Darius Brubeck Official Website

Darius Brubeck portrait

Darius Brubeck is an American jazz pianist, composer, author, and retired university professor residing in England with his wife, Catherine. Darius introduced the first university jazz course in Africa in 1984 and established the internationally famous Centre for Jazz & Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1989 and was its Director until 2005. Throughout this time he toured internationally leading professional and student groups and playing with some of South Africa’s top musicians. Playing the Changes, Darius and Catherine’s co-written memoir about their 23 years in South Africa, was launched in Durban by UKZN Press in May 2023. The University of Illinois Press will publish an international edition of Playing the Changes on July 9, 2024.  (Meanwhile, the book is available in South Africa.) A documentary film also titled Playing the Changes covering related material premiered in Paris in April and is now on the international festival circuit.

Currently, he leads The Darius Brubeck Quartet based in London. He occasionally joins his USA-based brothers, Chris and Dan, in Brubecks Play Brubeck.

Downbeat Magazine listed The Darius Brubeck Quartet Live in Poland as among the ‘best of 2020’.

More about Darius, his background and his career on the About page.

More information about The Darius Brubeck Quartet

Contact details, agent and technical information on the Contact page


UPCOMING EVENTS

Our upcoming events are listed below. For our past events, click here.

Playing The Changes – the film April 2024

Film poster for Playing the Changes documentary

A documentary film about Catherine and Darius Brubeck’s years in South Africa is now showing at Film Festivals around the world, see below for April dates and locations.

The film charts the couple’s transformational impact on the South African contemporary music scene as they set up the first jazz degree course in the country at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. A multicultural band calling themselves The Jazzanians grew out of the course in spite of the restrictions on racial mixing imposed by apartheid.

See the Film page for promotional videos, trailers and stills.

FestivalDatesWebsite
l’Europe autour de l’Europe Film Festival – Paris (World premiere)April 8th
www.evropafilmakt.com
RiverRun Film Festival – North Carolina (American premiere)April 22nd + 23rd
riverrunfilm.com
Beyond Hollywood International Film Festival – Los AngelesApril 27th at 11amwww.bhiff.org/2024-program

Wednesday, April 3 – Saturday April 6 – Book readings

Jazz encounters conference 2024

Darius & Catherine present readings and discussion of their book Playing the Changes: Jazz at an African University and on the Road to an international conference of jazz scholars.

Part of the Graz Jazz Encounters Conference

Saturday, 20 April Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival

Christ Church, Cricklade Street, David Knight Jazz Stage – music starts 14.00 

The fourth Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival will be held at Christ Church in Old Town and its grounds.

Tuesday, 23 April – Saturday, 27 April, Bern

Darius Brubeck with his brothers Chris (bass & trombone), Dan (drums) and British saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, at Bern’s International Jazz Festival. More details and full programme

Shows at 7.30 and 9.30 nightly

Marian’s Jazz Room,
Hotel Innere Enge
Engestrasse 54
CH-3012 Bern
Schweiz

Dave Brubeck Collection Launches Digital Archive on International Jazz Day

This announcement is made on 30th April, on UNESCO’s International Jazz Day.

The Brubeck Collection logo

Today, one of the world’s premier jazz archives, The Brubeck Collection at Wilton Library (Wilton, CT), announced the launch of its enhanced and interactive digital archive, making the 22,000+ item collection catalog easily searchable and browsable online for the first time to everyone worldwide. This new digital archive also includes more than a thousand digitized photos, recordings, scores, and documents. 

Explore The Brubeck Collection Here

Saturday, May 11: Jazz Cafe POSK

DBQ poster for Jazz Café Posk

Jazz Cafe POSK, located in the basement of the Polish Social & Cultural Association, POSK, in Hammersmith, West London.

Tel. 0208 741 1940

More information www.jascafeposk.org Buy tickets via Evenbrite

Saturday, June 1, Jazz Entraigues Festival

Entraigues Sur la Sorgue, 84320, France
35 Place du 8 mai 1945

Gala evening with The Darius Brubeck Quartet, staring 9pm. More information and tickets

Entraigues festival poster

Sunday, July 7 – Saturday July 13: Classical Tahoe

Brubeck Jazz Summit with Chris and Dan Brubeck and guest artists
Roxy Coss & Lucas Pino 
North Lake Tahoe

More information from classicaltahoe.org

Monday, August 12 Les Musicales de Cormeilles

Cormeilles festival quote

The Darius Brubeck Quartet play at Les Musicales the Cormeilles-en-Pays-d’Auge.

8.30pm, Théâtre de Cormeilles, 7 place du Théâtre, 27260 Cormeilles, France.

More information and tickets

Playing The Changes – the film, September 2024

Film poster for Playing the Changes documentary

The Darius Brubeck Quartet will appear ‘live’ in conjunction with this showing of a documentary film about Catherine and Darius Brubeck’s years in South Africa which is now showing at Film Festivals around the world. The film charts the couple’s transformational impact on the South African contemporary music scene as they set up the first jazz degree course in the country at the University of Kwazulu-Natal.

See the Film page for promotional videos, trailers and stills.

Film laurel for Music Film Festival
FestivalDateWebsite
Music Film Festival – Tilburg (NL)September 7th
https://www.musicfilm.nl/