Artists

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Max Boiko (Brubeck Fellow 2013-2014) is a trumpet player who performed and recorded with many notable musicians. He has recently completed a tour across Japan with his own band.

Sean Britt (Brubeck Fellow 2013-2015) was the first guitarist in the The Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program. He currently resides in New York City where he composes, performs and teaches.

Zach Brown (Brubeck Fellow 2008-2010) is a bassist and a recording engineer/producer based in NYC. He has toured the world with Grammy award winner Paquito D'Rivera and performed extensively as a member of Terri Lyne Carrington's band Money Jungle. Currently, Zach is an in-house engineer and producer at Electric Lady Studios.

Cory Cox (Brubeck Fellow 2006-2008) is a world-class drummer and known for his high energy and relentless creativity on the drums. He currently resides in NYC where he is an active performer and a passionate music educator.

Ben Flocks (Brubeck Fellow 2007-2009) is a saxophonist and educator captivating audiences around the world with his soulful sound. Currently he is based in Brooklyn and he is a member of the smash-hit ensemble Sammy Miller and the Congregation.

Nick Frenay (Brubeck Fellow 2009-2011) is the winner of the 2009 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Improvisation Competition. He currently lives in New York City, where he writes and performs music.

Tom Kelley (Brubeck Fellow 2012-2013) is a saxophonist, arranger/composer, and woodwind player. Within the last two years, Kelley has recorded lead alto for the Brian Lynch and John Daversa big bands respectively, and garnered a dozen professional studio credits overall.

Joe Mazzaferro is a Sacramento-based trumpeter, educator and composer and an assistant professor of practice at Pacific's Brubeck Institute. As a musician, he is active on the Northern California jazz scene and in demand as a guest artist and clinician across the U.S.

Tony Milano (Brubeck Fellow 2017-2019) is a pianist who has been studying music since he was five years old. He studied music with such mentors as Willie Pickens, Chuchito Valdes, Jon Faddis and Dan Wall and has opened up for acts such as James Carter, Willie Pickens, Ari Brown, Jamila Woods, and others.

Lucas Pino (Brubeck Fellow 2005-2007) is a New York City-based tenor saxophonist. He has led the inventive No Net Nonet for the better part of a decade since March 2013. Concurrently, he has maintained a monthly residency at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC. More

Joel Ross (Brubeck Fellow 2013-2015) is considered to be the most thrilling new vibraphonist in the U.S. He on the roster of the Blue Note Records and leads a quartet and a large ensemble dedicated to the works of and in-the-style-of Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett's American Quartet. Ross' band Good Vibes features his favorite players he met at camps, contests, and gigs during his career. More

Gabe Rupe (Brubeck Fellow 2017-2018) is a Colorado born, up-and-coming bassist grew up playing throughout the Denver area.  He currently attends the Juilliard School of Music, NY.

Javier Santiago (Brubeck Fellow 2007-2009) is a pianist and composer based in San Francisco. An accomplished educator, arranger and producer, Javier has become a notable force in both the beat and hip-hop scene as well as the jazz world. Santiago's debut album, Phoenix (2018) was named the "#1 Jazz Album of the Year" by Vinyl Me, Please.

Emmett Sher (Brubeck Fellow 2015-2016) is a guitarist currently studying jazz guitar and composition with Dan Wall, Billy Hart, Bobby Ferrazza and Jamey Haddad in Oberlin Conservatory.

Chris Smith (Brubeck Fellow 2006-2008) has made a living playing music in NYC, recording, and touring around the world. He currently performs at New Jerusalem Worship Center in Jamaica, Queens and is part of the David Budway trio at the Carlyle Hotel in New York, NY. 

Colin Stranahan (Brubeck Fellow 2005-2006), based in Brooklyn, is among the most sought-after drummers in the world. He is a part of collective trio Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato featuring some of the most talented and praised musicians in NYC.

Malachi Whitson (Brubeck Fellow 2011-2013) has been known in the Bay Area Jazz community as both a performer and a teacher. Whitson currently attends the Herbie Hancock Institute at UCLA and performs with his own, genre-bending ensemble Something With Soul.

Kate Williams (Brubeck Fellow 2018-2019) is a trumpeter from Vacaville, CA, who has won numerous DownBeat awards for her compositions and arrangements. She is now in her second year serving as a Pacific Jazz Ambassador.

Glenn Zaleski (Brubeck Fellow 2005-2007) is one of the most in-demand pianists on the NYC jazz scene.

Mark Zaleski (Brubeck Fellow 2003-2005) is an internationally touring musician who has distinguished himself as a uniquely dynamic soloist, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader. He plays bass in his own soul band Planet Radio.