Brubeck, Darius


b. San Francisco, USA, 14 June 1947


Darius Brubeck is the Director of the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Natal, Durban. In 1983 he initiated the first degree course in Jazz Studies offered by an African University. 


Before 1983, Brubeck toured internationally with Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (Dave, Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck), made TV appearances and recorded for Atlantic Records. In 1997 Telarc released “In Their Own Sweet Way” which features Darius with his father and brothers. 

Brubeck and Victor Ntoni formed Afro Cool Concept in 1989 and this band has performed in the USA, Italy, Thailand and all over Southern Africa, including major festivals such as North Sea and the National Jazz festival, held in Grahamstown. Bassist Bongani Sokhela replaced Ntoni in 1996, joining South Africa’s premier alto saxophonist, Barney Rachabane and drummer Lulu Gontsana in the group. Afro Cool Concept has just released “Still on my Mind” for Sheer Sound. 


Brubeck has given workshops worldwide and performed in Istanbul, Peru and Sweden with University based bands. One of these bands, Darius Brubeck and the NU Jazz Connection featured South African trumpet player Feya Faku. Both Afro Cool Concept and the NU Jazz Connection made recordings for B & W Music. Many of the members of the first student band (The Jazzanians) that Brubeck took to the USA to perform at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference are now well known in their own right, for example Zim Ngqawana. 


Under another band name Gathering Forces, Brubeck often plays with virtuoso bansuri (Indian flute) player, Deepak Ram. Their premiere concert was also released by B & W. In 1997 Gathering Forces received excellent reviews at the “Fin de Siecle” festival in Nantes. A new adaptation, Darius Brubeck and Gathering Forces, performed especially composed music at the “World Conference against Racism” in September 2001 and this presentation was broadcast on television worldwide. In 2002, Kofi Annan and Heads of States attending the African Union conference in Durban danced to South African jazz played by the Brubeck band. 


Brubeck has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, which played four of his arrangements as part of a programme honoring his father's 70th and 75th birthday and he composed a piece especially for the 80th birthday concert celebrations in December 2000, which has been released on CD (LSO 0011). 


In 1999/2000 Brubeck was on a Fellowship at the University of Nottingham where he hosted a jazz concert series. He has presented jazz on national radio and has worked for the development of jazz in South Africa as a performer, producer, educator and composer. 





A Groove For The Road 


At Sixes & Sevens 


Before it’s too late 


Blues For What's Wrong 




Daveyton Special 




Fire Tiger 


For God's Sake Elizabeth 


Friendship Raga/Boogie 


Four Score In Seven 


Gathering Forces 


Gathering Forces 2 


Gathering Forces 3 


How Come You Aren't Happy 


Humanity Ha No Colour 


I Say There's Hope 


In the Spanish Mode 


Just Think About What Happens 


Kearsage Strut 


Light Commando 


Lunacy Stomp # 1 




Matt the Cat 


Midnight Sailor 




Moon City 


Moscow Mardi Gras 


Ninety Three Sorrows 




Our Time of Parting 


Raga Theme for Raghu 


Ravely Street 




Riviera Winter 


Same Sham Shame 


Sky Scape 


Something There Is 


Temptation Boogie


Thank God There Is You 


The Just Will Live by Faith 


The Last Shall Be First 


The Lion at the Bar 


The Parrot 


The Rainbow 


The Secret One 


Three Mile Island 


Tin Sink 


Tugela Rail 


Two Thousand Minus Three 


You'll Lose



1971 “Chaplin’s Back” - Paramount Records 


1972 “Two Generations of Brubeck” - Atlantic Records 


1974 “Brother The Great Spirit Made us All” - Atlantic Records 


1977 The New Brubeck Quartet - “Live at Montreux”, Tomato Records 


1978 Larry Coryell “Return”, Vanguard Records 


1979 Larry Coryell & The Brubeck Brothers, “Better Than Live”, Direct Disc 


1984 “Tugela Rail”, RPM Records 


1985 Allen Kwela “The Unknown” - as producer/arranger, C & G Records 


1987 Dave Brubeck “Summer Music; Blue Rondo”, (orchestrator/arranger) Canadian TV Special with L’Orchestre National de Montreal 


1987 “Sounds of Shange” (pianist/arranger), taped for Radio LAC Romaine) Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland 


1988 The Jazzanians “We Have Waited Too Long”(Producer) -”, Umkhonto Records - Gallo 


1989 “The Brothers” (Producer), Roots Records, 


1991 “Gathering Forces 1”, B&W Music, UK 


1991 The Brubeck/Ntoni Afro Cool Concept “Live in New Orleans”, African Echoes Records 


1992 Darius Brubeck And The “Nu Jazz Connection “African Tributes” B&W Music, UK 


1993 The Brubeck/Ntoni Afro Cool Concept “Live in New Orleans”, B&W Music, UK 


1994 Darius Brubeck & Deepak Ram "Gathering Forces II" BW046 B&W Music, UK 


1996 Dave Brubeck With Chris, Dan, Darius & Matthew Brubeck, “In Their Own Sweet 


Way”, TELARC20 


1997 Darius Brubeck & Afro Cool Concept “Standard Bank Jazz Festival Best Of 97” 




1998 Trios Plus” Vol. 1 Darius Brubeck, producer CJPM/98 


2001 Dave Brubeck Live with the LSO : LSO Live 0011 


2002 Darius Brubeck & Afro Cool Concept Still on my Mind SSCD 097

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