STOCKTON. – The Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony at University of the Pacific draws together 18 of the best high school jazz musicians from throughout the country to hone their performance skills in the shadow of jazz greatness.
The musicians will be performing in the coming weeks at various Stockton locales to showcase their talents and what they have learned.
The public will have a chance to hear the results of this intensive learning opportunity during a series of performances. First is a faculty concert and jam session featuring Gomez, Harris, Wilson and others at 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Take 5 Jazz Club at Valley Brew, 157 W. Adams St., Stockton. Nice Young Men, a high-energy collaboration of former Brubeck Fellow Colin McDaniel (drums) and former Summer Jazz Colonist Jon Hatamiya (trombone), and Albert Baliwas (sax), Kevin Bernstein (piano) and John Snow (bass), are scheduled to perform there from 7-9 p.m. the next evening. Student and faculty jam sessions will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 6-7, at the Take 5 Jazz Club. The Jeff Clayton Sextet will perform 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Take 5 Jazz Club. Members of the public are invited to observe the evening jam session workshops and hear the tips, tricks and words of wisdom that the musicians share with the students while playing great jazz.
The weeklong musical experience culminates in the Summer Jazz Colony Concert 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall at University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave. in Stockton. Admission to this concert is free to the public.
Named for the late Dave Brubeck, a University of the Pacific alumnus who went on to become the most popular jazz musician of his time, the Summer Jazz Colony provides participants with intense musical instruction, meaningful mentoring, and challenging performance experiences.