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THE DARIUS BRUBECK QUARTET

DARIUS BRUBECK

PIANO

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Born in San Francisco, jazz pianist and composer Darius Brubeck grew up in the artistic milieu of his famous father Dave and has enjoyed a lifetime of varied international experience as band leader, composer, teacher and broadcaster.

Moving to the United Kingdom in 2006, Darius now leads the London based Darius Brubeck Quartet, which has become a successful and popular group in the UK and beyond.

For more information, please see a full biography on the home page, or click here.


DAVE O’HIGGINS

SAXOPHONES

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Dave O’Higgins has been playing various instruments since childhood and is known primarily for his jazz playing on tenor and soprano saxophones, writing, arranging and band leading. He has honed his jazz chops through 17 albums as leader, years on the road and in the studio with the likes of Joe Locke, Martin Taylor, Joey Calderazzo, Ray Charles, Jim Mullen, BBC Big Band, Itchy Fingers, Ronnie Scott’s Allstars, Jimmy Smith, Frank Sinatra, Jason Rebello, Phil Dwyer, Stan Tracey, Eric Alexander, Brubecks Play Brubeck, Darius Brubeck Quartet, Kyle Eastwood Band and Jamie Cullum.

As well as his regular working group, The Dave O’Higgins Quartet, he also co-leads Barnes / O’Higgins and the Sax Section and the Abstract Truth Big Band, teaches saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre For Contemporary Music and runs a specialist jazz recording studio where he records, engineers, mixes and masters work by some of the finest jazz musicians on the planet.

www.daveohiggins.com


MATT RIDLEY

BASS

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Since graduating from Trinity College of Music in 2005, Matt has established himself as one of the most versatile, creative and hard-working bass players in the UK. Based in London, he has performed worldwide and at many of the UK’s most prestigious venues such as the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, King’s Place, the Barbican and the O2 Arena.

As a band leader, Matt released his debut album ‘Thymos’ on Whirlwind Recordings in 2013. Featuring the talents of award-winning pianist John Turville, drummer George Hart and guest appearances from saxophone superstar Jason Yarde, oud maestro Attab Haddad and percussionist Vasilis Sirikis, the album represents a substantial artistic statement of both compositional and improvisational chutzpah. The release was followed by an extensive UK tour, both of which were lauded by critics. The group continue to perform as a quartet and a 2nd album, titled ‘Mettā’ was released in 2016 on Whirlwind Recordings.

www.mattridleybass.com


WESLEY GIBBENS

DRUMS

 

 

Wesley Gibbens moved to London from South Africa in 2005 and has played drums with the Darius Brubeck Quartet since its inception. Wesley’s South African roots earned him a place as drummer for UK based African musicians Netsayi, SA Gospel Singers, Lucky Ranku, Pinise Saul and Afla Sackey and he has gained an international profile in Jazz and African music through extensive touring and recording with these artists.

Wesley studied Brazilian and African music under Barak Schmool as part of the F-ire collective where he worked with bands including Rhythms of the City and The Irreverents specializing in rhythmic composition and form. Alongside the above-mentioned projects Wesley also tours internationally with acclaimed British New Orleans and Blues piano player TJ Johnson. Wesley is the drum teacher at The North London Music Academy.TDBQ_large_wes

BRUBECKS PLAY BRUBECK

DARIUS BRUBECK

PIANO

Darius Brubeck and his brothers Chris and Dan, as Brubecks Play Brubeck, have done international tours annually since the group was formed (with Dave O’Higgins on sax) for a UK concert tour in 2010. Pianist, composer and Fulbright Professor of Jazz Studies, Brubeck was the Director of the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa until 2005 when he moved to London and established the highly successful Darius Brubeck Quartet.

After graduating from Wesleyan University where he studied ethnomusicology and history of religion, Brubeck worked free-lance, started his own bands, and toured the world with his famous father and brothers as a member of Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (Dave, Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck).   He moved to South Africa in 1983, to initiate the first Jazz Studies Degree offered by an African university, gaining international recognition for his work in education and for his recordings and concerts with South African musicians.

His regular, London-based group, The Darius Brubeck Quartet plays all around the UK and Europe. Following the success of their recent recording, Cathy’s Summer, they will be releasing a new CD, Years Ago soon.

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CHRISTOPHER BRUBECK

BASS & TROMBONE

 

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Grammy-nominated composer Chris Brubeck continues to distinguish himself as an innovative performer and composer who is clearly tuned into the pulse of contemporary music.  Respected music critic for The Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein called Chris: “a composer with a real flair for lyrical melody–a 21st Century Lenny Bernstein.” 

