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Pacific Jazz Ambassadors

Pacific Jazz Ambassadors are a jazz combo comprised of students pursuing a 3-year Accelerated Bachelor of Music Honors Degree in Jazz Studies at the Conservatory of Music. This opportunity is open to five high school graduates who are exceptionally talented and motivated jazz musicians.

Pacific Jazz Ambassadors study with Pacific's Jazz Studies' faculty, visiting jazz educators, artists, clinicians, and other music professionals while working towards obtaining their undergraduate degree at University of the Pacific. They perform extensively locally, throughout the U.S. and abroad.

2019-20 Pacific Jazz Ambassadors

Tal Kalman, saxophone
Pacific Jazz Ambassador Tal Kalman

Toby Keys, piano
Pacific Jazz Ambassador Toby Keys

Austin Kim, drum set
Pacific Jazz Ambassador Austin Kim

Nico Martinez, bass
Pacific Jazz Ambassador Nico Martinez

Kate Williams, trumpet
Pacific Jazz Ambassador Kate Williams

Educational Opportunities

As part of their educational opportunities, the Ambassadors perform annually at jazz concerts and events including in the past the Monterey Jazz Festival, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in NYC, CASMEC, JEN Conference, Seattle Jazz Experience and other. They do at least one recording project each year. They take classes and have individual lessons, participate in group rehearsals and coaching, as well as in discussions with visiting artists and clinicians. 

Regular international performances are a primary component of the Ambassadors' education. Through these performances, they represent our institution and exemplify excellence of their musicianship and Pacific's musical education.

Visiting Artists and Clinicians

A significant component of the Pacific Jazz Ambassadors' education is collaboration with the visiting professional artists and clinicians who engage in a variety of activities with the students. This engagement may include private lessons, rehearsal and coaching, special topic discussions, and sessions on professional career development. Frequently, the visiting artists share the stage performing with the Ambassadors.

Past visiting artists include:

Dave Brubeck
Carl Allen
Donald Brown
Dee Daniels
Taylor Eigsti
Eric Harland
Jimmy Heath
Vincent Herring
Fred Hersch
Conrad Herwig
Freddie Hubbard
Gregory Hutchinson
Ingrid Jensen
Geoffrey Keezer
Wynton Marsalis
Bennie Maupin 
Christian McBride

Bobby Militello
Mulgrew Miller
Lewi Nash
Nicolas Payton
Chris Potter
Joshua Redman
Rufus Reid 
Reuben Rogers 
Edward Simon 
Mary Stallings 
Helen Sung 
Greg Tardy
Bobby Watson
Jeff "Tain" Watts 
Steve Wilson 
Miguel Zenon
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