December 7, 2012
Re "Pianist pushed jazz boundaries," Obituary, Dec. 6 Dave Brubeck's passing reminds me of the passing of jazz as a form of music where the listener appreciated the various instruments that created those exciting sounds. One remembers the jazz clubs in the Los Angeles area, like the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, packed with attentive fans, void of conversation, enraptured by the sounds of instrumental magic. Music seems to have reverted backward to a more primitive form of noise, where one screams and hollers and physically exhausts himself on stage.
December 5, 2012 |
When thinking about Dave Brubeck, you can't help but also consider time, and not just how much of it fans received from the prolific jazz pianist up to his death Wednesday at age 91. A titan of West Coast jazz, Brubeck was linked with California for much of his career. He was born in Concord, studied at what is now is the University of the Pacific in Stockton and recorded for Berkeley-based Fantasy Records, which helped forge the Bay Area's sound in the '50s. But regardless of where a listener was based, the Dave Brubeck catalog was an inevitable destination.
December 6, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out why I have no desire to see "The Hobbit. " The Skinny: Was it a "Modern Family" rerun Wednesday night or did my DVR fail me? Someone let me know, please. Thursday's headlines include a look at the Grammy nominations, questions about the future of pay cable channel Starz and an appreciation of Dave Brubeck. Daily Dose: Today we dip into some Page Six-style news. Company Town Editor Claudia Eller was at Barney's on Wednesday on the elevator when she noticed that the couple riding with her looked familiar.
December 5, 2010 |
? Most people who have never lived in Connecticut imagine that the whole state is exactly like Wilton. It's not, but driving toward the town where Dave Brubeck lives, you understand why this dream never dies, especially in late autumn when every tree seems almost mythic in its chromatic display and every pitch and roll of the rural, straight-from-the-calendar-page landscape yields views that can either fill your heart or break it gently. You can easily love this area of the world in the same unfettered way the whole world seems to love Dave Brubeck.
September 21, 1990 |
Almost 19 months after triple-bypass heart surgery, and just a few months shy of his 70th birthday, jazz great Dave Brubeck is still thriving on the fast-paced tempo of life on the road. "I've been jumping all over the world--Turkey, Finland, Italy, Spain, Andorra, the Netherlands, England, France, California, Canada," the pianist and composer said in a telephone interview from his home in Wilton, Conn.
September 18, 1992 |
Unlike many players his age, Dave Brubeck loves to get out and tour. "It's like a vacation," the 71-year-old pianist-composer said with glee during a phone call from his home in Connecticut. Brubeck and his quartet--Bill Smith, clarinet; Randy Jones, bass; and Jack Six, drums--play next Thursday at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. "My work is so hard at home," Brubeck went on. "I'm always writing. I've got so many commissions ahead of me.