Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland

Jul 9, 2018

Pianist and composer Dave Brubeck (1920 – 2012) went beyond the constraints of traditional popular music with his emphasis on polytonality as well as improvised classical counterpoint. Brubeck’s career took off with the debut of the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951, and until his death at age 91, the visionary composer never slowed down. From “Take Five” to “In Your Own Sweet Way,” many of Brubeck’s compositions became part of the standard jazz repertoire. In this 1984 Piano Jazz, Brubeck talks about his encounter with Chopin in Poland and the resulting classical-jazz composition, “Thank You.”

Artist site: http://davebrubeck.com/

Live episode recorded in Washington, D.C. (1997): https://www.npr.org/2012/12/07/131972176/dave-brubeck-on-piano-jazz