Sunday, February 17, 2013

Dave Brubeck Festival March 18-23rd

Brubeck Bros. Trombonist-bassist Chris Brubeck and drummer Dan Brubeck tip their hats to their dad on LifeTimes, the latest CD by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, with vibrant new arrangements of his compositions "The Duke," "Jazzanians," "Kathy's Waltz," and "My One Bad Habit," as well as his biggest hit, the Paul Desmond-penned "Take Five." The disc was one of the top 10 most-played jazz recordings on national radio in 2012. The group, rounded out by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, will perform in University of the Pacific's Faye Spanos Concert Hall on March 23. Chris and his father were nominated for a 2013 Grammy for the Temple University Symphony Orchestra's recording of their composition Ansel Adams: America, which was premiered by the Stockton Symphony in 2009. The quartet's concert will be preceded by a performance of a sacred choral music composed by Dave Brubeck, with his longtime manager Russell Gloyd conducting the San Francisco Choral Artists.  

Other Festival events include "The French Quarter," a New Orleans-inspired street fair on the afternoon of March 22 in front of the Bob Hope Theatre that will feature live music, jugglers, fortune-tellers, food, and the unveiling of a semi-permanent display of winning art in the Downtown Stockton Alliance's "Brubeck's Music Inspires My Imagination" contest, and the next afternoon's Jazz on the Green on the University of the Pacific campus. Among the activities at that family event will be performances by Brubeck Institute musicians, an instrument "petting zoo" at which children will be able to both touch and play a variety of musical instruments, and tours of the Brubeck Collection, one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections from a contemporary musician.

Just two weeks before his death, the legendary pianist-composer and his wife Iola hosted a gathering at their Connecticut home that was attended by Marsalis, Brubeck Institute executive director Simon Rowe, the Brubecks' sons Chris and Darius, and their wives Tish and Cathy. The main topic of conversation included Festival planning all the way to a Jazz at Lincoln Center celebration of Brubeck's music slated for the spring of 2014.

The Brubeck Institute is proudly continuing the legacy of Dave Brubeck through programs and partnerships impacting society through the arts. Housed at University of the Pacific, the Institute maintains the Brubeck Collection -- one of the largest archives of its kind. Founded ten years ago, it has built nationally preeminent arts education jazz programs, and is now creating partnerships with local organizations such as San Joaquin Delta College and the City of Stockton, and national affiliations with organizations including Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Meridian Center. Please visit the Institute at for more information and Festival tickets.

3/18 Brian Kendrick Big Band with Janiece Jaffe, 7 p.m., T5JC
3/18 Simon Rowe Trio with Janiece Jaffe, 10 p.m., T5JC
3/19 Music Inn showing, 7:30 p.m., JLT, George Schuller Q and A to follow.
3/19 Nick Fryer Trio, 10 p.m., T5JC
3/20 Gunther Schuller preshow talk, 6:30 p.m., FSCH
3/20 Birth of the Cool performance, 7:30 p.m., FSCH
3/20 Schulldogs, 10 p.m., T5JC
3/21 Delta Gala VIP Reception, 5 p.m., LHHJG
3/21 Tom Harrell Quintet, 7:30 p.m., WAA
3/21 Patrick Langham Group with Janiece Jaffe, 10 p.m, T5JC
3/22 Symposium "Jazz Leadership Across Time" with Gunther Schuller and Wynton Marsalis, 12 noon-2:30 pm. FSCH
3/22 French Quarter Street Fair, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., in front of BHT
3/22 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, 8 p.m.,BHT
3/23 Jazz on the Green family day, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., UOPC
3/23 Brubeck Finale Concert featuring the Brothers Quartet and San Francisco Choral Artists 7:30 pm, FSCH
3/23 Joe Gilman with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, 10 p.m., T5JC