In addition to creating an impressive body of work, including several band pieces, chamber pieces, 3 concertos for trombone, a trombone quartet, and several concertos for stringed instruments, Chris maintains a demanding touring and recording schedule playing bass and trombone with his two groups: the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and Triple Play, an acoustic jazz-funk-blues-Americana trio.

Additionally, Chris performs as a soloist playing his trombone concertos with orchestras and has served as Artist in Residence with orchestras and colleges in America, coaching, lecturing, and performing with students and faculty.  Once a year he tours England with the group Brubecks Play Brubeck along with brothers Darius (on piano) and Dan as well as British saxophonist Dave O’Higgins.  Chris was a long-standing member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, writing arrangements and touring and recording with his father’s group for over 20 years.  Dave and Chris co-wrote the orchestral piece “Ansel Adams: America” which has received dozens of performances and in 2013 was a Grammy finalist for Best Instrumental Composition. 

www.chrisbrubeck.com


DAN BRUBECK

DRUMS

 

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Mentored by two consummate polyrhythmic masters, Joe Morello and Alan Dawson (at the Berklee College of Music), Dan was working professionally before he finished his teens.

Over the years he was featured on nearly a dozen albums with his father and toured internationally with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, including many appearances with the world’s leading orchestras. He recorded three albums with his electric jazz group, The Dolphins, and co-led the Brubeck LaVerne Trio with his brother Chris and pianist Andy LaVerne. A stylistically versatile musician, he’s toured with acts ranging from The Band and David Benoit to Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond. He’s recorded with jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell, singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor, jazz~pop singer Michael Franks, and pioneering blues guitarist Roy Buchanan.

Dan’s mastery of complex rhythms and ability as a soloist has led to his reputation as one of the most talented and creative drummers in jazz. He continues to perform and record with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and Brubecks Play Brubeck.  He leads the Vancouver-based Dan Brubeck Quartet (DBQ), featuring vocals by bassist Adam Thomas. This quartet recently released a Juno-Award nominated album, Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave and Iola Brubeck.


DAVE O’HIGGINS

SAXOPHONES

 

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Virtuoso saxophonist, Dave O’Higgins is also a composer, arranger, educator and studio engineer.  Dave first came to national attention in the United Kingdom as a member of England’s NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) and since then has toured all over the world and recorded 17 albums as leader of groups ranging from quartets to big bands.  Starting with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, his wide experience eventually included playing with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Salif Keita, Jimmy Smith, Joe Locke and the Ronnie Scott’s All-Stars.

He fronts his regular working group, The Dave O’Higgins Quartet, and co-leads Barnes / O’Higgins and the Sax Section and the Abstract Truth Big Band. He also tours regularly with Eric Alexander and the BBC Big Band and was a long-standing member of bands led by Kyle Eastwood and Jamie Cullum.

Dave teaches saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre For Contemporary Music and also runs a specialist jazz recording studio in London. In addition to Brubecks Play Brubeck, he is also currently featured in The Darius Brubeck Quartet.

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DARIUS BRUBECK QUARTET - disponibibilità su richiesta da Novembre 2017


Darius is an American jazz pianist, composer, author and former university professor (still active as an independent academic) residing in London. He leads The Darius Brubeck Quartet and tours annually with his brothers Chris and Dan in Brubecks Play Brubeck.

Born in San Francisco, jazz pianist and composer Darius Brubeck grew up in the artistic milieu of his famous father Dave and has enjoyed a lifetime of varied international experience as band leader, composer, teacher and broadcaster.

Moving to the United Kingdom in 2006, Darius now leads the London based Darius Brubeck Quartet, which has become a successful and popular group in the UK and beyond.

BRUBECKS PLAY BRUBECK - 2018 TOUR Settembre / Ottobre


Brubecks Play Brubeck features Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck and the UK sax star, Dave O’Higgins. This group was formed in 2010 for a ‘one-off’ tour to coincide with Dave Brubeck’s 90th birthday and the broadcast of a Clint Eastwood produced film about Dave’s career, “In His Own Sweet Way”.  However the quartet continues to perform annually and internationally, notably appearing in such famous venues as Ronnie Scott’s in London and at the 2014 Brubeck Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and at JALC again in 2016.

Critics and audiences alike respond to the personal involvement, musical interplay and joy on stage as the group performs music created by one of American music’s all-time greats.


REVIEWS

 

…….. “Darius, Chris and Dan, augmented by British saxist Dave O’Higgins, are rekindling the old magic. The four cantered affectionately through the hit list, but shrewdly didn’t try to clone the original sound.”
John Fordham, The Guardian

“At the end of a joyous second set the pianist Darius Brubeck and his brothers cued in the audience’s handclaps on Unsquare Dance. More than half a century after their father invited listeners to start counting in odd numbers, the music has lost none of its poise.”
Clive Davis, The Times