December 5th, 2012
01:28 PM ET

Jazz great Dave Brubeck dies at 91

Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, 91, died Wednesday from heart failure, his manager, Russell Gloyd, told CNN.

Brubeck's heart stopped while he was en route to the hospital with his eldest son for a regular checkup, Gloyd said. His son became alarmed about his father and called 911, Gloyd said.

"(Paramedics) came out and said, 'We just can't keep the heart going,' " Gloyd told CNN.

Gloyd, who also was a producer with Brubeck, said the musician was rushed to Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he was declared dead.

According to his website, Brubeck was born into a musical family in Concord, California, and had two older brothers who were also professional musicians. As a teen, he began playing in local dance bands after his family moved to a cattle ranch in the foothills of the Sierra mountains.

Intent on pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, Brubeck worked his way through college as a pianist in jazz bands. He soon switched his major to music and went on to pursue a career, releasing music as part of the Dave Brubeck Trio in 1949. He formed the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 following a near fatal car crash.

Songs such as "Blue Rondo a la Turk" and "Take Five" helped the jazz artist find crossover success in the pop world.

Designated a "living legend" by the Library of Congress, Brubeck was still actively pursuing his career in music. Gloyd said the pianist continued to practice every day and was contemplating recording a new song.

But his longtime manager/publicist said he and the musician's family hope that Brubeck is also remembered for his political activism.

"I don’t think people realize his commitment to civil rights and justice," Gloyd said. "At the height of his stardom, he canceled 23 out of 24 concerts in the South at Southern universities when they would not allow him to bring his black bass player."

President of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow called Brubeck an "iconic jazz and classical pianist."

"Throughout his six decade-long career, his unique time signatures and distinct rhythms were highlights of his innovative style," Portnow continued. "As one of the prime architects of the sophisticated West Coast jazz sound, Brubeck showed that jazz could be artistically challenging yet accessible to large audiences. His recordings have received both commercial and critical success, and will be remembered and celebrated for generations to come. We have lost a great legend in our community, and our thoughts and condolences go to his family, friends and all those he inspired."

Brubeck would have celebrated his 92nd birthday on Thursday.

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  2. TJ

    At the height of his stardom, he canceled 23 out of 24 concerts in the South at Southern universities when they would not allow him to bring his black bass player."

    Black people have come a long way but I can't but think what more they would've accomplished if they were allowed to get the recognition they so rightly deserved.

    December 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ALERT...

    CALL THEM

    REPOSTED – blue boys will get a visit from LLP boys

    Lance D.

    Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" (unedited) – Blue Boys getting the "Red Grease"

    December 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frederick G. Golden

    Thank you sir for bringing your wonderful Eastern style blend to the modern jazz world. You and your music will live in my spirit for life and i will introduce it to my young relatives as well. I hope that in your next incarnation as well as mine that your contribution to the physical universe will be preserved so that every soul will be lifted to the highest level of music in this world and you sir have been a primary provider for us. We simply call it jazz....Thank you for your gift to us Dave and may your children carry on your rich legacy for generations to come....

    December 6, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. None You Can Find

    TrapTop

    December 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. the bad bloggers make fun of me being broke....

    that's called traptop.....

    December 6, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. stephanieputz

    heading to the note with my date...yum...

    December 6, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. stephanieputz

    heading the note with my date...yum...

    December 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. dotheflippin'math

    my bet is that Dave and Thelonius Monk are playing some cool duets beyond the pearly gates. Seriously, sad to see a great musician pass on, but 91 years is a very decent life. I pray that I can keep playing piano and guitar up to my last day...oh, and I hope that day is far, far away!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ulrich Petzinna

    Thank you for the music.R.I.P.

    December 6, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. shaun catron

    LOL he fell a day short of 92nd Birthday? *Price is Right Losing horn sound*

    December 6, 2012 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. bill

    For our wedding 7 years ago, my wife & I hired a saxophone player to play some tunes before the cermony, and to play the processional and recessional songs. For the processional, we chose Take Five. We love that tune. It s sad to hear that Dave Brubeck has passed on, but what a legacy he has passed.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. WADering

    "Take five" that was his greatest tune, and still a classic that brings enjoyment.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mr.Brubeck is the only article worth bloggng

    otherwise all these articles are the worst.....i gave it a few months i need human contact. this is does nothing for me.

    let me know if you want to head to the bloonot this weekend.....gotta go.. hee.

    December 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jay

    Condolences to Mr. Brubeck and family.............It's great to hear he was still a vibrant soul and I wish to hear and collect more of his music in the future.Thanks for caring and sharing.. G'd bless you Sir.......Amen.

    December 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  16. his music always put me in the mood...

    rip my love....
    :)

    December 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  17. najania

    RIP Dave Brubeck, and thanks to my cousin Jim Brownlee for introducing me to the Take Five 5/4 signature way back when.

    December 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. socaltom

    RIP Dave! LOVE listening to "Take 5" over and over again.... Thanks for all the great music!

    December 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  19. wolfpackbob

    With all due respect, Take Five and rest in peace, Mr. Brubeck. God bless him and all the other jazz greats still with us. Too few left and too few young bloods stepping up. Man, times have changed.

