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Brubeck Brothers Quartet


Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Brubeck Brothers carry on family's jazz tradition at JCCC festival

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, which features two members of one of America's most accomplished musical families, will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Johnson County Community College.

Tickets, which are $20 and $5 for students with a student I.D., are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or at

Chris Brubeck and Dan Brubeck, sons of famous jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, will appear with guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall. The quartet's show and the band clinics that it will conduct earlier that day are part of the college's third annual Jazz Winterlude, which runs from Jan. 20-22. (For details, visit

The show will open with three local bands. The Bill Crain Quartet will perform from 6 to 7 p.m., Crosscurrent will play from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. and the JCCC Faculty Jazz Combo will play a short set before the Brubeck Brothers take the stage.

The Brubeck Brothers quartet's style is rooted in straight ahead jazz, but its concerts reveal an innate ability to explore and play odd time signatures while integrating funk, blues and world music.

Chris Brubeck, on bass and trombone, and Dan Brubeck, on drums, released their first album, See How It Feels, in 1972. Since then, the Brubeck Brothers have produced several other albums, including Second Nature in 2000, Intuition in 2006 and Classified in 2008.

In reviewing Classified, All About Jazz stated: "Once again the BBQ attains that rarefied level where music is both relaxed and expressive and their joy in its creation is contagious. There's really nothing out there that comes close to their unique brand of inventiveness."

The quartet has performed at concert series, colleges and jazz festivals across North America and Europe. It also has collaborated with chamber groups and orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.

The Brubeck Brothers grew up in a musical family. Their father, Dave Brubeck, was a jazz pianist who founded the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951. His music also is known for employing unusual time signatures and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters and tonalities.

Besides playing bass, trombone and piano, Chris Brubeck is a composer, orchestral arranger and lyricist. As an award-winning composer, he has been called "a 21st Century Leonard Bernstein" by a reviewer for the Chicago Tribune. His composition, Vignettes for Nonet, which premiered in 2003, has been performed by many woodwind quintets, including the Russian National Orchestra Woodwind Quintet.

Dan Brubeck is the rhythmic force of the quartet and has toured the international music circuit for more than two decades. He has led his own group, The Dolphins, and also played with his father's quartet. As a featured soloist with many of the world's top jazz artists, his original drumming styles and use of odd time signatures have earned him international acclaim.

DeMicco, who plays guitar, also composes for the quartet. He grew up in the arts colony of Woodstock, N.Y., immersed in blues, jazz and rock. He has toured worldwide since 1980.

Lamb, who adds composer and percussionist to his role of pianist, has performed with many musical greats. They have included the Woody Herman Orchestra, Bela Fleck and Dave Holland.