Brubeck Jazz Summit

July 7-13, 2024

Brubeck Jazz Summit is a transformative jazz education program for outstanding pre-college musicians from around the world. Students learn from a diverse and passionate roster of world-class faculty and guest artists through combo rehearsals, masterclasses, career development, jam sessions, and performances. 

The Summit provides an inclusive and nurturing learning environment, where students and faculty build a strong community of lifelong connections. Students are challenged to grow musically and personally, and are provided with an educational experience designed to inspire and equip them in their journey as the next generation of creative leaders in jazz. 

A living legacy of the musician and international statesman, Dave Brubeck, the week-long Brubeck Jazz Summit is a partnership between Classical Tahoe and Brubeck Living Legacy, hosted at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe campus located in a stunning mountain environment on the North Shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe.

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Who can apply?

Age

Brubeck Jazz Summit is a pre-college program for highly motivated students who are between the ages of 15-18 at the time of application. 

Instrument

Jazz musicians of all instruments and voice are encouraged to apply. 

Important Dates

December 2023

Applications Open

March 31, 2024

Application Deadline

July 7 – 13, 2024

Brubeck Jazz Summit

Program Pricing & Audition Materials

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

Brubeck Jazz Summit Faculty & Guest Artists
 Artistic Directors
Roxy Coss and Lucas Pino

2024 Faculty & Guest Artists
Roxy Coss, saxophone
Lucas Pino, saxophone
Michael Rodriguez, trumpet
Rachel Eckroth, piano & vocals
Gerald Cannon, bass
Bryan Carter, drums & vocals
Darius Brubeck, piano
Chris Brubeck, electric bass & trombone
Dan Brubeck, drums

How to apply:
Brubeck Jazz Summit partners with Acceptd to host our applications. All application materials must be submitted using through the Acceptd platform. In order to start the application, you will need to create an Acceptd account. (If you already have one, you can start a new application using your existing account.) Please visit our landing page to learn more and begin an application.

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Program Cost:
$2000. Includes tuition, housing, and meals on campus at University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. Airfare not included. Transportation provided to/from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and UNR at Lake Tahoe campus. Scholarships are available on request.

Financial Aid:

APPLICATION FEE
To apply for an application fee waiver on the basis of financial need, please contact Acceptd Support (support@getacceptd.com) to receive a fee waiver prior to submitting your application. If you are still seeking financial assistance for your application fee after contacting Acceptd, or have any questions or concerts about financial assistance, please contact Erin Lensing, program director at jazz@classicaltahoe.org.

TUITION & TRAVEL
We believe all students who are accepted into the Brubeck Jazz Summit are deserving of merit scholarships, however scholarships will be primarily issued based on need. Please indicate in your application if you are seeking scholarship support for tuition and/or travel. For any questions, please contact Erin Lensing, program director at erin@classicaltahoe.org.

2024 Audition Materials:

Each Audition must include the specified 2 tracks in your application category.
Each track should be a maximum of 5 minutes in length.
Lead sheets available for download here. 


Vocalists:

  1. Sing a blues of your choice, including at least 3 choruses total of: scatting/improvising, lyrics, and/or vocalese.
  2. Sing “My One Bad Habit” by Dave and Iola Brubeck, including one full chorus with lyrics. Verse is encouraged/optional. Addition of improvisation is optional. (Lead sheet available to download here).

*Auditions may be recorded with a live rhythm section or pre-recorded backing track. Audio does not need to be professionally recorded.
**If not using a live band, we recommend downloading and recording with our available backing track – coming soon! Check back soon for download available here.

Woodwinds/Brass/Strings:

  1. Play a blues melody of your choice for 1 chorus and improvise for at least 3 choruses.
  2. Play “In Your Own Sweet Way” by Dave Brubeck with melody for 1 chorus and at least 1 chorus of improvisation. (Lead sheets available for download here.)

