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Dave Brubeck, American Jazz Legend Dies At Age 91

Even though you may not be a jazz music fan, the name Dave Brubeck is one is known around the world. In fact, Brubeck introduced his contemporary style jazz music to college audiences throughout the country during the past forty years. Dave Brubeck died today at age 91. I love all types of music and have a few of Dave Brubeck’s albums on my iPod.

According to the Huffington Post:

“Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as “Take Five” caught listeners’ ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91.

Brubeck died Wednesday morning of heart failure after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son Darius, said his manager Russell Gloyd. Brubeck would have turned 92 on Thursday.

Brubeck had a career that spanned almost all American jazz since World War II. He formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 and was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine – on Nov. 8, 1954 – and he helped define the swinging, smoky rhythms of 1950s and `60s club jazz.”

Here’s a video performance by Dave Brubeck of his most memorable hit, “Take Five”.

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