A four decade career will come to an end when Steve Anderson, former dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, retires as director of the Brubeck Institute.
Anderson, who retires this summer, is a noted educator and trombonist. He has performed in numerous countries, collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music and film industry and has expanded the scope of jazz education.
A reception will be held for Anderson at 5 p.m. April 11 with the location to be determined at a later date. The reception will be open to the university community.
At UOP, Anderson is credited with expanding the Brubeck Institute, and attracting world-class musicians to perform on campus.
Anderson was hired by the university in 2000 as dean of the Conservatory of Music. That same year the Brubeck Institute was established to honor distinguished alumni, Dave and Iola Brubeck.
In 2005, Anderson was named acting director of the Institute, and in 2007 he became the permanent director, stepping down as conservatory dean.
During his administration, Anderson produced the annual Brubeck Festival, which consists of concerts, lectures, panel discussions focusing on themes related to the ideas and accomplishments of Dave Brubeck.
Musicians who have performed at the Festival over the years have included Dave Brubeck, Darius Brubeck, Pete Escovedo, Christian McBride, and Hiromi.
Anderson also managed the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. Under his direction, that student group recorded and traveled extensively, performing throughout the United States and in Canada and Spain.
The quintet won seven DownBeat magazine student music awards, including best collegiate jazz group in the country in 2007, 2009, and 2010.