Duo, Trios, Quartets, Quintet & Octet
The Brubeck Family statement following Dave’s passing, stated that he specialized in long relationships, including the fact that he had such few changes of personnel in his outstanding quartets throughout his career.
The “Classic Quartet” and Dave’s last quartet were together for close on 10 years. Many of his personnel were with him for years, Paul Desmond, Jack Six, Chris Brubeck, Bobby Militello and longest of all, Randy Jones who enjoyed over 30 years with Dave.
These images detail the various groupings over eight decades.
A poster for Dave's first band ; Stockon, California 1941 (copyright, "Time Signatures" booklet)
The Octet. Bill Smith, Paul Desmond, Dave VanKriedt, Cal Tjader, Ron Crotty, Dick Collins, Bob Collins and Dave Brubeck
Frances Lynne, Norman Bates, Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck, 1949
The Dave Brubeck Quintet. Dick Collins, Cal Tjader, Dave, Paul Desmond and Ron Crotty (Source: "Early Fantasies" booklet, Book Of The Month Club, LP)
1951. Paul Desmond, Herb Barman, Dave Brubeck and Wyatt "Bull" Ruther
1953. Paul Desmond, Joe Dodge, Dave Brubeck and Ron Crotty (Frank Driggs Collection)
Joe Dodge, Bob Bates, Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck (Frank Driggs Collection)
1956. Dave Brubeck, Joe Dodge, Norman Bates, Paul Desmond with composer Howard Bruebeck (Dave's brother)
Paul Desmond, Joe Dodge, Dave Brubeck and Norman Bates
Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Joe Morello, Joe Benjamin. Monterey State Fairground,1958.
1958. The Classic Quartet.
The Classic Quartet, 1960's. Paul Desmond, Dave Brubeck, Joe Morello and Eugene Wright
Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck, Alan Dawson and Jack Six
Alan Dawson, Dave Brubeck and Jack Six
Alan Dawson, Gerry Mulligan, Jack Six, Dave Brubeck and Paul Demond
Two Generations of Brubeck: Chris, Dave, Danny and Darius
The Duo: Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, 1975
The Classic Quartet Reunion Tour, 1976.
Joe Morello, Eugene Wright, Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck
Chris Brubeck, Butch Miles, Jerry Bergonzi and Dave Brubeck
Chris & Danny Brubeck with Dave
Chris Brubeck, Randy Jones, Russell Gloyd (Dave's manager), Jerry Bergonzi and Dave Brubeck.
Randy Jones, Jack Six, Bill Smith and Dave Brubeck after performing at Duisburg University, 1994.
Randy Jones, Chris Brubeck, Jack Six and Dave Brubeck.
Alec Dankworth, Randy Jones, Bobby Militello and Dave Brubeck, 2000, Germany