Darius Brubeck


Born in San Francisco, jazz pianist and composer Darius Brubeck grew up in the artistic milieu of his famous father Dave and has enjoyed a lifetime of varied international experience as band leader, composer, teacher and broadcaster.

He moved to South Africa in 1983, where he initiated the first degree course in Jazz Studies offered by an African university, eventually founding the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where, as Professor of Jazz Studies, he taught until 2005. He has also served as a Fulbright visiting professor in Romania and Turkey.

Moving to the United Kingdom in 2006, Darius now leads the London based Darius Brubeck Quartet, which has become a successful and popular group in the UK and beyond. Since 2010 he has also toured with Brubecks Play Brubeck, appearing annually at Ronnie Scott’s.

Darius and his wife/manager Catherine return to South Africa every year where he retains an honorary artist-in- residence status at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and they are writing a book about their jazz life in South Africa.

Having participated with his father during the "Jazz Ambassadors" program Darius is eager to discover how the program affected the development of jazz worldwide in “The Real Jazz Ambassadors” documentary series.