Darius Brubeck Quartet
Thursday 15th September, 2022 at 7:30pm
‘Darius, the eldest [of Dave Brubeck’s sons] and most visually like his father,
plays stylish piano and knows the score.’ Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard
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.
The Darius Brubeck Quartet, which he leads, has been together for 15 years and has travelled the world, releasing three critically acclaimed CDs, Cathy’s Summer, Years Ago and, The Darius Brubeck Quartet: Live in Poland, recorded at the end of their historic 2018 tour. Live in Poland was given four stars in the May 2020 issue of Downbeat, five stars in the March issue of Jazzwise and praised in The Financial Times.
Concerts always include Darius Brubeck compositions, South African jazz, and some well-loved Dave Brubeck hits. The Quartet’s mutual understanding and interaction is a pleasure to see and hear and their acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and engaging, as anyone who has heard them here in Stow-on-the-Wold will testify.
Since 2010 Darius has also toured with Brubeck’s Play Brubeck (with Chris, and Dan Brubeck plus Dave O'Higgins on saxes), appearing annually at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho, as well as performing in this line-up in Stow-on-the-Wold in January 2018!
More About Darius
Darius graduated cum laude from Wesleyan University and much later he was awarded an
M. Phil. by Nottingham University where he was a Visiting Fellow in Music.
In the 70’s and early 80’s, Darius led his own groups, played with Don McLean, Larry Coryell, and was ushered into the international jazz scene as a member of Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (Dave, Darius, Chris, and Dan Brubeck) under his father’s leadership.
He moved to South Africa in 1983, where he initiated the first degree course in Jazz Studies offered by an African university and founded the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where, as Professor of Jazz Studies, he taught until 2005. He has also served as a Fulbright Visiting Professor in Romania and Turkey.
Darius Brubeck and Afro Cool Concept, which featured some of South Africa’s premier musicians, played throughout southern Africa, Europe, and the USA. Brubeck also led groups representing his university and South Africa, in Europe, Turkey, Peru, Thailand, and the USA. Using the band name, Gathering Forces for ‘world-music’ concerts, Brubeck has collaborated with virtuoso bansuri player, Deepak Ram.
So do come and join us for the quartet's return visit to Music at Stow, and be assured of a really 'cool' evening, when no doubt Darius will be playing some of his father's classic tracks like 'Take Five'!