The Brubeck Institute is proud to welcome its new 2016-2017 Brubeck Fellows! They include pianist Jamael Dean (California), saxophonist Isaiah Collier (Illinois), trumpeter Brandon Woody(Maryland), bassist Zane DeBord (Illinois) and drummer Tim Angulo (California).
Pianist Jamael Dean was born in Bakersfield California and started playing piano at the age of nine. Jamael's grandfather, drummer Donald Dean, is an amazing inspiration and support for him. Some of Jamael's recent accomplishments are 2016 Grammy Band Jazz Combo member, in 2015 Toured with Kamasi Washington, also in 2015 toured with Thundercat, 2014/16 Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School Septet, 2015-16 First Place Dolo Coker Participant, 2014-15 NAACP Act-So Gold Medalist and 2014-16 YoungArts winner.
Saxophonist Isaiah Collier is a native of Chicago, Illinois and attends ChiArts High School. With his parents' encouragement, Isaiah began playing the saxophone at age 12. Isaiah has participated in the Monk institute for two years. During this time he has toured with Bobby Watson, Antonio Hart and Kelly Lee Evans. He has played with The AACM and many renowned and local artists.
Trumpet Player Brandon Woody is from Baltimore, Maryland. He has performed, played or studied with Terri Lyne Carrington, Todd Marcus, Kriss Funn, John Lamkin Jr, Tim Green, Tiger Okoshi, Warren Wolf, Antonio Hart, Dontae Winslow, Paul Carr, Gary Thomas, and Alex Norris. He was a 2016 Young arts winner in Jazz, and accepted into the 2015 Jazz Band of America, the 2014 Berklee Jazz workshop, a semi Finalist in the Shenandoah Jazz Soloist competition and recently won both the BSA and Peabody Concerto Competitions. Brandon was recently selected by the Baltimore Sun as Baltimore's Rising artist.
Returning for his second year will be bassist Zane DeBord. Zane is a 2015 graduate of the Chicago High School for the Arts. He began playing electric bass at thirteen, switching to upright after becoming enthralled with jazz his freshman year in High School. Since then, he has been an involved member of the Chicago jazz scene, working with the Ravinia Jazz Scholars, Gallery 37, and the Jazz Institute of Chicago, as well as with international organizations such as the Thelonious Monk Institute and the JEN conference. He has worked with artists such as Bobby Broom, Dennis Carroll, and Bobby Watson.
Also returning for his second year is drummer Timothy Angulo. Tim is from Berkeley, California, and has been studying jazz since the age of 14. Throughout his musical career he has been a member of groups such as The Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, SF Jazz High School All-Stars, and The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (2015). Growing up in the Bay Area Tim has been mentored by and been able to play with great local musicians such as Faye Carol, Geechi Taylor, Howard Wiley, Marcus Shelby, Sly Randolph, Joe Warner, Jeff Chambers, David Ewell, Mike Aaberg, and Teodross Avery.
About University of the Pacific's Brubeck Institute:
The Brubeck Institute's Fellowship Program is a one or two-year full-scholarship program in jazz performance for up to five musicians who have just graduated from high school. These are the Brubeck Fellows and they comprise the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ). They study with Institute faculty, visiting jazz educators, artists, clinicians, and Bay area professionals. They perform extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad in universities, high schools, civic centers, on concert series, in clubs and on jazz festivals. To date the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet has been recognized seven times by Downbeat Magazine as the Best Undergraduate College Jazz Group in the nation.
Established by the University of the Pacific in 2000, The Brubeck Institute impacts society through the arts, continuing the life's work of Dave and Iola Brubeck in education, community engagement and as a catalyst for social change. Institute programs include The Brubeck Collection, The Brubeck Festival, The Outreach Program, The Summer Jazz Colony and The Brubeck Fellowship Program. Brubeck Fellows, comprising the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, are winners of seven DownBeat awards for best collegiate jazz group in the country. University of the Pacific, with campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco, was established in 1851 as the first chartered university in California. Visit BrubeckInstitute.org for more information about Dave Brubeck, The Brubeck Institute and The Brubeck Festival.