Pacific Jazz Ambassadors 2019-20

Kate WilliamsKate Williams
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. 


Micah CollierMicah Collier 
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. 

Austin KimAustin Kim
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.