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THE DARIUS BRUBECK QUARTET
Darius Brubeck – piano, Dave O’Higgins – sax,
Matt Ridley – bass, Wesley Gibbens – drums
The Darius Brubeck Quartet, with its three dimensional programming of original compositions, Dave Brubeck hits and South African jazz is a real draw. Playing to consistently sold-out houses at regional festivals and clubs, including London’s Ronnie Scott’s, their acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and audience-friendly. Reaction to the Darius Brubeck Quartet has been enthusiastic, whether in Riyadh or Romania. Duncan Heining in “Jazzwise” magazine described the group’s performance at the 2012 Scarborough Festival as his “gig of the year”.
This Quartet has two CDs with South African-based sax player, Mike Rossi:
For Lydia and the Lion andTwo and Four/To and Fro but has been more recently touring in the UK with Dave O’ Higgins (below, right).
Darius Brubeck: Pianist, Composer and Fulbright Professor of Jazz Studies, Brubeck was the Director of the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa until 2006 when he moved to London and established the highly successful Darius Brubeck Quartet.
After graduating from Wesleyan University where he studied ethnomusicology and history of religion, Brubeck started his own bands, played with Larry Coryell and later toured the world with his famous father and brothers as Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (Dave, Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck). He moved to South Africa in 1983, to initiate the first Jazz Studies course offered by an African university, gaining international recognition for his work in education and for his recordings and concerts with South African musicians.
In addition to the “The Darius Brubeck Quartet”, his bands now include “Brubecks Play Brubeck” with his brothers Chris and Dan and “Gathering Forces” (with bansuri master, Deepak Ram). Darius has created music for all types of ensemble, large and small, and one of his recent pieces is now included in the Royal School’s international Grade V piano syllabus.
Dave O'Higgins: Dave is an established saxophonist on the international jazz scene, having recorded 12 albums as leader. He began with the UK’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Cleo Laine and went on to work with, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Salif Keita, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Brubecks Play Brubeck and the BBC Big Band to name a few. In his home city, London, Dave is a regular guest with the esteemed house band at Ronnie Scott’s and plays every month at the 606 Club in Chelsea with his own quartet. He also leads The Dave O’Higgins Septet, which showcases his arranging talents and has been rapturously received at UK festivals.
Dave teaches saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre for Contemporary Music and also runs a studio, which specializes in recording live small jazz ensembles.
Matt Ridley: Bassist Matt Ridley is an original member of the Darius Brubeck Quartet and has toured extensively with the group. Matt won many performance prizes and played in several bands including the UK National Youth Jazz Orchestra, while studying at Trinity College, London. He is now much in demand and leads The Matt Ridley Trio, which recorded a CD of original music, Thymos, and another CD (with vibraphonist Jim Hart) as a tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet. He gigs internationally as a free-lance musician with the UK’s top jazz musicians in major festivals and clubs and his professional resume covers a range of other styles. Matt is also a talented composer and his work and touring has been supported by Jazz Services.
Wesley Gibbens: Wesley Gibbens moved to London from South Africa in 2005 and has played drums with the DBQ since its inception. He is the featured drummer on the Quartet’s two albums. Wesley’s Durban roots make him an obvious choice for UK based African musicians such as Netsayi, SA Gospel Singers, Lucky Ranku, Pinise Saul and Afla Sackey and he has gained an international profile in Jazz, African, Brazilian and traditional New Orleans music. Wesley also works with London collectives including Barak School’s ‘Rhythms of the City’ specializing in Rio-style Samba and with members of the ‘F-ire Collective’ in his funk group ‘The Irreverents’. He tours internationally with acclaimed British New Orleans and Blues piano player TJ Johnson. Wesley is also a producer/composer of music for TV ads, with major clients such as MasterCard and Samsung.
Photo: South Africa Night The DBQ plus guests
The Darius Brubeck Quartet with Matt Ridley, bass, Wesley Gibbens, drums and Dave O'Higgins or Mike Rossi on saxes plays to sold-out houses wherever they go.
'Gig of the Year: The Darius Brubeck Quartet. Scarborough Jazz Festival' - Duncan Heining, Jazzwise Dec12/Jan13
DBQ w. Mike Rossi
The Darius Brubeck Quartet has acquired an enthusiastic following for its strong programs of South African jazz, Dave Brubeck hits and Darius’ original compositions.
Playing to consistently sold-out houses at regional festivals and clubs, including London’s Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express and 606 Jazz Clubs, the London-based Quartet’s acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous and rhythmically exciting. Audiences also appreciate the talk between songs. The London-based Quartet has toured Europe and the Middle East and recorded two CDs, “For Lydia and the Lion” and “Two And Four/To And Fro”.
‘More than half a century after [Dave Brubeck] invited listeners to start counting in odd numbers, the music has lost none of its poise… Darius is as cultured a pianist as his father.' Clive Davis, The Times
'Darius, the eldest [of Dave Brubeck’s sons] and most visually like his father, plays stylish piano and knows the score.' Jack Massarik, Evening Standard
Here's another recent review: http://www.venue.co.uk/music-live-reviews-d/21307-the-darius-brubeck-qua
BRUBECKS PLAY BRUBECK
BRUBECKS PLAY BRUBECK completed their 2013 tour of the UK on July 4th with yet another completely sold-out concert at the modern Norden Farm Arts Centre in Maidenhead which is now available on DVD. The tour included a highly unusual run of eight consecutive sold-out shows at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. The Brubecks' concerts outside of London (as well as at Ronnie's) ended with standing ovations, encores and impressive CD sales, demonstrating that there is still a strong, cross-generational following for Brubeck music, but the brothers only do one BPB tour a year in order to leave time for their individual projects. Their sold-out appearances in the The Brubeck Festival held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in April this year were a unique exception to this policy and they'll be back at Ronnie Scott's in September. More information about Chris and Dan can be found at http://www.brubeckmusic.com
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