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The Darius Brubeck Quartet

The Darius Brubeck Quartet (UK)

Playing to sold-out houses at regional festivals and clubs, the quartet’s acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and engaging. The quartet plays a mixture of original music, jazz standards, Dave Brubeck hits and South African jazz.

Line Up:

Darius Brubeck - piano
Dave O’Higgins - sax
Matt Ridley - bass
Wesley Gibbens - drums

On Stage: 4
Travel party: 5-6


Darius Brubeck

Born in San Francisco, jazz pianist and composer Darius Brubeck grew up in the artistic milieu of his famous father Dave and has enjoyed a lifetime of varied international experience as band leader, composer, teacher and broadcaster. The pianist and Fulbright Professor of Jazz Studies, Brubeck graduated from Wesleyan University where he studied ethnomusicology and history of religion. Brubeck worked free-lance, started his own bands, and toured the world with his father and his brothers as a member of Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (Dave, Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck). He moved to South Africa in 1983, to initiate the first Jazz Studies Degree offered by an African university, gaining international recognition for his work in education and for his recordings and concerts with South African musicians. He was the Director of the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa until 2005 when he moved to London and established the highly successful Darius Brubeck Quartet. Darius is interested in music from several traditions; the direct emotion of South African jazz, the improvisation and rhythm of Asian musics and the lyricism and harmony of the European tradition.

Dave O’Higgins

Dave O’Higgins has been playing various instruments since childhood and is known primarily for his jazz playing on tenor and soprano saxophones, writing, arranging and band leading. He has honed his jazz chops through 17 albums as leader, years on the road and in the studio with the likes of Joe Locke, Martin Taylor, Joey Calderazzo, Ray Charles, Jim Mullen, BBC Big Band, Itchy Fingers, Ronnie Scott’s Allstars, Jimmy Smith, Frank Sinatra, Jason Rebello, Phil Dwyer, Stan Tracey, Eric Alexander, Brubecks Play Brubeck, Darius Brubeck Quartet, Kyle Eastwood Band and Jamie Cullum.
As well as his regular working group, The Dave O’Higgins Quartet, he also co-leads Barnes / O’Higgins and the Sax Section and the Abstract Truth Big Band, teaches saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre For Contemporary Music and runs a specialist jazz recording studio where he records, engineers, mixes and masters work by some of the finest jazz musicians on the planet.

Matt Ridley

Since graduating from Trinity College of Music in 2005, Matt has established himself as one of the most versatile, creative and hard-working bass players in the UK. Based in London, he has performed worldwide and at many of the UK’s most prestigious venues such as the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, King’s Place, the Barbican and the O2 Arena. As a band leader, Matt released his debut album ‘Thymos’ on Whirlwind Recordings in 2013. Featuring the talents of award-winning pianist John Turville, drummer George Hart and guest appearances from saxophone superstar Jason Yarde, oud maestro Attab Haddad and percussionist Vasilis Sirikis, the album represents a substantial artistic statement of both compositional and improvisational chutzpah. The release was followed by an extensive UK tour, both of which were lauded by critics. The group continue to perform as a quartet and a 2nd album, titled ‘Mettā’ was released in 2016 on Whirlwind Recordings.

Wesley Gibbens

Wesley Gibbens moved to London from South Africa in 2005 and has played drums with the Darius Brubeck Quartet since its inception. Wesley’s South African roots earned him a place as drummer for UK based African musicians Netsayi, SA Gospel Singers, Lucky Ranku, Pinise Saul and Afla Sackey and he has gained an international profile in Jazz and African music through extensive touring and recording with these artists. Wesley studied Brazilian and African music under Barak Schmool as part of the F-ire collective where he worked with bands including Rhythms of the City and The Irreverents specializing in rhythmic composition and form. Alongside the above-mentioned projects Wesley also tours internationally with acclaimed British New Orleans and Blues piano player TJ Johnson. Wesley is the drum teacher at The North London Music Academy.


2008 For Lydia and the Lion - Gathered Forces
2008 Earthrise - Gathered Forces
2010 Two and Four - Gathered Forces
2014 Cathy's Summer - Gathered Forces
2016 Years Ago - Gathered Forces

YouTube Videos:

Live at Derby Jazz, UK in 2013

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