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Celebrating Dave's Centennial

August 5, 2019

December 6, 2020 is Dave's 100th Birthday, and many plans are in the works to celebrate his Centennial in his birthday year 2020, in 2021 - his 100th year, and beyond. It is our hope that anyone planning a Centennial event will let us know so we can include it on Dave's Centennial Calendar (on this website). The Brubeck Family is very unique in that the sons’ careers are intertwined and overlapping with Dave’s career through extensive touring and recording with Dave. They continue to celebrate Dave's music and are an extension of Dave’s legacy. Please see below for more information on the different groups that are available to help you celebrate Dave's Centennial:

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet featuring Dan (drums), Chris (bass & trombone), Mike DeMicco (guitar) and Chuck Lamb (piano) have put together a special live and multimedia Centennial project that includes video interviews with Dave and musicians he influenced, stories told by Dan and Chris, and music performed by the Quartet. A promo video can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fKPmSILlNI (Booking: ArcArtists at info@arcartists.com)

Brubecks Play Brubeck features Darius Brubeck (piano), Chris Brubeck (bass) and Dan Brubeck (drums) and the British saxophonist, Dave O’Higgins. (Booking: catherine@dariusbrubeck.com)

Dan Brubeck Quartet (danbrubeck.com) features Dan Brubeck (drums), Adam Thomas (vocals & bass); Miles Black (piano), Steve Kaldestad (saxes).

The Darius Brubeck Quartet (based in the UK) features Darius with Dave O'Higgins on sax, Matt Ridley on bass and Wesley Gibbens on drums and plays programs that include Dave Brubeck's repertoire, particularly hits from "Time Out". (Agent: clive@timeandtalentagency.co.uk)

Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play featuring Chris (bass, trombone, piano); Joel Brown (guitar) and Peter Madcat Ruth (harmonica, hi-hat, ukulele). This acoustic & vocal trio brings a blues and jazz influence to many classic Dave Brubeck tunes.

JAZZIZ - Year By Year: Five Essential Albums of 1959

May 11, 2019

Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Out (Columbia) At a time when jazz was widely structured around the standard 4/4 and 3/4 beats, the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out emerged as a breath of “cool” fresh air. Dave Brubeck was one of the most popular pianists of the ’50s whose two-fisted block chord playing and composition was influenced by jazz as much as by an endless variety of other music. He also had a penchant for odd meters and his experimentation with rhythms reached a peak on this album. Beginning with “Blue Rondo á la Turk,” a cerebral blending of jazz with Turkish folk rhythms that still manages to swing, each piece feels like a melodic venture and a mini-masterpiece. Smack in the middle of this impressive tracklist falls “Take Five,” the delightful but unlikely best-selling jazz single of all time that its composer, saxophonist Paul Desmond, famously admitted was simply supposed to be a drum solo for Joe Morello. Columbia hesitated to release Time Out and the critics panned it. Audiences, on the other hand, loved it, and this album’s longevity proves that the “experts” are not always right… Read more on JAZZIZ

NPR - More Than 'Kind Of Blue': In 1959, A Few Albums Changed Jazz Forever

May 11, 2019

Sixty years ago, this month, Miles Davis finished recording Kind of Blue, perhaps his greatest masterpiece and still jazz's bestselling album. But it was not the only milestone recorded that year. John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus all cut timeless classics, which is why many fans hold that 1959 is the greatest year in all of jazz music. There are countless think pieces exploring the idea, a popular new blog devoted to the subject and even a documentary film, 1959: The Year That Changed Jazz. Read more at NPR

Welcome to the new DaveBrubeck.com!

May 11, 2019

We've just launched a new DaveBrubeck.com — explore Brubeck's legacy and learn more about the upcoming centennial.