This event was the start of the Downtown Stockton Art Contest “Music of Dave Brubeck Inspires My Imagination”
The best way to introduce Dave Brubeck is through his music. So, over 2,000 students from Stockton Unified School District get that experience Tuesday. Along with students from downtown charter schools, they’ll listen to an hour of the late jazz master’s music – played by University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. Then they’ll use their imaginations, creating paintings reflecting impressions of Brubeck and his music. “We’re hoping, for many of them who probably haven’t heard jazz live or on recordings, that it gives many of them a first taste,” said Simon Rowe, the Brubeck Institute’s director. “And Dave’s music is a good exemplar. “We were looking for a way to get kids involved. We thought of an art contest.” The concert is part of “Music of Dave Brubeck Inspires My Imagination,” a collaboration among Pacific, the Downtown Stockton Alliance, Delta College and Stockton Unified. The musically motivated art contest is designed to inspire and educate students as a preliminary to the March 18 to 23 Brubeck Festival. “The music of Dave Brubeck is just phenomenal,” said Pheon Davison, Stockton Unified’s administrator of visual and performing arts and physical education. “It’s important for them (students) to experience all different types of music. This will be great.” The Stockton Unified students – third-, fourth- and sixth-graders – will transfer their visual interpretations into paintings. The winning entries at each grade level will be combined into a mural that’ll be placed on the boarded-up downtown Main Hotel’s exterior.