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Brubeck Jazz Colony concert

Brubeck Institute Jazz Colonists, guest artists and faculty will come together for a night of jazz during the closing concert of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Colony Aug. 11 in Faye Spanos Concert Hall.

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Brubeck Institute Jazz Colony celebrates 15th year

Since its inception, more than 300 of the most talented high school musicians have come to University of the Pacific from across the U.S. and beyond to receive this intense jazz training.
Aug 3, 2017

The Brubeck Institute at University of the Pacific brings back its annual Summer Jazz Colony for the 15th year starting Sunday. The week-long Summer Jazz Colony Aug. 6-11 is an intensive educational program in jazz performance for exceptionally talented high school students. It features nightly jam sessions at the Take 5 Jazz Club in Stockton's Valley Brew Restaurant and a closing concert on Friday, Aug. 11 in Faye Spanos Concert Hall on the university campus. They are all free and open to the public.

In the past 15 years, more than 300 talented young musicians have come from around the world to study with Brubeck Institute faculty, guest artists and master teachers. For 2017, the institute welcomes 23 top young musicians who will hone their jazz skills working in combo rehearsals, master classes and private instruction. They also take classes in jazz theory, advanced jazz improvisation, the music of Dave Brubeck and other topics. Among them, five international students return for the fourth year through a partnership with Great Britain's National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Australia's Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Professional guest artists joining the faculty include pianist Helen Sung, drummer Lewis Nash, pianist and composer Donald Brown and multi-instrumentalist Steve Wilson, along with the United Kingdom's Mark Armstrong, the artistic director for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Also joining the 2017 faculty are former Brubeck Institute Jazz Fellows bassist Chris Smith and guitarist Sean Britt.  

Enjoy outstanding jazz all week as students and guest artists perform free nightly jam sessions from 7 - 9 p.m. Aug. 6-10 (except Wednesday) at Valley Brew's Take 5 Jazz Club on Stockton's Miracle Mile, and the closing concert featuring all the colonists and guest artists at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, in Faye Spanos Concert Hall on the Stockton Campus.  

The Brubeck Institute is home to one of the foremost jazz programs in the world, with signature offerings including the Brubeck Institute Jazz Fellowship and the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony. Established in 2000, the Institute is also home to the Brubeck Collection, one of the largest comprehensive collections from a contemporary musician, an invaluable resource for scholarship and research.

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