posted August 25, 2009

Brubeck Brothers Quartet to Perform Sept. 8

Hope College will host the acclaimed Brubeck Brothers Quartet (BBQ) on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is a jazz group featuring two members of one of America's most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck (drums) and Chris Brubeck (bass and trombone). Guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete the quartet.

Both Brubeck brothers received a Grammy nomination for their "Trio Brubeck" recording. Drummer Daniel Brubeck has performed with a range of legendary jazz artists and toured extensively with his dad in the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Chris Brubeck is a composer, orchestral arranger, lyricist, and performer, displaying his multiple talents on three instruments. An award-winning composer, Chris Brubeck has been called "...a 21st Century Leonard Bernstein" by John von Rhein of the "Chicago Tribune."

The quartet has performed at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Ravinia, Las Vegas, Sedona, Spokane and Monterey jazz festivals. The quartet's hour-long concert at Sierra Nevada Brewery has been broadcast on the nationally syndicated program "Sierra Center Stage."

The BBQ was chosen to kick off the New Year with an hour-long, coast-to-coast live broadcast on "Toast of the Nation" on National Public Radio.

The group's new Koch release, "Classified," has already earned this rave review from All About Jazz: "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."

"Classified" also features the Imani Winds, who performed at the Hope College Great Performance Series in 2006.

With Chris Brubeck's compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russia National Symphony Orchestra.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet's debut Koch recording, "Intuition," impressed the national jazz media and spent several weeks in the top-10 radio charts while earning enthusiastic reviews from "JazzTimes," "Downbeat," "Boston Globe" and many other respected publications.

"'Intuition' was measure for measure one of the hardest swinging sets of the year," said the "Philadelphia Inquirer." Although the quartet's style is rooted in "straight-ahead" jazz, the ensemble's concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues, and world music.

Additional information about the quartet may be obtained online at www.brubeckbrothers.com.

Tickets are on sale at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, and cost $12 for regular admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.