Pioneering Jazz Composer, Pianist And UOP Grad Dave Brubeck Dies At 91

CBS Sacramento

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STOCKTON (CBS13/AP) – Pioneering jazz musician and University of Pacific graduate Dave Brubeck died Wednesday, one day shy of his 92nd birthday.

Russell Gloyd, Brubeck’s manager, said Brubeck died Wednesday morning of heart failure after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son in Hartford, Conn.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s pieces such as “Take Five” caught listeners’ ears with exotic, challenging rhythms and became enduring standards.

In 1954 he was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine.

The quartet’s 1959 album “Time Out” was the first ever million-selling jazz LP. “Take Five,” a cut from that album by saxophonist Paul Desmond, became the group’s signature theme.

Brubeck graduated from Pacific in 1942. In 2000, the university established The Brubeck Institute to honor Brubeck and his wife, Iola. According to the institute’s website, its…

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