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Acclaimed Jazz Man Brubeck to Play Benefit for Scheidt School of Music
For release: Jan. 13, 2006
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Pianist/composer Darius Brubeck, son of Dave Brubeck and a leading voice in the fusion of jazz with world music, will perform in concert on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the University Club of Memphis. A 6 p.m. reception will be followed by dinner at 6:30 and concert at 7:30. Reserved tickets are $75 individual, $750 for a guest table of 10 and $1500 for a host table of 10.

This special performance – which includes dinner and concert – will benefit the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, an institution with its own proud jazz pedigree. Brubeck’s backing band for the event includes Dr. Jack Cooper on saxophone and bassist Tim Goodwin, both esteemed U of M School of Music faculty. Local A-list jazz drummer Renardo Ward rounds out the evening’s quartet.

Based in South Africa, Brubeck is Director of the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Natal, Durban, where in 1983 he initiated the first degreed course in jazz studies at any African university.

Part of one of the most talented families in jazz, Darius cut his teeth touring and recording with his legendary dad and siblings Danny and Chris in such groups as Two Generations of Brubeck and the New Brubeck Quartet. These days, Darius maintains a number of other high-profile projects, ones that both blend and extend the language of jazz in the realm of African and world music.

Among his touted ensembles are Afro Cool Concept, a group with South African alto sax star Barney Rachabane; the NU Jazz Connection with South African trumpet player Feya Faku; and Gathering Forces, an eclectic meeting of the minds with bansuri (Indian flute) virtuoso Deepak Ram and sitarist Vivek Ram (in 2001, they performed for the UN “World Conference Against Racism” in Durban).

Other recent highlights include a 2004 commission by Jazz at Lincoln Center which paired Brubeck and South African jazz great Zim Ngqawana in a piece premiered by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra for the “Let Freedom Swing” series. And in 2005, the Rockefeller Foundation awarded Darius, who has taught and performed from Turkey to Peru, a composer’s residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy.

For more information, contact Todd Stricklin, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Director of Development, at 678-3625.

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