University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Institute today announced an impressive Grammy Award-winning lineup for its 13th annual Brubeck Festival celebrating the music and life of Dave Brubeck. Al Jarreau, Eddie Palmieri and Terri Lyne Carrington will headline 2014 Brubeck Festival: Coast to Coast, March 27-29, in Stockton.
2014 Brubeck Festival: Coast to Coast also makes the cross-country connection to the April 7-13 Brubeck tribute at Jazz at Lincoln Center. That New York City celebration will include a six-month exhibit, “Dave Brubeck: Jazz Ambassador,” performances of new arrangements of Brubeck’s music by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and performances by Brubeck’s sons, and current and past Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet members.
Click the link to hear Brubeck Institute Executive Director, Simon Rowe and Brubeck Fellow, Joel Ross interviewed by Beth Ruyak on Insight on Capital Public Radio.
Jazz Diplomacy – Five musicians from the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific in Stockton traveled to Washington D.C. in early October for a reprisal of Dave Brubeck’s 1988 jazz diplomacy performance. We spoke with Simon Rowe, the Director of the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific, before they left for the trip and we’ll hear how it went. We’ll also meet one of the student performers and hear him play in our studio.
University of the Pacific and the Brubeck Institute was privileged to receive a visit by “Senator” Eugene Wright, renowned jazz bassist and the last living member of the Classic Dave Brubeck Quartet, from Oct. 16-18. While at Pacific, Eugene toured the Brubeck Collection, observed activities of the Brubeck Institute and the Conservatory of Music, interacted with students and faculty members and participated in interviews.
Members of the public and the University community also had an opportunity to hear from Senator Wright about his career, including his time in the Dave Brubeck Quartet, during a panel discussion “Life and Times of Senator Eugene Wright.” The panel included Brubeck Institute Director Simon Rowe, Pacific professors Patrick Langham and Keith Hatschek, and University Archivist Michael Wurtz. Known as the Senator among fellow musicians, Wright is best known for his work as a member of The Dave Brubeck Quartet, in particular on the group’s most famous album “Time Out” (1959), which included drummer Joe Morello and saxophonist Paul Desmond.
Born in Chicago in 1923, Wright studied cornet in school and taught himself string bass. Prior to playing with Brubeck, Wright performed with the Lonnie Simmons group and led his own band, the Dukes of Swing.
In addition to Brubeck, Wright has played with many jazz stars, including Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and dozens of others. Wright worked in television studios and did film soundtrack work as well as played in clubs during the ’70s. He also served as head of the advisory board in the jazz division of the International Society of Bassists and head of the University of Cincinnati’s jazz department.
American University celebrated the third anniversary of the Initiative for Russian Culture at a gala held at the National Building Museum last week. It was an evening of Jazz Diplomacy, bringing together students, esteemed guests, and accomplished musicians to promote understanding through music and culture. The event was a collaborative effort between American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture, the Open World Leadership Center, and The Brubeck Institute.
Cultural understanding is the key for growth in democratic relations between any countries. The Initiative for Russian Culture believes in this philosophy and it reflects in their efforts to engage students in learning about Russian culture and history as well as taking up the language. Igor Butman was the jazz maestro for the evening joined by the U.S.-Russia Rising Stars Jazz Band to perform for guests, which included Open World alumni and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet.
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