Coolest of jazz gigs coming to Spalding stage

The Darius Brubeck Quartet.
The Darius Brubeck Quartet.
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What do you do if you are the son of possibly the best known name in post-war jazz?

Make wonderful music, that’s what. Jazz legend Dave Brubeck’s three sons are all musicians with Darius, the one physically most like his dad, making a big name for himself since he returned to the UK after living in South Africa during the early 2000s.

Darius has now settled on a quartet combo of awesome ability – Matt Ridley on bass, Wesley Gibbons on drums, and superlative saxophonist Dave O’Higgins playing alongside himself on piano. The Darius Brubeck Quartet released their album Cathy’s Summer last year, to great reviews, and now have a date in Spalding off the back of a January run at Ronnie Scott’s iconic London jazz club.

Audiences are promised some great tunes from the album mixed with standard jazz favourites and of course some Dave Brubeck classics. Something to look out for is a couple of African influenced compositions, drawn from Darius’s time teaching at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. The Quartet has quickly become a real draw for their up-tempo concerts, and the mutual understanding between the four players is a pleasure to behold, and hear. Darius is also a congenial presenter, chatting to fans about the music during the show.

Jazzwise magazine says The combination of Brubeck and O’Higgins is certainly among the best piano/sax partnerships in the UK, so we are really looking forward to welcoming them to Spalding on Thursday, March 3, with tickets already selling well.