Set Times: 6:30-11:30
There’s a new rising star in the ever expanding Jazz Scene by the name of Malachi Whitson. This cat is a drummer’s drummer: hitting hard like Elvin Jones and musically like Jeff “Tain” Watts. Born and raised in Richmond California, Malachi Whitson has been rooted in the Bay Area Jazz community as both a performer and teacher sense his early youth. Malachi was the first Dave Brubeck fellow to receive a degree from the University of Pacific. As a former member of the Brubeck institute Malachi Whitson has had the opportunity to perform with major artists such as, Bobby McFerrin, Bobby Hutchison, Stefon Harris, Eddie Gomez, Adam Kolker, Joel Fromm amongst many others. Malachi is associated with various jazz organizations within the bay area and abroad including the Berkeley Jazz School, SF Jazz Center, East Bay center for the Performing Arts, Oakland School for the arts, Stanford Jazz workshop, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Brubeck Institute. He is a recipient of various awards including most dedicated musician award from the SF Jazz organization, best drummer award from the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Best Overall Musician from San Jose Jazz Workshop, as well as an outstanding Steel Pan Instructor award from the East Bay women in Action organization.