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Jazz royalty brings chops to SCA Nov. 17

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Jazz royalty will come to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts Friday, Nov. 17, when the Brubeck Brothers Quartet performs in concert starting at 8 p.m.

The foursome, with Dan Brubeck on drums and Chris Brubeck on bass and trombone, features two members of one of America’s most-accomplished musical families. They will be joined by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb.

The group’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, but their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and integrate funk, blues and world music influences.

Jazz.com calls Dan Brubeck’s drumming a “revelation” and All About Jazz says the foursome “attains that rarefied level where music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There’s nothing out there that comes close to their unique blend of inventiveness.”

The Quartet’s last CD “LifeTimes” made the Jazz Week radio Top Ten Chart as one of the most played jazz recordings of the year.

“The playing that takes place on ‘LifeTimes’ — the wondrous combination of swing, melodic majesty, masterful arrangements and a truckload of truly inspirational solos — just adds a vibrancy and color to songs I thought I knew and loved on a deep level,” wrote a Seattle Times critic.

“It turns out that there was still plenty of depth I could have discovered. I just needed someone to point the way.”

The Quartet has performed at concert series, colleges and jazz festivals across North America and Europe, including the Newport, Detroit, Montreal, Playboy/Hollywood Bowl and Monterey Jazz Festivals.

Tickets cost $36 in advance and $39 on show day. For reservations and more information, call (269) 857-2399 or visit sc4a.org.