Dayna Stephens, Ben Wendel & Dan Tepfer, and Jeff Clayton this week at the Brubeck Institute

Busy week here at the Brubeck Institute for guest artists!

On Tuesday Feb 26th Dayna Stephens will be teaching with us all day teaching lessons and working with the BIJQ. Check out Dayna here at


On Thursday 28th, Ben Wendel and Dan Tepfur will be teaching and performing at Take 5 Jazz. Ben and Dan are touring promoting their new record. We are super excited to have this great duo with us for the day. They will also be playing at Take 5 Jazz Club that night at 7:00pm. They will be playing music from their new record “Small Constructions” and also with the BIJQ. “Small Constructions” is a co-lead project recorded with Ben and Dan for Sunnyside Records. You can order the album on ITUNES or AMAZON.  For more information on their upcoming US/EUROPE TOUR, click HERE.

Check out this clip of Ben and Dan

And if that wasn’t enough the great Jeff Clayton will be with us on Friday March 1st


From Jeff’s blog he shares his thoughts on his career performing and teaching.
“From Thad Jones who led the Count Basie Orchestra when I was on the band the second time I learned the art of rehearsal—- how to give musicians the
support they needed to create without restrictions. He had a wonderful heart.

From my life long association with Ray Brown I learned about expression, being yourself no matter what and to do what you do best. “Push through the
music phrase”, Ray would say, “put it out there”. He left a void in our lives .

From years in the studio and on stage with Frank Sinatra, I was shown how to embrace long phrases and how to just state the melody.
Benny Carter told me, “the writer wrote the melody for a reason Jeff”.

While playing on the Gene Harris Philip Morris Super band with Sweets Edison, the economy of ideas comes to mind. My musical experience through
application has been rare and invaluable.

Music is not mine to keep only to have and to hold……
I must give back what I have been so freely given so I spend a good amount of time teaching”.

Looking forward to a great week of learning and performing with these inspiring musicians and educators!


Dave Brubeck honored in the U.S. Congress and California State Assembly

Congressman Jerry McNerney visited the Brubeck institute to present us with a Congressional Resolution honoring Dave Brubeck’s career. H. RES. 831 “Honoring and recognizing David “Dave” Warren Brubeck for his contributions in musical composition, jazz, and to the international community. Click here to view H. RES. 831

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Simon Rowe, Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute and Maria Pallavicini, Provost at the University of the Pacific, are presented with the Resolution by Congressman Jerry McNerney. As a gift, Jerry McNerney was given a framed reproduction of the Dave Brubeck Quartet album “Jazz at the College of the Pacific” to thank him for honoring Dave and taking the time to visit us at the Institute.

Dave was also honored in the California State Assembly by Assembly member Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton).

Jazz and the Fight Against Segregation: BIJQ presenting a concert/lecture at the Crocker Art Museum

Concert: Jazz and the Fight Against Segregation


Thursday, February 21
7 PM

The recent passing of legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck has reminded us all of his great contributions to jazz and society. The renowned Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet presents how jazz blazed a trail for integration in the United States and beyond through the music of Brubeck, Duke Ellington, and other jazz mavericks. Presented in collaboration with the University of the Pacific, this concert is also part of the UC Davis Campus Community Book Project. Space is limited.

$6 Members
$10 College students and youth 17 and under
$12 Nonmembers

Purchase tickets now, at the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling 916.808.1182. Limited tickets may be available at the Admission Desk the day of the concert.