"Senator" Eugene Wright with Dave BrubeckPhoto by Lonnie Wilson, courtesy of the Brubeck Collection, Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.

Bassist Eugene Wright, the last living member of Dave Brubeck's Classic Quartet that recorded the landmark album "Time Out," will visit Pacific Oct. 16-18

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Renowned Jazz Bassist “Senator” Eugene Wright to Visit Pacific

Wright is the last living member of the Classic Dave Brubeck Quartet
Oct 10, 2013

University of the Pacific will be privileged to receive a visit by "Senator" Eugene Wright, renowned jazz bassist and the last living member of the Classic Dave Brubeck Quartet, from Oct. 16-18. While at Pacific, he will tour the Brubeck Collection, observe activities of the Brubeck Institute and the Conservatory of Music, interact with students and faculty members and participate in interviews.

Members of the public and the University community will also have an opportunity to hear from Senator Wright about his career, including his time in the Dave Brubeck Quartet, during the panel discussion "Life and Times of Senator Eugene Wright." The panel will also include Brubeck Institute Director Simon Rowe, Pacific professors Patrick Langham and Keith Hatschek, and University Archivist Michael Wurtz. The free event will be held in the Conservatory Recital Hall from 11 am to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Known as the Senator among fellow musicians, Wright is best known for his work as a member of The Dave Brubeck Quartet, in particular on the group's most famous album "Time Out" (1959), which included drummer Joe Morello and saxophonist Paul Desmond.

Born in Chicago in 1923, Wright studied cornet in school and taught himself string bass. Prior to playing with Brubeck, Wright performed with the Lonnie Simmons group and led his own band, the Dukes of Swing.

In addition to Brubeck, Wright has played with many jazz stars, including Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and dozens of others. Wright worked in television studios and did film soundtrack work as well as played in clubs during the '70s. He also served as head of the advisory board in the jazz division of the International Society of Bassists and head of the University of Cincinnati's jazz department.