Brubeck brothers pay tribute to their dad

By From page B2 | September 18, 2013

In a special presentation,The Brubeck Brothers Quartet makes its Harris Center/Three Stages debut on Thursday, Sept.19. The brothers will pay tribute to their dad, the legendary Dave Brubeck.

“Dave Brubeck’s music is rich with challenging chord progressions and beautiful melodies,” said Chris Brubeck. “Dave is one of the biggest inspirations in all our lives and we all thought it was time to salute his compositions, adding the barbecue’s fresh approach to some of his most enduring tunes.”

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 (bass and 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 and Monterey Jazz Festivals.

Although the quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, 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 the uncompromising music, which reflects a dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.

Composer, orchestral arranger, lyricist and performer, Chris is equally at home playing jazz, rock, classical, funk and folk music, displaying his multiple talents on three instruments. In addition to his instrumental work with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Chris tours, records and sings with his acoustic funk-blues group, Triple Play.

Drummer Daniel is the rhythmic force of the barbecue and has toured the international music circuit for more than two decades. He has led his own group, The Dolphins, in addition to performing with the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet. As a featured soloist with many of the world’s top jazz artists, his original drumming style and use of odd-time signatures have earned him international acclaim.

Lamb, pianist, composer and percussionist, co-founded the group Dry Jack which was cited in the Rolling Stone History of Music as a premiere, cutting-edge jazz fusion group. He has garnered global acclaim including accolades for his creativity and expertise from a variety of publications including Billboard and Keyboard Magazine, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

As a member of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet for the last 5 years, Lamb has toured the world and most of the inner solar system.

Guitarist and composer DeMicco grew up in the arts colony of Woodstock, immersed in blues, jazz and rock music. He has performed and recorded with Chris and Dan Brubeck since the late 1980s, previously with the acclaimed electric jazz quartet, The Dolphins, with Dan. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Jazz in America (PBS), and most major U.S. and European jazz venues and festivals.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, “A Tribute to Dave Brubeck,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. Tickets are $25 to $35 with premium tickets available for $45; students with ID get in for $12. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from the Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. The Harris Center is located at 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

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