Christopher Brubeck (born March 19, 1952 in Los Angeles, California) is a U.S. musician and composer, both in jazz and classical music. As a musician, he mainly plays electric bass, bass trombone, and piano. The son of noted jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, he toured and recorded for ten years with The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He then formed The Brubeck Brothers Quartet with his brothers.
Chris Brubeck has been for about 30 years touring with guitarist Joel Brown and singer and harmonica virtuoso Peter Madcat Ruth, as (http://www.chrisbrubeckstripleplay.com) Chris Brubeck's Triple Play, which is a jazz band in a swinging Louisiana style.
Known as a member of New Heavenly Blue, Chris also participated and recorded as a keyboardist/trombonist/guitarist in "Educated Homegrown" in 1970. From 1978 to 1988, Chris Brubeck toured in The Dave Brubeck Quartet as bassist (fretless electric bass, bass trombone), recording a dozen live albums with them.
In 1999, Chris Brubeck and his brother Daniel Brubeck then joined with other musicians to form The Brubeck Brothers Quartet (which had briefly pre-existed with Andy LaVerne for a 1972 album as "The Brubeck-LaVerne Trio"). While they have performed with various other musicians, as of 2006[update] the quartet includes Mike DeMicco on guitar, Chuck Lamb on piano, Daniel Brubeck on drums, and Chris Brubeck on electric bass and bass trombone. The quartet performs in jazz venues and with symphony orchestras around the world.
In 2003, Chris played his first "Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra" with the Czech national Symphony Orchestra in Prague. A year later, he composed his own concerto titled, The Prague Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra.
Many of his "classical" compositions still contain strong hints of the jazz influence of his father.
When Chris Brubeck was born, Dave Brubeck wrote for him the composition "Crazy Chris". In 1982, after Chris and his first wife Noreen had their son Ben, Dave Brubeck dedicated to his first grandchild the composition "Benjamin Christopher David Brubeck". Chris Brubeck later remarried his second and current wife, Tish Brubeck (Theresa Wolf Smith Brubeck).
- 1972 album See How It Feels by the Brubeck-LaVerne Trio at AllMusic
- " Christopher, my son, and his wife, Noreen, have given me my first grandchild... ", from Dave Brubeck introducing the track "Benjamin Christopher David Brubeck" on the live album In Montreux (1982)
- " [My greatest regret is] That I didn't meet my second wife Tish first. Although I have to qualify that. I have a wonderful son who came from the first one. " in "Family Affair", an April 06, 2006 interview of Chris Brubeck, at News Review (article)
- Brubeck Music.com - official website for the musical Brubeck Family--- Dave, Chris, Darius, Dan & Matt
- Chris Brubeck at AllMusic
- The Brubeck Brothers at AllMusic
- "The Son Also Rises: Chris Brubeck, the new Gershwin?" - late 2003 interview by Dr. Judith Schlesinger at All About Jazz