The Brubeck Brothers Quartet Offers Jazz Clinic
The renowned jazz musicians of The Brubeck Brothers Quartet (BBQ) will give a clinic at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, at the Augustana College Kresge Recital Hall as a prelude to their Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society performance on Friday, April 9, at the Orpheum Theater. The Brubeck Brothers will perform the clinic for members of the Augustana Northlanders Jazz Ensemble, directed by Paul Schilf. All are welcome.
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck (drums) and Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone). Guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet. They have performed at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe, including the Newport, Detroit, Ravinia, Las Vegas, Sedona, Spokane & Monterey Jazz Festivals. Their hour-long concert at Sierra Nevada Brewery has been broadcast on the nationally syndicated program: “Sierra Center Stage.” The BBQ was chosen to kick off the New Year with an hour-long, coast-to-coast live broadcast on “Toast of the Nation” on National Public Radio. Their latest Koch release, Classified, has already earned this rave review from All About Jazz: “Once again the BBQ attains that rarefied level where music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There's really nothing out there that comes close to their unique brand of inventiveness.”
These versatile musicians also collaborate with orchestras and, in 2006, ignited the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival by playing with the Utah Symphony conducted by Keith Lockhart. With Chris Brubeck’s compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s debut Koch recording, Intuition, impressed the national jazz media and spent several weeks in the top ten radio charts while earning enthusiastic reviews from JazzTimes, Downbeat, Boston Globe and many other respected publications. “Intuition was measure for measure one of the hardest swinging sets of the year.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Although the quartet’s style is 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.
The Brubeck Brothers will perform on Friday, April 9th at 8:00 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater, as part of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society Concert Series. For more information, call 605.335.6101 or visit www.sfjb.org. You may purchase a ticket (outside the concert series) while quantities last.
Watch The Brubeck Brothers Quartet perform "Eclipse" from their latest CD "Classified" (Koch International Classics).
Dr. John C. Pennington
Professor of Music