Biographies

David Brubeck’s compositions for unaccompanied bass clef instruments, entitled “Stereograms”, have been performed and recorded by numerous prominent musicians around the globe.  Original, advanced- level compositions may be found in  Vol. I  (Nos. 1-20) is in its fifth edition, and Vol. II. (21-30), both are published by the International Trombone Association Press.  Intermediate Stereograms A-M, are published by cherry Classics, and many of intermediate letters N-Z, and numbered advanced solo transcription “Stereograms” and originals are available free online at davidbrubeck.com, and yeodoug.com.

Brubeck has performed and sometimes recorded with several musical luminaries including Stevie Wonder, Barry Gibb, The Bolshoi Ballet, Joni Mitchell with Peter Erskine, The New World Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, Ray Charles, American Ballet Theatre, Larry Elgart (as featured soloist), Sarah Chang, Miami City Ballet, Dionne Warwick, the Four Tops, Melton Mustafa, Diane Bish, Avraham Fried, Manhattan Transfer, Diane Schurr, Bossa Combo et Raymond Cajuste, Frank Gorshin, Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass, Dove Levine, Shirley Jones, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme’, Hal Prince, Eddie Palmieri, Sir David Willcocks, Tex Beneke and many others. Brubeck may be the only solo/duo artist to perform at four of the major international brass festivals, often more than once. His numerous scholarly articles, interviews, compositions and publications include the seminal “The Pedagogy of Arnold Jacobs”, which is often cited and has been translated into Polish.  A third-cousin and named after famed jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck, Dave Brubeck-the-Younger is the leader of the internationally renowned jazz group-Duo Brubeck which was recently featured in a ten-page article in the Journal of the International Trombone Association. As a paid performer at WDW Brubeck performed with his namesake, Dave Brubeck, as well as several jazz luminaries including Bob Mintzer, Jim Snider, Rich Matteson, Frank

 
 
 

Brubeck’s recordings of numerous duets for trombone and trumpet are some of the finest live recordings in the genre.   His performances, publications, arrangements, alongside Dallas Brass Trumpeter Brian Neal, Empire Brass Great Marc Reese, Dallas Brass & Chicago Symphony Orchestra Alum Craig Morris, and other prominent trumpet players have created a body of work for the oft-neglected genre. 

 
 

Brubeck and Neal again teamed up to establish Brass Miami, and eight-piece brass group with percussion where they performed numerous concerts alongside chamber music greats from the Empire Brass, Dallas Brass, Boston Brass and Naples Philharmonic.  Brubeck later established his own group, the Brubeck Brass which has a tradition of excellence and an impressive list of alumni who have gone on to earn major positions in brass performance. 

 

At the age of 16, Dr. David Brubeck was appointed solo and principal trombonist of the All-American Youth Honor Musicians for their tour of Spain. By his freshman year at Illinois state University, Brubeck was an undergraduate teaching assistant in music theory, and he was appointed to teach at Northwestern University in his Senior year. At NU, Brubeck coordinated the small-group jazz program, conducted the second jazz band and coached small jazz groups. Brubeck also taught trombone and coached chamber music at the University of Miami, and was the first three-time, All-American College Musician designated by Walt Disney World, where he served as bass trombonist, teaching assistant and director of the All American College Band, tenor trombonist and leader of the Kids of the Kingdom Band on-stage at Cinderella Castle, and briefly bass trombonist in the All-American College Orchestra, where he performed alongside his namesake-Dave Brubeck, and his quartet.   As a paid performer at WDW Brubeck performed with his namesake, Dave Brubeck, as well as several jazz luminaries including Bob Mintzer, Jim Snider, Rich Matteson, Frank Foster, at Birch Creek Academy, Brubeck participated in a two week intensive two-week chamber music program with the Chicago Chamber Brass.

