Dr. David William Brubeck serves as Professor of Music at the Kendall Campus where he
coordinates the chamber music program and teaches trombone as well as courses in Music Theory and Jazz. Brubeck performs regularly with the Miami City Ballet Orchestra-Opus One, Orchestra Miami, an innovative jazz duet- DUO BRUBECK, and The Brubeck Brass. Brubeck’s occasional performances have included the likes of Stevie Wonder, Barry Gibb, The Bolshoi Ballet, Ray Charles, the American Ballet Theatre and as a solo artist for the International Trombone Festival, The International Trumpet Guild Festival and the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference.
Brubeck’s compositions, entitled Stereograms, have been performed and recorded throughout the globe and three were recently recorded by Boston Symphony bass trombonist James Markey on his latest CD, “Psychedelia”. These self-accompanied rhythmic etudes inspired by the Cello Suites of Bach and the unaccompanied works of Bobby McFerrin have been transcribed for saxophone and tuba. As a soloist, Brubeck has been featured with the Miami Wind Symphony, The Florida Atlantic University Orchestra, Greater Miami Symphonic Band and with pianist Bronwen Rutter. Brubeck has commissioned, premiered and performed countless works for bass trombone.
Brubeck accepted musical scholarships and taught and conducted at the University of Miami (DMA) and Northwestern University (MM & BM). Selected an unprecedented three times as a Collegiate All-American Musician, Brubeck played trombone in and directed the All American College Band at Walt Disney World. He has published numerous compositions and arrangements, scholarly articles, a basic theory text, and a method for trombone. Brubeck is proprietor of davidbrubeck.com and has joined Chuck Findley, Claudio Roditi and Chuck Mangione as a sponsored performing artist for custom horn craftsmen John Duda and Calicchio/Earl Williams. Brubeck plays exclusively on Earl Williams bass trombones, many of which have been modified by master technician Mark Adams of All County Music. Brubeck was appointed Chief Educational Officer for a plastic trombone and trumpet manufacturer from 2013-2016, and has served as the conductor of the Florida Youth Orchestra-Symphony Orchestra for the past twenty (!) years. His principal teachers include trombonists Frank Crisafulli and Dr. Charles Campbell, conductor John P. Paynter, and composers Roque Cordero and Ronnie Miller.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Tom Lippincott was born in New Jersey in 1966 and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He began playing trombone in sixth grade band and, after hearing Beatles records as a teenager, was inspired to take up guitar as well. He soon became interested in jazz and classical guitar and started taking lessons in both with Randy Wimer. Lippincott continued playing trombone throughout his first year at the University of North Texas before finally switching to guitar. While at UNT, he studied under Jack Peterson, Phillip Hill, and Rick Peckham and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies in 1988. In the fall of ’88, Lippincott became a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Miami. While attending U of M, he studied under Randall Dollahon, and performed with jazz greats Randy Brecker and Bob Mintzer as a member of the Concert Jazz Band.
In 1990, he received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from The University of Miami, and continued studies with guitar guru Mick Goodrick, and jazz drum great Ari Hoenig.
In 2002, Lippincott became an adjunct instructor at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus where he currently teaches jazz improvisation, guitar ensemble, and private jazz guitar lessons. He has taught jazz guitar lessons privately, at Broward Community College, Florida Atlantic University, Miami’s New World High School of the Arts, and Florida International University.
Lippincott has been performing in South Florida since 1990 as a freelance guitarist, traveling throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. In addition to performing as a solo jazz and classical guitarist, He has led The Tom Lippincott Trio, and co-led Bluez Imbabwe with vocalist Adriana Samargia. In addition to DUO BRUBECK, Lippincott performs in several other jazz and improvised music groups, including The Chassidic Jazz Project, The Miami Jazz Quartet, and The Rucker/Lippincott Duo. He has performed and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Ed Schuller, Don Friedman, Carlos Averhoff, and Gary Campbell.
Bronwen Rutter earned her BA degree in piano performance from UCSC (Santa Cruz) where she studied with Sylvia Jenkins. Taking up the piano at the age of eight, Rutter began a lifetime of accompanying, playing chamber music and teaching piano at age 13.
Since moving to the Miami area in 1979, she has served as accompanist with the Miami Choral Society and taught music at the Carrollton School. Staff accompanist at MDC Kendall Campus for the past 27 years, she has performed innumerable recitals with faculty and students alike.
Rutter has accompanied for master classes with Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, and Yo Yo Ma. Recently, she has collaborated in performances with the Brubeck-Neal Duo. In love with music, Rutter says she is “still working at getting better on my instrument. I get the feeling that that will never change.”
G U I T A R I S T
Mitch Farber is one of the very best guitarists in South Florida. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mitch took up the guitar at the age of 10 and studied privately for seven years before playing professionally at 17 in various bands and venues around Philadelphia. Although his training mainly focused on jazz, he was
greatly influenced by rock, funk, and fusion. His musical influences included progressive rock artists Genesis, Yes, and Gentle Giant, as well as jazz guitarists Pat Martino, George Benson, and Pat Metheny.
In 1974, Mitch joined the band Birthright for a couple of years with Bob Martin, who went on to play with Frank Zappa, Orleans, and Bette Midler. He then toured across the country with Ken Hamilton and Terry Malone and played with Chuck Mangione and Rick Derringer. In 1984, he moved to Miami and studied at Miami Dade College with John Defaria of Miami Sound Machine and Dave Weisbrot, before becoming adjunct faculty in 1993. Mitch has worked with many artists throughout the years, including Cristian Castro, Nestor Torres, and Julio Iglesias,
touring the world to countries like Japan, Australia, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Malaysia, the Philipinnes, and Argentina, to name a few. Mitch continues to teach at Miami Dade College, and after twenty years, he is still in demand as a performer, maintaining a very busy performance schedule throughout the year.
