What We Do

Also see: Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet Fellowship Festival Summer Jazz Colony Outreach

“Jazz stands for freedom. It's supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don't be a perfectionist.”

To continue the mission of Dave and Iola Brubeck, The Brubeck Institute focuses on five core programs, all of which touch on social impact, education, and the arts. These programs are:

The Brubeck Collection — One of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections from a contemporary musician, the Brubeck Collection is comprised of Dave and Iola Brubeck's correspondence, legal and business documents, musical recordings, music manuscripts, photographs, printed programs, memorabilia, and other important archival material.

The Brubeck Festival — This annual celebration explores the musical, intellectual, and philosophical ideas of Dave Brubeck, as well as his influence on the world of music and ideas. Past headliners at the Brubeck Festival have included luminaries such as Wynton Marsallis, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, and Dave Brubeck himself.

The Brubeck Fellowship Program is a one or three-year full-scholarship program in jazz performance for five musicians who have just graduated from high school. These are the Brubeck Fellows and they comprise the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ).

The Summer Jazz Colony is a one-week, full-scholarship, intensive educational program in jazz performance for a very limited number of exceptionally talented high school students.

The Brubeck Outreach Program is designed to encourage the performance, study and understanding of jazz in its many forms, explore contemporary concert music, enlighten and broaden the general knowledge and appreciation of music, and promote the understanding of the work and influence of Dave Brubeck.