World Famous Jazz Musicians to visit Denstone College

The late, great Dave Brubeck’s eldest son, Darius Brubeck, is a world famous jazz performer in his own right. Both as a soloist and as the pianist in numerous bands, he has performed across the globe to great acclaim.

He also has an enviable reputation as a jazz educator and for many years was Professor at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa. Now residing in London, he has undertaken a brutal schedule of live performances across Europe, America and further afield. Recent successes include joining his brothers on stage to perform their father’s music as Brubecks play Brubeck which was a roaring success recently at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and also with the very popular Darius Brubeck Quartet where he is joined by Dave O’Higgins on sax, Matt Ridley on bass and Wesley Gibbens on drums.

It is this ensemble that the Director of Music at Denstone College, Mike Skipper, has been able to attract to the school for two closed workshops with pupils and an evening performance open to the public. The Darius Brubeck Quartet, with its three dimensional programming of original compositions, Dave Brubeck hits and South African jazz is a real draw. Playing to consistently sold-out houses at regional festivals and clubs, including London’s Ronnie Scott’s, their acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and audience-friendly. Reaction to the Darius Brubeck Quartet has been enthusiastic, whether in Riyadh or Romania. Duncan Heining in “Jazzwise” magazine described the group’s performance at the 2012 Scarborough Festival as his “gig of the year”.

The concert will take place on Wednesday 5th November 2014 at 7pm in the School Room Theatre at Denstone College. The ticket price is £15 and jazz lovers are urged to book early to avoid disappointment. To book, please contact Mrs Denise Mills by phone on 01889 594317 or by email at

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