Classical Tahoe

Brubeck Jazz Summit Announcement

Press Contact:
Karen Craig, Classical Tahoe

A New Jazz Event at Lake Tahoe

Inviting the finest young jazz musicians on the planet to train with top jazz professionals.

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown appointed Artistic Director.

Incline Village, Nev. (December 6, 2022) – Brubeck Living Legacy and Classical Tahoe are pleased to announce the inaugural Brubeck Jazz Summit, July 10-16, 2022. Classical Tahoe has partnered with Brubeck Living Legacy to bring the one-week intensive educational program in jazz performance to Lake Tahoe. Artistic Director Chad Lefkowitz-Brown has assembled an elite faculty drawn from the jazz community’s highest profile artists. Exceptionally talented students will study and play with guest artists and master teachers, immersing themselves in an intensive jazz experience on the campus of Sierra Nevada University.

Announcement as Part of the Dave Brubeck Centennial

“Today would have been Dave Brubeck’s 101st Birthday,” said Chris Brubeck of Brubeck Living Legacy, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and son of Dave Brubeck. “I can’t think of a more fitting legacy than to announce establishing the Brubeck Jazz Summit at Classical Tahoe with Chad Lefkowitz Brown as its Artistic Director.” The Brubeck Jazz Summit is a living legacy of the musician and international statesman Dave Brubeck. He played some of his earliest gigs at Lake Tahoe while growing up on a cattle ranch in Northern California.

Chad Lefkowitz Brown received his formal education in the arts at the Brubeck Institute, the prestigious fellowship program created by Dave Brubeck. While studying at the institute, he performed regularly with Brubeck and was a member of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. Hailed as a “Sax Phenom” by the New York Daily News, Chad LB has toured globally as a bandleader, and with superstars ranging from Chris Botti to Taylor Swift. He has been a featured soloist with premiere ensembles like the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, and he was formerly a prominent member of the multi GRAMMY winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Despite his demanding tour schedule, Chad continues to be a visiting artist at the renowned San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he gives monthly masterclasses during the scholastic year.

“Classical Tahoe is excited to bring exceptional musicians, immersive education, and all-star jazz concerts to Lake Tahoe,” said Karen Craig, Executive Director.

“The Brubecks have a great history with Classical Tahoe and are beloved by the Lake Tahoe community. Chad LB is an exciting jazz ambassador with an impressive network of musicians, followers, and students worldwide. They all have a proven ability to excite people about jazz. That is what this new program is all about.”
Brubeck Jazz Summit is a one-week, intensive educational program in jazz performance for exceptionally talented students, ages 16–20, from throughout the United States and beyond to study with faculty, guest artists, and master teachers advancing the living legacy of the music and international statesman Dave Brubeck. Brubeck Jazz Summit accepts online applications from talented, accomplished, and highly motivated brass players (trumpet/trombone), saxophonists, guitarists, pianists, bassists, drummers and vocalists entering their sophomore, junior or senior years in high school. Graduating seniors are also eligible to apply.

Classical Tahoe
Each summer, Classical Tahoe brings together America’s leading classical and jazz musicians for a month-long festival of concerts and education in the Classical Tahoe Pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College, North Lake Tahoe, NV. The intersection of so many top-level players forming the Classical Tahoe Orchestra is unique, with virtuoso musicians from the MET Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, LA Phil, and others. Highlights include world premieres by Aldo López Gavilán, Chris Brubeck, and Jake Heggie and 2022 guest soloists including Isabel Leonard and Tessa Lark. The Classical Tahoe Music Institute programs include the Classical Tahoe/Sphinx Fellows, Brubeck Jazz Summit, and a major partnership with PBS Reno to offer livestreamed summer concerts and broadcast series available for worldwide viewing.

Brubeck Living Legacy’s mission is to promote awareness, interest, and the understanding of jazz and its role in American and international culture and to build on Dave and Iola Brubeck’s lifelong dedication to music, creativity and the promotion of social justice through performance, education and outreach.

Sierra Nevada University (SNU) is a private, independent, accredited four-year liberal arts college located in the mountain community of Incline Village, Nevada, and just two blocks from the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Tuition-covered campus life for Brubeck Jazz Summit students includes quiet and comfortable dormitories, a meal plan through the SNU cafeteria, and access to the beautiful Prim Library.

The Brubeck Jazz Summit is made possible by Founding Sponsors: Brubeck Living Legacy, Elaine Cardinale and Jonathan Knowles, Kim and Peter Garcia, Sandy and Steve Hardie, Charles Dowd and Sue Martulo, Robert Pollack and Anh-Tuyet Nguyen, Elenore and Bob Preger.