LEVITT PAVILION DENVER FREE CONCERT SERIES
Brubeck Brothers Quartet with Venus Cruz
VIP Upgrades Available
Your $30 donation gets you:
Access to our seated VIP Patio
2 complimentary drinks
Early entry at 5:30pm
Premium stage viewing
All Ages | General Admission Lawn
Doors at 6:00 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
This event is Rain or Shine
For more information about the artist, please visit: http://www.brubeckbrothers.com
Brubeck Brothers Quartet
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—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, LifeTimes was a hit on the Jazz Week radio chart where it made the Top Ten list as one of the most played jazz recordings of the year.
“The playing that takes place on LifeTimes – the wondrous combination of swing, melodic majesty, masterful arrangements and a truckload of truly inspirational solos – just adds a vibrancy and color to songs I thought I knew and loved on a deep level. It turns out that there was still plenty of depth I could have discovered. I just needed someone to point the way and that is exactly what these four gentleman have done through LifeTimes.” – Seattle Times
These versatile musicians also collaborate with orchestras all across the U.S. as well as internationally, including performing with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra. With Chris Brubeck’s compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony 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.
Venus Cruz has opened for artists such as Black Thought of The Roots, Saul Williams, Zap Mama, Goapele, Al Green, Guru, Vieux Farka Toure, Tinariwen, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Big Freedia and GoGo Penguin Jans Ingber’s Funk Fellowship, Lapalux, and Marc De Clive Lowe to name a few. In 2014, Venus organized, directed and performed the Billie Holiday Centennial Celebration at Denver's Union Station, bringing in a record performance crowd for the space. Her current project, "What Young Men Do," includes Eric Luba (keys), Mark Emmons (drums) and Tim Philpott (bass).
Within weeks of its start, the band played Denver's UMS Festival, the Larimer Block Party (now Project Pabst) and opened for Grammy-nominated artists Hiatus Kaiyote and Emily King. In 2016, Venus opened for Grammy winner Gregory Porter at The Chautauqua Amphitheater in Boulder, and played at Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and City Park Jazz. Also in 2016, she performed at: the Prince Tribute at Red Rocks; The Cherry Creek Arts Festival; the Inaugural Queen City Festival at the City Hall Amphitheater and at the Chautauqua Community House as a featured guest for their curated music series. Venus has won Westword's Best R&B Vocalist Award, and now winner for best Jazz Vocalist 2018 and held residencies at Appaloosa Grill, Dazzle Jazz, Ophelia's, Herb's Bar and El Chapultepec. She is also the host and DJ for the internationally popular show "Jazz Odyssey," every Wednesday (10 p.m. to 12 a.m.) on KUVO.org 89.3FM.”