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The Burbeck Institute Jazz Quintet that won the DownBeat award included: Thomas Kelley, alto sax, of Canton, Conn.; Paul Bloom, piano, of Needham, Mass.; Rane Roatta, tenor sax, of Miami, Fla.; Adam Goldman, bass, of Pacific Palisades; and Malachi Whitson, drums, of Richmond.

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New website, new CD and new fellow at Brubeck Institute

May 27, 2014

University of the Pacific's Brubeck Institute has plenty new to talk about.

The jazz institute recently launched a new website, formally released a new CD and announced that a new Brubeck Fellow would be joining the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in the fall.

"We're really pretty excited about all the new things that are happening at the Brubeck Institute," said Simon Rowe, executive director of the institute. "The website is more modern than before, provides for better access to information by people visiting the site, and it lays out information about the institute's five programs in a clear way."

Rowe urged people interested in jazz and the Brubeck Institute to "just jump on in and take a look around" the website.

The new website, still found at, offers a bold, vibrant, jazzier layout for information on the institute, which was established in 2000 by Dave and Iola Brubeck, University of the Pacific alumni. The Brubeck Institute now houses one of the foremost jazz programs in the world and offers five programs: The Brubeck Collection, The Brubeck Festival, The Brubeck Fellowship Program, The Summer Jazz Colony and The Brubeck Outreach Program.

"The look is new, but the mission is the same: To impact society through the arts, education and community engagement," according to a message on the new website.

The website provides links to the five programs, social media feeds, multimedia gallery, and a link to a webpage about Take 5 at the Brew, the joint-venture jazz club housed in Valley Brewing Co. at 157 W. Adams St. just off Stockton's Miracle Mile.

Rowe was also excited about the release of the new CD by the 2012-13 Brubeck Fellows, the same collection of music for which the group was named the best collegiate small jazz combo in the country by DownBeat magazine. The Fellows included Rane Roatta, tenor sax, of Miami, Fla.; Thomas Kelley, alto sax, of Canton, Conn.; Paul Bloom, piano, of Needham, Mass.; Adam Goldman, bass, of Pacific Palisades; and Malachi Whitson, drums, of Richmond.

The CD was produced by Joe Gilman, the institute's artist in residence, and Nick Fryer, assistant director of the institute. It was recorded in March 2013 at Fantasy Records in Berkeley and mixed and mastered at Art House Sound in July 2013. The CD is available by contacting the Brubeck Institute directly at 209.946.3196 and will soon be available online.

Rowe also announced that Lucas Bere, a graduate of Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, would join the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in 2014-15. He replaces trumpet player Max Boiko, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who will be attending the Manhattan School of Music.

"We're thrilled that Lucas will be joining us," Rowe said of Bere. "He's a regional talent and it is always nice to be able to showcase regional talent on a national stage. It's great to see just how good jazz education in the area really is."

Bere is currently with the Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, which provides advance training for jazz high school students in the Sacramento region. Rowe said Brubeck Fellows first met Bere during a combined concert and he was encouraged to apply to the Brubeck Fellowship Program. He was the "unanimous choice" after looking at a national pool of candidates.

Bere has been playing saxophone since he was 10 and has garnered soloist awards from the Monterey, Folsom, Reno, Sacramento State, Charles Mingus, and Essentially Ellington jazz festivals, and was lead tenor in the California All-State Jazz Ensemble.

About the Brubeck Institute
The Brubeck Institute was established by University of the Pacific in 2000. Its mission 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, environmental concerns, international relations and social justice. The Institute maintains five programs, including the Brubeck Collection, the Brubeck Fellowship, the Brubeck Festival, Summer Jazz Colony, and the Brubeck Outreach Program. More information:

About University of the Pacific
Established in 1851 as the first university in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, music, business, education, engineering and computer science, and pharmacy and health sciences. The university's distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, which is home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. For more information, visit

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