Dave Brubeck Quartet
Monday, June 23 @ 8 PM
December 4, 2007 — Pianist Dave Brubeck is a living legend. For over 60 years this jazz giant has thrilled legions of devoted fans while improvising in unique rhythms and time signatures. Beginning as a composition student with the famous French composer Darius Milhaud, he led strongly European-influenced jazz groups in the late ’40s, before his quartet featuring Paul Desmond established him as an artist of international stature. After Desmond left in 1967, Gerry Mulligan became a member of the group and Dave’s sons joined later. In the ’80s reedman Jerry Bergonzi and clarinetist Bill Smith toured with Brubeck.
A prolific writer, and forever associated with his hit record of Desmond’s composition Take Five, Dave himself has written tunes like Blue Rondo à la Turk and In Your Own Sweet Way that have become classics in the jazz canon.
While always expanding jazz horizons, Brubeck has performed and recorded with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic as well as with legendary figures Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Rushing and Carmen McRae. He has also worked with current greats like Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove and Christian McBride.
Over a distinguished career Brubeck has received many honours including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 and a Jazz Master’s Award presented to him in 1999 by the National Endowment for the Arts. Dave’s joy in performing and his daring improvisations continue to challenge and excite audiences around the world. This concert is destined to be one of the highlights of the 2008 TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival. With Bobby Militello alto sax/flute, Michael Moore bass, Randy Jones drums.
The 23rd annual TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival, produced by Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, runs from June 20-29, 2008. Tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster 604.280.4444 or by calling the Jazz Hotline at 604.872.5200.
Complete Festival details available Apçril 24 at coastaljazz.ca