The Brubeck Brothers Quartet celebrates the centennial of American jazz icon Dave Brubeck with an extraordinary multimedia jazz performance led by his sons, Chris and Dan.
Through music, stories and video interviews with Dave and the musicians he influenced, the show invites audiences to travel along the timeline of Dave Brubeck’s extraordinary life and career.
Dave Brubeck, a pianist and composer who was born in 1920 and died in 2012 at the age of 91, was designated a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. He was one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds.
With a career that spanned over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation. He was one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. Many of his compositions have become jazz standards. His style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his classical training and improvisational skills.
In 2009 Dave received the prestigious Kennedy Center Award, which President Barack Obama bestowed on him on his 89th birthday.
Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966.
They have subsequently played a variety of styles in several different groups, as well as with their father.
The dynamic Brubeck Brothers Quartet is completed by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb.
Although their music in rooted in straight-ahead jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music.
The group’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.