The members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ) are in the Institute's Fellowship Program. Winners of numerous DownBeat awards, including the 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 awards for best collegiate jazz group in the country, this group has performed on the Monterey Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Brubeck Festival, Detroit International Jazz Festival, and others, and have done concerts in California, New York, Washington, Florida, Texas, Chicago, Toronto, Minneapolis, Washington DC, and on a State Department tour in Spain.
They have also performed in jazz clubs such as Yoshi's in Oakland, Herb Alpert's club Vibrato in Los Angeles, Blues Alley in Washington DC, the Dakota in Minneapolis, and the Jamboree Jazz Club in Barcelona. They have also performed at the annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education, and at the First Annual Jazz Education Network conference in St. Louis, MO.
The mission of the Brubeck Institute is to build on Dave Brubeck's legacy and his lifelong dedication to music, creativity, education, and the advancement of social issues including civil rights, environmental concerns, international relations, and social justice. Through performance, education, and outreach, the Brubeck Institute continues Dave's belief in our shared humanity, and the power of music to connect audiences from all walks of life.