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

Sunday, July 10 – Saturday, July 16, 2022

Brubeck Jazz Summit is a one-week, intensive educational program in jazz performance for thirty exceptionally talented students from throughout the world with faculty, guest artists and master teachers as a living legacy of the musician and international statesman, Dave Brubeck.

Sierra Nevada University Campus

Sierra Nevada University

Incline Village, North Lake Tahoe, NV

We invite aspiring young jazz artists to apply to join us for a life-changing week of apprenticeship in combo rehearsals, workshops, masterclasses, jam sessions and performances with artists chosen from an all-star faculty roster. Brass players (trumpet/trombone), saxophonists, guitarists, pianists, bassists, drummers and vocalists are all encouraged to apply.

Sierra Nevada University, was recently acquired by the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Artistic Director

Chad Lefkowitz-BrownHailed 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.

Chad received his formal education in the arts at the Brubeck Institute, a prestigious fellowship program created by jazz legend Dave Brubeck. While studying at the institute, he performed regularly with Brubeck and was a member of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet.

As this year’s Artistic Director for the 2022 Brubeck Jazz Summit, Chad is delighted to perpetuate the values of Dave Brubeck by gathering elite faculty drawn from the jazz community’s highest profile artists for a week of intensive mentorship with a cast of talented young jazz musicians from around the world.

Chris Brubeck and Family

“A Grammy-nominated composer, Chris Brubeck has distinguished himself as a multi-faceted performer and creative force, creating an impressive body of symphonic work while maintaining a demanding touring and recording schedule with two groups:  The Brubeck Brothers, and Triple Play, an acoustic trio featuring Chris on piano, bass and trombone, guitarist Joel Brown and harmonica player Peter Madcat Ruth. Chris also performs as a soloist playing his trombone concertos with orchestras, and is an in-demand composer. He has served as Artist in Residence with orchestras and colleges in America, coaching, lecturing, and performing with students and faculty. Chris (along with his siblings), is a founding director of “Brubeck Living Legacy” a non-profit founded by the Brubeck family to honor and continue the legacy of Dave and Iola Brubeck.

In addition to creating an impressive body of work, including several band pieces, chamber pieces, 3 concertos for trombone, a trombone quartet, and several concertos for stringed instruments and other ensembles, Chris maintains a demanding touring and recording schedule playing bass and trombone with his two groups: the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, with brother Dan on drums, Chuck Lamb on piano and Mike DeMicco on guitar (; and Triple Play, an acoustic jazz-funk-blues-Americana trio with Joel Brown on guitar and Peter Madcat Ruth on harmonica and Chris on bass, trombone and piano (

Additionally, Chris performs as a soloist playing his trombone concertos with orchestras and has served as Artist in Residence with orchestras and colleges in America, coaching, lecturing, and performing with students and faculty. Once a year he tours England with the group Brubecks Play Brubeck along with brothers Darius (on piano) and Dan as well as British saxophonist Dave O’Higgins. Chris had been a long-standing member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, writing arrangements and touring and recording with his father’s group for over 20 years. Dave and Chris co-wrote the orchestral piece “Ansel Adams: America” which has received dozens of performances and in 2013 was a Grammy finalist for Best Instrumental Composition.

Brubeck Jazz Summit Faculty

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Concerts & Events 2022

Brubeck Brothers with the All-Star Faculty

Thursday, July 14 | 7pm

Classical Tahoe Pavilion

Brubeck Brothers with the All-Star Faculty Concert

Chris Brubeck, trombone
Dan Brubeck, drums


Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, saxophone
Sean Jones, trumpet
Connie Han, piano
Gilad Hekselman, guitar
Eric Harland, drums
Rodney Whitaker, bass

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Summit Stars Student Showcase

Friday, July 15 | 7pm

Classical Tahoe Pavilion

Free community jazz concert featuring Summit Stars Students, top jazz students from around the world. This performance is the culmination of the mentorship and study from the Summit: July 10 – 16.

Free and open to the public. More info to come soon.

Free with reservation.

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Brubeck Jazz Summit 2022. photo by Austin Kruczek.

Brubeck Jazz Summit Students 2022

Nico Colucci, 18, Colorado Springs, CO
Aidan Farrell, 17, Agoura Hills, CA
Isaiah Javier, 17, Brentwood, CA
Ryan Kaplan, 15, Miami, FL
Jacob Merrill, 17, Ithaca, NY
Nathan Palmer, 18, Menlo Park, CA
Emma Rawicz-Szczerbo, 20, UK
Trevin Snow, 18, Las Vegas, NV

Zeb Jewell-Alibhai, 16 , Durham, NC
Tai Wieler, 16, Carmichael, CA

Andre Perlman, 17, Miami, FL
Sebastian Zamarripa, 18, Walnut Creek, CA
Andrew Zhang, 18, Sammamish, WA

Simon Aks, 17, San Francisco, CA
Casey Kendrick, 17, Stockton, CA
Vincent Maclauchlan, 16, Oakland, CA
Alejandro Merlos, 18, Orangevale, CA

Sahn Cannon, 19, Brentwood, CA
Isaac Goodman, 19, Sacramento, CA
Brenda Greggio, 18, San Diego, CA
Talli Kimani, 18, Lynnwood, WA
Robert Tweedie, 22, Australia

Carlos Bareto, 19, Cape Coral, FL
Emile Berlinerblau, 17, Washington DC
Nicholas Doan, 16, Long Beach, CA
Cass Evans-Ocharern, 22, Australia
Marco Lenzi, 17, Menlo Park, CA
Joel Vettel, 17, San Diego, CA

Max Bartron, 17, Edmonds, WA
Chris Davis, 20, UK
Reese Hsu, 16, San Carlos, CA
Samson Hulett, 21, Sacramento, CA
Adarian Roberts, 17, Duncanville, TX
Calvin Simmers, 18, Tuscon, AZ

Brubeck Jazz Summit 2022. photos by Austin Kruczek and Lindsay Stover.

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown with students, courtesy of SFCM.

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