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Thursday, March 21: Tom Harrell Quintet

Tom HarrellFrequent DownBeat and JazzTimes poll-winner Tom Harrell will make his Festival debut on March 21 at San Joaquin Delta College's Warren Atherton Auditorium. He is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising trumpeters and composers of our time. Harrell began leading his own group in 1989 after working as a sideman with Woody Herman, Horace Silver, Phil Woods, and others. Number Five, his latest recording for HighNote Records, is the fifth quintet CD featuring his current lineup of tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Johnathan Blake.  Artist Website


Friday, March 22: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Wynton MarsalisTrumpeter-composer Wynton Marsalis, a member of the celebrated New Orleans jazz family that also includes his father Ellis and older brother Branford, stepped onto the international jazz stage at age 19 in 1980 as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers before launching his own quintet two years later. Since 1988, he also has led New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, a 15-member big band honoring the rich heritage of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong while also debuting commissions by such modern-day jazz greats as Joe Lovano, Christian McBride, and, of course, Marsalis himself. Like his late friend Dave Brubeck, Marsalis has been deeply involved in jazz education throughout his career. The orchestra will make its Brubeck Festival debut on March 22 at the Bob Hope Theatre.  Artist Website

Saturday, March 23: The Brubeck Tribute Concert featuring Russell Gloyd with the San Francisco Choral Artists and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Brubeck Brothers QuartetTrombonist-bassist Chris Brubeck and drummer Dan Brubeck tip their hats to their dad on LifeTimes, the latest CD by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, with vibrant new arrangements of his compositions "The Duke," "Jazzanians," "Kathy's Waltz," and "My One Bad Habit," as well as his biggest hit, the Paul Desmond-penned "Take Five." The disc was one of the top 10 most-played jazz recordings on national radio in 2012. The group, rounded out by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, will perform in University of the Pacific's Faye Spanos Concert Hall on March 23. Chris and his father were nominated for a 2013 Grammy for the Temple University Symphony Orchestra's recording of their composition Ansel Adams: America, which was premiered by the Stockton Symphony in 2009. The quartet's concert will be preceded by a performance of a sacred choral music composed by Dave Brubeck, with his longtime manager Russell Gloyd conducting the San Francisco Choral Artists.  Artist Website