The 2013-14 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet includes bassist Sarah Kuo of Los Angeles; drummer Jalon D'Mere Archie of Houston; trumpeter Max Boiko of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; guitarist Sean Britt of Hingham, Mass.; and vibraphonist Joel M. Ross of Chicago.
Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet Takes the Stage at Monterey Jazz FestivalTheir performance was part of a tribute to Pacific alumnus Dave Brubeck whose influence helped create the renowned festival
Dave Brubeck's long and rich musical association with the hugely influential Monterey Jazz Festival was celebrated last weekend as Pacific's Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet joined an all-star lineup at the festival's 56th annual installment. Panel discussions and lectures covered topics such as "Dave Brubeck: Hip as a Pair of Horn-Rimmed Glasses" and Brubeck's "enduring music and celebrated career." Speakers included Brubeck's sons, Chris and Dan, bassist Eugene Wright and longtime manager Russell Gloyd.
The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ) performed Saturday evening at the festival's Night Club venue, followed a few hours later by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, consisting of Chris and Dan Brubeck, Mike DeMicco and Chuck Lamb.
"There is absolutely no doubt that Dave Brubeck enjoyed performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival and that there is a very real connection between Dave and the festival that continues to this day," said Simon Rowe, executive director of the Brubeck Institute."
The jazz great's connection to the festival dates back to the very beginning.
"Brubeck's long and fruitful career was intertwined from the very beginnings of the Monterey Jazz Festival — he helped convince Monterey city elders to grant permission for its debut, regularly performed as a headliner, and premiered a number of important works at the festival," said Rowe.
While it is not the first time the BIJQ has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, it will be the first time this particular group of Brubeck Fellows will climb the stage to entertain jazz-savvy audiences.
"This group of Brubeck Fellows has come together to meet head-on the rigorous musical instruction and demanding performance schedule," said Rowe. "That's part of being a Brubeck Fellow. Another part is sharing the opportunity to perform before audiences such as those at the Monterey Jazz Festival, where Dave Brubeck had such a musical influence. This was a wonderful opportunity for them to shine."
The 2013-14 Brubeck Fellows include bassist Sarah Kuo of Los Angeles; drummer Jalon D'Mere Archie of Houston; trumpeter Max Boiko of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; guitarist Sean Britt of Hingham, Mass.; and vibraphonist Joel M. Ross of Chicago.
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|Musician and composer Darius Brubeck will conduct workshops at the Brubeck Institute and perform with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet
Jazz at the Brew
Sept 26 • Take 5 Jazz Club
Darius Brubeck performs with the BIJQ
Valley Brewery, 157 W. Adams St., off Stockton's Miracle Mile.
Sept 27 • Littlefield Concert Hall
The Stanford Woodwind Quintet, Darius Brubeck, and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet all will perform.
Jazz at the Brew
Dec 6 • Take 5 Jazz Club
A tribute to Dave Brubeck celebrates what would have been Dave's 93rd birthday.
Other exciting events for the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet
Darius Brubeck, the eldest of Dave and Iola Brubeck's sons, and himself a noted musician, composer and international music educator, will visit the Brubeck Institute Sept. 25-27 for workshops with the Brubeck Fellows in addition to the above performances.
The BIJQ will tour Washington, D.C., Oct. 7-10 and perform at the Library of Congress and the Russian Embassy. The event, dubbed "An American-Russian Tribute to Jazz Diplomacy," will feature Russia's No. 1 jazz personality, Igor Butman. The BIJQ will join with three Russian musicians to form the U.S.-Russia Rising Stars Jazz Band to play the same music Dave Brubeck performed at the 1988 Regan-Gorbachev summit in Moscow. The event is sponsored by American University's Initiative for Russian Culture, The Open World Leadership Center, and the Brubeck Institute.
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