Dave Brubeck

For a period in the late 1950s and early '60s, piano legend Dave Brubeck was perhaps the most famous jazz musician in the world, playing sold-out concerts around the globe, selling over a million copies of his landmark ... Read more »
Born: 12/06/1920 in Concord, California, USA

Filmography

Music (15)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

("Unsquare Dance") (Song)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

("Maria") (Song Performer)

The Blind Side 2009 (Movie)

("Unsquare Dance") (Song)

Inland Empire 2006 (Movie)

("Three To Get Ready And Four To Go") (Song)

Wedding Crashers 2005 (Movie)

("Blue Rondo A La Turk") (Song)

You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Moscow Nights 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

This Is America, Charlie Brown! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

A La Turk 1988 (Movie)

("Blue Rondo a la Turk") (Music)

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

("I Remember You") (Performer)

Ordeal By Innocence 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Police Academy 1984 (Movie)

(Song)

Police Academy 1984 (Movie)

("Crazy Chris") (Song Performer)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976 (Movie)

songs("Three to Get Ready" "Blue Rondo a la Turk") (Song)
Actor (12)

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Rediscovering Dave Brubeck 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Piano Grand! A Smithsonian Celebration 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

Moscow Nights 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

All Night Long 1963 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Other (2)

Moscow Nights 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Other

Ordeal By Innocence 1985 (Movie)

pianist (Other)

Biography

For a period in the late 1950s and early '60s, piano legend Dave Brubeck was perhaps the most famous jazz musician in the world, playing sold-out concerts around the globe, selling over a million copies of his landmark album <i>Time Out</i> and even scoring a Top 40 single with his signature song "Take Five. " Born in Concord, CA, Brubeck grew up in a musical family and began playing the piano at a young age. He began his musical career in earnest while in the Army during World War II, forming one of the first racially integrated bands in the U.S. Armed Forces. After signing with the small San Francisco indie Fantasy Records, Brubeck formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet, featuring his longtime musical partner Paul Desmond on alto saxophone. One of the key groups in the formation of the west coast cool jazz scene, the Brubeck Quartet was particularly popular on college campuses, so much so that their 1954 debut for Columbia Records was called <i>Jazz Goes To College</i>. Brubeck's mainstream appeal was such that he was featured on the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine the same year. In 1958 the Dave Brubeck Quartet toured the Middle East and India on a tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department, where Brubeck found the unusual time signatures of local musicians inspiring. 1959's <i>Time Out</i>, which featured the Desmond-penned "Take Five" and Brubeck's own "Blue Rondo a la Turk," was the result; it quickly became one of the most beloved jazz records of all time. Even after the breakup of the quartet in 1967, Brubeck continued an active touring and recording schedule. He also maintained his self-appointed role as a worldwide ambassador of jazz, performing at the White House in 1964 and in the Soviet Union in 1987, where his band performed at the Moscow summit meeting between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. Dave Brubeck died December 5, 2012, at the age of 91.

EDUCATION

College of the Pacific

1940 - 1942

Mills College

1946

Milestones

1959

Time Out

1954

Jazz Goes To College

1951

Created the Dave Brubeck Quartet

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