The 2014-2015 Brubeck Fellows

Lucas Bere

Lucas Bere

Saxophonist Lucas Bere is a 2014 graduate of Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, CA, and has been playing saxophone since the age of 10. Bere has garnered soloist awards from the Monterey, Folsom, Reno, Sacramento State, Charles Mingus, and Essentially Ellington Jazz Festivals, and was lead tenor in the California All-State Jazz Ensemble. Lucas has performed with Donny McCaslin, Avishai Cohen, The Wee Trio, and The Mingus Big Band. Lucas is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.

Joel RossJoel 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 second year as a Brubeck Fellow.

Sean BrittSean 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 second year as a Brubeck Fellow.

 Jalon d'Mere Archie
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 second year as a Brubeck Fellow.

Sarah KuoJalon 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 second year as a Brubeck Fellow.