In 1959, Dave Brubeck Quartet’s album, Time Out, became the first platinum jazz recording. Their composition, Take Five, remains the highest-selling jazz instrumental of all time. Together with Blue Rondo A La Turk, these recordings are identified as seminal and revolutionary expressions of a new era in music.
Brendan Fitzgerald channels Jimmy Lyons, a 1940’s-50’s jazz radio presenter who helped launch Dave’s career, narrating the story at the piano with a projected montage of images and video clips from Brubeck’s life and times. Cutting-edge VJ technologies subtly blend live performance footage of the musicians with the visual sequence.
The ensemble comprises four outstanding musicians who have performed widely throughout Australia, Europe and Asia. Saxophonist Peter Raidel plays the elegant music of Paul Desmond, Brubeck’s creative ally and sometime adversary. Satomi Ohnishi, drums and Quinton Dunne, double bass feature in the Brendan Fitzgerald Quartet for this unique music event.