- Published: Wednesday, December 05 2012 23:33
- Written by Bluebird
Take 5 for everyone's friend in jazz, Dave Bruebeck.
Composer, pianist, Dave Brubeck, has been designated by the Library of Congress as a 'living legend.' Known for decades as a jazz and classical musician, his work was always fresh and contemporary, using techniques such as "odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality." Mr. Brubeck grew up in California and took piano lessons from age 4-12, until his father moved the family to a cattle ranch. He then stopped formal lessons and helped his father on the ranch, later enrolling in veterinary medicine, with plans to return to the business. He worked his way through school playing jazz in night clubs, changing his college major to music. In 1942, his rich experiences in music were given even more depth, starting a multi-racial band in Europe, through his travels in the Army. When returning, he enrolled in Mills College and studied with French Composer, Darius Milhaud, who encouraged him to pursue a career in jazz.