It would be an understatement to say Connecticut is proud to have had jazz legend, Dave Brubeck, as one of its residents. On January 30th his sons Chris and Dan will make their return to The Ridgefield Playhouse when the Brubeck Brothers Quartet performs as part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine & Jazz Series.
With their refreshing and modern treatment of “straight ahead jazz”, this homecoming performance celebrating their father’s centennial will be one not to miss! Brubeck Brothers Chris and Dan started performing and recording with their father in the 1970s, and in honor of a century of music, developed a multimedia show that blends music and storytelling to bring audiences on a journey through Dave Brubeck’s remarkable life and career. The deliciously abbreviated “BBQ”, led by Chris and Dan Brubeck on bass and drums respectively, alongside guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, forms a rare combo that expands the bounds of creativity and improvisational interplay, all the while honoring and elevating the traditions of jazz established by legends like their father. Behind the compositional acumen and instrumental mastery is a degree of communication that even among siblings is rare, making each one of their performances a unique and exciting experience.
Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together since their earliest childhood days, with their first record cut back in 1966. It was a surprise to no one that they gravitated towards jazz given it’s in their DNA; their father Dave Brubeck was one of the most celebrated performers and composers in the history of the art form. It is also no surprise the Brubeck Brothers Quartet loves to experiment with nonstandard time signatures, a musical twist encapsulated by Dave Brubeck’s most famous song, “Take Five.” While their musical lineage is closely linked to their renowned father and his legacy, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet is a powerful and dynamic collaborative in its own right, often referencing styles beyond the borders of what is typically known as “straight ahead jazz.” As funk, blues and world music have stretched and blurred the definitions of jazz for the past 50 years, these influences are naturally integrated into the Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s nightly performances. They are tradition with a twist, referencing the ever-expanding language of contemporary jazz music.
For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($39) go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. Visit Tequila Escape Kitchen + Bar for dinner before the show and enjoy 10% off your check when you show your ticket! The EventVIP Party Pass is also available for an additional $50, and includes priority parking and free house wine and beer from 6:00 – 6:30pm; contact the box office to reserve a pass. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.
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