READING, PA -- March 19 -- The Dave Brubeck Quartet had been scheduled to open the 17th annual FirstEnergy Berks Jazz Fest. Now the acclaimed group will be performing in Reading a month after the festival has concluded its 10-day run.
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.
Brubeck, of course, has the sort of legendary stature that makes his twice-delayed Berks Jazz Fest appearance well worth waiting for. He has evolved over five decades 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.
Regarding refunds, patrons can get a refund for the Dave Brubeck concert at the "point of purchase." All refund requests MUST BE made prior to the rescheduled date.