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DARIUS BRUBECK QUARTET
Tuesday 4 November / Dydd Mawrth 4 Tachwedd
CLWYD THEATR CYMRU
MOLD CH7 1YA
Clwyd Room, Clwyd Theatre Cymru
Admission £12, Concessions £10, Schoolchildren £5
Further info: 01745 812260
The DARIUS BRUBECK QUARTET, led by the acclaimed pianist and son of the iconic Dave Brubeck, plays to consistently sold-out houses throughout Europe and the UK performing a unique, three dimensional mix of Dave Brubeck’s great hits, South African jazz and lyrical originals. Reaction to the Darius Brubeck Quartet has been enthusiastic, whether in Riyadh or Romania. Duncan Heining in “Jazzwise” magazine described the group’s performance at the 2012 Scarborough Festival as his “gig of the year”. Featuring ex-John Dankworth and Cleo Laine saxophonist Dave O'Higgins, plus the bass and drums of Matt Ridley and Wesley Gibbens, the quartet, with its trademark Brubeck rhythms, is melodic, spontaneous and exciting.
DARIUS BRUBECK has been leading his own projects, such as the acclaimed Darius Brubeck Ensemble featuring Gerry Bergonzi on sax, since the early 1970s. Then, in 1983, after having toured the world with Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (with Dave,Chris and Dan Brubeck) and having worked with Larry Coryell and Don Maclean, Darius introduced the first Jazz Studies degree in Africa, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. He was Director of the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music there until 2005, establishing an international reputation touring with South African musicians, and around this time was commissioned to compose a piece which was performed by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra. Eventually moving to London, he formed both The Darius Brubeck Quartet and Brubecks Play Brubeck which, with special guest and tonight's saxophonist, Dave O'Higgins, returns to Soho's Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club for a run of four dates in September.
DAVE O'HIGGINS, a popular and well-known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded thirteen albums as leader with various line-ups, cut his teeth with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and took a sabbatical to tour with Icelandic group Mezzoforte. He then came to prominence as the front man of the widely-renowned band Roadside Picnic, at the same time winning much acclaim with his own trio, the Gang of Three. A former member of the Cleo Laine/John Dankworth Quintet, Dave has featured in the bands Sax Appeal, the Clark Tracey Sextet, Itchy Fingers, Incognito and Martin Taylor's Spirit of Django. He has also performed/recorded with such well-known artists as Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Peter Gabriel, the BBC Big Band and more.
Since graduating from Trinity College of Music in 2005, MATT RIDLEY has firmly established himself as one of the most in-demand double-bass players on the UK Jazz scene, performing regularly with renowned jazz musicians including Gilad Atzmon, Don Weller and Tommy Whittle. As well as the Darius Brubeck Quartet, Matt was a member of all the late, great Michael Garrick's many ensembles, including a celebration of the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet. Since Michael's sad demise in 2012, Matt has kept the flame burning with the band Jim Hart's MJQ, which gave an acclaimed performance at Clwyd Theatr Cymru early last year.
WESLEY GIBBENS, a South African-born drummer, first met Darius Brubeck in Durban, and is now making a name for himself in the UK with numerous and eclectic projects including the T J Johnson band and Reuben Richards' Soultrain who perform all over the UK. With many European tour dates to his credit, including with The South African Gospel Singers, Wesley spends the balance of his time recording as a session drummer and composing music for television and film, notably Mastercard, Boden and Adidas.