RIP: Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012

Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck at Skidmore College, June, 2011

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Legendary American music composer, pianist, bandleader and all-time jazz great Dave Brubeck has died of heart failure. He would celebrated his 92nd birthday on Thursday (December 6).

With massive musical career that spanned more than 60 years, Brubeck landed his biggest success with the 1959 album, “Time Out,” which featured the classic “Take Five,” the first million-selling jazz single.

Brubeck – who considered himself to be “a composer who plays the piano” – was a frequent performer in the Capital Region, regularly playing concerts at such venues as the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the College of Saint Rose.

His most recent Local 518 performance was in June of 2011 when he appeared as a special surprise guest, playing with his son Chris Brubeck and his band Triple Play at Skidmore College. The concert was recorded and released as Live at the Arthur Zankel Music Center.

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