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Al Jarreau will headline the 2014 Brubeck Festival: Coast to Coast along with Eddie Palmieri and Terri Lyne Carrington. The festival takes place March 27-29, in Stockton.

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All-Star Line-up for Brubeck Festival 2014 "Coast to Coast"

Al Jarreau, Eddie Palmieri and Terri Lyne Carrington highlight the Stockton concert series for this year's festival beginning March 27
Feb 28, 2014

The Brubeck Institute's annual Brubeck Festival is always a stellar event, and this year is no exception. The impressive GRAMMY Award-winning lineup includes Al Jarreau, Eddie Palmieri and Terri Lyne Carrington for the 13th annual Brubeck Festival celebrating the music and life of Dave Brubeck — 2014 Brubeck Festival: Coast to Coast, March 27-29, in Stockton.

"We are so very lucky to have musical stars such as Al Jarreau, Eddie Palmieri and Terri Lyne Carrington slated for this year's Brubeck Festival," said Simon Rowe, Brubeck Institute executive director. "I'm sure that Dave (Brubeck) would have been proud to have such talented people eager to perform at this festival named in his honor. I mean, really, it doesn't get any better or more diverse than Al Jarreau, Eddie Palmieri and Terri Lyne Carrington."

The Festival also makes a cross-country connection to the April 7-13 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, and performances by Brubeck's sons, and current and past Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet members. Marsalis and the JALC Orchestra were featured during last year's Brubeck Festival in concert at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton. Rowe said the Jazz at Lincoln Center event was one of the last that Dave Brubeck helped organize. He died Dec. 5, 2012, a day shy of his 92nd birthday.

Al Jarreau
Al Jarreau
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Jarreau, Palmieri and Carrington showcase some of the varied styles within jazz, from Jarreau's distinctive vocals to Palmieri's driving salsa and Latin beat to Carrington's contemporary jazz. 2014 Brubeck Festival: Coast to Coast is expected to offer excellent coast-to-coast entertainment for all tastes.

Al Jarreau

Jarreau, whose unique style has won him seven Grammy Awards, will perform March 28 at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton. Jarreau is a member of the Brubeck Institute Honorary Board and will take part in a free public symposium the following day at University of the Pacific.

Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri
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"Dave Brubeck's music has been important to me through my life and career, so I am proud to serve as an honorary board member for his Institute," said Jarreau. "And now, to have the opportunity to perform my music at the annual gala, that's fantastic. It will be a great weekend and I'm proud to be a part of it."

Eddie Palmieri

The charismatic and boldly innovative Palmieri has spent more than 50 years as a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. He has won nine Grammy Awards and is certain to offer an energizing performance when his band plays March 27 at San Joaquin Delta College.

Terri Lyne Carrington

Percussionist Carrington, also a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, will lead her band for a March 29 performance at Faye Spanos Concert Hall. Her appearance is being co-sponsored by Pacific's Black History Month Committee.

Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne Carrington
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"These three artists are examples of the kind of diversity we have in the world of jazz music," said Rowe. "Dave Brubeck also championed diversity and the voice of the individual throughout his long career."

And much more!

But there is more to The Brubeck Festival than music and diversity. It is also a community event, with a number of events at low or no cost. The festival also includes a jazz symposium, nightly peformances at Take 5 Jazz at the Brew, and Jazz on the Green, a free jazz festival for the whole family. Visit for more information and a complete schedule. 

Tickets are available now:  ticketsBrubeck Festival Tickets>> 

Sponsoring partners in 2014 Brubeck Festival: Coast to Coast include the Black History Month Committee, Pacific Arts and Lectures, Wells Fargo Bank, San Joaquin Delta College and a host of community partners.

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