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Joe Gilman

Piano – Jazz Camp Week 1


enowned as a jazz educator and as an artist, Dr. Joe Gilman is a full-time professor of music at American River College in Sacramento, an adjunct professor of jazz studies at CSU Sacramento, and a longtime associate of the Brubeck Institute. He has been a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop since 2004, where he was awarded Outstanding Educator in 2016. Joe was the music director of Capital Jazz Project from 1997 to 2011, and has received bachelor’s degrees in classical piano and jazz studies at Indiana University, a master’s degree in jazz and the contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Sarasota.

Joe was he primary pianist with jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson from 2006 to 2016, and has been pianist with the the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra since 2010. He has also performed professionally with Eddie Harris, Woody Shaw, Marlena Shaw, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, George Duke, Chris Botti, Eric Alexander, Anthony Wilson, Nicholas Payton, Russell Malone, Charles McPherson, Wycliffe Gordon, David “Fathead” Newman, and Slide Hampton, and has recorded with Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Frank Morgan, Jeff Watts, Robert Hurst, Tootie Heath, and Larry Grenadier.

Dr. Gilman has twice been an International Jazz Ambassador through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and USIA, traveling to West Africa in 1999 and East and Southern Africa in 2000. Joe was the 2001 American River College Student Association Instructor of the Year and was named the first Brubeck Scholar at the 2005 Brubeck Festival. In 2004, Joe won the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. His work with students at the Brubeck Institute has produced several CDs: Brubeck Revisited Vols. 1 and 2 (Sunnyside), Wonder Revisited Vols. 1 and 2, Americanvas, and Relativity (Capri), all recorded with Brubeck Institute fellows. His work with the students at the Brubeck Institute and American River College has resulted in 24 DownBeat magazine student awards.

For more information about Joe, visit www.joegilman.com.

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