Tag: Dave Brubeck

Defiance: Reviewing Ken Burns’s JAZZ Episode VII

Previous episodes of Ken Burns’s JAZZ showed how jazz symbolized hope, relief, or escape for Americans during the Great Depression, but the seventh episode, “Dedicated to Chaos” shows jazz as a symbol of something else during the Second World War: defiance. This is one episode that is self-contained enough and good enough that I recommend…
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Ken Burns’s Jazz Part V

Episode five of Ken Burns’s JAZZ touches on many of the themes of the previous episode, with reminders that are particularly resonant right now: music brings people together and uplifts the spirit. Whether it was dancing to a swinging big band, or dreaming to a blues melody, Americans during the Great Depression found comfort in…
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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…
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