Brubeck Outreach Program
The Brubeck Outreach Program is designed to encourage the performance, study and understanding of jazz in its many forms, explore contemporary concert music, enlighten and broaden the general knowledge and appreciation of music, and promote the understanding of the work and influence of Dave Brubeck. This is accomplished by performance, educational presentations, and touring displays from the Brubeck Collection presented by the Institute and in partnership with schools, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions throughout the world.
All of the Institute programs contribute to the outreach goals. The annual Brubeck Festival explores the music and ideas of Dave Brubeck at the Institute's home in California, and now well beyond as the 2008 Festival went to Washington D.C. As part of the Festival, the presentations during the Academic Symposium are the primary means of promoting the understanding of the breadth and depth of Dave's work and influence. The Brubeck Fellowship Program has the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, which travels extensively to give concerts and clinics. They perform music by Dave Brubeck, standards by other great musicians, and their own originals. The Summer Jazz Colony, an intensive week of study and performance for a limited number of high school students also explores the music and ideas of Dave Brubeck and motivates them to achieve ever higher levels of performance. And of course, the Brubeck Collection, located in the Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections in the University Library is actively engaged in sending the touring display throughout the country.
This spring we are thrilled to have created the Take 5 Jazz Club in partnership with Kellie Craig Jacobs and the Valley Brewing Company! Students, faculty and visiting artists continue to delight community crowds on a weekly basis.