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Vail workshop musicians named Brubeck fellows

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –The Brubeck Institute, an acclaimed jazz study programm, recently announced its Brubeck Fellows for this coming year, and all of them are former Vail Jazz Workshop students.

The Brubeck Fellows for Noah Kellman, piano, Zach Brown, bass, Corey Fonville, drums, Nick Frenay, trumpet and Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, saxophone.

“We are absolutely thrilled that five of our workshop alumni have been recognized with this tremendous honor,” said Howard Stone, chairman of the Vail Jazz Foundation. “It’s a testament to each of them, and to the dedication and skill of our educators, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude for their years of service supporting these young jazz artists.”

For the past 14 years, the Vail Jazz Foundation has held a 10-day long intensive jazz workshop in Vail.

Grammy-award winning bassist, composer and educator John Clayton leads the workshop, and he is joined by four other professional musician/educators: John’s brother Jeff Clayton (saxophone), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Terell Stafford (trumpet) and Lewis Nash (drums). The program graduates a dozen students each year.

Brubeck Fellows become members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, five recently graduated jazz musicians who have been selected to study jazz at University of the Pacific for two years.

Mia Vlaar, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation, said the 2009 workshop students will be announced in a matter of days. For more information http://www.vailjazz.org.