The Brubeck Festival Explores Jazz And Civil Rights Thursday, October 8, 2015 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Jonathan Potts / Flickr Many jazz musicians have never been afraid of speaking about issues of race or equality, both through the music and as a way to draw attention to problems in society. A symposium at the University of the Pacific next week will take on the topic of jazz and civil rights. We’ll talk with Grammy-winning author, educator, music journalist, and concert producer Ashley Kahn and independent arts consultant/producer, writer and broadcaster Willard Jenkins about how the music was - and is - perceived in the U.S. and overseas. The symposium is part of the 2015 Brubeck Jazz Festival, which begins next week at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.