The Brubeck Festival is going national.
For the past 12 years, the springtime celebration of Dave Brubeck’s life and work has brought thousands of jazz fans and many of the genre’s most celebrated artists to Stockton’s University of the Pacific, the pianist-composer’s alma mater and home of the Brubeck Institute. Recent editions, for example, included performances by Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Maria Schneider, Christian McBride, the Brubeck Brothers and Dave himself. The 2014 festival will expand on that approach.
University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Institute today announced an impressive Grammy Award-winning lineup for its 13th annual Brubeck Festival celebrating the music and life of Dave Brubeck. Al Jarreau, Eddie Palmieri and Terri Lyne Carrington will headline 2014 Brubeck Festival: Coast to Coast, March 27-29, in Stockton.
2014 Brubeck Festival: Coast to Coast also makes the cross-country connection to the April 7-13 Brubeck tribute at Jazz at Lincoln Center. That New York City celebration will include a six-month exhibit, “Dave Brubeck: Jazz Ambassador,” performances of new arrangements of Brubeck’s music by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and performances by Brubeck’s sons, and current and past Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet members.
“We are so very lucky to have musical stars such as Al Jarreau, Eddie Palmieri and Terri Lyne Carrington slated for this year’s Brubeck Festival,” said Simon Rowe, Brubeck Institute executive director. “I’m sure that Dave (Brubeck) would have been proud to have such very talented people eager to perform at this festival named in his honor.”
Rowe said the Jazz at Lincoln Center event was one of the last that Dave Brubeck helped organize. He died Dec. 5, 2012, a day shy of his 92nd birthday.
“Dave Brubeck’s music has been important to me through my life and career, so I am proud to serve as an honorary board member for his Institute,” said Jarreau. “And now, to have the opportunity to perform my music at the annual gala, that’s fantastic. It will be a great weekend and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
It’s worth noting that Brubeck Festival events are either free or at low cost and thus represent a real bargain compared to what you would pay to see these stars at Yoshi’s or SFJAZZ. Tickets are expected to go on sale in mid-November.
Want to keep up with the best in Bay Area jazz and blues?
Subscribe to us: Have our jazz Examiner columns sent to your inbox. Click the SUBSCRIBE button on this page. It’s free. (And we won’t spam you or give out your information.) Bookmark us: http://ventwing.com/jazz-music-in-oakland/brian-mccoy