‘Take Five’ with The Brubecks…

© Rob Blackham

The Brubeck family is unique in the world of music. Seldom has an entire family been as prolific and talented. Born in 1920, Dave Brubeck had an international reputation as a composer, player and jazz ambassador.

Classic tunes by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, such as ‘Take Five’, ‘Unsquare Dance’ and ‘Blue Rondo A La Turk’, are still in demand today, being used in TV adverts, receiving radio play and continuing to please audiences the world over.

In the 1970s and 80s, Dave and his three sons (Darius, Chris, and Dan) recorded and toured worldwide with their father as “Two Generations of Brubeck” and “The New Brubeck Quartet”.

Following a very successful and well-reviewed UK tour in 2010,to celebrate their father’s 90th year, the three brothers come together again in 2020 to celebrate Dave Brubeck’s centennial.

With their guest, British saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, “Brubecks Play Brubeck” will include world famous Brubeck hits as well as standard tunes associated with Dave and some of their own popular compositions.

Dave Brubeck has been a giant of American jazz, exciting millions of fans with his inimitable improvisation and rhythms. He changed the landscape of jazz in the 1950’s and 1960’s, broadening its scope and audience and recorded the first jazz instrumental album to go gold.  The Dave Brubeck Quartet has been one of the most popular and influential groups in the last half century and the “Brubecks Play Brubeck” tour underscores their relevance today.

Darius, the eldest Brubeck son is a jazz pianist and band-leader and has his own Quartet, which regularly plays at festivals and clubs around the UK and abroad.  Chris’ symphonic works are performed by leading orchestras and, as a bass and trombone player also excels in the jazz, rock and folk genres. Dan is a renowned Grammy-nominated percussionist, acclaimed for his exciting drum solos. Dave O’Higgins has recorded a dozen albums with his own band, and adds, on saxophone, imaginative and polished improvisations to the family mix.

Brubecks Play Brubeck at the Apex on Wednesday 11 March at 7.30pm. Contact The Apex Box Office on 01284 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk for more information or to book.

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