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.
Dr. Joe Gilman was the Artist-in-Residence of the Brubeck Institute's Fellowship Program, and is a full-time professor of music at American River College in Sacramento, and was the music director of Capital Jazz Project from 1997-2011. He has received bachelor's degrees in classical piano and jazz studies at Indiana University, a master's degree in jazz and the contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Sarasota.
Joe has been the primary pianist with jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson since September 2006, and has also performed professionally with Eddie Harris, Woody Shaw, Marlena Shaw, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, George Duke, Chris Botti, Eric Alexander, Anthony Wilson, Nicholas Payton, Russell Malone, David "Fathead" Newman, and Slide Hampton, and has recorded with Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Frank Morgan, Jeff Watts, Robert Hurst, Tootie Heath, and Larry Grenadier.
Dr. Gilman has twice been an International Jazz Ambassador through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and USIA, traveling to West Africa in 1999 and East and Southern Africa in 2000. He won the 1998 Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Emerging Artist Award and the 2000 Sacramento News and Review SAMMIES Critical Achievement award for contribution to the arts community. Joe was the 2001 American River College Student Association Instructor of the Year and was named the first Brubeck Scholar at the 2005 Brubeck Festival. In 2004, Joe won the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Gilman's work with students at the Brubeck Institute has produced several CDs — Brubeck Revisited Vols. 1 and 2 (Sunnyside), Wonder Revisited Vols. 1 and 2, Americanvas and Relativity (Capri), all recorded with Brubeck Institute fellows. His work with the students at the Brubeck Institute and American River College has resulted in eighteen DownBeat magazine student awards.