The 2010-2011 Brubeck Fellows
Trumpeter Nick Frenay is from Syracuse, NY and is a 2009 graduate of Manlius Pebble Hill High School. He was a member of the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles (07, 08, 09), Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (07,08), and Jazz Band of America. He has won DownBeat awards for outstanding high school soloist, and was a member of the duo with Noah Kellman that won the 2009 award for best high school jazz group, and won the 2010 DownBeat award for outstanding performance in an original composition. Nick has studied with John LaBarbera, Bobby Shew, Erik Jekabson, Gilbert Castellanos, and Terell Stafford. He has played at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Brubeck Festival, Syracuse Jazz Fest, Vail Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and North Sea Jazz Festival. He has performed with Nicholas Payton, Herbie Hancock, Cassandra Wilson, Bob Mintzer, McCoy Tyner, Phil Woods, James Moody, Terence Blanchard, and Christian McBride. Nick is in his second year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Saxophonist Sam Crowe is from Denver, CO and is a 2010 graduate of the Denver School of the Arts. His teachers include jazz drummer Paul Romaine and others in the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, and jazz artists including Dave Liebman, Ron Blake, Jeff Coffin, Terri Lynn Carrington, John McNeil, Jeff Clayton, and Bob Montgomery. He has performed at the Telluride Jazz Festival, UNC Greeley Jazz Festival, and Vail Jazz Festival, the IAJE annual conference in 2008, in the 2009 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, and as principal clarinet in the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. He has performed with Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Winard Harper, Ellis Marsalis, and Edgar Meyer. Sam is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Pianist Alec Watson is from Geneva, IL and is a 2010 graduate of Geneva Community High School. He has studied in the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Program in Chicago, IL, the Merit School of Music Jazz Studies Program in Chicago, classical piano with Danik Kooistra, and jazz piano with Josh Moshier, Stuart Mindeman, Steve Million, Reggie Thomas, and Bill Cunliffe. Alec has performed with the Vail Jazz All-Stars with John Clayton, in the Honors Jazz Combo at the Illinois Music Educators Jazz Festival, the Chicago All-City H.S. Jazz Ensemble, and in numerous school, festival, and community jazz organizations. He has performed at the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park in Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Jazz History Museum in Kansas City, and in Chicago's Symphony Center. Alec is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Bassist Bill Vonderhaar is from Houston, TX and is a 2010 graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He has studied jazz with Joe Locascio at Houston Community College, Ray Drummond at the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, at the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and Berklee College of Music summer programs. He has performed with the 2010 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, the HSPVA Combo and Big Band, University of Houston Downtown Civic Jazz Orchestra, and the Young Sounds of Houston Youth Jazz Orchestra, at the IAJE Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada, and with the Houston Symphony. Bill has received an Outstanding Soloist Award for performance with the HSPVA Jazz Combo with the Thelonious Monk Institute, an Outstanding Soloist Award for performance at the North Texas Jazz Festival, and was a 2010 Merit Award winner with the NFAA Young Arts. Bill has performed with many jazz artists including Dennis Dotson, Tony Campizi, Warren Sneed, Wood Witt, Richard Cruz, Joe Locascio, Chris Cortez, Make Nase, Joel Fulgham, Tiana Hall, Diane Landry, and Dan Strba. He is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Drummer Colin McDaniel is from Davis, CA and is a 2010 graduate of Davis High School. He won the 2010 DownBeat award for outstanding extended composition, the Sabian outstanding drummer award at the Reno Jazz Festival, played in the JazzSchool's Advanced H.S. Jazz Workshop that won the 2010 DownBeat award for outstanding performance, and received the 2009 DownBeat Student Award for Best Performing Arts High School Jazz Group. He's played in the SFJazz All-Star High School Band and Combo, several Berkeley JazzSchool combos, Sacramento Youth Symphony Jazz Bands and Combos, California All-State High School Jazz Band, and others. Colin has studied with Jason Lewis, Rick Lotter, Mike Zilber, Akira Tana, and Jeff Alkire, and has taken master classes with Allison Miller, Bill Stewart, Peter Erskine, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Carl Allen, Albert "Tootie" Heath, and Scott Amendola. He has performed on the Monterey Jazz Festival, Davis Jazz Festival, Berkeley Jazz Festival, Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, and the International Jazz Las Casas Festival in Mexico. He has performed with Mike Zilber, Jeff Alkire, Wayne Wallace, John Santos, Ambrose Akinmusire, Bill Douglass, Frank Martin, and Gilbert Castellanos. Colin is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.