Brubeck Brothers to perform in New Haven

Update: Aug. 2, 6:19 a.m. — The NHSO and Brubeck Brothers concert is still on, despite rainy weather in the forecast.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) invites the public to a free summer concert, featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, on Saturday, Aug. 2, on the New Haven Green, 165 Church St., New Haven.

An NHSO Jazz Quintet will open at 6 p.m., and the Brubeck Brothers will take the stage at 7:30.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet features two members of one of America’s first families of jazz: Dan Brubeck on the drums, and Chris Brubeck, playing the bass and trombone. They are joined by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb.

Although the quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play intriguing time signatures, while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music.

The group’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their incomparable music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.

The NHSO Jazz Quintet is comprised of symphony members Millie Piekos and Stephanie Hug, violin, Gretchen Frazier, viola, Rebecca Patterson, cello, and Tim Moran, saxophone. They will perform an all-Gershwin program that includes hot summer tunes like Someone to Watch Over Me, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, I Got Rhythm, The Man I Love, and Embraceable You.

The highlight of the program will be scenes from Porgy and Bess, with its immortal song Summertime.

These tunes were arranged by saxophonist Fred Hemke, who appeared as a soloist with the NHSO this past season.

The Jazz Quintet is presented by the NHSO and Jazz Haven, in cooperation with New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, the New Haven Board of Alders and the Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism.