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    Pacific Celebrates 10 Years of the Brubeck Institute: Annual Event Will Feature Institute Alumni and Guest Artists

    Mar 25, 2010

    Famed jazz bassist Christian McBride returns to Pacific in April to celebrate a decade of the Brubeck Institute.  McBride, first artistic director of the Institute and a member of its Honorary Board, will be joined by outstanding alumni of the Summer Jazz Colony and Fellowship Program and other guest artists during the four-day event. 

    Concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. each night from April 8 - 10 in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall. There also will be a discussion about the Brubeck Collection on April 8 in the Library and a symposium on jazz education on Saturday. On Sunday, April 11, the annual Jazz on the Mile festival will be held on the Miracle Mile. Tickets for the on-campus concerts are available through the Pacific Box Office, and tickets for Jazz on the Mile will be sold at the gate. The symposiums are free and open to the public.

    This year's festival is part of the Presidential Inaugural series to commemorate President Pamela A. Eibeck's first year as the University's president. The Presidential Inaugural Series features scholarly, cultural and creative activities that highlight the University's strengths and distinctiveness and celebrate Pacific's history, tradition and promising future.

    "In the past ten years, the Brubeck Institute has accomplished extraordinary things," said Steve Anderson, director of the institute. "The Festival is recognized nationally and internationally, the students in the Summer Jazz Colony and Fellowship Program have become recognized as exceptional jazz artists, and the Brubeck Collection is being widely used by students, faculty, and visiting scholars from around the world."

    The April 8 concert will feature members of the 2007 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ), which was named the best collegiate jazz group in the country by Downbeat Magazine that year.  They will be joined onstage by renowned saxophonist Bob Mintzer.  The April 9 concert will feature the members of the 2009 BIJQ, which Downbeat Magazine also named the best collegiate jazz group in the country that year.  Their guest artist will be trumpeter, Gilbert Castellanos. The members of the BIJQ are the Brubeck Fellows, five students who were picked at the end of their senior year of high school to study jazz for one to two years through the Brubeck Institute.

    At 3 p.m. April 8, a discussion about the Brubeck Collection and Paul Desmond Papers and how they are used by researchers will be held in the Library on Pacific's Stockton campus. At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 10, a second academic symposium will be held in Pacific's Recital Hall, located behind the Faye Spanos Concert Hall, to explore contemporary jazz education in the United States.  The Brubeck Collection is an archive made up of recordings, business documents and other momentums collected by Dave Brubeck during his career. The Paul Desmond Papers are a collection of letters and other documents from Paul Desmond.

    At 7:30 p.m. on April 10, the 2010 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet will perform with bassist Christian McBride. The concert will conclude with a performance by The Yosvany Terry Quartet, with Taylor Eigsti on piano, and Brubeck Fellowship alumni Joe Sanders on bass, and Justin Brown on drums.

    Yosvany Terry is a Cuban-born saxophonist and composer based in New York, who has produced albums that blend American and Cuban jazz. Christian McBride has held a number of leadership positions in jazz, has toured and recorded with dozens of the greatest artists in the world, and leads his own groups.  Bob Mintzer is a composer, band leader and saxophonist best known for being a member of the Yellowjackets.  Gilbert Castellanos is a San Diego based trumpet player who plays and records with outstanding artists throughout the world. 

    Tickets for each concert can be purchased through Pacific's Box Office by calling 209.946.2474 or online at go.pacific.edu/tickets, and will be available for sale 45 minutes before each concert at the door. Tickets for the first two concerts are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors, and free for students. The April 10 concert will cost $15 for public general admission, $10 for seniors, and students are free. Tickets for the Jazz on the Mile will be sold only on the day of the event at the gate. No tickets are required for the symposium.

    The Brubeck Institute was established by the University of the Pacific in 2000 to honor its distinguished alumni, Dave and Iola Brubeck. The mission of the Institute is to build on Dave Brubeck's legacy and his lifelong dedication to music, creativity, education, and the advancement of important social issues including civil rights, environmental concerns, international relations, and social justice.

