Dr. Simon Rowe is a distinguished educator, entrepreneur, and artist in the jazz field. Along with leading the Simon Rowe Trio, Rowe has played with many greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Leibman, Tim Hagens, John Fedchock, Mulgrew Miller, Jimmy Heath, Stephanie Nakasian, Lucia Newell, Debbie Duncan, Willie Akins, Jeanne Trevor, Bob Mintzer, Luqman Hamza, Marvin Stamm, Dianne Schurr and Claudio Roditi. In his first year as Executive Director, Rowe established a new Brubeck Degree Track (at the University of the Pacific), created an innovative jazz club (Take 5) through a private/public partnership and is developing local, national and international coalitions to forward the mission of the Institute.
In 1997, Dr. Rowe founded "Catalyst Productions", a record label dedicated to documenting and championing the work of some of the Midwest's most outstanding jazz artists. To date he has played on and produced four national releases for Catalyst, featuring St. Louis' Willie Akins and Jeanne Trevor and Kansas City's Luqman Hamza . The CD, "Flamingo", features the work of his Indianapolis-based trio and his 2007 release "Live at The Hodo" features his current group. As a native Australian, Dr. Rowe has strong international ties, in his homeland and as far afield as Torino Italy, where he performed as musical director for esteemed St. Louis vocalist Jeanne Trevor. Having studied at Northwestern University and the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, Dr. Rowe completed his undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies at Eastern Illinois University. Moving to the St. Louis area, he completed his Masters work at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and has recently completed a Doctorate at the University Of Illinois.
With an extensive background in public relations and marketing, Kate Post has served in high profile positions working for the The Grupe Company, A.G. Spanos Companies, as Executive Director of the Stockton San Joaquin Convention and Visitors Bureau and co-founder Vice President of GAMUT Promotions and Advertising, the event planning firm that created and coordinated many festivals in California. As one of the original creators of the Stockton Asparagus Festival, Kate Post was the first and only Executive Director from 1999-June 2014. Her experience in sponsorship fundraising, marketing and volunteer engagement will be instrumental in helping the Brubeck Institute's fundraising efforts.
For information on giving to the Brubeck Institute, please contact Kate at 209.946.7635 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Riley was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley area. She joined the institute in 2011 and brings with her several years of experience in the administrative field. She has been married to her husband Jerry since 2006 and they reside in Galt.