Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966--nearly a half century ago. They've subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups, as well as with their father, jazz giant Dave Brubeck, and with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. With Dan and Chris as the foundation, guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete this dynamic quartet. They perform at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Montreal, Playboy/Hollywood Bowl, and Monterey Jazz Festivals.
The Quartet's last cd, LifeTimes was a hit on the Jazz Week radio chart where it made the Top Ten list as one of the most played jazz recordings of the year. The Seattle Times wrote of LifeTimes, "The playing that takes place on LifeTimes - the wondrous combination of swing, melodic majesty, masterful arrangements and a truckload of truly inspirational solos - just adds a vibrancy and color to songs I thought I knew and loved on a deep level. It turns out that there was still plenty of depth I could have discovered. I just needed someone to point the way and that is exactly what these four gentleman have done through LifeTimes."
These versatile musicians also collaborate with orchestras all across the U.S. as well as internationally, recently performing with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. With Chris Brubeck's compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.
Although the Quartet's style is rooted in " straight-ahead" jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The group's creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.
Pedrito's group has a completely new and absolutely brilliant approach to timba! It's like a timba conjunto - congas, bongó, piano, bass...
Like Arsenio's or Chappottín's conjuntos, the only metal percussion is the bongosero's bell, so the overall volume level is much lower, allowing the nuances of the exquisite vocal harmonies and hand percussion to come through much more clearly, but without sacrificing any of the intensity. The music and arrangements are pure, creative, original timba - ALL timba - no smorgasbord of danzón, reguetón and chachachá filler tracks - every single song has gear changes, melodic cuerpos, great coros and mambos, funky, song-specific piano tumbaos, world-class lead vocals by Pedrito and Ariacne, and the best 3- and 4-part coros I've heard from any timba band.
"Since arriving in the United States at the end of the 1990s, the Cuban percussionist Pedro Martinez has been all over the place, putting rumba and guaguancó into the weave of all kinds of groups. But when his drums, singing and writing are the focus - as is the case in his new band, which plays complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk - he's an incomparable performer." Ben Ratliff, New York Times
Strings Magazine hails multi-style cellist and composer Jacob Szekely as "one of the leaders in the creative string community." With his Indie chamber jazz trio, Los Angeles-based Szekely creates a unique musical tapestry that incorporates the richness of jazz improvisation, the structure of classical music, and the edginess of rock into its own alchemy that expands the sonic culture of the cello. Grammy winner cellist Eugene Friesen declared that Szekely's music is "the first time a cellist has made the case as a leader in modern jazz!"
Szekely's compositions and arrangements effortlessly blend influences from Jazz, Classical, and Rock with Middle Eastern, Klezmer, and R&B. In 2014, the trio released their debut EP, which was hailed by critics from The Strad, Strings Magazine, International Musician, Berkleyside, LA Weekly, as well as artists from Yo-Yo Ma to Rush Bassist Geddy Lee, and declared a "quantum leap forward" in pushing the boundaries of the cello. The trio's 2015 debut album made several year-end top ten lists and debut album of the year nods from JazzEd, International Review of Music, and others.
Peter Eldridge ranks "in the celebrated tradition of melodic poets, most famously represented by such disparate voices as Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Steely Dan - singer/songwriters who create catchy, beautiful tunes with insightful lyrics that are both personal and universal" (allmusicguide.com).
He continues to combine his talents into an eclectic mix of performing, composing and arranging, recording, as well as teaching (after almost twenty years at the Manhattan School of Music as the head of it's graduate jazz voice department, Peter joined the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston this past Fall). Peter was also recently asked to be the artist-in-residence at Western Michigan University. To this date he has released four solo recordings. Stranger in Town, characterized by its bittersweet swing garnered Best Jazz CD of the year by Boston radio station WICN, and released in the same year was Fool No More, full of Peter's evocative original music in a sophisticated pop setting, were both released in the same year (Rosebud Records). Following on the heels of those albums was Decorum, a 2005 release of originals. Downbeat was noted as saying, "If musical intelligence and artistry were prompters to marketplace success, Decorum would grant him stardom. . . .strong, far-ranging voice . . hauntingly wistful". Finally the latin-inspired Mad Heaven was released in 2011 on the Palmetto label. "Mad Heaven showcases Eldridge as a major player in vocal jazz, an artist of extraordinary depth and conviction" (Jazz Review). Peter is currently working on two new recording projects, one with jazz pianist Kenny Werner and strings, and the other a project of originals and covers with his trio (Ben Wittman on drums/percussion and Matt Aronoff on bass). Both projects are being planned for release in 2015.
