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Dave Brubeck (Uncredited)

Dave Brubeck

(Pianist and composer; born December 6, 1920 in Concord, California; died December 5, 2012 in Norwalk, Connecticut)Jazz, like the country of its birth, is forever a dazzling work in progress. The genius of that progress for more than six decades, improvisations, reinventions and all, is embodied in Dave Brubeck’s music. He helped ease jazz into the mainstream, married spontaneity with classical rigor, made unlikely time signatures irresistible, and he made very serious music swing. From the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s worldwide success in the 1950s and ‘60s, right through the jazz opera Cannery Row Suite he created with his wife Iola Brubeck at the 2006 Monterey Jazz Festival, and Brubeck’s piano solo prowess at the 2008 San Francisco Jazz Festival, the man continues to surprise. He has set to music the words of the Old Testament and of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A people made success

Dave Brubeck tells the story of how the album Time Out came to be released and the record label’s initial reaction to the platinum selling album.

An "easy laugh"

Brubeck recounts the story about a piece of music he wrote for an “easy laugh” but was the musician’s effort to make a statement about segregation.

A musical education in the Capital

Billy Taylor describes the jazz scene in Washington D.C. and his trips to the Howard Theater as a teenager.

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