Artist Series: Chris Brubeck's Triple Play

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Artist Series: Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play
Collins Alumni Auditorium, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets $15.00 Adults, $10.00 Students, Free with Lipscomb ID
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Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play, a unique trio of musicians led by the son of legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck, is the featured ensemble at Lipscomb’s spring Artist Series concert. Three outstanding and versatile musicians -- Peter Madcat Ruth (on harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion and vocals); Joel Brown (folk and classical acoustic guitar and vocals); and Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano and vocals) – make up the Triple Play trio.  Collectively they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity and American spirit to the folk, blues, jazz and classical music they perform.

Brubeck and Ruth have toured and recorded together in different settings since 1969, first as young rock musicians in the group "New Heavenly Blue" and then as jazz musicians touring the world with Dave Brubeck, famed for the popular jazz song “Take Five.” Chris Brubeck went on to form the group Crofut & Brubeck with the uniquely talented banjo player Bill Crofut. Together they recorded the acclaimed CDs “Across Your Dreams” and “Bach to Brubeck,” recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Crofut passed away in 1999, and Ruth joined Brubeck and Brown to form the group Triple Play.  This trio’s recordings include “Triple Play Live,” “Watching the World" and “Live at Arthur Zankel Music Center.”

With an ever-expanding repertoire, the trio continues to play in concert halls, clubs and festivals all over the country, including performing many of Chris Brubeck’s symphonic arrangements with orchestras across the U.S. Recently they played a set at the Monterey Jazz Festival and later that evening were featured in the premiere of Dave Brubeck’s Cannery Row Suite.

Performances are subject to change.  Tickets can be purchased at the Allen Arena Box Office (615-966-7075) or online by clicking here. For additional information, contact the Department of Music at 1-800-333-4358, ext. 5932 or (615) 966-5932.


"Triple Play was rollicking good fun … led by bassist, trombonist and pianist Chris Brubeck, the trio stole the show with its flair and virtuosity."
- Mark Swed, L.A.Times

"Triple Play is what jazz always was and always should be about:  good-time rhythm, unbridled joy and the sweet release but bittersweet aftertaste of the blues.  If there's a better old-time blues and jazz harmonica player out there than Madcat Ruth, I'd sure love to know where he lives." 
- Paul deBarros, writer for the Seattle Times and Downbeat