Iola Brubeck Service, Brubeck Festival

The family of Mrs. Dave Brubeck has announced that there will be a small memorial observance in Wilton, Connecticut on April 21. Iola Brubeck died on March 12 at the age of 90, 14 months following the death of her husband. In a letter, their oldest son Darius pointed out that next week’s Brubeck Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center will be a tribute to both of his parents.

There is a wonderful exhibition already in place, including almost-life-size photos of Iola and Dave working on projects together. We especially look forward to Jazz At Lincoln Center’s staging of The Real Ambassadors, which features some of Dave’s greatest songs with Iola’s lyrics and script and we are really pleased that her creative contribution to Dave’s career is shown as integral to his achievements.

Brubecks, Armstrong Here is a link to Jazz at Lincoln Center: And this is a link to a short video about the festival.

The Lincoln Center schedule calls for the Brubeck Brothers Quartet—trombonist and bassist Chris, drummer Danny, pianist Chuck Lamb and guitarist Mike DeMicco—to play at Dizzy’s Club Monday and Tuesday evenings. Darius on piano, Chris, Dan and the British saxophonist Dave O’Higgins will play on April 9 and April 13 as part of the festival.

As for The Real Ambassadors, here are three pieces from the 1961 recording with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Louis Armstrong and Carmen McRae singing Iola’s lyrics.

And here is the Brubeck Quartet with the main theme:

Have a good weekend.

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  1. Larry Dunlap says

    In 1965, when I was in high school, we presented The Real Ambassadors. Dave sent us some original scripts to use. I remember it very fondly. We performed it at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Oregon. That was not my high school, but the bass player’s sister was the choral director at at the school.