*Auditions may be recorded with a live rhythm section or pre-recorded backing track. Audio does not need to be professionally recorded.
**If not using a live band, we recommend using Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Volume 105 “Dave Brubeck – In Your Own Sweet Way” as a reference/backing track.

 

Pianists/Guitarists:

  1. Play a blues melody of your choice for 1 chorus and improvise for at least 3 choruses. *Also “comp” behind another soloist for at least 1 chorus.
  2. Play “In Your Own Sweet Way” by Dave Brubeck with melody for 1 chorus and at least 1 chorus of improvisation. *Also “comp” behind another soloist for at least 1 chorus. (Lead sheets available for download here.)

*Auditions may be recorded with a live rhythm section or pre-recorded backing track. Audio does not need to be professionally recorded.
**If not using a live band, we recommend using Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Volume 105 “Dave Brubeck – In Your Own Sweet Way” as a reference/backing track.


Bassists: 

  1. Play a blues melody of your choice for 1 chorus and improvise for at least 1 chorus. *Also “walk” behind another soloist for at least 1 chorus.
  2. Play “In Your Own Sweet Way” by Dave Brubeck with melody for 1 chorus and at least 1 chorus of improvisation. *Also “comp” behind another soloist for at least 1 chorus. (Lead sheet available for download here.)

*Auditions may be recorded with a live rhythm section or pre-recorded backing track. Audio does not need to be professionally recorded.
**If not using a live band, we recommend using  Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Volume 105 “Dave Brubeck – In Your Own Sweet Way” as a reference/backing track.

 

Drummers/Percussionists:

  1. Play a blues of your choice, “comp” for at least 1 chorus of melody and play 1 chorus “comping” behind another soloist, and solo and/or trade for at least 2 choruses.
  2. Play “In Your Own Sweet Way” by Dave Brubeck with a live band. “Comp” for at least 1 chorus of melody and play 1 chorus “comping” behind another soloist, and solo and/or trade for at least 1 chorus. (Lead sheet available for download here.)

*Drummers should record one of the above options on brushes and one on sticks.
**Drummers should record with a live band (can be performed as a duo, but must be playing with at least one other live musician). Audio does not need to be professionally recorded.

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Brubeck Jazz Summit is held on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. The University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe is in the community of Incline Village on Lake Tahoe’s north shore in Nevada.

291 Country Club
Incline Village NV 89451

About the Campus

Program Pricing

$2,000. Includes tuition, housing with linens, and meals on-campus at University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. Airfare not included. Transportation provided to/from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and UNR at Lake Tahoe campus. Scholarships are available for application fee, tuition, and travel. Please indicate on your application if you would like to apply for a scholarship.

Financial Aid

We believe all students who are accepted into the Brubeck Jazz Summit are deserving of merit scholarships, however scholarships will be primarily issued based on need. Please indicate in your application if you are seeking scholarship support for tuition and/or travel. For any questions, please contact Erin Lensing, program director at jazz@classicaltahoe.org.

Housing & Meals

All students will be provided housing in double or triple occupancy dorm rooms at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. All meals are also provided at the dorms.

Transportation to Reno/Tahoe

The arrival airport is Reno-Tahoe International Airport, where Brubeck Jazz Summit staff will meet students and transport (a 45 minute drive) to the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. Reno-Tahoe International Airport offers 23 non-stop flights serviced by 9 airlines, with convenient connections from virtually any city in the US and abroad.

Students and parents driving to Tahoe will be given a timeline for arrival.

Additional Information and details on transportation by plane, train and shuttle can be found here. 

Instruments & Equipment

Students should bring their own instruments and equipment, with the exception of drums, bass, and amplifiers which will be provided by Brubeck Jazz Summit.

Questions?

For questions and more information, please email Erin at jazz@classicaltahoe.org.

