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Gualala Arts Jazz Series,
in association with Fred Adler KTDE (100.5 FM),

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
at the Gualala Arts Center
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
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Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Dan Brubeck (drums), Mike DeMicco (guitar), Chuck Lamb (piano), Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone)

Don't miss the return engagement of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet on Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m., Tickets are on sale for $30 advance purchase; any left will be $5 more the day of performance.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting and talented jazz group, consisting of four versatile musicians - two of them members of one of America's most notable musical family - sons of the famous Dave Brubeck. Dan (drums and percussion) and Chris (bass, trombone and piano) have received international recognition for their extraordinary music abilities.

They are joined by longtime friend and phenomenal jazz guitarist, Mike DeMicco, who has been with the group since the 1980s and Chuck Lamb, who has been with the group for the last five years.

In performance with symphony orchestras or in the solo/concert format, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet presents a unique blend of original compositions, jazz standards and Dave Brubeck classics, providing a glimpse into the future of jazz while honoring the jazz tradition.

The Quartet's CD, entitled "Second Nature" contains many of the pieces that the group performs in concert, and includes a cut from a live broadcast with a fiery extended drum solo by Dan. The cover art is from a painting depicting life in a Balinese village, where life revolves around unpredictable bursts of creativity, measures of discipline, and an unspoken faith in the magic of inspiration and art. That could easily describe what it was like for Chris and Dan growing up in the Brubeck household, where performance art was a way of life.

Gualala Arts is really looking forward to their return.

Chris Brubeck performing at Gualala Arts Center Chris Brubeck: Composer, orchestral arranger, lyricist and performer, Christopher Brubeck is equally at home playing jazz, rock, classical, funk and folk music, displaying his multiple talents on three instruments. An award-winning composer, Chris has been called "...a 21st Century Leonard Bernstein" by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune.

Chris's composition, "Vignettes for Nonet," for woodwind quintet and the BBQ was commissioned by, and premiered at Bay Chamber Concerts, Rockport, Maine in August, 2003 to great acclaim. Since its premiere Vignettes has been performed by many woodwind quintets, including the Russian National Orchestra Woodwind Quintet. It is on the Brubeck Brothers Quartet's new Koch recording, Classified, with the ASCAP award-winning woodwind quintet, Imani Winds.

Chris's composition "Interplay for 3 Violins and Orchestra" featuring the Boston Pops and violin virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Jazz violinist Regina Carter and Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers of Riverdance fame was broadcast on PBS' "Evening at Pops" and won the ASCAP Deems Taylor award for Chris for best composition for television broadcast. Chris has twice been named a Meet the Composer/Music Alive Composer.

In addition to his instrumental work with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Chris tours, records and sings with his acoustic funk-blues group, Triple Play. Chris' most recent orchestral CD, Koch International Classics CD, "Convergence," with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, features his "Prague Concerto for Bass Trombone." The L.A Times wrote "Chris has become one of the most capable electric bassists, delivering imaginative solos." The New York Post wrote of a Carnegie Hall performance, "The high point of the night came when Chris horned in on a beautifully reflective solo and switching instruments, blew one of the best trombone solos I've heard in years."

Dan Brubeck performing at Gualala Arts Center Drummer Daniel Brubeck is the rhythmic force of the BBQ and has toured the international music circuit for more than two decades. He has led his own group, the Dolphins, in addition to performing with the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet. As a featured soloist with many of the world's top jazz artists, his original drumming style and use of odd-time signatures have earned him international acclaim. With the Dolphins, he released three CDs that have been played extensively on U.S. and Japanese radio stations. His recording credits include performances with Larry Coryell, Livingston Taylor, Michael Franks and Roy Buchanan. Dan and Chris were featured on the Dave Brubeck CD "Live with the London Symphony Orchestra."

Dan produced and played on "Trio Brubeck," a Music Masters CD with Dave & Chris Brubeck, which received a Grammy nomination. Dan has appeared on the Today Show, the Tonight Show, the Grammy Awards Show with an all-star jazz group including Dave Brubeck and Christian McBride, BBC specials and the nationally syndicated PBS series Jazz in America, as well as with Chris, Mike & Chuck on the Sierra Center Stage Concert Series broadcast on PBS.

JazzTimes Magazine wrote about Dan: "Dan will cause your mouth to drop open when you hear him. To call his drum solos exciting is to sell him short, but it is awesome soloing like this that characterize the entire recording." His original drumming style, distinctive polyrhythmic solos, and use of odd time signatures have earned him standing ovations worldwide, and the respect of the international jazz community.

Mike DeMicco performing at Gualala Arts Center Guitarist and composer Mike DeMicco grew up in the arts colony of Woodstock, NY, immersed in blues, jazz and rock music. He has performed and recorded with Chris and Dan Brubeck since the late 1980s, previously with the acclaimed electric jazz quartet, the Dolphins, featuring Dan. Mike has worked with many celebrated artists, including Jack DeJohnette, Mose Allison, Dave Brubeck, Warren Bernhardt, Nick Brignola, Michael Franks, Garth Hudson, and W.C. Handy Blues Award-winner Rory Block. Mike is listed in Lewis Porter's Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians.

All About Jazz writes: "His diverse resume has contributed to his playing prowess . . . DeMicco possesses a fluid, melodic style and excellent technique and taste." He has performed at the Kennedy Center, on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion," "Jazz in America" (PBS), and most major US and European jazz venues and festivals. He is the author of Homespun Tapes' highly acclaimed three-DVD instructional set, "You Can Play Jazz Guitar."

Mike is co-producer for both of the BBQ's Koch releases. Intuition (2006) which featured his compositions, "Open Door" and "West of One" while Classified (2008) featured two of his tunes, "Eclipse" and "Good Question." Each of these recordings remained in the Top 20 of the JazzWeek radio charts for over two months.

Chuck Lamb performing at Gualala Arts Center Chuck Lamb, pianist, composer and percussionist, co-founded the group Dry Jack which was cited in the Rolling Stone History of Music as a premiere, cutting-edge jazz fusion group. He has garnered global acclaim including accolades for his creativity and expertise from a variety of publications including Billboard and Keyboard magazine, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He has played with many musical greats including the Woody Herman Orchestra, Bela Fleck, Dave Holland, Eddie Jefferson, Ginger Baker, Tom Harrell and Ernestine Anderson and has produced numerous recordings with his musical partner, vocalist / composer Theano Lamb.

"Pianist Chuck Lamb sweeps together a stunningly comprehensive approach to the keyboard; he can play with elegance... or positively roar with the most leonine gestures. His imagination seems to know no bounds." (Erik Ericksson, Northeast Wisconsin Music Review) As a member of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet for the last 5 years, Chuck has toured the world and most of the inner solar system. "A very proficient pianist and an expert soloist ... his original compositions are varied and exuberant; his work is exemplary." DownBeat Magazine

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Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Gualala Arts Center
October, 2009

Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Gualala Arts Center, October 2009
Chris Brubeck

Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Gualala Arts Center, October 2009
Dan Brubeck

Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Gualala Arts Center, October 2009
Mike DeMicco

Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Gualala Arts Center, October 2009
Chuck Lamb

Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Gualala Arts Center, October 2009
Chris & Dan Brubeck

Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Gualala Arts Center, October 2009
Brubeck Brothers Quartet take a bow

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