Book Tour, May-June 2023

Category: Past Dates

Playing the Changes, by Darius Brubeck and Catherine Brubeck

Darius & Catherine Brubeck will be in South Africa for the whole of May 2023 promoting their book Playing the Changes: Jazz at an African University and on the Road, a memoir of the years from the ‘80’s through the early 2000’s they spent in South Africa. Darius initiated the first Jazz Studies course at an African university. He will also play with former members of two university bands he brought to the US in the 80s and 90s.

See below for dates and details.

May 20:

Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban)

Book Launch featuring discussion with the authors and a live set from

The NU Jazz Connection –Chris Merz (sax), S’thembiso Ntuli (sax), Feya Faku(tpt), Sazi Dlamini (gtr), Darius (p), Lex Futshane (bass). George Ellis replaces the late Lulu Gontsana on drums. The NU (Natal University) Jazz Connection went to the US and released a CD, African Tributes, in 1992.

Nu Jazz Connection
The Nu Jazz Connection

May 26:

Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, (University of Johannesburg) Music Encounters series:  Book launch with panel discussion and film clips.

May 31:

Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)

Book Launch featuring discussion with the authors and a live set from four members of the original Jazzanians:  Nic Paton (sax), Darius (p), Victor Masondo (e.bass), Kevin Gibson (drums). The Jazzanians were the first South African student jazz group to tour overseas in 1988.

The Jazzanians original vinyl album cover

June 20:

USA book launch at the Wilton Library Brubeck Room in Wilton, Connecticut