12th Annual Brubeck Festival Planned for March 18-23

Tom Harrell, Wynton Marsalis, Brubeck Brothers Quartet expected to perform

Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis performing at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival
Tom Harrell
Brubeck Brothers

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University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Institute in Stockton, Calif., will present the 12th Annual Brubeck Festival, titled “Dave Brubeck Across Time,” March 18-23. The festival honors the late Brubeck’s legacy as a jazz giant and his Stockton roots. According to a press release, “The 2013 festival is a broad-based tribute to his legacy that covers the spectrum of jazz in its fullest expression: live concert performances ranging from jazz legends to local bands (in civic concert halls and college campuses as well as jazz clubs), a documentary film about jazz history, jazz education talks/symposia, the spiritually inspired works of Dave Brubeck, and the integration of street/community-based jazz events.”

Besides three major concerts-by trumpeter Tom Harrell’s quintet at San Joaquin Delta College on Thursday, March 21; by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under the direction of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, at the Bob Hope Theatre on Friday, March 22; and by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet at the University’s Faye Spanos Concert Hall on Saturday, March 23-the Festival will feature nightly performances at the Take 5 Jazz Club; talks by Marsalis, jazz composer and historian Gunther Schuller, and his son George Schuller; and a screening on the 19th of the rarely seen film Music Inn. On March 19, a documentary George Schuller co-produced about the School of Jazz at the Music Inn in Lenox, Mass., where his father was on the faculty. On the following day, George’s father Gunther Schuller will talk about Birth of the Cool, a series of 1949-1950 Miles Davis recordings on which Gunther Schuller played French horn, and host a performance of the album’s compositions played by the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet and others. Both he and Marsalis will speak at the symposium “Jazz Leadership Across Time” the next day.

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.

Visit the Institute 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

KEY TO VENUES (all in Stockton):

BHP = Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St.

FSCH = Faye Spanos Concert Hall, University of the Pacific, 3511 Pacific Ave.

JLT = Janet Leigh Theatre, University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave.

LHHJG = L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave.

T5JC = Take 5 Jazz Club, 157 W. Adams St.

UOPC = University of the Pacific campus, 3601 Pacific Ave.

WAA = Warren Atherton Auditorium, San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave.