Chris Brubeck, son of jazz legend, brings his Triple Play to the Collins stage on April 11

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The man that DownBeat magazine calls “one of the finest performing jazz trombonists around today” will bring his Triple Play jazz trio to the Collins Alumni Auditorium stage at Lipscomb University on Thursday, April 11, at 8 p.m.

Chris Brubeck, of Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play, is the son of Dave Brubeck, the legendary jazz pianist and composer renowned for jazz standards like “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo à la Turk.” A distinguished musician himself, Chris Brubeck is an award-winning composer and the leader of two ensembles that tour the nation playing across jazz, blues, folk, funk, pop and classical styles.

Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play is a blues/jazz/folk trio including guitarist Joel Brown and harmonica virtuoso Peter “Madcat” Ruth. When reviewing Triple Play’s CD Watching the World, All Music Guide wrote: “It’s great to hear a group that combines top-notch musicianship, potent originals and a touch of humor; this CD is truly a Triple Play in any fan’s score book.”    

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 works with orchestras across the U.S. They have also played at the Monterey Jazz Festival and were featured in the premiere of Dave Brubeck’s Cannery Row Suite.

Tickets for the April 11 performance are $15 for individuals and $10 for students. Tickets are available online by clicking here or at the Lipscomb Allen Arena box office. For additional information, the public can contact the Lipscomb University Department of Music at 1.800.333.4358, ext. 5932, or 615.966.5932.


About Chris Brubeck

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. Chris Brubeck went on to form the group Crofut & Brubeck with the genre-bending 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.

Brubeck has joined such diverse artists as B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Bela Fleck, Muddy Waters Bobby McFerrin and Bob Dylan on stage and has written three musicals and hundreds of songs, including covers sung by Bobby Womack and Patti LaBelle.


About Peter “Madcat” Ruth

Ruth joined Brubeck and Brown to form Triple Play after the passing of Brubeck’s former musical partner, Bill Crofut, in 1999. Ruth’s harmonica can be heard on more than 50 recordings. Performance Magazine declares him “a harmonica virtuoso rapidly approaching legend status” for his style.

Ruth’s music began its evolution in Chicago, where he played folk and blues on the guitar and studied harmonica with Big Walter Horton. After playing with the Brubecks around the world, he teamed up with Shari Kane to form the duo Madcat & Kane.

Ruth has been invited as a guest performer at many harmonica festivals in the U.S. and Europe, he has played harmonica on national television, with symphony orchestras, in TV advertisements and at harmonica workshops throughout the years.


About Joel Brown

Brown has performed guitar in England with the London Symphony, at Carnegie Hall with soprano Dawn Upshaw, at the Tanglewood Festival and at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other venues.

Before joining Triple Play, Brown worked with Brubeck and Crofut for nearly a decade on their recordings, Lullabies and Dances; Unsquare Dance; Red, White and Blues; and Bartok and Kodaly.

Brown was the soloist on the world premiere of a Bach lute prelude transformed into a miniature guitar concerto by Brubeck and recorded for the Bach to Brubeck CD. Guitar Review said of the performance, “Brown’s robust tone and lyrical phrasing balanced beautifully with the orchestra, delivering a performance that is exquisite and memorable.”