American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Brubeck, David Warren Known as "Dave.” Born 1920. American jazz pianist and composer considered to be one of the foremost exponents of progressive jazz.
“Although 'Take Five' by Brubeck is my major inspiration when when the words won't come together.”
“And his name is still listed in the local musician's union guide - once a woman (seeking a wedding pianist) called him and began describing what she wanted ... until suddenly the name "Brubeck" registered in her mind and she apologized profusely for what she was sure was an insult to Dave and hung up.”
“On 8 November 1954, pianist and composer Dave Brubeck became only the second jazz musician after Louis Armstrong to make the cover of the revered Time magazine, despite the music having flourished for nearly four decades.”
“Brubeck would soon create one of jazz's biggest hits with the catchy Take Five, but his quartet was already a big draw on the college circuit for an innovative style using bebop, and featuring a quietly dazzling saxophone improviser in Paul Desmond.”
“To demonstrate the compatibility of the classic jazz standards and the Great American songbook, he alternates between the two, displaying a preference for pianist-composers (Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea) on the former and Cole Porter and Jerome Kern (with two numbers each) on the latter.”
“It goes back further than second-generation rock groups; Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck wrote songs referencing Duke Ellington.”
“To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the world-famous Blue Note, the jazz club is presenting the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival throughout the rest of June, featuring performances by artists like Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner and Nancy Wilson who have been integral to the club's history.”
“I went on to promote some Brubeck concerts in Carnegie Hall, then publicized many musical clients (Peter, Paul & Mary, Newport Folk Festival, Paul Anka, etc) and later produced a movie about Billie Holiday, whom I had met backstage in Newport, when she told me (in that inimitable, husky, fuzzy voice) that a guy named William Dufty (who was living at the time with Gloria Swanson) had written a fanciful story about her life.”
“MR: I'm a big fan of the song "Life In Eleven" on Rocket Science, and in some ways, it reminds me of Dave Brubeck.”
“She alternates between light and darkness, jazz and rock evergreens from Dave Brubeck to "Drift Away" and "White Rabbit", and between brilliantly snappy, hard swingers and mournful moods that make the slow blues seem cheerful by comparison.”
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