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2017 Brubeck Festival Oct. 24-28 will include a tribute to the music of Ella Fitzgerald

Coming Oct. 24-28, the annual festival will feature two of the top names in jazz: singer and songwriter René Marie and violinist Regina Carter, along with the Pacific Jazz Ensemble, the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet and talented regional jazz musicians.
Aug 18, 2017

The Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific today announced the lineup for the 2017 Brubeck Festival, which celebrates the legacy of jazz icon and renowned University alumnus Dave Brubeck.

The week of Oct. 24-28 in Stockton, the Festival will feature two of the top names in jazz: singer/songwriter René Marie and violinist Regina Carter, as well as many talented regional jazz musicians.  Tickets are on sale now at 

"Bringing musicians of this caliber to University of the Pacific is a dream come true, both for students and for the wider community," said Patrick Langham, Interim Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute. "René Marie and Regina Carter are amazing performers, and their concerts will be a great opportunity for audiences here to see musicians who are known throughout the world."  

Starting Tuesday, October 24, Take Five Jazz at the Brew, the jazz club at Valley Brew on Adams Street, will host nightly combo concerts with local favorites including the Patrick Langham Quartet, the Randi Sandoli Quartet, the Brian Kendrick Little Big Band, and the Joe Mazzaferro Group. Details about the times for all performances can be found on and

Rene Marie René Marie takes the stage with the Pacific Jazz Ensemble in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27. Marie started her professional jazz singing career at the age of 41, and over the past two decades has made 11 recordings and performed at numerous jazz festivals and stages across the country. Known for her compositional and arranging skills, Marie brings a variety of musical influences to bear in her work.  

Regina CarterOn Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m., the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet opens for violinist Regina Carter also at Faye Spanos Concert Hall. Carter will perform music from her year-long celebration of Ella Fitzgerald's music, "Simply Ella," commemorating the 100th anniversary of Fitzgerald's birth in April 1917. Carter has several albums as a leader, including her latest release, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, and has toured with Wynton Marsalis and recorded with artists including Cassandra Wilson, Steve Turre, and James Carter. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a "genius grant."

Carter will conduct a workshop on improvisation techniques for string players at 2 p.m. on Saturday. She will teach students new to improvisation how to converse with their instruments. They'll learn the blues scale, and discuss form and call-and-response. The workshop is open to middle school, high school and college string players. Seating is limited and registration is required by emailing Melissa Riley at  

Visit for more information on 2017 Brubeck Festival and the performers appearing.              

Media Contact: Patrick Langham or 209.946.3970.  


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