There’s a new rising star in the ever expanding Jazz Scene by the name of Malachi Whitson. 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. Currently a student at the University of Pacific Malachi Whitson will be receiving a bachelor’s degree 2015 in jazz performance as 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 Frham 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.
Malachi has been associated with several projects such as the Sun dance film festival award winning Documentary “Lost and Found’ by Sharif Nassir. He is a contributor to the 2011-2013 Brubeck Institute Jazz quintet award winning album origins. He is also a member of SF Jazz alumni teachers association. Under his own name Malachi Currently has a trio known to many as “The Project”. This newly Formed trio has its own particular repertoire that melds the sultry sounds of soul and r and b with the structure and improvisational context of Jazz. Currently he attends the University of Pacific on a 3 year degree full scholarship program through the Dave Brubeck Institute where he hopes to matriculate to the Monk Institute to further his studies.