The 2008-2009 Brubeck Fellows
Saxophonist Ben Flocks is a 2007 graduate of Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz, CA. Now in his second year as a Brubeck Fellow, Ben has performed at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Brubeck Festival, Stanford Jazz Festival, Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, and in venues such as Washington DC's Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, George Washington University, and the Meridian International Center, at the Paley Center for Media in NY, and at the IAJE Conference in Toronto, Canada. He has studied with Ray Brown, Scott Nordgren, Dee Spencer, and others, including the 2007-2007 visiting artists in the Brubeck Institute. Ben has performed with artist such as Dave Brubeck, Carl Allen, Bob Mintzer, Charles McPherson, Walt Weiskoph, Javon Jackson, Dayna Stephens, and many others.
Pianist Javier Santiago is a 2007 graduate of South High School in Minneapolis, MN. In his second year as a Brubeck Fellow, he has performed in venues such as the Dakota Jazz Club, Yoshi's Jazz Club, The Artists Quarter, and Washington DC's Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, George Washington University, and the Meridian International Center. He has also performed at the annual IAJE conference in Toronto, Canada, and at the Paley Center for Media in NY. He has performed with Dave Brubeck, Bob Mintzer, and others, and has studied with the visiting artists in the Brubeck Institute and cites Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Geoff Keezer, and Miles Davis as his greatest influences.
Drummer Adam Arruda is a 2008 graduate of Earl Haig Secondary School in Toronto, Canada, and is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow. Adam has been a member of the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Band, the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, and has received numerous awards and honors from Music Fest Canada, Vail Jazz Foundation Workshop, Humber College Community School, and others. He has performed on the Canadian National Jazz Awards, North Sea Jazz Festival, Atlantic Jazz Festival, Distillery Jazz Festival, and at the annual IAJE Conference. Adam has studied drums with Lewis Nash, Jim Black, Ari Hoenig, Dan Weiss, Steve Mancuso, Willie Jones III, and others.
Bassist Zach Brown is a 2008 graduate of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland, and is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow. He has received DownBeat Magazine awards for outstanding studio recording and outstanding live recording, been a finalist for the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Band, and has performed at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, Artscape Festival, and with noted jazz artists such as Paquito D'Rivera, Terell Stafford, Dave Valentin, and many others. He has studied bass with Herman Burney and Pepe Gonzalez, percussion with Robert Miller, and cello with Benjamin Myers.
Saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown is a 2008 graduate of Horseheads High School in Horseheads, New York, and is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow. He was in the 2008 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble, has won ten DownBeat awards in the categories of best blues/pop/rock soloist, best jazz instrumental soloist, and in the best small combo area. Chad has studied with Curtis Fuller, John LaBarbara, and Todd Coleman, and has performed with McCoy Tyner, Bobby Watson, Taylor Eigsti, Terri Lynn Carrington, Antonio Hart, Erick Marienthal, Marvin Stamm, Josh Groban, Steve Brown, Phil Flanigan, and many others.