The Brubeck Institute is proud to welcome its new 2018-2019 Brubeck Fellows! They include trumpeter Kate Williams (California), saxophonist Isaiah Collier (Illinois), Pianist Anthony Milano (Illinois), bassist Micah Collier (Illinois) and drummer Austin Kim (California).
Trumpet player Kate Williams is from Vacaville, California. She began playing jazz while living in Alaska and since then has played in a variety of student and professional groups, including the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, SFJazz High School All Stars Big Band and Combo, and the Bay Area's Electric Squeezebox Orchestra. Kate has won numerous Downbeat Awards for her compositions and arrangements. She has been mentored by/ performed with the likes of Terri Lyne Carrington, Ingrid Jensen, Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Sean Jones. Kate is in her first year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Saxophonist Isaiah Collier is a native of Chicago, Illinois and attended ChiArts High School. With his parents' encouragement, Isaiah began playing the saxophone at age 12. Isaiah has participated in the Monk institute for two years. During this time he has toured with Bobby Watson, Antonio Hart and Kelly Lee Evans. He has played with The AACM and many renowned and local artists. Isaiah is in his third year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Pianist Tony Milano was born and raised in Chicago and has been studying music since 5 years old. He first studied blues, classical and then studied jazz with the mentorship of Willie Pickens, Chuchito Valdes, Jon Faddis, Dan Wall, to mention a few. Tony was a part of the Jazz Institute of Chicago's Student Jazz Council, which included performances all around the city. Tony continued to study jazz piano at the Oberlin Conservatory from 2014-2017. Tony has performed at places such as: Green Mill; Room 43; Andy's Jazz Club; Millenium Park; Hyde Park Jazz Fest; Jazz Showcase; Chicago Jazz Fest; Chicago Blues Fest. Tony has also opened up for acts such as James Carter, Willie Pickens, Ari Brown, Jamila Woods, and many more. Tony is in his second year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Bassist Micah Collier is one of Chicago's young and promising jazz bassist. His artistic love of traditional jazz and hip-hop bass lines helps to create a powerful musical voyage. Micah attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts. He is heavily involved with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Hyde Park Jazz Society, and has been playing on Chicago's jazz scene for the past three years. Micah is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Drummer Austin Kim is from Los Angeles, California and attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). He has been fortunate enough to perform on stages such as the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Hall, and the Newport Jazz Festival. Since attending LACHSA, Austin has participated in Youngarts, the Berklee at Newport Jazz Festival Workshop and the Jazz Band of America. In addition, he has been recognized by the Monterey Jazz Festival, Downbeat Music Awards, and the Spotlight Music Center Competition. Austin is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.