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HAPPY NEW YEAR! And happy birthday to cool jazz giant DAVE BRUBECK, who would have turned 100 years old in 2020! To celebrate, THE BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET announce more than 50 national tour dates for their upcoming 100 Years: The Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration Tour, including a stop in Buffalo, NY on Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Performing Arts Center at Buffalo State College! For this date The Brubecks will be joined by very special guest and hometown favorite, saxophonist Bobby Militello, who toured with Dave Brubeck for three decades (1982 - 2012) and joined him on 20 studio recordings!
Dave's sons Chris and Dan Brubeck, who performed and recorded with their father since the 1970s, have curated a multimedia show. Joined by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, and through stories told by Chris and Dan alongside music performed by the Quartet, the show invites audiences to travel along the timeline of Dave Brubeck’s extraordinary life and career.
Chris and Dan have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966 - nearly a half century ago. The Quartet's latest CD TimeLine celebrated Dave Brubeck's famous 1958 State Department Tour. It received extensive airplay in major jazz markets across America and was a hit on the Jazz Week radio charts for five months. TimeLine garnered dozens of stellar reviews, among them Dr. Judith Schlesinger of AllAboutJazz who wrote: “An exciting ride. These are magnificent players whose years together have forged a seasoned and well-oiled musical unit. Their joy in this playing, and each other, is audible. Apart from its historic value - this is an exciting and varied outing, recorded crisply and with great warmth. The ‘Timeline’ it reflects is not just in years, but also in a legacy which - lucky for all of us - continues its powerful forward movement today.”
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet also collaborates with orchestras across the U.S. and internationally, including: the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Russian National Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.
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 aspects of funk, blues and world music. The group’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in its uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.
Other notable 2020 performances include: the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Hollywood Bowl, where they will be joined by special guests Joey DeFrancesco and Bobby Militello, as well as the 2020 Montreal and Monterey Jazz Festivals.