Wynton Marsalis will headline the 2013 Brubeck Festival, joining some of the world’s jazz-music powerhouses performing this spring during the citywide cultural festival, hosted by the University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Institute and the City of Stockton.

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Access and scholarship to be highlights of University of the Pacific-Stockton Cultural Festival

Grammy-award winning jazz trumpeter-composer Wynton Marsalis will be headliner at 2013 Brubeck Festival
Sep 7, 2012

Imagine some of the world's jazz-music powerhouses performing this spring during a citywide cultural festival, hosted by the University of the Pacific's Brubeck Institute and the City of Stockton.

It's happening! And we're delighted to announce that world-renowned jazz trumpeter-composer, nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will headline the music and education extravaganza on March 22.

Stockton will swing.

The 12th annual Brubeck Festival, centered in and around the historic Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton, the week of March 18-23, will feature music performances and educational lectures around the city, along the Miracle Mile, on the University of the Pacific campus and at Delta College.

"In the words of Dave Brubeck, Stockton deserves to be known for its jazz history and this festival will showcase that," said Simon Rowe, executive director of the Brubeck Institute. "People are hungry for some good news, for worthwhile experiences and events that cast their community in a positive light."

Select number of discounted and free tickets will be provided to students and community members

To that end, the Institute, one of University of the Pacific's core cultural and academic programs, will be offering discounted tickets for students and community members. Two hundred fifty free tickets will be reserved for school children to hear and see Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra firsthand.

"We want to provide access to the experience of hearing a world-class orchestra, to offer young people exposure to high-quality art which may inspire them with possible opportunities for their own future passions and talents," Rowe said.

Pacific's Powell Scholars to interview Marsalis before a live audience

Marsalis, the day of his concert, will meet with and be interviewed before a live audience by Pacific's illustrious Powell Scholars, recipients of the university's top academic scholarship award.  That event too will be open to the community.

"Marsalis' visit in spring is a testament to the creative power students have at Pacific," said Professor Cynthia Wagner Weick, director of the Powell Scholars Program. "At their fall 2011 retreat, the Powell Scholars identified Wynton Marsalis as a world leader who represents the program's values of achievement, creativity and leadership. Jimmy Kraft, who is a Powell Scholar and jazz studies major, nominated him. We approached Simon Rowe at the Brubeck Institute to see if we could get Pacific on Marsalis' tour schedule. Simon was central to paving the way for the visit of this paragon of jazz music." 

The 2013 Brubeck Festival, celebrated in part at the historic Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton, the week of March 18-23, will feature music performances and educational lectures around the city, at the Take 5 Jazz at the Brew along the Miracle Mile, on University of the Pacific's campus and at Delta College. Along with our special headliner, festival audiences will also get to enjoy the melodic genius of award-winning trumpeter Tom Harrell on March 21 and the dynamic and beloved Brubeck Brothers Quartet, featuring two members of one of America's most accomplished musical families, Dan and Chris Brubeck on March 23.

The Brubeck Festival is an annual cultural celebration that explores the legacy and influence of celebrated jazz pianist Dave Brubeck '42 - a Pacific alumnus and Marsalis mentor. Launched on the University campus in 2001, the Festival highlights some of the world's best jazz musicians, lectures and panel discussions. We are delighted to introduce our broadened focus and welcome you to be a part of what promises to become a world-class jazz music event.

We'd like to acknowledge our early partners -  the Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, the Miracle Mile Association, Stockton Arts Alliance in addition to, of course, the City of Stockton, without whose passion for the arts and returning vibrancy to our historic city center this would not be possible.

Sponsors Contact

  • Simon Rowe, executive director, the Brubeck Institute, University of the Pacific, 209.946.3196, srowe@pacific.edu.
  • Steve Harvath, executive director of development, the Brubeck Institute, 209.932.2867, sharvath@pacific.edu.    

   

Media Contact

  •  Keith Michaud, media relations coordinator, Office of Communications, University of the Pacific, 209.946.3275 or kmichaud@pacific.edu.

 

On the Web:

 BrubeckInstitute.org

Pacific.edu

Stocktongov.com

Jalc.org

Bobhopetheatre.com

go.pacific.edu/powellscholars