One day short of his 92nd birthday, jazz innovator, pianist and composer Dave Brubeck passed away yesterday, December 5. He is known to most for his collaborations with jazz greats like Paul Desmond, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis to name a few; however, he influenced many other musical genres from folk to classical. Here is a playlist of songs from some of the many Brubeck CD’s available at the Central Library.


We crossed the Rhine/ Private Brubeck Remembers

In early 2004, Dave Brubeck reminisced about his days as a soldier during World War II for this two-CD set, playing solo piano interpretations of songs from that era. Brubeck, then recently married and promptly drafted after graduating from the College of the Pacific, almost ended up in combat before getting an opportunity to play with an army band, which caused a music-loving colonel to install the young private as director of…

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