A Celebration Of Brubeck: A Thrilling Multimedia Retrospective Of Jazz Giant Dave Brubeck

October 20, 2022

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is proud to announce the return of the critically acclaimed JAZZ ROOTS Series with A CELEBRATION OF BRUBECK on Friday, October 28th, 2022 in the Knight Concert Hall. To celebrate the life and legacy of Pianist/Composer Dave Brubeck, his sons Dan and Chris Brubeck who, together with Guitarist Mike DeMicco and Pianist Chuck Lamb, form the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and are joined by the Award-Winning Frost Concert Jazz Band from the Frost School of Music, Special Guest Vocalist Catherine Russell and Saxophonist Tom Scott in a multimedia tribute to the Jazz Pioneer.

Tickets to A CELEBRATION OF BRUBECK are $45, $55, $75 and $125* and may be purchased now at the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling: (305) 949-6722. Or online at: www.arshtcenter.org

JAZZ ROOTS is presented by the Arsht Center with generous support from Presenting Sponsor EFG. JAZZ ROOTS also receives generous support from Baldwin Richardson Foods, Quint Family Foundation, Alan And Diane Lieberman and Steinway & Sons, the official piano of the Adrienne Arsht Center. WDNA 88.9 FM is a Media Sponsor.

2020 marked the Centennial Year of Jazz giant Dave Brubeck. To celebrate his life and legacy, Dave's sons Chris and Dan Brubeck, who performed and recorded with their father beginning in the 1970s, curated a multimedia show with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. With Dan and Chris as the foundation, Guitarist Mike DeMicco and Pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet. Through stories told by his sons and music performed by the quartet, the show invites audiences to travel along the timeline of Dave’s extraordinary life and career.

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. They’ve subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of groups, performing 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 most recent Album, 2018’s TimeLine, celebrated Dave Brubeck's famous 1958 State Department tour. The Album received extensive airplay in Major Jazz Markets across America and was a hit on the Jazz Week Radio Charts for five months.

These versatile musicians collaborate with orchestras across the United States as well as internationally, including The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Russian National Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. In honor of Dave’s Centennial, the quartet is concentrating on his compositions with orchestral arrangements by Chris.

Grammy Award Winning Vocalist Catherine Russell was born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a Legendary Pianist/Composer/Bandleader and Louis Armstrong's long-time Musical Director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a Pioneering Vocalist/Guitarist/Bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams and Sy Oliver.

A Graduate of The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts, Russell has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, The Holmes Brothers, Wynton Marsalis and Rosanne Cash, among others, appearing on over 200 Albums. Since the 2006 release of her Debut Album, Cat, seven acclaimed and chart-topping Albums have followed, including Strictly Romancin’, which was awarded Vocal Album of The Year in 2012 by the Jazz Academy in France and Bring It Back in 2014. Russell was a featured artist on a Grammy Award Winning Soundtrack Album for the HBO TV Series, Boardwalk Empire.

Her sixth Album, Harlem On My Mind, was released in September 2016 and received a Grammy Award Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Catherine has appeared on PBS TV and on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. Russell’s 7th Album as a leader, Alone Together, released in March 2019, was #1 on the JazzWeek 2019 Year-End Chart for national radio play and earned Russell her second Grammy Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Catherine's eighth Album, Send For Me, was released in 2022, once again topping the JazzWeek Radio Charts.

Tom Scott is a Renowned Composer, Arranger, Producer, Music Director, Saxophonist and Educator. His 33 solo recordings have earned him 13 Grammy Nominations and 3 Grammy Awards. In 2013, he produced a CD for Young Ukulele Master Brittni Paiva which won a Hawaiian Grammy for Ukulele Album of the Year, and in 2017 received his first Emmy Award Nomination for Musical Direction of The Tony Bennett 90th Birthday TV Special on NBC.

Tom’s career as a Guest Artist spans more than 2,000 recordings—by such diverse artists as: Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Thelonious Monk, The Blues Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Aerosmith. His numerous contributions as a player and arranger include: Joni Mitchell’s Court And Spark And Miles of Aisles, Steely Dan’s Aja And Gaucho; hit singles like: Carole King’s “Jazzman,” Paul McCartney’s “Listen to What the Man Said,” Rod Stewart’s “Do You Think I’m Sexy,” Blondie’s “Rapture,’ Toto’s “Rosanna,” Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love for You” and on countless Movie Soundtracks such as: Taxi Driver, The Jerk, Three Days Of The Condor, Heaven Can Wait, Sea of Love, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc. and the latest release of A Star Is Born.

The Award-Winning Frost Concert Jazz Band is renowned for its outstanding musicianship, inspired performances, soloists and well-crafted original arrangements. Under the direction of Dr. John Daversa, the large Jazz Ensemble continues its storied history into a new era. The ensemble has won countless DownBeat Student Music Awards throughout its history, including awards for Outstanding Performance and Best Graduate Large Ensemble. Most recently, Frost CJB was awarded first place in the College Big Band Division at the 2014 and 2016 Next Generation Jazz Festivals and subsequently invited to perform at Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California. In December 2017, Frost CJB released the Album Europa, featuring large Jazz Ensemble Works influenced by European composers. The band has numerous tours, recordings and prestigious collaborations to its credit. Recent Guest Artists include: Ignacio Berroa, David Binney, Terence Blanchard, Ronnie Cuber, Jon Faddis, Alan Ferber, Jimmy Heath, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Vince Mendoza, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Maria Schneider.

Arts Education Program
Jazz Roots: Sound Check, a part of the Jazz Roots Series from its inception in 2008, welcomes high school students from Miami-Dade County Public Schools to The Knight Concert Hall for free sound checks, lectures and on occasion, opportunities to perform with headline Artists from the Center’s Jazz Roots Concert Series. Participants also receive free admission to that evening’s Jazz Roots Concert, provided FREE of charge by the Arsht Center. Throughout the Program’s history, students have participated with Jazz Legends such as: Chris Botti, Chucho Valdés, Candy Dulfer, Aaron Neville and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band to name a few.