The 2012-2013 Brubeck Fellows
Saxophonist Thomas Kelley is a 2012 graduate of Canton High School in Connecticut. He has studied with John Mills, Bruce Haynes, John Mastroianni, Dr. David Westfall and Barbara Mills. He also worked with Dick Oatts, Dave Pietro, Dayna Stephens, Chris Cheek, Pat LaBarbera, Jeff Clayton, and Mark Beaubriand. Tom has attended the Vail Jazz Workshop, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, was a Grammy Band member, a two-time Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colonist, and was a 2012 NFAA Honorable Mention winner in Jazz. Thomas 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 second year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Pianist Paul Bloom is a 2012 graduate of Needham High School in Needham Massachusets. For the past six years, he has taken classes and lessons and played in ensembles in the New England Conservatory preparatory jazz program. He has had the opportunity to study with many amazing musicians and teachers, including Steve Sussman, Dave Zoffer, Julian Lage, Doug Johnson, Brooke Sofferman, and Wes Wirth. Paul has also taught music and led a jazz combo at the Pollard Middle School. Paul is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Bassist Adam Goldman is a 2012 graduate of Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. He began his classical and jazz bass studies in the fourth grade with Harish Raghavan, graduate of the Thornton School of Music at USC. Since that time he has been selected for participation and has won numerous awards and scholarships in national, state, regional and citywide competitions and summer programs including: The Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, the Panama International Jazz Festival , the Music Center Spotlight Awards, the Dolo Coker Scholarship Awards, the Colburn School, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, the USC Los Angeles Youth Jazz Ensemble, the Bill Green Mentorship, Stanford Jazz Workshop Awards and Residency, Centrum Jazz Workshop, Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, Skidmore Jazz Institute and California Summer School for the Arts scholars program. Adam has studied privately with Harish Raghavan, Sam Minae, Kaveh Rastegar, David Young, Steve Dress, John Clayton and Christoph Luty. Adam is in his first 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 second year as a Brubeck Fellow.