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Stockton getting jazzed up for Brubeck Festival
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STOCKTON - University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Institute presents the Twelfth Annual Brubeck Festival, titled Dave Brubeck Across Time, which honors his legacy as a jazz giant and his Stockton, California, roots. 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 street/community-based jazz events, from Monday, March 18, through Saturday, March 23.

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 of the rarely seen film Music Inn.

On March 19, George Schuller will present Music Inn, a documentary film he co-produced about the School of Jazz at the Music Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts, where his father was on the faculty, John Lewis served as artistic director, and such jazz greats as the Modern Jazz Quartet and Sonny Rollins performed during the late 1950s. 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.

Frequent DownBeat and JazzTimes poll-winner Tom Harrell will make his Festival debut on March 21 at San Joaquin Delta College’s Warren Atherton Auditorium. He is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising trumpeters and composers of our time. The orchestra he is associated with will make its Brubeck Festival debut on March 22 at the Bob Hope Theatre.

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 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.

The quartet’s concert will be preceded by a performance of 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.