Darius Brubeck (p) Dave O’Higgins (reeds) Matt Ridley (b) Wesley Gibbens (d)
The Darius Brubeck Quartet began soon after Darius and his wife and manager, Cathy, moved to London from Durban, South Africa in 2006. The first to join was drummer, Wesley Gibbens who had made the same move a three years before the Brubecks. Wesley suggested Matt Ridley, a NYJO alum and recent Trinity graduate, as his rhythm section mate on bass and so the core Trio has remained. Dave O’Higgins, an established leader in his own right, holds the sax chair,
The Quartet has acquired an enthusiastic following for its strong, three-dimensional programming of South African jazz, Dave Brubeck hits and Darius¹ original compositions. Darius’s set at the last year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival was described as ‘Gig of the Year’ by Duncan Heining in Jazzwise magazine
During the 1970s, Brubeck led the original version of Gathering Forces, a jazz-fusion group playing all original music by its members and the Darius Brubeck Ensemble, played with Don McLean, Larry Coryell and toured the world with Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (Dave, Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck) as an additional pianist and keyboardist.
In 1983 Darius introduced the first Jazz Studies degree in Africa and he was the Director of the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music until 2005. He established an international reputation touring with South African musicians. He is also a Fulbright Professor and published jazz scholar. After moving to London in 2005, he established The Darius Brubeck Quartet and Brubecks Play Brubeck. Creative highlights include “Commission 2004″ (with Zim Ngqawana) performed by Wynton Marsalis, Morgan Freeman and Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra. Darius is very active as a bandleader and composer with a number of CDs currently available. ˜For Lydia and the Lion”, and “Two and Four / To and Fro” feature the quartet rhythm section Matt Ridley and Wesley Gibbens.
Matt Ridley Since graduating from Trinity College of Music in 2005, Matt has established himself as a much in demand talent on the UK Jazz scene. He has his own trio, frequently a quartet with Jason Yarde (see elsewhere on this web site). He is a member of the Mike Garrick MJQ Celebration Quartet and Big Band.
Wesley Gibbons South African-born, Wesley Gibben’s projects include ‘The Irreverents’ whose members are linked with London’s F-ire collective, Reuben Richards’ ‘Soultrain’ who perform all around the UK and Afla Sackey’s ‘Afrik Bawantu’, which is a London based Afro Beat orchestra which has performed at festivals such as Sunrise, Green Man and Secret Garden.
Dave O’Higgins Dave is a well-known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded 12 albums as leader with various lineups. He cut his teeth with NYJO, Cleo Laine, and went on to work with, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Salif Keita, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, and the BBC Big Band to name a few. In his home city, London, O’Higgins is a regular guest with the house band at Ronnie Scott’s and plays every month at the 606 Club in Chelsea with his quartet. He also leads The Dave O’Higgins Septet (with 4 horns and piano trio), which showcases his arranging talents and has been rapturously received at UK festivals.