Chris Brubeck with guest host Paul Conley

Son of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, Chris Brubeck toured the world for more than a decade playing bass in his father’s quartet.  Since then he has become an acclaimed composer of orchestral works, including two trombone concertos, collaborations with mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade, and a special piece performed on PBS by superstar violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Eileen Ivers and Regina Carter.
In April, the Stockton Symphony gave the world premiere of Brubeck’s latest work, a multi-media collaboration with his father honoring photographer Ansel Adams.  The Sacramento Philharmonic performed the piece a week later and it is bound for other cities including Monterey and Baltimore.
Before Brubeck, 57, became a distinguished composer, and before he joined his famous father’s jazz quartet, he was a rock and roller.  During “Sittin’ In,” he talks about his early forays into rock and funk.  He also describes how Louis Armstrong provided encouragement for his trombone playing and how he was privileged to jam at home on piano with Chick Corea.
Host Paul Conley springs a few surprises on his guest too, including a recording featuring Chris and his father performing together that Chris had never heard before. 
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Play List

Brubeck Brothers: Heyoke - from Classified FindBUY
Brubeck Brothers: Blue Rondo a La Turk - from Classified FindBUY
Louis Armstrong: Black and Blue - from Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller FindBUY
Duke Ellington: Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue (EXCERPT) - from At Newport 1956 FindBUY
Chick Corea: Windows - from Best of Chick Corea FindBUY
Herbie Hancock: Watermelon Man - from Head Hunters FindBUY
Brecker Bros.: Some Skunk Funk - from Brecker Bros. FindBUY
Tower Of Power: Squib Cakes - from Back to Oakland
Shakti: Danse du Bonheur - from The Best of Shakti FindBUY
Stephane Grappelli: Swing '42 - from Live in San Francisco FindBUY
B.B. King: The Thrill Is Gone - from Live at the Apollo FindBUY