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The Brubeck Festival

The Brubeck Festival is an annual event that celebrates and explores the musical, intellectual, and philosophical ideas of Dave Brubeck, as well as his influence on the world of music and ideas. The Festival features performances of jazz, contemporary concert music, lectures, and academic symposia.


In its first several years, the Festival has featured many performing organizations including the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Christian McBride Trio, Capital Jazz Project, Turtle Island String Quartet, David Grisman Quintet, Hiromi's Sonicbloom, Deepak Ram Quartet, Gerald Clayton Trio, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Yosvany Terry Quartet, Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Andrzej Jagodzinski Trio, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, SFJazz Collective, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Quartet San Francisco, Stockton Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Ballet NY, and many of the ensembles of Pacific’s Conservatory of Music.

Individual performing artists on past Brubeck Festivals include Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Bobby Militello, Michael Moore, Randy Jones, Bill Smith, Alberto Mizrahi, Kevin Deas, Jean Piche, Darius Brubeck, Bob Mintzer, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Nicholas Payton, Renee Rosness, Miguel Zenon, Eric Harland, Matt Penman, Isaac Smith, Roberta Gambarini, John Salmon, Julia Dollison, Geoff Keezer, Taylor Eigsti, Yosvany Terry, Gilbert Castellanos, Trio M, Maria Schneider Orchestra, and many others.

Symposia, lecture, and discussion topics have included music management and business, sociology and music, improvisation, civil rights, creativity, jazz education, cultural diplomacy, and words with music.

Brubeck Festival History

To read information about previous Brubeck Festivals, click on the dates listed on the left hand column.  There was no Brubeck Festival in 2002.