This year's 11th annual Brubeck Jazz Festival riffs of the theme "Building Communities," by featuring performers who have created and sustained a culture of jazz music in the communities where they live.
This year performers include Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez and his trio, St. Louis native Willie Akins and his quartet; singer Debbie Duncan; drummer Lewis Nash; actor/singer Yolande Bavan; and archivist Ricky Riccardi.
The Festival, organized by the Brubeck Institute, runs from March 28 through March 31 and will be held at several venues, including on the Stockton Campus of University of the Pacific, The Take Five jazz club at Valley Brew and at several restaurants along Stockton's Miracle Mile.
The Festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 with two shows by Lewis Nash, an Arizona native, and other special guests at the Valley Brewing Company. Nash is an American drummer who has one of the largest discographies in jazz history. He has played on more than 400 records, including with Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Art Farmer, and Linda Ronstadt. He was named "Jazz's Most Valuable Player" by "Modern Drummer" Magazine in 2009.
Brubeck Jazz Festival
WHEN: March 28-31 (detailed schedule here)
WHERE: several locations
TICKETS: $10 per show, $5 for students.