The Phil DeGreg Trio is comprised of Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame Pianist Phil DeGreg, Aaron Jacobs and John Taylor, who will be joined by saxophonist Rick VanMatre.
“We are going to be doing a bunch of Dave Brubeck’s compositions, or things he made famous,” said Phil DeGreg. “We will be playing the music our own way. It’s not going to be a carbon copy of what people have heard, but they will recognize the songs.”
Audiences can expect to hear iconic music of the legendary Dave Brubeck including songs such as “Take Five, “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” “Strange Meadow Lark,” and “Unsquare Dance.”
“It’s jazz music, so I’m looking forward to the interaction with the band and the audience. Music is a format for us to be able to communicate with each other and the audience taps into that. So, it’s not just a matter of playing music, but actually talking to each other, which is what you do in a jazz group, ideally.” DeGreg said.
We move as a unit when we play, and we are very aware of what the other one is doing and constantly responding to it. It’s a conversation,” he said.
“A lot of people know Dave Brubeck’s music. He was the first jazz musician to be featured on the cover of “Time Magazine” … So, a lot of people are fans, and if they don’t know it, there was a reason why it’s so famous, it’s because it’s really good music,” DeGreg said.
Dave Brubeck, an American jazz pianist and composer, was influential and popular. He was declared a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. With a successful career spanning more than six decades he became known for his distinct style, experimentation, and for making jazz accessible to listeners.
How to go
What: “Take Five,” An Evening of Dave Brubeck featuring The Phil DeGreg Trio and Rick VanMatre
When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21
Where: The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton
Cost: Tickets are $32 for members; $39 for non-members. Event sponsor: Dr. Kenneth and Marcia Wehr.
More info: fittoncenter.org or (513) 863-8873 ext. 110. Cash bar available throughout the evening.