Back in June when Nippertown last saw ebullient multi-instrumentalist Chris Brubeck, he and his cohorts in Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play – guitarist/vocalist/Skidmore’s Dean of Music Joel Brown and harp player/percussionist/all-around madman Peter Madcat Ruth – were making the Zankel Music Center dance with a little help from Joel’s father Frank Brown (who’s a hell of a clarinet player) and a very distinguished older gentleman named Dave Brubeck.
The younger Brubeck will be back in Nippertown on Friday, when the Brubeck Brothers Quartet warms up for the Newport Jazz Festival with a gig at Gallagher’s Banquet Hall in Cairo. Brubeck was gracious enough to provide the following interview:
You play piano, fretless bass and bass trombone – all with equal amounts of dexterity and creativity. Which instrument did you gravitate to first, and how did the others come into your life?