March 15, 2007

Dave Brubeck Quartet Berks Jazz Fest Concert Postponed

Update 19/3: The Berks Arts Council announced today that the 86-year-old Brubeck suffered a setback over the weekend in his recovery from surgery for a blood clot and infection that were triggered by a recent ankle injury. Consequently, he and his quartet now will perform on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $46 and $39.

All tickets will be honored on that date for the show, which first was scheduled for Friday, March 16, and then first rescheduled for Wednesday, March 21. Brubeck's setback over the weekend forced his doctors to be even further protective of his infection situation. Hence, the switch of the concert to its own special BJF date on April 27.

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READING, PA -- March 15 -- The Berks Arts Council announced today that the opening night FirstEnergy Berks Jazz Fest concert with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, scheduled for this Friday night at 7:30 at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, has been postponed until Wednesday, March 21.

All tickets will be honored at the rescheduled date, also set for the Sovereign Performing Arts Center at 7:30. Tickets are $46 and $39.

The 86-year-old Brubeck injured his ankle recently, which triggered a blood clot on his ankle. On Monday he underwent minor surgery at Yale University Hospital near his Connecticut home to ensure there was no infection.

Russell Gloyd, Brubeck's road manager, said Thursday that doctors are being protective of possible infection and do not want Brubeck traveling for a few days.

"Dave is in fine health otherwise and is disappointed he had to postpone the date," Gloyd said. "But he's looking forward to playing the Berks festival Wednesday."

After Monday's surgery, Brubeck told his manager and the doctors he was committed to doing the concert on Friday. Consequently, Berks Arts Council and Berks Jazz Fest officials stayed the course until Brubeck's medical team on Thursday forced them to alter plans.

Brubeck has evolved over a half of a century into the major figure in the history of jazz as a pianist and composer. The first jazz figure ever to make the cover of Time magazine, he is the leader of perhaps the most widely known and well-traveled quartet in the history of jazz.

In 1959 the Dave Brubeck Quartet released Time Out, which quickly went platinum. The quartet followed its success with several more albums in the same vein, including Time Further Out, Time in Outer Space and Time Changes.

Brubeck continues to write new works, including orchestrations and ballet scores. He tours about 80 cities each year. His last major release, 2005's London Flat, London Sharp, met with wide critical acclaim.

The Berks Jazz Fest, which runs March 16 through 25, features an abundance of great artists, a plethora of wonderfully intimate venues, a schedule of staggering scale and exquisite ensemble concerts.

As usual, the festival features a marvelous medley of musical styles -- contemporary jazz, traditional jazz, big band, blues and more -- and does so with an abundance of great artists, a plethora of wonderfully intimate venues, a schedule of staggering scale and exquisite ensemble concerts.

Posted by Beverly J. Packard at March 15, 2007 8:52 PM