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. Their co-written memoir about their 23 years in South Africa, Playing the Changes, was launched in Durban, South Africa by UKZN Press in May this year. Darius introduced the first university jazz course in Africa and they both ran the internationally famous Centre for Jazz & Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. A documentary film also titled Playing the Changes  but covering related material will be on the festival circuit soon.

The University of Illinois Press will publish an international edition of Playing the Changes by January ’24.  Meanwhile the book is available in South Africa.

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’. The group only resumed touring the following year.

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


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

Bayete by The Jazzanians online

The restored and remastered recording The Jazzanians 1988 album We Have Waited Too Long will be released on April 12. The Jazzanians was a multi-racial jazz ensemble from South Africa under Apartheid, spearheaded by Darius and Catherine Brubeck.

Ahead of the relaunch, the single Bayete has been made available on YouTube. You can sample Bayete through other channels on this link. When more singles are released, we will announce them here!

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

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

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.

Saturday, May 11

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

Saturday, June 1

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

Sunday, July 7 – Saturday July 13

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

More information from classicaltahoe.org