The Dan Brubeck Quartet features vocal talent of Adam Thomas, also on bass, with saxophonist Anton Schwartz and pianist Tony Foster. Based in Vancouver, the quartet recently appeared at Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival.
“It’s not an exaggeration when I say that we were completely spoiled by this incredible group of performers. The audience was engaged and hanging on every note,” says Paul Hinrichs, Jazz Etc Festival’s executive director. “The performance was clean, very professional and really the highest quality of jazz we could ask for at the festival.”
The Dan Brubeck Quartet will be performing songs that pay tribute to his parents as they play from their new album Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave & Iola Brubeck at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on September 25.
High praise follows Brubeck who has received critical acclaim worldwide for The Brubeck Brothers Quartet 2012 CD release Lifetimes. He is renowned for his drumming style, distinctive solos and mastery of polyrhythms. The son of famous pianist Dave Brubeck, Dan has extensively performed and recorded with his father.
The Dan Brubeck Quartet takes that familial collaboration one step further on their new album Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave and Iola Brubeck. Dan introduces his parents’ brilliant and sometimes little-known collection of songs. The two-CD set is Dan’s recording debut as leader.
Brubeck had long wanted to explore some of the songs and textual settings that his parents collaborated on over the years. He reminisces about their first meeting in Los Angeles during the 1950s.
“They spent the night talking and by the next day, they decided to get married. She was 18 at the time. Even early I think she genuinely believed that he had something really special to say,” Brubeck says.
Quartet vocalist Thomas captured the soulful sweetness of Dave Brubeck’s best-known tune “In Your Own Sweet Way” launching the album Celebrating… and reintroducing classic songs of the past.
“I want people to cover these tunes,” Brubeck says. “They’ve been buried, but once singers hear them, I think many are going to want to do them.”
While in Nelson, members of the Dan Brubeck Quartet will be conducting workshops with Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology students. Brubeck worked professionally while in his teens, mentored at the Berklee College of Music.
The public can catch this tender and timeless performance at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. on September 25. Doors open at 7. Tickets are available for $20 at Otter Books in Nelson.