Championed by some of music's most celebrated figures, Sara Gazarek has emerged as a strikingly original artist with limitless potential. With four highly acclaimed CD's under her belt at the young age of 35, Sara has been hailed by the LA Times as "the next important jazz singer," and "impeccable," by the Winnipeg Free Press, Sara continues to seamlessly combine the intimacy of singer/songwriter stylings with the musical and improvisational elements of jazz. Blessed with a gorgeous, translucent voice, excellent pitch, and supple sense of time, Gazarek is steeped in the jazz tradition, but is not afraid to embrace the music that moves her generation. Her newest album, Dream in the Blue (2016, Steel Bird Music) was released to rave reviews, as Dan Bilawsky of All About Jazz has noted "...one of the best modern day piano-voice matches in action." Sara is currently on faculty at the University of Southern California, leading the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble there and teaching privately.
Boston-based multi-instrumentalist Mark Zaleski comes to Portland to celebrate the release of second album "Days, Months, Years". Zaleski performs on alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, and acoustic bass on this recording, unique to almost any jazz record ever recorded. The album includes clever through-composed music combined with choice standards reimagined to fit the style of his band of 10 years. Zaleski will perform on saxophone this evening as he puts a unique spin on modern jazz by fusing his love of rock music with his jazz training. He has appeared with Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Jethro Tull, the Either/Orchestra, Bob Moses, Tiger Okoshi, and Antonio Sanchez and is currently on faculty at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Longy School of Music at Bard College.
Jazz From The Silver Screen
Voted "NW Instrumentalist of the Year" in this year's Seattle Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny leads an all-star quintet featuring visiting artists, vocalist Holly Pyle and bassist Tom Knific in an evening of Jazz From The Silver Screen.
Showcasing favorite movie themes from the 1930s to the present day, the program includes music from The Wizard of Oz (1939), An Affair To Remember (1957), Black Orpheus (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Days of Wine And Roses (1962), The Sandpiper (1965), The Godfather (1972), The Long Goodbye (1973), Chinatown (1974), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Blade Runner (1982), Round Midnight (1986) and Manchester By The Sea (2016).
Celebrated for her "soulfully graceful, liquid-like voice" (Phoenix New Times), Holly Pyle started out as an opera major before studying jazz and psychology at Northern Arizona University. Now one of the most popular vocalists in the Valley of the Sun, Holly performs with leading jazz groups, tours with the progressive soul-pop band House of Stairs, and appears regularly as a solo a-cappella act using electronic looping to build masterful sonic creations.
Flugelhorn master Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as "one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation" (International Review of Music). An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, releasing eleven CDs and touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny "one of the jazz world's most talented horn players."
Double MOBO Award winning YolanDa Brown is the premier female saxophonist in the UK, known for seamlessly blending jazz, soul, and reggae.
She makes her eagerly anticipated Portland, Oregon debut at Jack London Revue on her "Coming to America" Tour.
YolanDa has toured with Diana Krall, The Temptations, Billy Ocean, and collaborated with artists such as Snarky Puppy's Bill Laurance, Reggae Legend Bob Marley's son Julian, Raheem DeVaughn and Floacist from Floetry.
She is broadcaster - working on TV and Radio and interviewed musicians such as Gregory Porter for Channel 5 and Avery Sunshine for British Airways.
A foodie too, YolanDa and can complete a Rubik's cube in under 5 minutes... on a good day!
Brown was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London and also invited to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.
She has played to Presidents and Heads of States and is a celebrity ambassador for the charities; Prince's Trust, Children and the Arts, as well as Chair of Youth Music.
With her new album Love Politics War topping the jazz charts, she is a real renaissance woman set to reach new heights.
Join YolanDa Brown for a fantastic evening of sunshine music, as she celebrates 10 Years in Music on her "Coming to America" Tour.