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December 5, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Dave Brubeck, the jazz pianist, composer and bandleader behind the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet, has died at age 91. The death of Brubeck, whose quartet performed “Take Five,” which became a jazz standard and the bestselling jazz single of all time, was confirmed Wednesday by the Associated Press. Brubeck would have turned 92 Thursday. According to the AP, Brubeck died of heart failure after being stricken while on the way to a cardiologist's  appointment in Connecticut.
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October 25, 2013
A four-day festival of concerts, rare film screenings and panel discussions, "Jazz Themes from Hollywood" looks back at a golden age where jazz merged with the silver screen. Among the many offerings are a tribute to Dave Brubeck's "Dave Digs Disney," a tribute to Johnny Mandel and an evening of jazz-infused film noir led by the great Gerald Wilson, who will direct a take on Duke Ellington's "Anatomy of a Murder. " Prices vary; full schedule and ticket information available at (562) 200-5477 and http://www.lajazzinstitute.org .
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December 5, 2012 | By August Brown
The jazz artist Dave Brubeck died Wednesday at 91 , according to his manager, Russell Gloyd. He died of cardiac arrest one day short of his 92nd birthday in Norwalk, Conn. The pianist and arranger, born in Concord, Calif., was one of jazz's first pop stars, the musician who with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond and their Dave Brubeck Quartet introduced Desmond's canonical "Take Five," whose melodic style and unconventional time signature embodied a blend of the accessible and the progressive.
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June 14, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Sam Most, considered the first modern jazz flutist, had some unusual talents, one of which was the ability to hum and play notes at the same time. A number of flutists have said he was the first to combine humming and playing, a style that was later made famous in jazz by Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Yusef Lateef and in rock by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson. "I was living in an apartment in New York in the early '50s, and I couldn't make a lot of noise late at night," Most, 82, who died Thursday in Woodland Hills after a brief bout with cancer, told The Times in 1998.
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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.
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December 5, 2012 | By Chris Barton
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.
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December 6, 2012 | By Joe Flint
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.
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December 5, 2010 | By Gene Seymour, Special to the Los Angeles Times
? 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.
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September 21, 1990 | OWEN MCNALLY, HARTFORD COURANT
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.
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September 18, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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March 1, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
The lineup for the 35th annual Playboy Jazz Festival has been announced, and in addition to the weekend-long concert's signature mix of jazz, funk and R&B, the festival also revealed that comic and former late-night host George Lopez will take over for longtime host Bill Cosby this year. Cosby had served as master of ceremonies at the festival since 1979, and last year the comedy legend stepped down after becoming as much a part of the show's fabric as the Hollywood Bowl, parasols and picnic baskets.
OPINION
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.
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December 7, 2012
Re "L.A.'s retro line," Dec. 5 The rebuilding of a streetcar line in downtown Los Angeles is the type of old-school solution that will help remake the area into a modern city. While some of the streetcar critics' arguments have merit, there is no chance people will park their cars and choose public transportation if there is not a convenient alternative. The streetcar line would provide that option. Matthew Chebatoris Los Angeles This is a terrible idea.
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December 7, 2012
Re "Let the taxi app roll," Opinion, Dec. 4 Jonah Goldberg perpetuates the myth pushed by Uber, a car service customers can hail using their smartphones, that our laws may be selectively enforced. It is Uber, not the apps that compete against it, that has been ticketed by authorities for violations of public safety regulations. It is Uber that is being sued by cities, individual drivers and other transportation companies. Uber provides what amounts to a taxicab service at a rate up to 60% above the regulated fare.
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December 6, 2012 | Don Heckman
In the strait-laced Eisenhower 1950s, Dave Brubeck seemed, on one hand, deeply conventional. He didn't drink, smoke or take drugs. He favored expressions like "baloney!" and "you bet" over ruder alternatives. He had a prodigious work ethic that had been ground into him by his cowboy father on the family's California cattle ranch. But rebellion was in Brubeck's soul. Schooled in piano by his musically gifted mother, he became a jazzman -- outwardly square but quintessentially cool -- whose genius at marrying spontaneity and unorthodox rhythms with classical forms became an enduring legacy.
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December 6, 2012 | By Joe Flint
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.
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September 18, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Faced with the need to either cancel several engagements in the Southland or perform them with a completely new ensemble, Dave Brubeck not surprisingly took the more adventurous course. On Sunday afternoon, at Pepperdine's Smothers Theatre, he led an ad-hoc quartet consisting of his son, Danny Brubeck, on drums; Andy Suzuki on saxophone; and Robert Hurst on bass in a performance that was clearly as inspiring for Brubeck as it was for the jam-packed crowd.
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December 5, 2012 | By August Brown
The jazz artist Dave Brubeck died Wednesday at 91 , according to his manager, Russell Gloyd. He died of cardiac arrest one day short of his 92nd birthday in Norwalk, Conn. The pianist and arranger, born in Concord, Calif., was one of jazz's first pop stars, the musician who with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond and their Dave Brubeck Quartet introduced Desmond's canonical "Take Five," whose melodic style and unconventional time signature embodied a blend of the accessible and the progressive.
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December 5, 2012 | By Gene Seymour, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Two years before Dave Brubeck died, the Los Angeles Times published an interview with the great jazzman on the occasion of his 90th birthday. With Brubeck's death at 92, we share our visit to his home in this profile from Dec. 5, 2010. WILTON, Conn -- 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.
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