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Dave Brubeck

Born: Dec 6, 1920

Death: Dec 5, 2012

Birthplace: Concord

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Dave Brubeck

Date of Birth : Dec 6, 1920
Date of Death : Dec 5, 2012
Birth Place : Concord

David Warren "Dave" Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke." Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities. His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck Quartet's best remembered piece, "Take Five", which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on one of the top-selling jazz albums, Time Out. Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording "Pick Up Sticks" in 6/4, "Unsquare Dance" in 7/4, "World's Fair" in 13/4, and "Blue Rondo a la Turk" in 9/8. He was also a respected composer of orchestral and sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for television such as Mr. Broadway and the animated miniseries This Is America, Charlie Brown.


  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Film Score Composer
  • Bandleader
  • Jazz Pianist

Also known as

  • Brubeck, Dave
  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • David Brubeck
  • David Warren Brubeck
  • Dave Bruback
  • Dave Bruebeck


  • Howard "Pete" Brubeck
  • Elizabeth Brubeck


  • Iola Whitlock


  • Chris Brubeck
  • Darius Brubeck
  • Matt Brubeck
  • Dan Brubeck

Awards Won

  • Kennedy Center Honors
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album
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