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Stars come out in California and New York for 2014 Brubeck Festival


Dave Brubeck died in December 2012 but the pioneering jazz pianist’s music and legacy have hardly faded from the national consciousness. This past spring brought the release of a true treasure, a live recording of Brubeck and Tony Bennett performing together in 1962 at the Kennedy White House. And just last week came the news of the death of wife Iola Brubeck, who collaborated with her famous husband on a number of projects. You can read the New York Times obit here.
New York, by the way, is preparing for a further celebration of all things Brubeck. The Brubeck Institute is based at University of the Pacific in Stockton and its annual festival – featuring Eddie Palmieri, Al Jarreau and Terri Lyne Carrington (above) – is set for next weekend (more on that in a moment). But the 2014 edition includes a week of hoopla in the Big Apple anchored by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Here’s the schedule.

Brubeck Festival
Brubeck Festival

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April 7-8: Brubeck Brothers Quartet
April 9, 13: Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck with special guest Dave O’Higgins
April 10, 12: Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet with special guest Stefon Harris (April 12 only)
April 10, 12: “The Life and Music of Dave Brubeck” featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
April 11: Brubeck Institute Alumni Quintet
April 11-12: “The Real Ambassadors” featuring Peter Martin, narrator Yolande Bavan, Roberta Gambarini, Russell Graham, Robert Hurst, Brian Owens, Ulysses Owens, Vivian Sessoms, Ty Stephens and James Zollar

There will be in addition a “Dave Brubeck: Jazz Ambassador” exhibit at Lincoln Center featuring historical photographs, scores, rare videos and more. It’s free and open to the public.
For those unable to make the scene next month in New York, the Northern California edition of the 2014 Brubeck Festival is a tasty alternative. The schedule follows but let me call your attention to that Saturday night with Carrington. The percussionist-vocalist will perform her “Mosaic” project with Dianne Reeves, Nona Hendryx, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Helen Sung, Matt Stevens, and Josh Hari. Incredible lineup.

March 26: Pacific Jazz Ensemble, Take 5 Jazz Club, Valley Brewing Co. (7 p.m.)
March 27: Eddie Palmieri, Atherton Auditorium, San Joaquin Delta College (7:30 p.m.)
Langham-Fryer Pryamid Quartet, Take 5 Jazz Club, Valley Brewing Co. (10 p.m.)
March 28: Al Jarreau, Bob Hope Theatre (8 p.m.)
Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet with Joe Gilman and Patrick Langham, Take 5 Jazz Club, Valley Brewing Co. (10 p.m.)
March 29: Jazz Symposium with Al Jarreau and Terri Lyne Carrington, Faye Spanos Concert, University of the Pacific(11 a.m.)
Jazz on the Green, Knoles Lawn, University of the Pacific (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Terri Lyne Carrington, Faye Spanos Concert Hall, University of the Pacific (8 p.m.)
Simon Rowe Latin Project with special guest Joe Mazzaferro, Take 5 Jazz Club, Valley Brewing Co. (10 p.m.).

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