Brubeck legacy lives with jazz quintet

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat /

The Calaveras County Arts Council will open its 2013 "Ovations" performing arts series on Sunday with a performance by the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in Angels Camp.

Five exceptionally talented young musicians make up the jazz quintet and will take the stage at 3 p.m. in the Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center at Bret Harte High School at 323 Highway 49 in Angels Camp.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and younger. This year the Calaveras Community Foundation is underwriting 150 youth tickets to the "Ovations" series to help expose youth to a variety of music and dance performances.

The free youth tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Established in 2000 to honor its distinguished alumni, Dave and Iola Brubeck, the Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program at the University of the Pacific in Stockton is an intensive program in jazz performance for five musicians who have just graduated from high school.

The Brubeck Fellows become members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. The 2012-13 members are Rane Roatta of Miami, Fla., tenor saxophone; Thomas Kelley of Canton, Conn., alto sax; Adam Goldman of Pacific Palisades, Calif., bass; Paul Bloom of Needham, Mass., piano; and Malachi Whitson of Richmond, Calif., drums.

They represent the next generation of jazz musicians who are pushing the music forward in new directions.

Jazz, a true American art form, evolved from the fusion of African music and European classical music in the late part of the 19th century. It is unique in its use of complex rhythms and harmony. Also unique to jazz is that it is an improvised art form, no one performance is ever the same.

"This is a very special performance," said Mary Jane Genochio, the arts council's executive director. "The arts council and Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, with the audience, want to celebrate the life and music of Dave Brubeck, who died on Dec. 5, 2012. Brubeck grew up in the foothills and his footprints are securely imprinted here. The BIJQ will leave an unforgettable impression in Calaveras as well."

The nonprofit Calaveras County Arts Council operates Gallery Calaveras at 22 Main St.in San Andreas. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

The gallery offers free parking both in front and in back and is handicapped accessible.

For tickets or more information, call 754-1774 or visit www.calaverasarts.org.

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