Artistic Directors

Roxy Coss, Artistic Director

Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Educator and Activist Roxy Coss received the 2022 Downbeat Critics’ Poll “Rising Star” award on Soprano Saxophone, is a recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, the Hothouse Magazine & Jazzmobile “Tenor Saxophone” Award, and is a Jazziz Magazine “Artist to Watch”. She has performed around the world, headlining at the Newport Jazz Festival, Melbourne Big Band Festival, NYC Winter JazzFest, BRIC JazzFest, Earshot Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Summerfest, Jazz Standard, and Jazz Showcase. Coss has performed as a side musician with Jazz greats and luminaries including Clark Terry, Billy Kaye, Maurice Hines, Rufus Reid, Louis Hayes, Gene Perla, Houston Person, Claudio Roditi, Bill Charlap, Geoffrey Keezer, Willie Jones III, Jeremy Pelt, Darcy James Argue, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. 

Roxy has six albums out under her own name, including her latest release, Disparate Parts (Outside in Music), which was met with critical acclaim. Her fifth album Quintet (Outside in Music), received a 4-Star review from Downbeat. The Roxy Coss Quintet, featuring some of the world’s finest young musicians, is the first-ever recipient of the Emerging Artist Project, a four-year grant from the Local 802 Musicians Union. They largely perform Coss’ original compositions. Her composition work can also be found on Jeremy Pelt’s recording, Face Forward, Jeremy (High Note).

Coss grew up in Seattle, WA where she attended the acclaimed Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble, and graduated from William Paterson University in 2008 with a BM in Jazz Studies/Performance. She has been living in the New York area since 2004. Roxy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jazz Education Network (JEN), is Jazz Faculty at The Juilliard School, and is the President & Founder of Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO). She is also an endorsing Artist for P. Mauriat, Vandoren, and Key Leaves products.

Learn More About Roxy Coss

Lucas Pino, Artistic Director

Tenor Saxophonist Lucas Pino works frequently as a sideman for artists including Gideon van Gelder, Richard Boukas, David Lopato, Bryan Carter, Rafal Sarnecki, Nick Finzer, and Jeremy Siskind. His past performance experience also includes Dave Brubeck, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, Carl Allen, Benny Green and David Sanborn. Lucas has traveled to play in Australia, Poland, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Costa Rica, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. He has appeared at venues such as the Blue Note, Dizzy’s, The Jazz Standard, Yoshi’s, The Jazz Kitchen, The Rex, and Chicago Symphony Hall. As a leader, he has maintained a monthly residency at Smalls with the No Net Nonet since March 2013.

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Lucas grew up singing hymns in church, and in the choir at school. He started playing saxophone at age 10, and the first music he ever listened to was jazz. As a high school junior, Lucas won the Downbeat award for Best Instrumental Soloist in 2004. He attended the Brubeck Institute from 2005-2007, where he studied closely with Dave Brubeck. Lucas finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Performance at The New School in 2009. He attended Juilliard from 2009-2011, where he received a Master of Music.

Lucas’ major influences on the saxophone include Stan Getz, Lucky Thompson, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, and Chris Cheek. Compositionally, he is heavily influenced by the sound of big band, and composers including Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider, Walt Weiskopf, Thad Jones.

“Sound is like a rainbow, you hear every color. On the saxophone, the entire tonal and color palate should be available. I like to draw on a wide range of influences even within one solo, going from a very bright to dark sound, using straight tone or subtone. Music should be operatic, dramatic, and full of gesture. It should tell a story and sing a song simultaneously. Music should be a stimulus that activates the listener’s imagination and transports them to another place, where anything is possible.” – Lucas Pino

Learn More About Lucas Pino

2024 Faculty

Roxy Coss, Artistic Director & Saxophone
Lucas Pino, Artistic Director & Saxophone
Michael Rodriguez, Trumpet
Rachel Eckroth, Vocals & Piano
Gerald Cannon, Bass
Bryan Carter, Vocals & Drums

Meet the Faculty

Past Faculty include: Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Connie Han, Eric Harland, Gilad Hekselman, Sean Jones, Rodney Whitaker

2024 Guest Artists

Chris Brubeck

“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 (www.brubeckbrothers.com); 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 (www.chrisbrubeckstripleplay.com.)

