Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Brubeck, Dan (Daniel Peter)
Brubeck, Dan (Daniel Peter), drummer; b. Oakland, CA, 4 May 1955. Dan has played extensively with his father, the legendary pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. He has been an integral part of the various Brubeck bands, notably The Darius Brubeck Ensemble, Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet. As a member of these groups, Dan backed such star performers as Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond and Jon Hendricks. He has been a featured soloist with many prestigious symphony orchestras, and has played at the top jazz festivals in the US. and Europe including Newport, Kool, North Sea, Montreux, Montreal, Nice and others.
A few of Dan's TV appearances include BBC specials, the Today Show, Mike Douglas, Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Oldsmobile commercials with Chris and Dave Brubeck and two appearances on the nationally syndicated PBS Jazz in America Series. Dan has been interviewed frequently for print media and radio broadcast.
Dan and his brother, bassist and trombonist Chris Brubeck, joined forces with jazz pianist Andy LaVerne to form BLT, Brubeck-LaVerne Trio.They've toured the U.S.
Dan's electric jazz quartet, The Dolphins, has released three CDs of original material since its inception in 1988. The Dolphins have performed throughout the world, notably at major jazz festivals in Europe, Canada, the U.S. and South America, and they also conducted workshops at the University of Bogota. The Dolphins' two DMP releases received extensive airplay on 450 U.S. and Japanese radio stations, and were featured on The Jazz Show, David Sanborn's syndicated radio program, and were on Jazz In The City, a syndicated Japanese radio program. The Dolphins version of "Caravan" was used as a lead in for National Public Radio programs. In 1994, The Dolphins played the famed Monterey Jazz Festival, performed and conducted clinics at fifteen Pennsylvania State Universities, and toured California and the midwestern and northeastern U.S.
In 1994, Dan and Chris Brubeck began touring together as The Brubeck Brothers, giving clinics and concerts across the United States.
Dan's primary focus since 1994 has been on the development of the Brubeck Brothers, since then he has remained active in many other projects. In 1995 Dan toured with Darius Brubeck's Gathering Forces band in Europe. He also toured Europe with his father Dave, and his brothers Darius, Matthew and Chris celebrating Dave's 75th birthday. The tour included a return engagement with the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1996 Dan performed in the 38th annual GRAMMY Award ceremony with his father and an all-star band celebrating Dave Brubeck's Lifetime Achievement award. Together with "Young Lions" Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, and Christian McBride, Dan and Dave played a live TV performance of Blue Rhondo for an audience of over one billion people. Dan was also invited to play on the Today Show Christmas Special with Chris and Dave Brubeck.
Dan attended Interlochen Arts Academy, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Berklee College of Music where he studied Jazz drums with Alan Dawson. Dan has enjoyed teaching several clinics in the past few years include ones at the Univ. of Pacific in California, Univ. of North Florida, in Jacksonville, Univ. of Colorado in Boulder, Penn State, Columbia, Univ, in Bogata, Univ. of North Dakota in Fargo, George Mason Univ, in Washington D.C. and numerous high schools and colleges across the US.
Trio Brubeck (1993); The Dolphins: Malayan Breeze, Old World New World, Digital Dolphins; Brubeck-Laverne Trio: See How It Feels; Dave, Darius, Chris, Dan and Matthew Brubeck: In Their Own Sweet Way; Frederica Von Stade: Across Your Dreams:
Jesse Nash: Dan Brubeck. Following in the Footsteps, in: Jazz Times, Oct.1990
David Zych: The Dolphins, in: Jazz Times (Apr.1992)
Arnold Jay Smith: Profile. Darius Brubeck / Danny Brubeck, in: Down Beat (26.Feb.1976)
Rick Mattingly: Dan Brubeck. From Two Generations of Brubeck to The Dolphins, in: Modern Drummer (Mar.1991)
Dan was the producer and drummer for the 1993 Grammy nominated Trio Brubeck album with Chris and Dave Brubeck. The album received nominations for two compositions in the jazz category, Autumn and Jazzanians. Autumn was among the top five selections, and Jazzanians stands out as one of the few nominations in history to feature drums.
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