About this Artist
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 – more than 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 (BBQ). With Dan and Chris as its 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, TimeLine (2018), celebrated Dave Brubeck’s famous 1958 State Department tour. The CD received extensive airplay in major jazz markets across America and was a hit on the Jazz Week radio charts for five months, garnering dozens of stellar reviews.
These versatile musicians also collaborate with orchestras all across the U.S. as well as internationally. With Chris Brubeck’s compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has performed with chamber/orchestral groups such as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Russian National Symphony Orchestra, and the Singapore Chinese 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. For more information, visit brubeckbrothers.com
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, to great acclaim. A recent composition, “Affinity,” was commissioned and premiered by internationally respected guitarist Sharon Isbin, in May 2015, and has been recorded by her with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
Chris’s composition “Interplay for Three 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 Best Composition for Television Broadcast. Chris, along with father Dave, were Grammy® finalists for Best Orchestral Composition for their “Ansel Adams: America.” In addition to his instrumental work with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Chris tours, records, and sings with his acoustic funk-blues group, Triple Play.
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. Dan also plays with the Vancouver-based Dan Brubeck Quartet, featuring vocalist/bassist Adam Thomas. The quartet released Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave and Iola Brubeck, which showcases his father’s music and little-known lyrics of his mother. The CD was named one of the Top 2015 CDs by Downbeat Magazine and was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Jazz Vocal album. As a featured soloist with many of the world’s top jazz artists, Dan’s original drumming style and use of odd time signatures have earned him international acclaim. A stylistically versatile musician, he’s toured with acts ranging from The Band and David Benoit to Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond. He’s recorded with jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell, singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor, jazz/pop singer Michael Franks, and pioneering blues guitarist 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 and 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, and Chuck on the Sierra Center Stage Concert Series broadcast on PBS. Dan’s 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, guitarist and composer for the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, has toured extensively worldwide since 1980. He grew up in the arts colony of Woodstock, New York, immersed in blues, jazz, and rock music. His musical diversity has since led him to work with celebrated artists in many genres. For 10 years, he performed and recorded with the acclaimed electric jazz quartet, The Dolphins, featuring Dan Brubeck; he has also recorded with Warren Bernhardt, Peter Erskine, Michael Franks, and James and Livingston Taylor, among many others. Mike has performed on the internationally syndicated PBS series, Jazz in America; at the major European jazz festivals; and with Dave Brubeck, Jack DeJohnette, Larry Coryell, and Nick Brignola, among others. He was also featured guitarist on W.C. Handy Blues Award-winner Rory Block’s “Tornado” tour of the U.S. and Europe, and he is currently touring and recording with rising vocal star Lindsey Webster. Mike’s CD for Blue Forest Records, As The Sun Sets, showcases eight original compositions and features Warren Bernhardt (piano), Jay Anderson (acoustic bass), Rob Leon (electric bass), and Peter O’Brien (drums).
CHUCK LAMB, pianist, composer, and percussionist, co-founded the group Dry Jack which was cited in the Rolling Stone History of Music as a premier, cutting-edge jazz fusion group. He has garnered global acclaim and accolades for his creativity and expertise from a variety of publications, including Billboard and Keyboard magazines, 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. As a member of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet for the last 15 years, Chuck has toured the world and most of the inner solar system.