Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet
The Brubeck Institute was established by the University of the Pacific in 2000 to honor its distinguished alumni, Dave and Iola Brubeck. The mission of the Institute is to build on Dave Brubeck’s legacy and his lifelong dedication to music, creativity, education, and the advancement of important social issues including civil rights, international relations,
environmental concerns, and social justice, through its five programs, including the Brubeck Collection, Brubeck Festival, Brubeck Fellowship Program, Summer Jazz Colony, and the Outreach Program.
The members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ) are in the Institute’s Fellowship Program. Winners of numerous DownBeat awards, including the 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011 awards for best collegiate jazz group in the country, this group has performed on the Monterey Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Brubeck Festival, Detroit International Jazz
Festival, and others, and have done concerts in California, New York, Washington, Florida, Texas, Chicago, Toronto, Minneapolis, Seattle, Washington DC, and on a State Department tour in Spain. They have performed in jazz clubs such as Yoshi’s in Oakland, Herb Alpert’s club Vibrato in Los Angeles, Blues Alley in Washington DC, the Dakota in Minneapolis, and the Jamboree Jazz Club in Barcelona. They have also performed at the annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education, and at the First Annual Jazz Education Network conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
The BIJQ also does clinics and performances in schools throughout the country.
2013-2014 Brubeck Institute Fellows
Drummer Jalon D’Mere Archie is from Houston Texas, and has been playing percussion for “as long as he can remember,” and is a graduate of Houston's High School for Performing Arts under the direction of Warren Sneed. He has also been mentored by Sebastian Whitaker, Marvin Sparks, Wilbert Archie, and Matt Wilson. His awards, scholarships and ensemble memberships include the 2004 Houston All-City Band; 2011 and 2012 Texas All-Region Band; 2012 Texas All-State Band as an Alternate; the 2011 Skidmore Jazz Program and 2012 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony; the 2007-2008 Diaz Institute; the 2008 Festival for the Fine Arts Institute; the 2009-2013 HSVPA Combo and Big Band. He performed earlier in 2013 at the JEN Conference in Atlanta with the HSPVA jazz combo. This is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Trumpeter Max Boiko is a 2012 graduate of the Dillard Center for the Arts (DCA) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. DCA is the 2011 and 2012 winner of the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in NYC, where Max received Outstanding Soloist Awards both years. Max started studying the trumpet in seventh grade, and since that time has won numerous awards and scholarships in national and state competitions and summer programs including the 2011 and 2012 Brubeck Summer Jazz; the 2011 and 2012 GRAMMY Band Jazz Session; Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2012 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra; the 2012 Jazz Band of America; the 2011 Vail Jazz Festival All-Stars; the Florida All-State Jazz Band and Orchestra; and Florida’s Gold Coast Jazz Society. Max has had the pleasure of studying with Wycliffe Gordon, Jim Catch, Sean Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Jim Rotondi, Dave Stricker, Terrell Stafford, and Bryan Lynch at University of Miami. This is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Guitarist Sean Britt is a 2013 graduate of Hingham High School in Hingham, Massachusetts. He received his first guitar on his 10th birthday and began studying jazz at age 13. Sean has performed in many venues including the Newport Jazz Festival and Boston’s Symphony Hall. He was named to the 2013 Massachusetts All State Jazz Band and is a 2013 National YoungArts Foundation winner in jazz guitar; a 2013 GRAMMY Camp Jazz Session finalist; and a 2012 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colonist. He is currently working and teaching as a musician in Massachusetts and plays frequently with his own band, the Harbor Jazz Quartet. Sean has been privileged to study with Tim Miller, Pat Martino, Stefon Harris, Steve Houghton, Bob Sneider, Clay Jenkins, Dariusz Terefenko, Wes Wirth, Jamie Stewardson, Carlos Jimenez, Brian Cincotta, Nick Fryer, and Chad Lefkowitz-Brown. Sean is in his first year as a Brubeck fellow.
Bassist Sarah Kuo is a 2013 graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in Los Angeles, California. Discovering classical bass at 12 and jazz at 14, she would be nowhere without the unforgettable mentorship from the likes of John Clayton, JB Dyas, Jason Goldman, David Young and many others. Her playing has been recognized by media such as CBS, KXLU 88.9FM, JazzTimes, and the Website Jazzday. Sarah has also received awards from organizations like Spotlight, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Angel City Jazz Festival. Over the past few years she has had the privilege of performing with Herbie Hancock, Ingrid Jensen, Antonio Hart, Robin Eubanks, Bob Mintzer, Natalie Cole, Lisa Henry, and Barry Manilow. This is in her first year as a Brubeck Fellow.
Vibraphonist Joel M. Ross has established himself as one of the most promising high school jazz musicians in the Midwest. As a student at the Chicago High School for the Arts, he performed with the top ChiArts Jazz Combo. He started on percussion at Beasley Academic Center and has performed with Chicago Public Schools All-City Bands, winning the Musician of the Year Award in 2009. Ross has performed with Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Antonio Hart, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Gerald Clayton, Nicole Mitchell, Eric Reed, Benny Green, Maurice Brown and Jarrard Harris, as well as with the Jazz Institute of Chicago's Jazz Ambassadors under mentors Willie Pickens, Pat Mallinger, Lorin Cohen and Tito Carrillo. He was selected as a 2013 YoungArts finalist in Jazz; was a 2012 and 2013 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz National All-Star; and was a 2012 participant in the IMEA State Music Competition. His high school group was selected as a group to perform at the 2013 JEN Conference in Atlanta. He has performed at the Chicago, Hyde Park, and South Shore jazz festivals. This is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.