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Dave Brubeck’s birthday
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December 6, 1920, Concord, California – December 5, 2012
David Warren „Dave” Brubeck was a popular American jazz pianist and composer, who brought elements of classical music into jazz and whose style epitomized that of the West Coast movement.
He worked as a pianist with local jazz groups from 1933 and studied music at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he formed and led a 12-piece orchestra.
He formed the Dave Brubeck Octet (1946), next led a trio that proved popular in the San Francisco area, but disbanded it in 1951. In late 1951 Brubeck reformed the trio, which soon became a quartet. Within several months they attained a measure of national fame, largely by word of mouth among West Coast critics who championed the group’s innovations.
Brubeck became one of the first jazz musicians to regularly tour and conduct seminars at college campuses; several albums recorded at college concerts—such as Jazz at Oberlin (1953), Jazz at the College of the Pacific (1953), Jazz Goes to College (1954), and Jazz Goes to Junior College (1957)—are among Brubeck’s most highly regarded. For much of the decade, Brubeck and Desmond remained the only constants in the group; permanent members Joe Morello (drums) and Eugene Wright (bass) joined in 1956 and ’58, respectively.
Brubeck’s style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother’s attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – St. Louis Blues Carnegie Hall, 1963
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