Pacific Summer Jazz Colony will not be offered in Summer 2022, but please keep in touch to see what we have planned for 2023.


Patrick Langham Program Director of Jazz Studies
209-946-3222 or

Previously known as Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, it is a one-week, intensive educational program in jazz performance for a limited number of exceptionally talented students who come from across the United States and abroad to study with University of the Pacific’s Jazz Studies faculty, guest artists and master teachers.

The week consists of combo rehearsals, master classes, classes in jazz theory and advanced jazz improvisation, as well as a variety of seminars on jazz topics. Colonists have extensive opportunities to visit with the artists and clinicians, participate in numerous jam sessions, and perform in public concerts at Pacific’s Take 5 Jazz Club and on stage of the historic Faye Spanos Concert Hall.



The instrumentation for the Colony is designed to create a minimum of three instrumental combos that will work together throughout the week. It will include a minimum of the following:

  • 1-3 vocalists
  • 3 pianists
  • 3 bassists
  • 3 drummers
  • 3 saxophonists
  • 3 brass instruments (trumpets and/or trombones)
  • 3 guitarists