Joe Gilman

Dr. Joe Gilman is the music director of the Brubeck Institute's Fellowship Program, a full-time professor of music at American River College in Sacramento, and music director of Capital Jazz Project. He 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 has been the primary pianist with jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson since September 2006, and has also performed professionally with Eddie Harris, Woody Shaw, Marlena Shaw, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, George Duke, Chris Botti, Eric Alexander, David “Fathead” Newman, and Slide Hampton, and has recorded with Joe Henderson, Jeff Watts, and Robert Hurst.

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”Joe Gilman is certainly one of the greatest pianists I've ever heard. I am truly amazed with the trio's imaginative interpretations of my music. I laughed and hollered out loud at every track, hearing their rhythmic, harmonic, and swinging versions of my tunes.”

~Dave Brubeck

“He's unbelievably talented! As soon as I write something down, he completely understands. He understands the chords that are contained within the scale … of the possibilities depending on the way the melody is. On how to approach it and at the same time give me space. And how to drop a color out there and fill it in the canvas and let it drip down the canvas and then say you want to play some.”

~Bobby Hutcherson

“Joe is a superb pianist, a musician with deep roots and encyclopedic knowledge of jazz

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