Dave Brubeck-the-younger has premiered, inspired and commissioned numerous major works for bass trombone including the world premiere of Thomas Sleeper’s “Concerto No. 2”, dedicated to him and the FAU Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Laura Joella as well as the transcription of Sleeper’s, http://www.davidbrubeck.com/2021/10/six-arias-by-thomas-sleeper-world-premiere-of-transcription-for-bass-trombone-orchestra-reference-recording/, “Six Arias for Bass Trombone and Orchestra”.  Dave Brubeck-the-younger gave the United States Premiere for, http://www.davidbrubeck.com/elizabeth-raum-concerto-trimmed-1/,  Elizabeth Raum’s Bass Trombone Concerto, as well as her transcribed duet for trumpet and trombone, the “Four Elements”.  Brubeck is believed to have been the first brass player to perform the entire Brahms or Chopin Cello sonatas live, both of which are now in the repertoire.  Other composer collaborators include, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbrpUi2jP7Q&t=14s, Liza Seigido, Federico Bonacassa, and Dr. Brubeck’s teacher, http://www.davidbrubeck.com/2021/12/movement-ii-andante-campbell-trombone-quartet-soliloquy-a-4/, Dr. Charles Campbell, http://www.davidbrubeck.com/2021/12/trombone-quartet-by-charles-campbell/ who wrote solos for Bass Trombone dedicated to Brubeck in the context of a string quartet and http://www.davidbrubeck.com/2021/12/finale-last-page-of-movement-iii-campbell-trombone-quartet/  and trombone quartet for the younger Dave Brubeck who also performed their world premieres. 

 

Brubeck has held the position of Music Director, Conductor and Coach with numerous youth orchestras for nearly 30 years before launching Youth All Star! with fellow faculty Richard Hancock, Dr. Erin Gittelsohn, Erika Venable and Cornelia Brubeck. Current faculty also includes Francesca Puro, Mei Mei Luo, Akiko Rivera and others. Brubeck serves as a Professor of Music at a local college having shaped numerous successful alumni and was a ten-year music director and orchestra conductor of a local middle school culminating in their designation as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2019. He has earned a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University-Evanston with distinction, a Master of Music from Northwestern University-Evanston with Honor Society induction, as well a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami-Coral Gables with Academic Merit .  He was awarded a belated Bachelor of Science Magna cum Laude, from Illinois State University-Normal where he was part of the Honors College.

Brubeck is author of the beginning music theory text, “A Method to Musical Literacy”, and was one of two authors selected by rival plastic trombone companies to write a beginning method for the revolutionary instruments.  As a result, he developed “5-Minute Lessons for Trombone” as well as “5-Minute Lessons for Trumpet”.  His revolutionary “Sessions” for beginning “full” orchestra includes violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet and alto saxophone and allowed for the creation of what was believed to be the only full orchestra for 40 or more beginners.  Brubeck’s other compositions include “Stereograms Nos. 1-20”, and “Stereograms Nos. 21-30” published by The International Trombone Association Press; and “Stererograms A-M” as well as his arrangements with Professor Neal of “Ten Duets”, both published by Cherry Classics, and the yet unpublished, “Introduction to the Bass Trombone” & “Stereograms N-Z” and numerous other numbered Stereograms published online alongside his “Chilidogs” for solo guitar.  Yet to be published, is also his “Multiplication Ballet”.

 

At a local college, Dr. Brubeck led the concert band in two concerts in Washington DC in honor of the anniversary of the Washington Monument, one at the famous reflecting pond between the Lincoln and Washington monuments.  His trombone students have distinguished themselves as some of the finest performers and educators one the state of Florida and the nation.  Two have played the solo Tommy Dorsey chair in his famous orchestra, one has won a Spanish Language talent search contest, http://www.davidbrubeck.com/2015/12/kendall-campus-trombone-alum-alex-cruz-and-band-bachaco-win-buscando-mi-ritmo-a-spanish-language-show-inspired-by-american-idol/,  and several are prominent band directors and DCI drum and bugle corps champions, one having performed regularly with BLAST, the professional level corps. 

 
 

Under Dr. Brubeck’s Direction the Jazz Ensemble traveled to the 2004 UNC Greeley Jazz Festival only to receive a standing ovation and receive awards for three outstanding soloists.  The group was also invited to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival.  The MDC Low Brass Quartet and Brass Quintet coached by Brubeck were two of three student groups selected to perform at the 2017 International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.  The former group has been coached by the famed ahi trio, and the latter performed with the Center City Brass who called them “terrific”.  

 

Brubeck has served as a Full-Professor of music for more than 20 years of his 30 plus at the local college and is known for his many contributions to the college such as chair of the nine-campus faculty senate equivalent, chair of committees, presenter, publisher, performer and scholar.  He has been a member of their Honors faculty for many years. 

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Photo Courtesy Ms. Anna Ukleja, Arts & Medicine Cleveland Clinic

Photo Courtesy Ms. Anna Ukleja, Arts & Medicine Cleveland Clinic

Tom Lippincott was born in New Jersey in 1966 and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He began playing trombone in sixth grade band and, after hearing Beatles records as a teenager, was inspired to take up guitar as well. He soon became interested in jazz and classical guitar and started taking lessons in both with Randy Wimer. Lippincott continued playing trombone throughout his first year at the University of North Texas before finally switching to guitar. While at UNT, he studied under Jack Peterson, Phillip Hill, and Rick Peckham and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies in 1988. In the fall of ’88, Lippincott became a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Miami. While attending U of M, he studied under Randall Dollahon, and performed with jazz greats Randy Brecker and Bob Mintzer as a member of the Concert Jazz Band.

