The 2011-2012 Brubeck Fellows
Trumpeter Tree Palmedo is a 2011 graduate of the Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, OR. He played trumpet in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Jazz Band, PDX Jazz Project, and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. He has won numerous awards including outstanding soloist at the Reno Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, University of Portland Jazz Festival, and others. He has won DownBeat awards for outstanding performance and composition, was a GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles finalist in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and has participated in both the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, 2010-2011 and the 2010 Jazz Band of America. Tree also attended the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony in 2009 and 2010 and the 2008 Vail Jazz Workshop. Artists he has studied and played with include Terell Stafford, Randy Porter, Alan Jones, Brian Lynch, Ingrid Jensen, Ambrose Akinmusire, Terri Lynn Carrington, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Lewis Nash, and Bill Cunliffe. Tree is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Saxophonist Rane Roatta is a 2011 graduate of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. He has played in the Thelonious Monk Combo, first tenor chair in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and the NWSA Wind Ensemble. Rane received the Essentially Ellington Outstanding Soloist Award in 2009 & 2010, a DownBeat award for outstanding performance in 2011, numerous musicianship and soloist awards in his school, and was nominated for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars. Rane attended the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in 2010 and has performed with Ira Sullivan, Ingrid Jensen, John Fedchock, Antonio Hart, and Ed Calle. His private instructors include Julian Santacaloma, Tom McCormick, David Fernandez, Tivon Pennicott, Jason Kush, Matt Vashlishan, and Joel Frahm. Rane 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 second 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 second year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Drummer Malachi Whitson is a 2011 graduate of Vista High School in San Pablo, CA. He has studied at the JazzSchool in Berkeley, the East Bay Performing Arts Center in Richmond, CA and performed in the SF Jazz Organization's All Star Jazz Ensemble from 2009-2011. Malachi's principal teachers include Alan Hall, Erik Jekabson, Paul Cantos, Israel Sims, Babatunde Lea, and David Flores. He has done workshops with Ndugu Chancler and Ingrid Jensen at the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, Erik Harland, Nicholas Payton, Ron Carter, and Mike Clark. Malachi's numerous accolades include outstanding soloist at the Monterey Next Generation's Festival in 2011, a 2010 DownBeat award for jazz composition, best drummer at Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2009, best overall musician at San Jose Jazz Workshop in 2009, outstanding drummer award at the Folsom Jazz Festival in 2008 and 2009, and outstanding drummer award at the Reno Jazz Festival from 2005 through 2009. Malachi is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.