Monday, August 13th, 2012 12:26 PM

Brubeck Brothers Quartet's newest CD Released


Since the early 1970s, Chris and Dan Brubeck have performed and recorded frequently with their father Dave in Two Generations of Brubeck, the New Brubeck Quartet, and Trio Brubeck. Now, on the Brubeck Brothers Quartet's new CD LifeTimes, they and "honorary brothers" Mike DeMicco (guitar) and Chuck Lamb (piano) have chosen to honor Brubeck père by reimagining a number of his best-known songs.
 
"Dave Brubeck's music is rich with challenging chord progressions and beautiful melodies," says Chris. "Dave is one of the biggest inspirations in all our lives, and we all thought it was time to salute his compositions, adding the BBQ's fresh approach to some of his most enduring tunes."

Those would be "Jazzanians," which first appeared on Trio Brubeck (1993) and was written in honor of the like-named multiracial South African student band led by eldest brother Darius Brubeck; "Kathy's Waltz," introduced on Dave's Time Out (1959) and named for his only daughter; "My One Bad Habit," inspired by a remark Ella Fitzgerald made to Dave ("My one bad habit is falling in love") and first sung by Carmen McRae on Dave and Iola Brubeck's 1961 all-star album The Real Ambassadors; and "The Duke," an Ellington tribute first recorded by Dave in 1955 and heard here in an arrangement with "a little bit of half time and double time from the first bar," says Dan, "with those grooves alternating throughout the track."

Also included is Dave's biggest hit "Take Five" (composed by Paul Desmond), which Dan kicks off with a second-line New Orleans groove in 5/4, along with two originals by pianist Lamb ("Go Round," "The Girl from Massapequa") and one by guitarist DeMicco ("Prezcence").
 
Available at cdbaby.com/brubeckbrothersquartet   as well as iTunes & Amazon.com
 

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 4:15 PM

BBQ - Summer, 2012

Posting this, I realized it's been some time since I last updated things on the website.   Hard to keep up with everything!

Please check our concert schedule for this summer - we'll be bouncing from coast to coast.  Hope to see you at one of our concerts!
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 7:11 PM

Fathers Day at Ravinia

All four Brubeck sons (Darius, Chris, Dan & Matthew) celebrated Father's Day last Sunday by playing with their father at Ravinia, near Chicago.  Darius flew in from London, Dan from Vancouver, Matthew from Toronto and Chris from Connecticut to meet up and have a family concert.   The audience loved it, and so did Joel Rhein of the Chicago Tribune who wrote: 
"It was a Father's Day celebration like none other. ..."  (Follow the link to read the rest of the review.)  It was a blast. We figured out that the last time all five of us performed together was in London for Dave's 85th birthday, nearly 6 years ago!   Thanks for our friends at Ravinia for giving us this opportunity to all play together again.
 
Monday, May 23rd, 2011 6:50 PM

May 23, 2011

Today we head to Dubrovnik, Croatia where we'll be spending the next week playing at the first Dubrovnik International Jazz & Wine Festival, (http://www.dubrovnikwinejazz.com/) which was started by Maestro Michael Kissinger, who also founded the Vancouver (WA) International Jazz & Wine Festival. (Dubrovnik & Vancouver are "sister cities"). Dubrovnik is a spectacularly beautiful city, and we are thrilled to kick off this Festival. We'll be playing two concerts with the Dubrovnik Symphony, and one quartet-only concert. Can't wait!
Thursday, April 7th, 2011 1:38 PM

Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Newport Jazz Festival

We're looking forward to returning to Newport on August 7th.   For a limited time, the Newport Jazz Festival is offering a discount on tickets.   Follow this link, and enter the Promo Code BRUBECK.   Hurry, offer expires soon!
http://www.newportjazzfest.net/index.php?pID=33031&AR=197
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 2:55 PM

Winter 2011

We've played in some beautiful places this winter, a fun way to kick off 2011. The first gig was in the mountains and ski-town vibe of Durango, Colorado. A great audience! Then we flew down to the cactus- strewn desert beauty of an outrageous resort on the outskirts of Tucson. We played a sold-out concert sponsored by the Jazz Society. They really responded to our blend of more "straight ahead" jazz infused with contemporary influences. Further West, we played at The California State University in Chico where we had a blast doing a workshop with the school's jazz ensemble. They were good young players that displayed incredible enthusiasm for jazz. It was encouraging and re-energizing for us to hear and see these young musicians with such a passion for the music. They brought that spirit, and a lot of their friends into the concert hall that night which resulted in a terrific interactive concert experience.
 
