Santa Cruz saxophonist Ben Flocks was hand-selected at the age of 18 to study with Dave Brubeck as an Institute Fellow in 2007, which gave him the opportunity to study with Joe Gillman, Jeff Ballard and other musically talented guests. Not long after, Flocks and his swinging sax were playing jazz festivals and concert halls all over the world, including the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Library of Congress in D.C. Since then he's left the left coast (best coast!) for Brooklyn, where he recently earned a degree in Jazz Performance at the New School in New York City. But Flocks' true talent lies in creating inspired and soulful compositions that draw from America’s musical traditions.