Chris Brubeck and Triple Play play Bay View Saturday night
Chris Brubeck (center) brings his group Triple Play, Joel Brown (left) and Peter Madcat Ruth (right) to Bay View for an 8 p.m. concert Saturday,.Aug. 3, in John M. Hall Auditorium. Brubeck is the son of the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck. (Courtesy photo/Charlie Samuels / July 29, 2013)
"Accidentally entertaining" is how Brubeck described his group Triple Play -- the group Brubeck will be performing with in Bay View; 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in John M. Hall Auditorium. The concert is presented as part of the Virginia Crouse Visiting Artists Series.
"I have been on the road constantly. In the last month I have been home two days," said the son of the late great jazz legend Dave Brubeck in a telephone interview from Buffalo where he is performing with The Brubeck Brothers Quartet.
Brubeck is no stranger to Northern Michigan. He attended Interlochen Music Academy for four years. While on tour with the academy orchestra, he met harmonica player Peter Madcat Ruth and the two have been performing together ever since. Fourteen years ago Ruth joined Crofut & Brubeck in Bay View doing traditional folk and "Pete Seger" fare. When Bill Crofut was diagnosed with cancer, guitarist Joel Brown joined the group. It was renamed Triple Play and the repertoire expanded. Ruth hails from Ann Arbor and as usual for his concerts will bring his some 40 harmonicas specially made and designed in Brazil. Brown is head of the music department at Skidmore College and specializes in all musical forms on the guitar. The three play acoustical instruments.
Sadly, Chris' famous father passed away this past winter but not before Triple Play performed at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Saratoga Springs with Brown's father and Chris's dad and made the recording "Triple Play Live." On the day Dave Brubeck died last winter, Chris learned that their joint composition "Ansel Adams: America" was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award.
Chris Brubeck is excited about coming to Bay View.
"Have you heard of the Spectrum Brass Quartet," Brubeck asks.
Brubeck is meeting with members of the brass quintet in residence at the Bay View Music Festival in anticipation of composing a work tailored for that group.
"This Bay View concert is going to be fun for everyone of all ages," promises Brubeck.