TAKE FIVE – The Dave Brubeck Story
10th Anniversary shows, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe
7:30pm Saturdays 27th May and 3rd June
Diverse-City, 116 Grote Street, Adelaide
BRENDAN FITZGERALD QUARTET recreates the world of iconic jazz musician Dave Brubeck, his genius, his relationships, his humanity and popular acclaim. In 1959, Dave Brubeck Quartet’s album, “Time Out” became the first platinum jazz album, while “Take Five” remains the highest-selling instrumental recording of all time. Together with “Blue Rondo a la Turk”, these works are identified as seminal and revolutionary expressions of a new era in music. Brendan narrates Brubeck’s story at the piano together with a projected montage of images from his life and times. He also channels Jimmy Lyons, a jazz radio presenter who helped launch Dave’s career. Peter Raidel, accomplished alto saxophonist, plays the elegant musical lines of Paul Desmond, Brubeck’s creative ally and sometime adversary. This ensemble comprises outstanding musicians who have performed widely in Australia, Europe and Asia. Steve Todd, drums and Quinton Dunne, double bass, join Brendan Fitzgerald Quartet for this unique music event, presented in the tenth year following Dave’s passing. American pianist, Dave Brubeck, was one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. More than a musician, Dave was a tireless advocate for human rights and racial integration. His classic quartet performed around the globe during the 1950’s and 60’s. It comprised virtuoso musicians, Paul Desmond on alto sax, Joe Morello on drums and African-American double bass player, Eugene Wright, whose inclusion often caused confrontational incidents for Dave with authorities. Designated a living legend by the American Library of Congress, Dave Brubeck, the man and his music lives on and for that, we have a better world.