Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris is heralded as "one of the most important young artists in jazz (The Los Angeles Times)." A four-time GRAMMY nominee, seven-time Best Mallet player by the Jazz Journalist Association, recipient of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, and Downbeat's Critics Poll Winner for Vibraphone (2013), Harris earned a B.M. in Classical Percussion and a M.M. in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music. He tours world wide with his bands Blackout and Ninety Miles and was a member of the SF Collective. He teaches at New York University and has been Artist in Residence at Fontana Chamber Arts (Kalamazoo) The Lied Center (Lincoln, NE), San Francisco Performances and currently teaches at the Brubeck Institute through their distance learning program as well as at the Institute's Summer Jazz Colony.
Venezuelan pianist and composer, Edward Simon, currently performs with the SFJazz Collective, and the Edward Simon Trio. Simon is considered one of the strongest pianist on the jazz scene, part of a new generation of "multilingual" musicians who have grown up studying classical, jazz and Latin-American music and who has garnered a unique voice both as composer and instrumentalist. Simon is currently Visiting Jazz Artist at Western Michigan University and is a 2014 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grantee and will be creating a series of pieces titled House Numbers.