In 1990, he received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from The University of Miami, and continued studies with guitar guru Mick Goodrick, and jazz drum great Ari Hoenig.

In 2002, Lippincott became an adjunct instructor at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus where he taught jazz improvisation, guitar ensemble, and private jazz guitar lessons. He has taught jazz guitar lessons privately, at Broward Community College, Florida Atlantic University, Miami’s New World High School of the Arts, and Florida International University.

Lippincott has been performing in South Florida since 1990 as a freelance guitarist, traveling throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. In addition to performing as a solo jazz and classical guitarist, He has led The Tom Lippincott Trio, and co-led Bluez Imbabwe with vocalist Adriana Samargia. In addition to DUO BRUBECK, Lippincott performs in several other jazz and improvised music groups, including The Chassidic Jazz Project, The Miami Jazz Quartet, and The Rucker/Lippincott Duo. He has performed and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Ed Schuller, Don Friedman, Carlos Averhoff, and Gary Campbell.
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Bronwen Rutter earned her BA degree in piano performance from UCSC (Santa Cruz) where she studied with Sylvia Jenkins. Taking up the piano at the age of eight, Rutter began a lifetime of accompanying, playing chamber music and teaching piano at age 13.
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Since moving to the Miami area in 1979, she has served as accompanist with the Miami Choral Society and taught music at the Carrollton School. Staff accompanist at MDC Kendall Campus for the past 27 years, she has performed innumerable recitals with faculty and students alike.

Rutter has accompanied for master classes with Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, and Yo Yo Ma. Recently, she has collaborated in performances with the Brubeck-Neal Duo. In love with music, Rutter says she is “still working at getting better on my instrument. I get the feeling that that will never change.”
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MITCH
FARBER
G U I T A R I S T

Mitch Farber is one of the very best guitarists in South Florida. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mitch took up the guitar at the age of 10 and studied privately for seven years before playing professionally at 17 in various bands and venues around Philadelphia. Although his training mainly focused on jazz, he was
greatly influenced by rock, funk, and fusion. His musical influences included progressive rock artists Genesis, Yes, and Gentle Giant, as well as jazz guitarists Pat Martino, George Benson, and Pat Metheny.

In 1974, Mitch joined the band Birthright for a couple of years with Bob Martin, who went on to play with Frank Zappa, Orleans, and Bette Midler. He then toured across the country with Ken Hamilton and Terry Malone and played with Chuck Mangione and Rick Derringer. In 1984, he moved to Miami and studied at Miami Dade College with John Defaria of Miami Sound Machine and Dave Weisbrot, before becoming adjunct faculty in 1993. Mitch has worked with many artists throughout the years, including Cristian Castro, Nestor Torres, and Julio Iglesias,
touring the world to countries like Japan, Australia, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Malaysia, the Philipinnes, and Argentina, to name a few. Mitch continues to teach at Miami Dade College, and after twenty years, he is still in demand as a performer, maintaining a very busy performance schedule throughout the year.

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LINDSEY
BLAIR
GUITARIST
Miami New Time Magazine says Lindsey Blair selected as Best Jazz Musician 2011. “As an official guitarist for Sábado Gigante with Don Francisco, Lindsey Blair has played alongside Puerto Rican reggaetonero Daddy Yankee, but it was Wes Montgomery who got him started on the guitar, and jazz is where his heart is. The Indiana native studied the form at the University of Miami for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and he has toured with Maynard Ferguson and played with Dizzy Gillespie. He also has collaborated for years with Gloria and Emilio Estefan and scored a gig onstage with Miami Sound Machine for Super Bowl XLI. But it is his current stint with local supergroup 7Crossing where his powerful, blazing Latin jazz truly shines. “
You might think that artists as diverse as latin pop superstar Gloria Estefan, Country artist Lee Ann Womac, hip hop legends 2 Live Crew, R&B singer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell, jazz trumpet virtuoso Maynard Ferguson, rock drummer Gregg Bissonette, broadway star Anthony Newley, the Florida Philharmonic, and televisions cornerstone master of ceremonies Don Francisco have little common musical ground, but south Florida guitarist Lindsey Blair has been able to lend musical support to each of these artists with his versatile guitar work.
Lindsey is the kind of player that is comfortable in almost any musical situation. Whether the gig calls for him to sit in with an established band for a 4 hour gig with players he has never met and play a night of unrehearsed music of whatever musical repertoire de jour is being served up, to blending with a 30 piece orchestra and reading through a stack of sheet music as thick as a magazine, Lindsey can handle the challenge.

