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Take Five: The Dave Brubeck Story - Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival 2013

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Take Five
Brendan Fitzgerald returns with the definitive tribute to seminal jazzman Dave Brubeck
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A highlight of the 2023 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival, Take Five: The Dave Brubeck Story , presented by Brendan Fitzgerald Quartet, recreates the world of iconic jazz musician Dave Brubeck, his genius, his relationships, his humanity and popular acclaim.

The show title relates to the classic quartet signature tune, Take Five, the highest-selling instrumental of all time, which featured on the 1959 album, Time Out, the first platinum jazz disc moving more than one million copies.

In 1959, Dave Brubeck Quartet's album, Time Out became the first platinum jazz album, while Take Five remains the highest-selling instrumental recording of all time. Together with Blue Rondo a la Turk, these works are identified as seminal and revolutionary expressions of a new era in music. More than a musician, Brubeck was a tireless advocate for human rights and racial integration.

Fitzgerald at the keys
Fitzgerald narrates and channels Jimmy Lyon from the piano

Brendan Fitzgerald narrates Brubeck's story at the piano with a projected montage of images and clips from his life and times. He also channels Jimmy Lyons, a jazz radio presenter who helped launch Dave's career. Fitzgerald's ensemble comprises Peter Raidel, on alto saxophone, Steve Todd, on drums and Quinton Dunne, on double bass.

Brubeck brought his ensemble to the very first Adelaide Festival of Arts in 1960. He was known to have been received very well by the Adelaide arts public.

Brubeck at Adelaide suburban residence
Brubeck relaxes in Adelaide

Take Five - The Dave Brubeck Story was first staged at the 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival at this same venue, then called The Promethean. It quickly sold out, receiving standing ovations, positive reviews and demands for return shows. It has since been staged in the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Knox and Moonee Ponds Theatres, Melbourne, The Basement and Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sydney and regional Victorian venues.

Take Five returns for their final Adelaide shows in the 2023 Cabaret Fringe Festival at DIVERSE-CITY, 116 Grote St., Adelaide. There is a dinner option before the show. See the menu below:

Take Five Menu
take Five before the show at the venue: Diverse-City
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Phone: 0431 849 323
Where: Diverse-City, 116 Grote St Adelaide, SA, 5000
Cost: $44/39
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