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Pacific’s Brubeck Quintet in D.C. to Salute to Jazz Diplomacy

BrubeckUniversity of the Pacific, in partnership with American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture and the Open World Leadership Center, will host an Oct. 8 event that spotlights jazz diplomacy, especially the special cultural relationship that exists through jazz between Russia and the United States.

Five Pacific students, all University of the Pacific Brubeck Fellows who make up the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, will join Open World alumni musicians to form the first-ever U.S.-Russia Rising Stars Jazz Band. The band will reprise works that the late Dave Brubeck performed at the 1988 Reagan-Gorbachev Summit during an Oct. 8 performance at the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.

The 2013-14 Brubeck Fellows include bassist Sarah Kuo of Los Angeles, the first-ever female Brubeck Fellow; drummer Jalon D’Mere Archie of Houston; trumpeter Max Boiko of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; guitarist Sean Britt of Hingham, Mass.; and vibraphonist Joel M. Ross of Chicago.

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