Lindsey is a guitarist that is driven by a passion for playing and being inspired by music rather that fortune and fame. He is most satisfied with his work when he has been able to break new musical ground, and/or spend some time with his favorite kind of people, musicians.

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DUO BRASS tm Featuring Phillipe Brunet davidbrubeck.com

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Featuring Phillipe Brunet
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Canadian experimentalist Philippe Brunet has performed across North America and Europe appearing as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. As an advocate for New Music, he has collaborated with composers on over a dozen new works. Presently residing in Miami having recently obtained his D.M.A. in trumpet from University of Miami, he plays with the Miami City Ballet orchestra, freelances, and teaches in South Florida. In the past he has played at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Aspen Music Festival, the Dartington International Music Festival, the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale, as well as the Atlantic Music festival, among others.

Dr. Brunet’s teachers and colleagues have alternately called him, “a visionary and tireless trumpeter,” (Edward Carroll); “a person that sees no obstacle that cannot be overcome. In fact, he sees that obstacle as a play toy to invent and discover new innovations with creativity and aplomb” (Russell DeVuyst); as well as, “A badass mo-fo [sic]” (Ken Ueno). Philippe specializes in extended trumpet techniques including the use of extended vocal techniques such as throat singing combined with the trumpet in non-idiomatic ways.

In 2015, Philippe collaborated with the world renowned composer Ken Ueno on the premiere of Ueno’s Fanfares for the Apocalypse, an acoustic work acclaimed for its ability to push the limits of the trumpet’s extended technique lexicon as well as the stamina and ability of the soloist, himself. Philippe is looking forward to recording this ground-breaking piece that Ken Ueno, himself, described as helping both the soloist and the composer grow in their abilities and maturity. In 2016, Dr. Brunet again worked under Ken Ueno and Bowdoin College’s Erin Colleen Johnson to realize the site-specific ensemble piece, Fortress Brass, at Maine’s historic Fort Gorges.

After working through an embouchure change, Philippe completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in trumpet performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Prior to this, he had earned a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of The Arts, a BMus from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Canada, and a spot at Bard Conservatory as a Graduate Performance Fellow. His primary teachers have been Edward Carroll, Thomas Stevens, Russell DeVuyst, and Craig Morris.
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Stereograms Nos. 1-20 have been prepared for saxophone by Randy Emerick

RANDY EMERICK was born in Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He was leader of Dartmouth’s jazz ensemble, The Barbary Coast Orchestra, a member of Wayne Cochran’s C.C. Riders and performed on baritone saxophone and other woodwinds with: Frank Sinatra, Count Basie Orchestra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, Mel Torme, and many others. Emerick toured the world with Jaco Pastorius from 1981 to 1982, and has numerous recordings to his credit: Wayne Cochran’s C.C. Riders (COCHRAN on Columbia Epic, 1971), Jaco Pastorius (INVITATION, TWINS I & II, THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT, PORTRAIT OF JACO – THE EARLY YEARS, PUNK JAZZ), Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (DORSEY, THEN AND NOW). Emerick currently plays alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones, flute, clarinet,and bass clarinet with the Palm Beach Pops.
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Brubeck-Byrd-Grad recitalLinda Byrd is the pianist featured on davidbrubeck.com Radio

LINDA BYRD received a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami, where she studied under Dr. Rosalina Sackstein. She and Dr Sackstein performed duo piano at such pretigious concerts as Festival Miami, the Florida State Music Teachers Convention, and the National Liszt Society National Convention. She has had extensive experience performing as soloist, accompanist, organist, and chamber musician, including concerts for the Bakken Library Concert Series in Minneapolis, and for the National Music Teacher’s Convention. Byrd has performed in countries all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and Norway.

Mrs. Byrd taught on the faculty of Miami Dade College for 32 years until she retired in 2003. She served as president, vice president, and scholarship chairperson of the Miami Music Teacher’s Association. As a master clinician, Byrd taught on the University of Florida Visiting Professor Series and served on the screening committee for the National Council of the Arts scholarship competition.

Mrs. Byrd has served in many capacities as a church musician, and is presently serving as pianist and organist at First Presbyterian Church in Kissimmee, Fl.

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