56

Open Wide 'The Gates' To Dave Brubeck

SOURCE:

Sign in to view read count
A landmark concert honors the California jazz great's lesser-known legacy of civil rights struggle and interfaith dialogue.

Dave Brubeck is a household name -- a neat trick for any jazz musician.

A half-century ago, he made the cover of Time magazine. Five years later, his quartet recorded Time Out, the first instrumental jazz album to sell a million copies. And Brubeck's image is quintessentially American: He grew up a cowboy-in-training, riding horses on a Concord, Calif., cattle ranch; served in Gen. George S. Patton's army in World War II; displayed radical invention with the odd-metered swing of his early hits; and, in the late 1950s, was tapped by President Eisenhower to represent Democratic values to Soviet-bloc nations. As tall and lean as ever, Brubeck is still performing at 83, and his legacy has not diminished with time.

Yet there's considerably more to Brubeck's profile. From the start, his passion for music spanned jazz and classical styles. Encouraged by his mother, a free-thinking choir director of a Presbyterian church, he developed a lifelong appreciation for religious music of all denominations, too. And, having lived through times of pointed racial strife, he's consistently turned awareness into action.

These aspects of Brubeck's story -- music without category, interfaith expression and social activism -- are central to the Brubeck Festival 2004, a weeklong event culminating in a concert at San Francisco's Congregation Sherith Israel Thursday, April 8.

For the rest of the story, click here.

This story appears courtesy of All About Jazz Publicity.
Copyright © 2021. All rights reserved.

For interview requests or more information contact .

Post a comment

Tags

Jazz News

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.