It’s a jazz dynasty - the Brubeck story goes on

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GROWING up with jazz legend Dave Brubeck as your dad, and visits from the likes of Paul Desmond, Joe Morello and Gerry Mulligan as standard, you could say Darius Brubeck has fulfilled his destiny.

During the 1970s he led his own groups, played with Don McLean, Larry Coryell and toured the world with Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet.

In 1983 his focus changed to South Africa where he initiated the first degree course in jazz studies offered by an African university. He taught at the University of KwaZulu-Nata, Durban and was later appointed Director of the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music where he stayed until 2006.

Darius and Dan Brubeck appeared together in Ronnie Scott’s 50th Anniversary series playing a Brubeck programme and in December 2009, Darius performed with all three of his brothers - Chris, Dan and Matthew, at the Kennedy Center Gala when his father received a medal for his contribution to American culture. President and Mrs Obama were in the audience.

Darius will be accompanied by his regular musicians, including young British saxophonist Paul Greenwood, bass player Matt Ridley who since graduating from Trinity College of Music in 2005 has established himself as a much in demand talent on the UK Jazz scene, and South African London-based freelance drummer Wesley Gibbens.

Expect an evening of Brubeck classics, one or two rollicking numbers reflecting South African influences, a standard or two and some original compositions.

The Darius Brubeck Quartet will be at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted on Sunday, February 27, 7.30pm.

Call 01442 824173 for tickets - Monday to Fridays 9am to 6pm, or pop into Perfect Pitch in Chesham.