In March we did a gig in San Diego at a fabulous, multi-million $ high-tech music club called Anthology. In just that month they presented Chick Corea & Gary Burton, McCoy Tyner (whose great set we caught the night before our gig,) and Pancho Sanchez. Check out the Anthology website because they have a lot of cool videos of great jazz artists shot on their stage that you can listen to (and see) for free. We'll be up there too in a little while. If all goes according to plan,they will put up our new arrangement of "Kathy's Waltz," a great tune by Dave Brubeck from his groundbreaking LP "Time Out." We recently recorded "Kathy's Waltz" as one of the new tracks for an upcoming CD. Stay tuned for more info on that project.
Monday, March 14th, 2011 2:50 PM
Tribute to Joe Morello

Joe Morello, 1962
 Through a stroke of pure luck, the first drumming I consciously witnessed was Joe Morello’s.  He started playing in the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1956 (when I was only one year old) and played in my dad’s group until 1967. By that time, I was all of 12 and a drummer recording and performing in my own right,  thanks to his influence. Joe inspired me to play drums and sparked a fascination that has lasted my whole life. As a child I was taken by the flash of his Ludwig Silver Sparkle drums, and the patchwork of destination stickers on his drum cases.  He was an adventurer of both the globe and the musicality of rhythm.  Joe Morello is part of the landscape of my fondest childhood memories. 
 
 I can’t help but smile when I think of  the utterly cavalier attitude Joe had when he played -- like a confident gunslinger with the assuredness that he had the world’s fastest hands. He could play any tempo and solo in any time signature with authority, grace and ease. It seemed there was no limit to the musical thoughts he could execute with complete precision.  He amazed me with his rare ability to verbally analyze the music that flowed through him. His soloing was an incomparable mix of melodic phrases that he played with blazing chops combined with rhythmically explosive expression. Joe Morello brought a whole new dimension to the “art “ of jazz drumming, and I am eternally grateful to have known him.                       -   DAN BRUBECK
Friday, November 12th, 2010 10:31 AM
 
 
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CHEERIO!
Dan & I are looking forward to joining our brother Darius in England next week for a U.K. tour.  We've got 12 concerts from Nov. 20 - December 3rd including Ronnie Scott's in London, Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, Usher Hall in Edinburgh among others.  Please check out our calendar page for exact venues and dates. 
 
 
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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 6:05 PM

Summer 2010

We've had some fun gigs this summer, filled with music. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet shared the stage with some truly great artists this summer. On the West Coast in July we played at the Britt Festival in Oregon. We opened for the all-star trio of Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussien. They are some of the top musicians on the planet! I have to admit that while we were performing it was a bit intimidating to look over at the side monitor sound guy and see Bela, Edgar, & Zakir seriously checking us out. But it was great that they were listening and not only were they  very complimentary, but went  way out of their way to tell us and the audience that our set  inspired them!  They are very generous artists and they made some truly amazing music. Bela is such a perpetual student of jazz that backstage after the gig, he was asking Mike DeMicco, the BBQ guitarist, to show him some jazz guitar concepts that he could apply to the banjo. It was a night of music and comaraderie that we will long remember.

 We also played in Washington at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. That turned out to be a very cool scene because the line-up included Spyra Gyra, and alto sax giant Dave Sanborn with Hammond B3 master Joey DeFrancesca, and drummer Gene Lake.  What a smoking trio! They played with an uplifiting vibe that was infectious. We had been friendly with all  these musicians from Jazz Cruises and landlocked Festivals over the years.  The Spyra Gyra guys were sounding better than ever.  A good hang was had by all.

Lots of BBQ gigs coming up this September & October, so check the calendar and look for us near you!
Sunday, January 31st, 2010 6:07 PM

Kennedy Center Awards

  • KENNEDY CENTER AWARDS: On December 6 Chris, Darius, Dan & Matthew Brubeck played Blue Rondo as part of the celebration honoring Dave being one of the 2009 Kennedy Center Honorees.
    SEE: Dave Brubeck Tribute Movie

    Brubeck Sons play Blue Rondo

  • Sunday, January 31st, 2010 5:58 PM

    The BBQ on NPR's JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

     BBQ: The Brubeck Brothers At the Detroit Jazz Festival
     
     
    In Surround Sound This Week On
     
     
      
    Check your NPR station for broadcast dates & times
    On demand at www.jazzset.npr.org