    More about the Brubeck Institute can be found online at http://www.brubeckinstitute.org. More information about the Presidential Inaugural Series can be found online at http://www.pacific.edu/x33620.xml.

     

     

     

     


    Schedule:

    Thursday, April 8
    Discussion of the Brubeck Collection
    3 p.m.
    Taylor Room, University Library
    Free and open to the public
    Shan Sutton, Associate Dean and Head of Special Collections
    Keith Hatscheck, Associate Professor and Director of Music Management
    Stephen Cross, Christopher Lopez, Bryce McLaughlin and Randy Sandoli - students
    This discussion will feature a conversation between faculty and students regarding the use of the materials in the Brubeck Collection and the Paul Desmond Papers in scholarship and teaching.
    The 2007 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet
    7:30 p.m.
    Faye Spanos Concert Hall
    $10 public, $5 seniors, students free; General Admission
    Brian Chahley, trumpet
    Lucas Pino, saxophone
    Glenn Zaleski, piano
    Chris Smith, bass
    Cory Cox, drums
    GUEST ARTIST: BOB MINTZER, saxophone
    This version of the BIJQ was the winner of the 2007 DownBeat magazine award for the best collegiate jazz group in the country. All these great alumni are now living, going to school, and working in New York and on tour with exceptional jazz artists.
    Friday, April 9
    The 2009 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet
    7:30 p.m.
    Faye Spanos Concert Hall
    $10 public, $5 seniors, students free; General Admission
    Ben Flocks, saxophone
    Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, saxophone
    Javier Santiago, piano
    Zach Brown, bass
    Adam Arruda, drums
    GUEST ARTIST: GILBERT CASTELLANOS, trumpet
    Last year's version of the BIJQ was the winner of the 2009 DownBeat magazine award for the best collegiate jazz group in the country. Three of these are now alumni including Ben, Javier, and Adam, and are living in New York and Toronto. They are going to school and playing professionally. Chad and Zach are in their second year in the Institute at Pacific.

    Saturday, April 10
    Academic Symposium
    10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
    Conservatory Recital Hall
    Free and open to the public
    The 2010 Brubeck Festival Academic Symposium will focus on contemporary jazz education. There will be individual presentations, panel discussion, and question and answer sessions. The participants include the following distinguished individuals.

    · Bart Marantz: Director of Jazz Studies at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX.

    · JB Dyas: Vice President for Education and Curriculum Development at the Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz.

    · David Baker: Professor and Director of Jazz Studies, Indiana University

    · Mary Jo Papich: President of the Jazz Education Network

    · Chuck Tumlinson: President of the California Jazz Alliance and Director of Jazz Studies, California State University - Fullerton

    · Harry Schnipper: Owner - Blues Alley Jazz Club and Jazz

    Education innovator in Washington, D.C.

     

    The 2010 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet
    Featuring Grammy-Award Winner Christian McBride, bass
    and The Yosvany Terry Quartet
    7:30 p.m.
    Faye Spanos Concert Hall
    $15 public, $10 seniors, students free; General Admission
    Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, saxophone
    Nick Frenay, trumpet
    Noah Kellman, piano
    Zach Brown, bass
    Corey Fonville, drums

    The Yosvany Terry Quartet:
    Yosvany Terry, saxophone
    Taylor Eigsti, piano
    Joe Sanders, bass
    Justin Brown, drums
    This year's BIJQ has appeared at the Detroit Jazz Festival, opened for the Dave Brubeck Quartet in Sacramento, played in New York, Southern California, at the California Music Educators Conference, and will be performing in Washington D.C. in April, and a feature concert on the 1st Annual Jazz Education Network convention in St. Louis in May.
    Guest Artist: Christian McBride, bass.
    Yosvany has been a guest artist clinician in the Fellowship Program at the Institute, Taylor has been a guest artist clinician in the Summer Jazz Colony and the Fellowship Program, and Joe and Justin are Fellowship Program alumni. They were in the very first class of Institute Fellows.