Dave Brubeck Tribute

Bringing world rhythms to jazz




President Barack Obama "You can't understand America without understanding jazz - and you can't understand jazz, without understanding Dave Brubeck."


Peter Roothaan - saxophones - Leandro Lopez Varady - piano

Rafe Bradford - bass - Lanny Grilly - drums

Russell Gloyd - commentary      



Russell Gloyd  - Manager, Producer, and Conductor for Dave Brubeck

from 1976 through the rest of Brubeck's career.


He has conducted many symphonic and choral appearances of the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the United States and around the world, including The London Symphony Orchestra and The Russian National Orchestra, to name a few.


As a Producer, he has worked with several major record labels and has producted the soundtracks for feature films, as well as many television productions.


We are excited to have Mr. Gloyd joining our performances. His experiences with Brubeck are treasured ones and they will be greatly enjoyed by Brubeck’s and all jazz fans."


Lanny Grilly



 Lanny has a long history in Jazz, but The Tribute To Dave Brubeck has been a dream project for many years.


Lanny has headed various groups over the years (The Grilly Brothers/Jeff Kier) and has performed with Willie Pickens, Mose Allison, Chuck Webb, Judy Roberts, Laury Shelly, Kim Marte1l, Michael Arnopol, Nick Drozdoff, Fareed Haque, Henry Johnson, Robert Goulet, and many others.


Additionally, He's played at numerous Jazz Festivals, and venues throughout the country from San Francisco to Las Vegas to New York and internationally in Rome, Paris, Tel Aviv, Negril Jamaica, Havana Cuba, and Amsterdam.




Peter Roothaan

Sax/Music Director


Saxophonist Peter Roothaan has performed with such jazz luminaries as singer Nancy Wilson, saxophone greats James Moody, David “Fathead” Newman, Bennie Golson, Jimmy Heath, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, organist Chris Foreman, guitarist Henry Johnson, and many others. He has appeared nationwide a at major jazz festivals and nationally recognized jazz clubs. He has also performed at Ravinia, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and Chicago’s Symphony Center.


In addition to performing, Mr. Roothaan maintains a teaching studio where he teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piano, focusing on both instrumental technique and joyful self-expression through music composition and improvisation



Leandro Lopez Varady - Pianist

 Leandro was a famed pianist in Argentina- since emigrating to Chicago, he has been in demand in the jazz & theater circles in Chicago. Most notably, The Chicago Jazz Philarmonic, and currently the musical director of Looking Glass Theater productions


Leandro has performed at festivals

around the world including The

Chicago Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Fest, Made In Chicago Festival in Poland, The Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba, and The Jazz Y Pop Festival

in Buenos Aires.

CJP Profile: Leandro Lopez Varady from Mai-Tech Interactive on Vimeo.



Rafe Bradford



Famed bassist Rafe Bradford is an industry veteran who has performed with such notables as Nancy Wilson, Mc Coy Tyner, Stanley Turrentine, and Aretha Franklin…just to name a few. 

Also, Rafe is top recording producer and session player, whose versatility has made Rafe the on-call bassist for commercials, such as, McDonald's, Golden Grahams, Crest, and even "Oprah !"

Rafe is also an endorser for Nordstrom  Studio Basses.