Jazz legend Dave Brubeck has been an integral part of the Newport Jazz Festival since 1955, appearing at the world-renowned seaside event more than any other musician. George Wein and the Newport Festivals Foundation announce that the famed pianist will join the Brubeck Brothers Quartet as a special guest on Sunday, Aug. 7 at Fort Adams State Park at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival Presented by Natixis Global Asset Management.
Deemed a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, Brubeck is among the most influential musicians in jazz as well as classical music. At 90, he is extraordinarily active and popular and continues to share his musical magic around the world. With a career that spans over six decades, highlighted by landmark pieces like "Take Five," his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation.
"I have been a friend and admirer of Dave Brubeck for nearly 60 years, since I first met him when he played Storyville, my jazz club in Boston, in the early 1950s," said Wein. "His graciousness as a human being can only be compared to his dedication to his personal artistry. He is on the very top of the list in both areas. Dave Brubeck represents the best that jazz has to offer."
Consisting of Brubeck's sons, Chris (bass and trombone) and Dan (drums), as well as guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet has played at numerous prestigious concert series, colleges, and festivals (including Newport) all across North America and Europe.
"My brother Dan and I used to go to Newport for the jazz festivals in the ’60s when we were just little kids," said Chris, "Amazingly, here we are about half a century later looking forward to playing at Newport once again with The Brubeck Brothers Quartet. Dan, Mike, Chuck and I are blessed to have Dave Brubeck sit in with us at this summer's festival. We share a great history, respect and musical camaraderie. At 90, our father continues to teach us so much about life, creativity and the joy of making music. This should be fun."
An award-winning composer, Chris Brubeck has established himself as the go-to composer for genre-bending modern classical music and has even been likened to a "21st century Lenny Bernstein" (Chicago Tribune). His brother Dan, in addition to performing with his father in the legendary Dave Brubeck quartet, led his own group, The Dolphins, which released three CDs that have been played extensively in the U.S. and Japan.
Last year, Dave Brubeck celebrated his 90th birthday with a special performance with Wynton Marsalis' band. This year, don't miss what promises to be a remarkable father and sons performance, one which will surely be a special moment for any jazz enthusiast and remembered as one of the highlights of the festival.
Produced by George Wein and the Newport Festivals Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival Presented by Natixis Global Asset Management takes over Newport Aug. 5-7 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park. The festival also features Wynton Marsalis and Michael Feinstein "Come Fly with Me" with Special Guest Joe Negri on Aug. 5. Don't miss Wynton Marsalis; Esperanza Spalding and Friends; Hiromi; Regina Carter's Reverse Thread; Al Di Meola World Sinfonia Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody Tour 2011; Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Michel Camilo "Mano a Mano with Giovanni Hidalgo and Charles Flores; Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet; Mujeres de Agua by Javier Limón featuring Buika, La Shica, and Sandra Carrasco; Joey DeFrancesco Trio; Grace Kelly with guest Phil Woods; Steve Coleman and Five Elements; Mostly Other People Do the Killing; and New Black Eagle Jazz Band; on Saturday, Aug. 6.
On Sunday, Aug. 7, catch Angélique Kidjo; James Farm with Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland; Charles Lloyd's Sangam featuring Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Hiromi: The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips; Mingus Big Band; Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio; Esperanza Spalding and Friends; Brubeck Brothers Quartet with Special Guest Dave Brubeck; Apex: Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green; Miguel Zenón presents the Puerto Rican Songbook with conductor/arranger Guillermo Klein; John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Avishai Cohen's Triveni with special guest Anat Cohen and Berklee College of Music: Mario Castro Quintet.
Tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival Presented are on sale through www.ticketmaster.com and www.newportjazzfest.net as well as by phone, mail and at the new festival office at the Alex and Ani store at One Bowen's Wharf during limited hours. General admission tickets (single-day passes only) also can be purchased at the Newport Visitor Information Center, located at 23 America's Cup Avenue. For general information, craft vendor information or to leave a message for festival staff, call 848-5055. For more information, log on to www.newportjazzfest.net.