‘Berg Jazz Ensemble to pay tribute to Dave Brubeck

Mar 25, 2013

The Heidelberg University Jazz Ensemble Big Band will present “Memories of Brubeck” at 7 p.m. Saturday in Brenneman Music Hall.

The program will feature four favorite tunes from legendary jazz artist Dave Brubeck, including “It’s a Raggy Waltz,” “In Your Own Sweet Way,” “Moody” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” one of Brubeck’s best known pieces.

Born in California in 1920, Brubeck became one of the most noted icons in American jazz. Considered part of the “cool” jazz movement, Brubeck initially formed a jazz octet while still in college. That group included fellow student and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, who collaborated with Brubeck for more than 30 years. After disbanding the octet, Brubeck organized a jazz quartet featuring Desmond. That group went on to tremendous acclaim, including producing the first million-selling jazz recording, “Take Five.”

Known for his interest in experimenting with unusual meters, Brubeck became one of the most recognizable figures in the jazz era. After his quartet ended, Brubeck continued producing music and touring with his sons, right up until his death last fall at the age of 92. He received many honors, including being featured on the cover of Time magazine and receiving the Kennedy Center Honors.

In addition to the Brubeck memorial, the Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of John E. Owen, will feature vocalist Darcianne Allen, as well as a selection of jazz works from several genres.

Admission to the concert is free of charge, and the public is welcome.