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Time Out for Dave Brubeck

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Photo: The Dave Brubeck Collection, Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Libraries

The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s recording of saxophonist Paul Desmond’s signature tune “Take Five” is one of the best known jazz compositions – even if you don’t know the name of it, you’ve heard it, anywhere from your local coffee shop to The Sopranos. Brubeck was the recipient of  a Living Legend Award in 2003. Wish a happy belated birthday to Dave Brubeck, born December 6, 1920, with video of the Brubeck Quartet’s 2003 concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, presented here in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia.

Brubeck’s early career includes a stint in the Army, where  he led an ensemble called the Wolf Pack Band during World War II.  Listen to Walter Cronkite interview Brubeck about his service in the Veteran’s History Project.

Don’t miss recent jazz related video on the Library of Congress’s YouTube channel, including a performance by the Uri Caine Trio , and interviews Larry Appelbaum conducted with Uri Caine,  Henry Butler and Jim Hall.

Finally, enjoy this interview with Brubeck conducted by Reference Specialist Larry Appelbaum in 2008:

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