Festival, North Texas Jazz Festival, and many others, and have done concerts in California, New York, Washington, Florida, Chicago, Toronto, Minneapolis, Texas, Washington D.C., and on a State Department tour of Spain. They have performed in jazz clubs such as Yoshi's in Oakland, The Montreal Bistro in Toronto, Herb Alpert's club Vibrato in Los Angeles, and the Jamboree Jazz Club in Barcelona, Spain. They have also performed at the annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education, and at the First Annual Jazz Education Network conference in St. Louis, MO. The BIJQ also does clinics and performances in schools throughout the country. In 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 the BIJQ won the DownBeat award for best college jazz group in the country.

Educational Opportunities

As part of their educational opportunities, the Brubeck Fellows annually attend the Monterey Jazz Festival and other jazz concerts and events in the Bay Area. They take classes in the Institute, in the Conservatory of Music, and have individual lessons, group rehearsals and coaching, and discussions with visitng artists and clinicians throughout the year. The BIJQ does at least one recording project each year. The University of the Pacific is a charter member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and all music programs are accredited.

Upon completion of the program, each student may go on to collegiate programs or to pursue a career in jazz performance. They are also expected to serve as ambassadors for jazz and to promote the values epitomized by the life and music of Dave Brubeck.

Fellowship Artists & Clinicians

A significant component of the educational program of the Brubeck Fellows is the visiting professional artists and clinicians initiative. Each artist engages in a variety of activities with the Fellows and students from the Conservatory of Music, including private lessons, rehearsal and coaching with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, special topic discussions, and sessions on professional career development. Occasionally, the visiting artists share the stage in performance with the BIJQ.

CLICK HERE for a list of guest artists and clinicians who have worked with the Fellows, 2002-2013.

The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ) is available throughout the academic year and occasionally during the summer for performances in schools, community venues, performing arts series, and jazz festivals. They are also available to do clinics in the schools. For information about availability and booking, contact the Institute office at 209.946.2187.

For information about booking the BIJQ, please contact Nicholas Fryer at 209-946-2187 or email nfryer@pacific.edu.