Among the headliners is jazz vocalist Al Jarreau, who had a close friendship with Dave Brubeck and also penned lyrics to Brubeck’s famous “Blue Rondo Ala Turk.”
New York pianist and Latin jazz pioneer Eddie Palmieri will perform with his band. And drummer Terri Lyne Carrington will bring her soulful, contemporary flare to the 3-day celebration.
"I am so excited Al Jarreau is coming here, it's going to be great, Eddie Palmieri will be at Delta College, and Terri Lyne Carrington, I've been a fan of hers, I'm a drummer and I've been a fan of her drumming for many years and it's just fantastic, her whole group is unbelievable," says San Joaquin Delta College jazz instructor Brian Kendrick.
Institute Director Simon Rowe says big name artists come in tribute to the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck.
"What it demonstrates is how some of these high level artists like Al Jarreau and Wynton Marsalis feel, not only a great respect for Dave Brubeck but also for the celebration of his life's work."
The Brubeck Festival takes place at various venues in Stockton from March 27th through the 29th.
It then makes a cross-country connection April 7-13 with a 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, performances by Brubeck’s sons, and current and past Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet members.