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A Tribute to Dave Brubeck

April 12, 2024 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm  |

  | $19 – $79



The Dave Brubeck Quartet made a splash in the jazz world of the 1950s with a singular style that put swing into classical music and defined the sound of West Coast cool jazz. More than a hundred years after Brubeck’s birth, the Brubeck Brothers unite with nationally acclaimed saxophonist Sharel Cassity to pay tribute to the legendary pianist and bandleader.


CDan and Chris Brubeck pose for a portrait. Dan holds a guitar and chris holds drum sticks.HRIS 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, TimeLine, 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.  The CD garnered dozens of stellar reviews, among them Dr. Judith Schlesinger of AllAboutJazz who wrote of TimeLine, “An exciting ride. These are magnificent players whose years together have forged a seasoned and well-oiled musical unit… Their joy in this playing, and each other, is audible.  Apart from its historic value—this is an exciting and varied outing, recorded crisply and with great warmth. The ‘Timeline’ it reflects is not just in years, but also in a legacy which—lucky for all of us—continues its powerful forward movement today.” 

 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. 

Woman posing in front of a white background, holding a saxophone in front of herSaxophonist, composer and educator SHAREL CASSITY is a nationally acclaimed saxophonist prominent in the New York and Chicago jazz scenes. Named “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” of 2023 in Downbeat Magazine with a cover story, Sharel has appeared on The Today Show,Good Morning America, and The Colbert Show; she is in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame; and is a recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award.

Sharel has worked with multi-Grammy Award-winning artists Jennifer Hudson, Natalie Merchant, Aretha Franklin, Vanessa Williams, & Trisha Yearwood among others. She has also performed alongside NEA Jazz Masters as well as Grammy Award-winning artists Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Heath, and Christian McBride.

Sharel has been a featured guest soloist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. As a bandleader, her five albums have received top-rated reviews in publications like  The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, JazzTimes, Jazziz, Downbeat, American Indian News, as well as a cover feature on Saxophone Journal.

Sharel earned a Master’s Degree under full scholarship at Juilliard in NYC, and gives back to the next generation by teaching at DePaul University and Elgin Community College. Sharel is a current member of the Dizzy Gillespie Afro Latin Experience, Nicholas Payton’s TSO, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, and runs her record label “Relsha Music.Sharel is the director of her non-profit educational program “Jazz Up,” and is a proud  Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artist.  

Thank you to our 2023/2024 Season Partner G&J Pepsi.

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