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Rediscovering Dave Brubeck
Rediscovering Dave Brubeck

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The Current Quartet

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Randy Jones
Bobby Militello
Michael Moore

Randy Jones -- Drums

When British born Randy Jones first came to the United States, he received immediate critical recognition. He played with such jazz greats as Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Milt Jackson, Bill Watrous and Harry James. He was invited to join the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1978 and has remained with them ever since.

Jones started work as a drummer at the age of sixteen, touring Germany with an English rock and roll group. During his early career he played mostly rock and 'pop' for TV and recording sessions. When the opportunity came to play jazz with the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, which was then based in England, he jumped at the chance. During the six years he was with Ferguson's band, he made numerous recordings and worked with singing stars such as Cleo Laine, Tony Bennett and Billy Eckstine.

He has recorded many albums with the Quartet on Telarc, MusicMasters and Concord Jazz labels. He has toured with the Dave Brubeck Quartet throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan and has appeared with them on numerous TV shows in the US, Japan, and Europe.

Randy Jones is noted as a versatile drummer, capable of swinging a big band, or dynamically weaving intricate patterns in the Quartet's odd time signatures. An avid collector of classical recordings, his solos reflect that interest with an unusually strong sense of melodic form and compositional structure.

Bobby Militello -- Saxophone

Dave Brubeck first heard Bobby Militello with the Maynard Ferguson band at a jazz Festival in Sugar Bush, Vermont. At a later jazz festival in Saratoga, New York, Bob surprised Dave by stepping out of the sax section and performing a dazzling solo on flute. Brubeck made a mental note to remember that young musician. A few years later, when there was an opening for a horn player in the quartet, Dave tracked Militello down through his old boss Maynard Ferguson. He invited Bobby, along with other talented reed men in the New York area, to audition. Bobby Militello arrived at the try-out already knowing most of the Quartetıs repertoire. He improvised with equal facility on alto and tenor sax and flute. He has remained an integral part of the Brubeck quartet ever since, performing with Dave since 1982 in choral and symphonic settings as well as jazz concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

A native of Buffalo, New York, where he resides, Bobby was recently named Buffalo's Citizen of the Year. He owns and manages the Tralf, a popular nightclub in that city. With his sister and brother he owns and operates the Bijou Grille. As president of RPM Entertainment productions, he frequently acts as producer of special events in Buffalo. He has appeared a number of times with the Buffalo Philharmonic, performing contemporary works by Pat William's and Michel LeGrand.

Bobbyıs tour with the Maynard Ferguson band was from 1975-1979. During this time he made five recordings with the band and doubled as road manager. Later he became active in the studios in Hollywood, recording soundtracks for television, films and commercials. He has recorded with numerous Los Angeles based big bands, including Bill Holman and Bob Florence as well as leading his own jazz groups, that have ranged in style from fusion, to latin, to blues and funk.

Bobby has been featured on many Brubeck recordings and television appearances. His most recent albums with the Dave Brubeck Quartet are The Crossing, So What's New? and The 40th Anniversary Tour of the U.K., most of which was recorded live at Royal Festival Hall in London in 1998, and Live in the UK and USA.

His adaptability and sensitivity to all facets of music are evident in the wide spectrum of music he has performed with Dave Brubeck, ranging from Brubeck's mass To Hope! A Celebration to straight-ahead jazz heard on the Late Night and Nightshift CD's recorded live at the Blue Note club in New York City. Bobby has appeared twice with the London Symphony Orchestra as part of Brubeck family programs celebrating Dave Brubeckıs 75th and 80th birthdays.

Michael Moore -- Bassist

The most recent member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet is bassist, Michael Moore, an acknowledged master of his instrument, and leader of his own duo and trio that features the bass as a solo instrument. Michael Moore has brought new recognition to an instrument once primarily regarded as a timekeeper.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Michael's musical training began at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He studied privately with Frank Proto of the Cincinnati Symphony and Harold Roberts and Orin O'Brian of the New York Philharmonic. After joining the Woody Herman Band at the age of twenty, Michael became an important player in the New York jazz scene. In the next few years he recorded and performed with the Who's Who of jazz including such luminaries as Marian McPartland, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Gary Burton, Jim Hall, Zoot Simms, Jimmy Rowles, Gene Bertoncini, Benny Goodman, Ruby Braff, Jimmy Raney, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Konitz, Tony Bennett, John Scofield, Bob Brookmeyer, Gil Evans and the list goes on and on. John S. Wilson of the New York Times described Michael as one of the most consistently brilliant bassists in recent history.

In addition to his active career as a professional musician, Michael is an adjunct professor at William Patterson College and Long Island University, where he is teaching a generation of young bass players how to bring a strong melodic sense to their solos and an understanding of the supportive role of bass within an ensemble.

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