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. brubecklivinglegacy.com

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Dan Brubeck

     Born in Oakland on May 4, 1955, Dan Brubeck was a highly energetic child who found his calling at the trap set. Mentored by two consummate polyrhythmic masters, Joe Morello and Alan Dawson (at the Berklee College of Music), he was working professionally before he finished his teens.

Over the years Dan was featured on nearly a dozen albums with his father, and toured widely with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, including many appearances with the world’s leading orchestras. He’s been an integral part of the various Brubeck bands, including the Darius Brubeck Ensemble, Two Generations of Brubeck, and the New Brubeck Quartet. He’s toured internationally and recorded three widely played albums with his electric jazz group, The Dolphins, and co-led the Brubeck LaVerne Trio with his brother Chris and pianist Andy LaVerne. A stylistically versatile musician, he’s toured with acts ranging from The Band and David Benoit to Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond. He’s recorded with jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell, singer~songwriter Livingston Taylor, jazz~pop singer Michael Franks, and pioneering blues guitarist Roy Buchanan.

Dan’s drumming style is both mesmerizing and unparalleled, and his distinctive, and astonishingly textured drum solos have received standing ovations all over the world! His uncanny sense of timing and use of odd time signatures, combining melodic phrases with polyrhythms that often stretch far beyond the bar line, has earned the respect of many jazz critics worldwide. His mastery of complex rhythms has led to his reputation as one of the most talented and creative drummers in jazz!

Dan continues to perform and record with his siblings  —  Chris Brubeck, a bassist, trombonist, and noted composer, in the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and pianist/composer Darius Brubeck in Brubecks Play Brubeck. Dan also plays with the Vancouver-based Dan Brubeck Quartet (DBQ), featuring vocal powerhouse Adam Thomas. The DBQ recently released Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave and Iola Brubeck, which showcases his father’s music and little-known lyrics of his mother. This recording was nominated for a coveted Juno Award  in 2016.

Dan turned in one of the most masterful and inspiring performances I have ever witnessed.” — MODERN DRUMMER Magazine

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Darius Brubeck

   Darius Brubeck is an American jazz pianist, composer, author, and retired university professor residing in England with his wife, Catherine. Their co-written memoir about their 23 years in South Africa, Playing the Changes, was launched in Durban, South Africa by UKZN Press in May this year. Darius introduced the first university jazz course in Africa and they both ran the internationally famous Centre for Jazz & Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. A documentary film also titled Playing the Changes but covering related material will be on the festival circuit soon.

In the 70’s and early 80’s, Darius led his own groups, played with Don McLean, Larry Coryell, and was ushered into the interna­tional jazz scene as a member of Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (Dave, Darius, Chris, and Dan Brubeck) under his father’s leadership. He moved to South Africa in 1983, where he initiated the first degree course in Jazz Studies offered by an African university and founded the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where, as Professor of Jazz Studies, he taught until 2005. He has also served as a Fulbright visiting professor in Romania and Turkey.

Darius Brubeck and Afro Cool Concept, which featured some of South Africa’s premier musicians, played throughout southern Africa, Europe, and the USA. Brubeck also led groups representing his university and South Africa in Europe, Turkey, Peru, Thailand, and the USA. Us­ing the band name, Gathering Forces for ‘world-music’ concerts, Brubeck has collaborated with virtuoso bansuri player, Deepak Ram.

Darius now leads the London based Darius Brubeck Quartet, which has been together for 15 years and tours internationally. Since 2010 he has also toured with Brubeck’s Play Brubeck, appearing annually at Ronnie Scott’s. Two of his pieces, ‘For Lydia’ and ‘Tugela Rail” were selected by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music for its jazz syllabus. The quartet’s Live in Poland was on Downbeat magazine’s best of 2020 list.

“Darius, the eldest [of Dave Brubeck’s sons] and most visually like his father, plays stylish piano and knows the score.” Jack Massarik, Evening Standard

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