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Jazz News


Antonio García to serve on Brubeck Institute Advisory Board

Director of Jazz Studies Antonio García has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the advisory board at the University of the Pacific Brubeck Institute.

The mission of the Brubeck Institute is to build on Dave and Iola’s Brubeck’s legacy and their lifelong dedication to music, creativity, education, and the advancement of social issues including civil rights, environmental concerns, international relations, and social justice. Through performance, education, and outreach, the Institute continues Dave and Iola’s belief in our shared humanity and the power of music to connect audiences from all walks of life.

In García’s letter of appointment, University of the Pacific President Dr. Pamela Eibeck highlighted García’s international reputation as a performer, breadth of teaching and scholarship, and passion for using music to address social change.

The Brubeck Institute Advisory Board (BIAB) advises in the development of the institute’s goals, policies, programs, and activities. García joins current board members Darius Brubeck, Chris Brubeck, Donald DeRosa – Pacific President Emeritus, Richard Jeweler – Brubeck family attorney, Pacific Conservatory of Music Dean Peter Witte, and Dr. Mary Somerville, Pacific University Librarian.


Jazz and Computer Science?

In 2007, after working at three universities over the span of 20 years, Tony Garcia realized if he added up every all-nighter he pulled scheduling student ensemble sessions, it would total more than two months…To replace the paper-based system of student schedule grids and contact information, Garcia drew up a flowchart of a proposed computer program to handle the tasks. Garcia had no success finding a computer science expert to create the program, until he met Krzysztof “Krys” Cios, Ph.D. Cios, a jazz fan himself and professor and chair of the VCU Department of Computer Science, thought he and his senior design class could help Garcia.Garcia had no success finding a computer science expert to create the program, until he met Krzysztof “Krys” Cios, Ph.D. Cios, a jazz fan himself and professor and chair of the VCU Department of Computer Science, thought he and his senior design class could help Garcia. Read the full article at VCU News…


VCU Jazz Alumni in Turkey

Alumnus/Prof. Taylor Barnett starts the summer off with a ten-day performance tour of Turkey sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, joining American and Turkish musicians in performances of traditional Turkish folk melodies, arranged to incorporate elements of American jazz improvisation. VCU Jazz Drum alumnus Emre Kartari wrote the grant that funded the trip. Sax alumnus Kevin Simpson was also a member of the ensemble.


It’s All in the Game

Doug Richards’ CD documenting his Great American Music Ensemble is released March 4. Says JazzTimes online in February: “The album – which delivers 15 cuts! – is a musical marvel in every regard…. In the shrewdest of ways, Richards shows he knows the fine line between creative experimentation and jejune jive (of which there’s none). The ensemble is admirably and swingingly up to the task. They cover the challenging material with flair and precision.” Almost every regular member of The Great American Music Ensemble on this disc has ties to VCU Jazz as an alumnus or former or current faculty member.

Read VCU News article by Leila Ugincius