A Sad Day in the Jazz Community
Yesterday, the world lost a jazz legend. Dave Brubeck passed away at the age of 91. Today would have been his 92nd birthday.
Brubeck was a pianist and composer whose style ran the gamut of jazz. He had a background in classical piano, but he had a talent for improvisation. He’s best known for his unusual time signatures such as the 5/4 time in “Take Five”, recorded in the 1950s. He also pioneered an all jazz radio station in the 60s, today’s WEZN.
Many of our fans are probably familiar with his jazz standards. However, a lesser known work that may be of interest is his quartet’s Jazz Impressions of Japan from 1964, “Koto Song” being the most popular song from the album.
He’ll be greatly missed by the jazz community. His work shaped American jazz as we know it.
Thanks for your note on Dave Brubeck’s passing on. What an incredible legacy he left the world. Always to be remembered, always to be missed. I think he’d urge us all to: “Jazz On!” re. all aspects of life.
Thanks to you, Yoko, your wonderful trio, American jazz artists and fans, and to the Japanese culture for embracing jazz in a manner that has sadly waned within our own American culture. Brubeck will surely be remembered alongside jazz icons who have left us, in body, mind and musical spirit, but live on, for eternity, in the hearts and souls of those of us who love jazz and the creative arts.