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J.B. Dyas

J.B. Dyas was the Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute from 2001 through August 2005 and served as the Institute’s chief administrator and program developer. Prior to coming to the Brubeck Institute, he was the Director of Education and Curriculum Development at the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California, the position to which he has now returned. Dyas oversees the development of Jazz in America – the National Jazz Curriculum, one of the most significant and wide-reaching jazz education programs in the country. He has presented numerous jazz education events with such artists as Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Nicolas Payton, Thelonius Monk Jr., and Bobby Watson. During his career, he has directed large and small ensembles, implemented new jazz curricula, and taught a variety of jazz courses. He has written for several national music publications, served as a member of the U.S. Congress Advisory Task Force for Jazz Education in America at the Smithsonian Institution, and is a recipient of the prestigious Down Beat Jazz Education Achievement Award. A professional bassist, Dyas has appeared with artists such as David Baker, Jerry Bergonzi, Ellis Marsalis, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan, and Bobby Watson.