Thursday, March 20, 2003

Take Three! Concert Series Brings Chris Brubeck's Triple Play To Washington College May 1

Chestertown, MD, March 20, 2003 — The 51st season of the Washington College Concert Series concludes with a performance by the dynamic musical versatility of Triple Play, Thursday, May 1, at 8 p.m. in the College's Tawes Theatre, Gibson Performing Arts Center. Single tickets at the door are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth and students.
Triple Play is the name given to three outstanding and versatile musicians, Peter “Madcat” Ruth (on harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion and vocals), Joel Brown (folk and classical acoustic guitar and vocals) and Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano and vocals). Collectively, they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity, and American spirit to the folk, blues, jazz, funk and classical music they perform.
Although Triple Play is a relatively new group, its musical roots go back to each member's history. Chris and Madcat have toured and recorded together in different settings since 1969, first as young rock musicians and then as jazz musicians touring the world with Dave Brubeck. Chris went on to become co-leader of the group Crofut & Brubeck with the uniquely talented banjo player and folk singer the late Bill Crofut. Joined by Joel Brown, Crofut & Brubeck recorded an astonishing CD called Bach to Brubeck at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra. This adventurous recording—spanning Bach to Joplin, the blues to Dave Brubeck's jazz—showcased the group's versatility and orchestral arranging skills. When Bill Crofut was diagnosed with cancer in 1998, Madcat—one of the acknowledged masters of the harmonica—filled in and from this eclectic and exciting musical journey Triple Play began.
For ticket information or to be put on the mailing list for information on the upcoming season's performances, call the Washington College Concert Series 410-778-7839.

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