High school jazz musicians at the 2012 Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony practice under guidance of Brubeck Institute Associated Director Nicholas Fryer.

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Jazz Colony Brings Nation’s Finest High School Musicians to Pacific

Jul 8, 2013

They are among the very best high school jazz musicians from throughout the country. Their musical dreams and aspirations are limitless.

To match those dreams and aspirations, however, they need intense instruction, insightful mentoring and challenging performances. They need the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony.

Each summer the Brubeck Institute program brings together 18 of the country's finest high school jazz musicians. The musicians, brought to University of the Pacific on scholarship, are freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

"Under the mentorship of world-class artist educators, these young musicians embark on a weeklong journey of musical self-discovery," said Brubeck Institute Director Simon Rowe. "In the past, many of our colonists are so deeply inspired by this experience that they aspire to become a part of the 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."

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 the music of Dave Brubeck and other topics. The colonists have an opportunity to visit with musical artists and clinicians, and to visit the Brubeck Collection.

"We are thrilled to work with these developing artists and are glad to have the opportunity to facilitate their musical journeys," said Rowe.

The "artists in residence" for the program include a list of some of the very finest jazz musicians and instructors to be found in jazz today. Vibraphonist and composer Stefon Harris returns this year to instruct and mentor Jazz Colonists. Other returning jazz educators include Joe Gilman, Patrick Langham, Joe Mazzaferro, Brain Kendrick, Rowe and Brubeck Institute Associate Director Nick Fryer. Malachi Whitson, a former Brubeck Fellow, also returns as an instructor and mentor.

New for this year will be Eddie Gomez, Rick Simerly, Clark Sommers, Matt Wilson, and Russell Gloyd, Dave Brubeck's former manager.

The public will get a chance to hear the results of this intensive learning opportunity in a series of performances. The performances begin with a faculty concert and jam session 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Take 5 Jazz Club at Valley Brew, 157 W. Adams St. in Stockton. Colin McDaniel and the Jon Hatamiya Quintet are scheduled to perform there the next evening. Student and faculty jam sessions will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 7-8, at Take 5 Jazz Club. The Four Brothas will perform 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. Regular cover charges apply.

The weeklong musical experience culminates the Jazz Colony Concert 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on campus. Admission to this concert is free.