Dave Brubeck

Biography

Born: December 6, 1920; Concord, CA   Died: December 5, 2012; Norwalk, CT  
Dave Brubeck was one of today's most famous prolific jazz composers and pianists, known worldwide for such pieces as Take Five (written by saxophonist Paul Desmond) and his own compositions In Your Own Sweet Way and Blue Rondo à la Turk. He and the Dave Brubeck Quartet are largely credited with the post-World War II jazz revival as part of the school known as West Coast jazz. The son of a piano teacher and a rancher, he had an early talent Read more for playing and improvising, but had originally planned to be a rancher. After briefly studying veterinary science, he eventually studied music at the College of the Pacific (and was almost not allowed to graduate because he couldn't read music) and, after military service during the war, at Mills College with Darius Milhaud, who further encouraged his interest in jazz. He formed the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 with Bob Bates, Joe Dodge, and Desmond, and they released their first album, Jazz at Oberlin, in 1953. Their next album, Jazz Goes to College, was released the next year and sold over 100,000 copies, propelling the quartet and Brubeck to fame. His works became known for their musical sophistication and experimentation, particularly in using unusual time signatures and often combining classical elements with jazz while remaining popular with a mainstream audience as well as jazz and classical aficionados. In 1959, the quartet (with only Brubeck and Desmond of the original four) released its most famous album, Time Out, and Take Five became the first jazz piece to sell more than one million copies. In 1960, Brubeck wrote his first ballet, Points on Jazz, and the next year, a musical-like composition, The Real Ambassadors, which premiered with Louis Armstrong at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival. In 1967, Brubeck left the quartet to pursue other types of compositions, including ballets, operas, cantatas, songs, and a Mass, but continued to perform jazz in guest appearances with other groups. Through the Brubeck Institute, he supported young jazz musicians through scholarships and establishing jazz outreach programs in schools. His sons Matthew, Chris, Darius, and Dan, are also jazz musicians who frequently performed with their father. Read less
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  • 1.
    John Salmon Plays Brubeck
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1482 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dave and Chris Brubeck,  Dave Brubeck,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  John Salmon
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    Blanc / Angele Dubeau, La Pieta
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28737 Release Date: 03/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Garry Schyman,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Adrian Munsey,  Marjan Mozetich  ... 
    Performer:  Angèle Dubeau
    Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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    New World Quartets
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10801 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Aaron Copland,  Samuel Barber,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
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    American Masterpieces For Piano Duo
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1427 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Bolcom,  Dave Brubeck,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Jennifer Robinson,  Bradley Robinson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wang-Rodgers Piano Duo
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    Recital / Nigel Kennedy
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544727 Release Date: 05/07/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fats Waller,  Dave Brubeck,  Ze Gomez,  Nigel Kennedy  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
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    Brubeck & American Poets / Pacific Mozart Ensemble [CD & Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92160 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dave Brubeck
    Conductor:  Lynne Morrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Mozart Ensemble
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    It Don’t Mean A Thing / Marin Alsop, String Fever
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572834 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Cole Porter,  Horace Silver,  Dave Brubeck  ... 
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  String Fever
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    Moods
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 96079 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Federico Mompou,  Jules Massenet,  John Duarte,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Louise Bessette,  James Ehnes,  Rémi Boucher,  Louise-Andrée Baril  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Gilbert Patenaude,  George Hanson,  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta,  Ensemble Caprice
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    13 Ways Of Looking At The Goldberg: Bach Reimagined
    Label: Tritone Records   Catalog: 59140 Release Date: 09/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fred Lerdahl,  Jennifer Higdon,  Bright Sheng,  Derek Bermel  ... 
    Performer:  Lara Downes
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    More Bizarre Or Barock / Elizabeth Anderson
    Label: Move   Catalog: 3326 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franzpeter Goebels,  Andrew Koll,  Alec Templeton,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Elizabeth Anderson,  Ariel Valent,  Rosie Westbrook,  Ron Nagorcka
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    Noel / Angele Dubeau, La Pieta
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28730 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Armas Maasalo,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Albert Périlhou,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Angèle Dubeau
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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    Christmas At America's First Cathedral
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49277 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Eleanor Daley,  Grant McLachlan,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Leslie Starr,  Jane Marvine,  Anita Thesen,  Sara Nichols  ... 
    Conductor:  Tom Hall
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    Organ Majestic!
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 5034 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tylman Susato,  Guy Morançon,  Henry Purcell,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Rupert Gough
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    Project Trio
    Label: Project Trio   Catalog: 28884 Release Date: 02/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  The Trio Project,  Dave Brubeck,  Axl Rose / J. Isbell / S.
    Performer:  Mike Gurarie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Project Trio
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    Brubeck: Songs Of Praise - Sacred Choral Works / Pacific Mozart Ensemble
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92101 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dave Brubeck
    Performer:  Dave Brubeck,  Victor Floyd,  Tanya Stum,  Kymry Esainko
    Conductor:  Lynne Morrow,  Richard Grant
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    Roby Lakatos With Musical Friends
    Label: Avanti Classic   Catalog: 10302 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dave Brubeck,  Randy Brecker,  Marc Fosset,  Roby Lakatos  ... 
    Performer:  Roby Lakatos,  Stéphane Grappelli,  Randy Brecker,  Marc Fosset  ... 
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    Blue Rondo / Steffens, International Connection, Et Al
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7047 Release Date: 06/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thad Jones,  Francis Poulenc,  Charlie Parker,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Steffens,  David Gazarov,  Martin Zehn,  Keith Copeland  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl-Heinz Steffens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Connection
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    Brubeck, Hanna, Hyman: Jazz Sonatas
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55061 Release Date: 10/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roland Hanna,  Dick Hyman,  Dave Brubeck
    Performer:  Jesse Levy,  Roland Hanna,  Peter Gordon,  Gary Schocker  ... 
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    Solo / Angèle Dubeau
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28740 Release Date: 06/19/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Ridout,  Bartolomeo Campagnoli,  Dave Brubeck,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Angèle Dubeau,  Blair Williams,  Pierre Lebeau
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    Angèle Dubeau - Solo
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28741 Release Date: 05/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bartolomeo Campagnoli,  Dave Brubeck,  Astor Piazzolla,  Srul Irving Glick  ... 
    Performer:  Angèle Dubeau,  Pierre Lebeau,  Blair Williams
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    Milken Archive - Deluxe 50 CD Boxed Set
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Joseph Rumshinsky,  David Schiff,  Raymond Goldstein,  Hugo Chaim Adler  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Bloch,  Nell Snaidas,  Simon Spiro,  Zhou Jin  ... 
    Conductor:  Elli Jaffe,  Neil Levin,  Timothy Koch,  Rodney Winther  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Coro Hebraeico,  Carolina Chamber Chorale  ... 
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  • 22.
    American Classics - Brubeck: Nocturnes / John Salmon
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559301 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dave Brubeck
    Performer:  John Salmon
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    From Bach To Batik - Bach, Batik, Schubert / Batik
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28050 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  Roland Batik,  Dave Brubeck
    Performer:  Roland Batik
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    Cello, Celli! - Bach, Brubeck / Parisot, Yale Cellos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557816 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Dave Brubeck
    Conductor:  Aldo Parisot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Cellos
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  • 25.
    American Classics - Brubeck: Songs / De Hann, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559220 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dave Brubeck
    Performer:  John David De Haan,  Dave Brubeck,  Cliff Jackson,  Jane Giering-De Haan
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