Renowned jazz pianist George Caldwell will celebrate the music of the late Dave Brubeck with a special engagement Wednesday in the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Caldwell and his quintet – Tim Clarke on trumpet, Cameron Kayne on contrabass and Darryl Washington on drums – will be joined by revered saxophonist Bobby Militello for the show. In addition to his own considerable work as a bandleader, Militello was Brubeck’s touring saxophonist and flutist from 1983 until the jazz giant’s death in December.
Much of the program will concentrate on tunes most commonly associated with Brubeck – among them, of course, the Paul Desmond chart “Take Five,” as well as Brubeck compositions like “Blue Rondo a la Turk” and “In Your Own Special Way.” Caldwell will also lead the group through a number of his own compositions and individualized arrangements of jazz standards.
The show boasts an early start time – 7 p.m. sharp – and will run until 9 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
– Jeff Miers