Miami New Time Magazine says Lindsey Blair selected as Best Jazz Musician 2011. “As an official guitarist for Sábado Gigante with Don Francisco, Lindsey Blair has played alongside Puerto Rican reggaetonero Daddy Yankee, but it was Wes Montgomery who got him started on the guitar, and jazz is where his heart is. The Indiana native studied the form at the University of Miami for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and he has toured with Maynard Ferguson and played with Dizzy Gillespie. He also has collaborated for years with Gloria and Emilio Estefan and scored a gig onstage with Miami Sound Machine for Super Bowl XLI. But it is his current stint with local supergroup 7Crossing where his powerful, blazing Latin jazz truly shines. ”
You might think that artists as diverse as latin pop superstar Gloria Estefan, Country artist Lee Ann Womac, hip hop legends 2 Live Crew, R&B singer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell, jazz trumpet virtuoso Maynard Ferguson, rock drummer Gregg Bissonette, broadway star Anthony Newley, the Florida Philharmonic, and televisions cornerstone master of ceremonies Don Francisco have little common musical ground, but south Florida guitarist Lindsey Blair has been able to lend musical support to each of these artists with his versatile guitar work.
Lindsey is the kind of player that is comfortable in almost any musical situation. Whether the gig calls for him to sit in with an established band for a 4 hour gig with players he has never met and play a night of unrehearsed music of whatever musical repretoire de jour is being served up, to blending with a 30 piece orchestra and reading through a stack of sheet music as thick as a magazine, Lindsey can handle the challenge.
Lindsey is a guitarist that is driven by a passion for playing and being inspired by music rather that fortune and fame. He is most satisfied with his work when he has been able to break new musical ground, and/or spend some time with his favorite kind of people, musicians.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Canadian experimentalist Philippe Brunet has performed across North America and Europe appearing as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. As an advocate for New Music, he has collaborated with composers on over a dozen new works. Presently residing in Miami having recently obtained his D.M.A. in trumpet from University of Miami, he plays with the Miami City Ballet orchestra, freelances, and teaches in South Florida. In the past he has played at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Aspen Music Festival, the Dartington International Music Festival, the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale, as well as the Atlantic Music festival, among others.
Dr. Brunet’s teachers and colleagues have alternately called him, “…a visionary and tireless trumpeter,” (Edward Carroll); “…a person that sees no obstacle that cannot be overcome. In fact, he sees that obstacle as a play toy to invent and discover new innovations with creativity and aplomb…” (Russell DeVuyst); as well as, “…A badass mo-fo [sic]” (Ken Ueno). Philippe specializes in extended trumpet techniques including the use of extended vocal techniques such as throat singing combined with the trumpet in non-idiomatic ways.
In 2015, Philippe collaborated with the world renowned composer Ken Ueno on the premiere of Ueno’s Fanfares for the Apocalypse, an acoustic work acclaimed for its ability to push the limits of the trumpet’s extended technique lexicon as well as the stamina and ability of the soloist, himself. Philippe is looking forward to recording this ground-breaking piece that Ken Ueno, himself, described as helping both the soloist and the composer grow in their abilities and maturity. In 2016, Dr. Brunet again worked under Ken Ueno and Bowdoin College’s Erin Colleen Johnson to realize the site-specific ensemble piece, Fortress Brass, at Maine’s historic Fort Gorges.
After working through an embouchure change, Philippe completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in trumpet performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Prior to this, he had earned a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of The Arts, a BMus from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Canada, and a spot at Bard Conservatory as a Graduate Performance Fellow. His primary teachers have been Edward Carroll, Thomas Stevens, Russell DeVuyst, and Craig Morris.
Stereograms Nos. 1-20 have been prepared for saxophone by Randy Emerick
RANDY EMERICK was born in Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He was leader of Dartmouth’s jazz ensemble, The Barbary Coast Orchestra, a member of Wayne Cochran’s C.C. Riders and performed on baritone saxophone and other woodwinds with: Frank Sinatra, Count Basie Orchestra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, Mel Torme, and many others. Emerick toured the world with Jaco Pastorius from 1981 to 1982, and has numerous recordings to his credit: Wayne Cochran’s C.C. Riders (COCHRAN on Columbia Epic, 1971), Jaco Pastorius (INVITATION, TWINS I & II, THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT, PORTRAIT OF JACO – THE EARLY YEARS, PUNK JAZZ), Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (DORSEY, THEN AND NOW). Emerick currently plays alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones, flute, clarinet,and bass clarinet with the Palm Beach Pops.
LINDA BYRD received a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami, where she studied under Dr. Rosalina Sackstein. She and Dr Sackstein performed duo piano at such pretigious concerts as Festival Miami, the Florida State Music Teachers Convention, and the National Liszt Society National Convention. She has had extensive experience performing as soloist, accompanist, organist, and chamber musician, including concerts for the Bakken Library Concert Series in Minneapolis, and for the National Music Teacher’s Convention. Byrd has performed in countries all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and Norway.
Mrs. Byrd taught on the faculty of Miami Dade College for 32 years until she retired in 2003. She served as president, vice president, and scholarship chairperson of the Miami Music Teacher’s Association. As a master clinician, Byrd taught on the University of Florida Visiting Professor Series and served on the screening committee for the National Council of the Arts scholarship competition.
Mrs. Byrd has served in many capacities as a church musician, and is presently serving as pianist and organist at First Presbyterian Church in Kissimmee, Fl.
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