THE DARIUS BRUBECK QUARTET

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THE DARIUS BRUBECK QUARTET

Darius Brubeck (piano)

Dave O’Higgins (saxes)

Matt Ridley (bass)

Wesley Gibbens (drums)

Playing to sold-out houses at regional festivals and clubs around the UK and beyond, the quartet’s acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and engaging.  Darius, while known for representing his famous father’s musical legacy and for his work in South Africa, is an imaginative jazz composer and his compositions are another important reason for the group’s popularity.  Following the success of “Cathy’s Summer”, the Quartet released a second album   “Years Ago” last year at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and toured Israel in addition to the usual round of concerts in the UK. The Quartet appeared in Poland and Sicily earlier this year (2018) and will return to Poland in November for a multi-city tour, ending just in time for their London Jazz Festival concert at King’s Place on November 21.

“The combination of Brubeck & O’Higgins is certainly among the best piano/sax partnerships in the UK.”   Jazzwise

Reviewing “Years Ago”, Peter Bacon writes, “The album is also a time of reflection within this band which has now been together for 10 years, and they sound marvelously at home and in tune with each other.” Jazzwise, April, 2017

Darius Brubeck —- “weaved his magic and put a satisfied smile on the faces of the audience —— Brubeck’s combo drummer Wesley Gibbens and double bass player Matt Ridley, had the suitable groove and swing down pat – whether the journey led to an ancient standard, another Ellington classic or the thoroughly worth listening to original compositions by Darius Brubeck. The evening was worth a recommendation purely because of the magnificent Dave O’Higgins alone.  

Saarbrücker Zeitung, November 12, 2015

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Scarborough Jazz Festival

“The Darius Brubeck Quartet opened with Blue Rondo A La Turk and continued with a mix of Dave Brubeck numbers and catchy originals including  Cathy’s Summer. Brubeck has an easy conversational rapport with the audience —-the chemistry of this quartet has to be seen live to be appreciated. With Dave O’Higgins on sax, Matt Ridley on double bass, Wesley Gibben on drums and of course Brubeck on piano this band never fails to delight. They closed with a majestic delivery of Take Five to rousing applause from the Grand Hall’s capacity audience.” Brian Payne, Jazz Journal, October, 2015

“Overall, the gig was a clear success and vindicated Brubeck’s decision to present an album largely of originals.”   Jamie Fyffe, Jazzwise, at the launch of Cathy’s Summer, January 2015 

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