Remembering Brubeck: A Twitter slideshow

Fans celebrate the life of legendary jazz pianist


Remembering Dave Brubeck

Here are just some of the ways the life of jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck is being celebrated:

Storified by Maclean’s Magazine · Wed, Dec 05 2012 20:47:07

Pioneering jazz pianist Dave #Brubeck’s obituary: http://bbc.in/TFEcrz Photo from 1964: http://pic.twitter.com/NAC9T044BBC Breaking News
David Brubeck, the jazz pianist, has passed… Sad to be losing such brilliants when it comes to music. http://pic.twitter.com/3azJ34wWRegan Pulaski
Taking some TIME to remember & listen to some Brubeck! Come down to @MidfieldWineBar I need a hand flipping the vinyl http://pic.twitter.com/REbP8iJTChristopher Sealy
#Brubeck http://pic.twitter.com/zOFiYVOqJohn M Peragine
#Brubeck http://pic.twitter.com/pWdLp8tWJohn M Peragine
#Brubeck http://pic.twitter.com/wz1BeY2WJohn M Peragine
#Brubeck http://pic.twitter.com/g2rn5c64John M Peragine
#Brubeck http://pic.twitter.com/UnH9V3F4John M Peragine
‘Like someone in love’ Brubeck Desmond Wright Morello http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_5OweKNqCg http://twitpic.com/bjg7dpPieter Bloemendaal
I’m glad so many people said the name Dave Brubeck today. http://twitpic.com/bjfpdxNathan Veshecco
DAVE BRUBECK R.I.P #jazz #innovator #1954 #records #cratedigging #instavinyl by digg83. http://pic.twitter.com/BzeU9u75instavinyl
▶◀ Rest In Peace… Dave Brubeck (데이브 브루벡) http://yfrog.com/nufzcxpjSonyMusic K-POP
Dave Brubeck and his wife Iola, circa 1995: http://wapo.st/XqQ8Qk http://pic.twitter.com/U1S3iNm7The Washington Post
Dave Brubeck ): http://pic.twitter.com/uMCBHMvvDee Jay Dumadag
RT @ThatEricAlper: Fact: Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out” became the 1st platinum-certified jazz album. Even before, he made the cover of Time: http://pic.twitter.com/mEhhbXcmNeil McPherson
Rest in eternal peace, Dave Brubeck. Master of #Jazz, Social Reformer. http://tiny.cc/v9mvow http://tiny.cc/u0nvow http://pic.twitter.com/W60qpfjoAndie Parrish ✌
RIP Dave Brubeck! http://pic.twitter.com/VKjwT97WPaula Edmonds
Poster of Dave Brubeck we got from his daughter at Newport Jazz Fest 2010. RIP, Dave. Thank you so much. http://twitpic.com/bjfz3xM
RT @MuammerTunman: #cazhareketi 1958 Dave Brubeck Konseri Saray Sineması http://pic.twitter.com/twVeZFvWalidur
RT @stevesmithdrums: Here are the alternating Flammed 9 rhythms to Blue Rondo ala Turk written out. Play and think of Brubeck and Morello. http://pic.twitter.com/xZFR5A46Roller Trio

On Wednesday morning, en route to see his cardiologist with his son, jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck died of heart failure, according to his manager-producer.

He died in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was just one day shy of his 92nd birthday. “Pianist Dave Brubeck’s gift for timing endures,” wrote Chris Barton of the LA Times.

An international jazz legend, Brubeck gained mainstream popularity with the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the 1950s and 1960s. Time Out, the album containing the quintessential track Take Five, is ranked among the best – and best-selling – jazz albums of all time.

Brubeck dedicated his musical career to experimenting with rhythm and tone. When he ended the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the late 1960s, he composed music that took inspiration from the bible. He wrote for TV and films and later formed a band with three of his sons.

On Dec. 20, 2011, he wrote to his fans:

“I celebrated my 91st birthday just two weeks ago today. As Eubie Blake remarked on his 100th birthday, “If I’d known I was gonna live this long I would have taken better care of myself.” Although I have retired from touring, I’m still at the piano every day and am thinking about doing another solo piano album of wonderful old tunes that most people have forgotten. It seems I’m about the only one left who still remembers them.”

He continued:

“I am so grateful to all of you who have followed my music through the years and surprised and happy when young listeners tell me they have discovered and like my music. I hope this will lead them to explore more of the great jazz legacy.”

Brubeck leaves behind his wife, Iola, six children, and an extensive discography.




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Remembering Brubeck: A Twitter slideshow

  1. An iconic jazz musician and a classy human being who fought against racism as a musician touring with his integrated combo in the 50s. He refused to stay in any hotel that wouldn’t accommodate his black comrades.

    R.I.P. Dave Brubeck.

  2. A long and good life. Owed a lot to a very solid rythym section and
    the stellar fronts of Paul Desmond and, later, Gerry Mulligan to drive
    his sound.

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