UPCOMING DATES

August 24-29

Rhythm Changes Conference, Amsterdam Conservatory

September 9

Morières lès Avignon Jazz Festival, France, 8pm
Festival des Vents

September 15

Septmber 15: St Edwards Church, Stow on the Wold 7.30 pm (www.musicatstow.co.uk)

See promotional video

September 22

Crazy Coqs, London​, 7 pm (brasseriezedel.com)

September 25

Cowbridge Festival, Brynawel, Trerhyngyll, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7TN
Cowbridge Comprehensive School Theatre, 7.30 pm (cowbridgemusicfestival.co.uk)

November 4

Shrewsbury Music and Arts, Shrewsbury School

November 8

Pizza Express, Dean St, Soho, London 8 pm (pizzaexpresslive.com/venues/soho-jazz-club)

June – end 2021

26 June 2021             Thaxted Festival                                        7:30 pm

Thaxted Church
Town Street, Thaxted, Essex                                                                     

https://www.thaxtedfestival.co.uk/concerts/first-weekend/the-darius-brubeck-quartet

13 August                    Pizza Express, Soho, London              8:00 pm

10 Dean St, London W1D 3RW                                                                

https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/darius-brubeck-quartet/6003726608

22 August                   Ropetackle, Shoreham                            8:00 pm

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

25 August                   The Stables, Milton Keynes                  8:00 pm

The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8 L

https://stables.org/event/darius-brubeck-quartet

13 September             Reform Club, London (members only)

18 September             National Jazz Archives                          2:30 pm

260 High Rd, Loughton IG10 1RB

https://nationaljazzarchive.org.uk/news-events

15 October                   Herts Jazz Festival                                 8:00 pm

South Road, Bishop's Stortford, England, CM23

http://www.hertsjazzfestival.co.uk/gigs/66

22 October                  Crazy Coqs, with special guest vocalist, Ruby Gascoyne

20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED                                                       7:00 pm

https://jbgbevents.com/the-darius-brubeck-quartet-4.html 

Darius Brubeck Quartet Dates for 2021

4 November               The New Vic Theatre, (Newcastle-Under-Lyme)

New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0JG

https://www.newvictheatre.org.uk/whats-on/concerts-music/

10 December               The Lighthouse (Poole)          19:45 pm

21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG

https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/whats-on/2021/sj-darius-brubeck-quartet/

16 December         St George's (Bristol)                                   8:00 pm

St George's Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR

www.https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/the-darius-brubeck-quartet-2/

14 December              Jazz Cafe, Camden (London)

5 Parkway, London NW1 7PG

www.jazzcafelondon.com

DownBeat Reviews, May 2020

Live in Poland, reviewed by Brian Morton

Now and then, the circumstances around a recording are almost as interesting as the content. Darius Brubeck’s 2018 tour of Poland took place during the centenary of the country’s restored independence, but also, on the anniversary of his father Dave’s pioneering 1958 tour, the first by a Western group behind the Iron Curtain.

Live In Poland feels like an extended dziekuje—or “thank you,” and the title of the folksy sixth track—to the Polish people in return. The warmth of reception is evident, most obviously in the reaction to “Take Five,” but also in the palpable chemistry between the group and the crowd at the Blue Note in Poznań. Brubeck begins “Earthrise” with huge, sonorous rolls on the keyboard, before the swinging main theme announces itself.

Does Dave O’Higgins sound remotely like Paul Desmond? Of course not; there’s too much Coltrane in his makeup, but he has the ability to make the tenor sound light and supple. The sheer delight of “Matt The Cat” and Hugh Masekela’s “Nomali” rescue the set from any possible solemnity.

But Darius Brubeck originals are the meat of the album, his “Sea Of Troubles” a glorious Hamlet-like soliloquy with profound blue  interventions from the group.

Live In Poland: Earthrise; In Your Own Sweet Way; Matt The Cat; Nomali; Sea Of Troubles; Dziekuje; Take Five.

Personnel: Darius Brubeck, piano; Dave O’Higgins, tenor saxophone; Matt Ridley, bass; Wesley Gibbens, drums.

On Sale Now, Ubuntu Music