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Remembering Dave Brubeck

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, December 6, 2012

Brubeck Family Statement:

Our much loved and revered father, Dave Brubeck died of cardiac arrest today, December 5, 2012, one day before his 92nd birthday. He died peacefully with family present. The news spread before we even left Norwalk Hospital and our family is deeply appreciative of the phone calls, messages of condolence and continuing tributes in the media and those received personally, certainly a reflection back to us of Dave's powerful and positive impact on the world. He specialized in long relationships; married to our mother for 70 years, had few changes of personnel in his outstanding quartets or in professional management and many of his fans became personal friends he knew for decades. We thank you all for your appreciation of him and the respect you have shown our family.

-Darius, Chris, Dan, Catherine and Matthew Brubeck

You can share your thoughts about Dave here

Listen to a 1999 episode of Fresh Air featuring an interview with Dave Brubeck.

Listen to NPR's remembrance of Dave Brubeck from Wednesday's All Things Considered.

Here is another remembrance produced by NPR which aired during Thursday's Morning Edition.
You can also listen to  Thursday's Insight segment guest hosted by Rick Kushman and featuring excerpts from conversations between CapRadio's Paul Conley and Dave Brubeck over the years that touch on Dave's deep committment to family and to his native northern California.
And here is a short excerpt from a 2008 interview where Dave talks about why he stayed so connected to this region many decades after he moved to the east coast.
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Paul Conley, Dave Brubeck, Gary G. Vercelli, Erica Taylor at a reception following a performance by the Brubeck Quartet in Sacramento, circa 2005
brubeck-time-magHere's what Simon Rowe, Director of the Brubeck Institute at Dave Brubeck's alma mater, University of the Pacific, in Stockton said on Wednesday's Insight:

"Dave was one of those rare beings who was able to meld high art with purpose and citizenship. He was able to go cross genre with a lot of his work melding jazz and classical genres, dance genres. And then he was also a champion of civil rights and cultural diplomacy."

Brubeck was born in Concord, grew up in Ione and attended college in Stockton at UOP.

He was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine in 1954. 

Read the full Associated Press obituary here


NPR Two-Way Blog: Legendary Jazz Musician Dave Brubeck Dies

NPR Music: A Blog Supreme: Dave Brubeck, Beyond 'Take Five'

The Capital Public Radio JazzStream is replaying a Dave Brubeck playlist from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.


The Brubeck Institute

Dave Brubeck Stories From the Capital Public Radio Archives:

take-five-coverApril 3, 2009: American Icons: Dave Brubeck on Ansel Adams

June 19, 2009: Sound Advice: Time Out 50th Anniversary Re-issue

Dec. 17, 2008 - Brubeck Enters California Hall of Fame

Dec. 6, 2010: Insight Segment Featuring Dave Brubeck's 90th Birthday

April 5, 2005: Brubeck Festival Celebrates Creativity and Composition

April 7, 2010 - A decade after they donated their personal archive to their alma mater, University of the Pacific, Dave and Iola Brubeck reflect on the creation of the Brubeck Institute.
Here are some wonderful photographs of Dave and Iola Brubeck from an SFGate.com feature story.

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