Brubeck, Dave

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Dave Brubeck is a world-renowned pianist and composer of jazz and classical music. Brubeck has been performing professionally since the 1930s and continues to tour the world. The Brubeck Quartet embodied the sound of "West Coast jazz" and was one of the most popular bands in the world during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1959 the Quartet released the groundbreaking album Time Out, which featured jazz performed in unusual time signatures. One of the tunes from this album, "Take Five," became the best selling jazz single in history.

Throughout his career, Brubeck has been a pioneer in exploring musical approaches such as polytonality (playing multiple keys within the same tune) and polyrhythms (playing multiple rhythms within the same tune). Although best known as a jazz musician, Brubeck's compositions include large-scale choral and orchestral works in a classical tradition. In addition to his musical achievements, Brubeck is also known for his life-long support of human rights and social justice.

From the guide to the Brubeck collection, ca. 1890-, ca. 1945-, (University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Teo Macero collection, 1949-1992, 1958-1975 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
referencedIn The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1940-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Brubeck collection, ca. 1890-, ca. 1945- University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
referencedIn Paul Desmond Papers, 1890-1991, (bulk, 1940-1970) University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
referencedIn The Benny Goodman Papers, 1910-1992, inclusive Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Ambassador Auditorium Collection, 1974-1995 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
referencedIn Susan Matheson collection on Iola Brubeck, 1995-2002, 1995-2002 University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
referencedIn Howard Brubeck papers, 1948-1987 University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
referencedIn American Ballet Theatre records, 1936-ca. 1967 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Information Agency. 1900 - 2003. Video Recordings and Motion Picture Film Relating to the Work of Willis Conover
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Information Agency. 1900 - 2003. Sound Recordings Relating to Willis Conover's quot;History of Jazzquot; Program
referencedIn Doug Russell Collection of Ambassador Recitals, 1992-1996 Archive of Recorded Sound
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correspondedWith American Ballet Theatre corporateBody
associatedWith Associated Booking Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Atlantic Records corporateBody
associatedWith Brubeck family family
associatedWith Brubeck, Howard - 1916-1993 person
associatedWith Brubeck, Iola person
associatedWith Columbia Records, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Concord Jazz, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Derry Music Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Desmond, Paul - 1924-1977 person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Fantasy Records corporateBody
associatedWith Goodman, Benny, 1909- person
associatedWith KUSC (Radio station : Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Macero, Teo, 1925- person
associatedWith Matheson, Susan Childs person
associatedWith Milhaud, Darius - 1892-1974 person
associatedWith Morello, Joe - 1929- person
associatedWith Shawnee Press, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Sutton Artists Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Wright, Eugene - 1923- person
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Jazz
Composers--United States
United States--Race relations
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Birth 1920-12-06

Death 2012-12-05

Americans

English

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