2019 Brubeck Festival

The Brubeck Institute at University of the Pacific celebrates the legacy of jazz icon and renowned university alumnus Dave Brubeck '42. The theme of 2019 Brubeck Festival is "We're All Together Again for the First Time," after Dave Brubeck Quintet's 1973 live album recorded at various locations in Europe. From Oct. 21 to Oct. 26, Pacific is excited to host nearly 20 of past Brubeck Fellows who are coming back to the university from all around the U.S. and beyond to celebrate excellence in jazz. They will play in various combos at daily evening jazz jams at Take 5 Jazz At The Brew. The Brubeck Fellows All-Star Big Band will perform on Friday, Oct. 25, at Faye Spanos Concert Hall.

The festival will open on Monday, Oct. 21, with Joel Ross "Good Vibes" at Take 5 Club. Ross, a Chicago-born and Brooklyn-based musician and composer, is considered the most thrilling new vibraphonist in the U.S. He attributes his sound and approach to his studies with Stefon Harris at the Brubeck Institute, "Stefon completely revamped my technique," says Ross. "We were also learning his [now-famous] ear-training method, applying emotions to chords and hearing harmony in new ways. I figured out how I wanted to sound."

The festival's closing concert on Saturday, October 26, will feature Lucas Pino and No Net Nonet. Pino is a New York City-based tenor saxophonist and leader of the inventive No Net Nonet jazz ensemble. Pino considers the time he spent at University of the Pacific the most important formative time in his musical life. He says, "Nearly fifteen years later, I can see the values instilled during that time, values Dave and Iola hoped to instill in us that have become the pillars of my success. It is no coincidence that we see former Fellows as some of the most prominent and influential figures in music today."

More information about the events, artists and tickets can be found at BrubeckFestival.org.
Media Contact: Patrick Langham, plangham@pacific.edu or 209. 946.3970

Schedule:

  • Monday, October 21, 7 pm - Joel Ross "Good Vibes" at Take 5 Jazz Club;
  • Tuesday, October 22, 7 pm - Jazz jam with past Brubeck Fellows at Take 5 Jazz Club;
  • Wednesday, October 23, 7 pm - Pacific Jazz Ambassadors with Joel Ross at Take 5 Jazz Club;
  • Thursday, October 24, 7 pm - Jazz jam with past Brubeck Fellows  at Take 5 Jazz Club;
  • Friday, October 25, 7:30 pm - Pacific Jazz Ambassadors; Brubeck Fellows All-Star Big Band at Faye Spanos Concert Hall; The evening will continue at Take 5 Jazz club with a jazz jam hosted by Patrick Langham after 10 pm.
  • Saturday, October 26, 5-7 pm - Talk and book signing with Stephen Crist, author of Dave Brubeck's Time Out at Conservatory's Recital Hall.
  • Saturday, October 26, 7:30 pm - Lucas Pino and No Net Nonet at Faye Spanos Concert Hall; The evening will continue at Take 5 Jazz club with a jazz jam hosted by Patrick Langham after 10 pm.

Tickets to concerts at Take 5 Jazz Club are sold at the door. Tickets to concerts at Faye Spanos Concert Hall on Oct. 25 and 26 are available at BrubeckFestival.org.