    December 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • gordon

      Not to worry, I was at the Monterey Jazz Fest in Sept and there are a lot of young new musicians, who have been inspired by the greats, they are on their way to keep the traditions alive. Thanks to the likes of Mr Brubeck, RIP Dave

      December 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Doug

    RIP. My video I made in memory of his great music:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeD4NXvW1PA&w=640&h=390]

    December 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ricardo Wollmarker

    This evening I sat down to watch the Evening News in Germany and was so surprised when they opened not with the same silly jingle they have played each and every night for some 50 years but with "Take Five". For just a moment I thought "What a grand idea!", but of course immediately realized that this was no good news at all. We will miss you dearly, Mr Brubeck, but will certainly never forget you.

    December 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Bobby Militello

    To my many friends that are sending such wonderful comments about Dave, I want to say thanks.
    I spent almost 30 years with him and his lovely wife Iola.
    Because of Dave, I had the opportunity to develop my playing to a new level. I also had
    the honor of being a part of jazz history before and during my tenure with him.
    He was truly bigger than life in the jazz community, but if you knew him, he wa
    s just a regular guy with a solid work ethic and a true passion for what he did. He never stopped his quest for the grail. There was always a new place to explore and a new sound to create.
    I can honestly say that during the time I was with him, each and every concert we played, he attempted to play something different, yes, even on Take 5. He loved his family, his friends and especially his beautiful wife.
    I will miss him more than you can ever imagine.

    December 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • wolfpackbob

      Wow, you were blessed.

      December 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Bobby, I share your loss (and appreciation) for Mr. Brubeck.As a young high school trumpet player in the 70's, I really wrapped my head around the likes of Dave Brubeck, Maynard Ferguson, Danny Styles, Bill Watrous and many others. Reading Downbeat magazine was a passion of mine. My memories rush back every time we lose another giant of jazz. I did get to see you play with MF on several occasions in the late 70's. My brother and I always reminisce about you, Peter Erskine,, Stan Mark, Biff Hannon and the rest of the MF team. Those memories are priceless...THANK YOU for all you give to the arts.

      December 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Steve

    I've been listening to him for the past 30+ years and am still discovering his music. Blue Rhondo, Trolley Song, KC Blues, Unsquare Dance, Someday My Prince will Come, Take Five, are among my favorites but the list goes on. Thankfully I saw him in concert. I'd say rest in peace but I know he's up there playing hard with Paul and Joe. A heartfelt thanks to God for sharing this man. Sincerest condolences to the Brubeck family.

    December 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. ted

    Take 5 Dave.

    December 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  25. GetReal

    Talk about one of the GIANTS of JAZZ......A career longer than I have been alive and I am 57! Truly a great musician and showman............RIP

    December 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Dave

    My mother was a world class concert pianist who gave me a love of music, even jazz...lol...I was fortunate enough to see the quartet at a London England concert...Contrary to the US in the early 60's, by far the audience was black...Thanks Dave....You will be missed...Have to go now and play a few LPs...

    December 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Skip Jordan

    Baby Boomers like me are living in a difficult time. More greats, more legends have become famous to us through the blossoming media over the decades – the ones who came before us but were part of our lives, and the ones who have come since. We continue to see at a quickening rate how our cultural heroes are passing at such a swift pace. Dave Brubeck was a giant musical icon who will be greatly missed.

    December 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Dave Brubeck is one of those icons. His take on jazz in the 1950's revolutionized the art form. Jazz lovers around the world will mourn and miss him

      December 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. BEB

    I wasn't even alive at the height of his popularity, but Take 5 had a profound impact on me and my life. Thank you Mr. Brubeck.

    December 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  29. TallinOK

    Thanks, Dave, for your time here on Earth giving us Heaven in your music

    December 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ngc1300

      I shall miss him. Time Out was the very first LP I ever bought back in 1966 (?), and it informed my musical tastes, introducing me to the great world of jazz.

      December 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Steve

    He was a legend and will be missed. R.I.P. Dave.

    December 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  31. James PDX

    Being a child of the 60/70's, I was first exposed to Dave and many other jazz virtuosos through the music of Steely Dan. He is truly a legend who could make any music he contributed to better. A true loss to the world, but thankfully he left so much of himself behind for us to enjoy for all eternity.

    December 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Sifleut

    Take 5, Dave and rest in peace!!

    December 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Dru

    I am so Blue Rondo. :-,,,,,(

    December 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  34. hitech111

    I saw him at the amestown, a small private club in the Grove in 1971. Just great.

    December 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. w5cdt

    Take five RIP Dave.

    December 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Indy

    My son (a guitarist) and I watched In 'His Own Sweet Way' together when it was on PBS. I was proud to know that I helped pass on an appreciation of Mr. Brubeck to the next genration. I also saw him perform the Jazz Mass he wrote. It was at the amphitheater at Our Lady of the Snows National Shrine near Belleville, IL. Mass has never been the same for me!

    December 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecile

      My Mom also attended his mass at the Shrine and said he informed audience if they wanted to stay he would play jazz. She was amazed at how many people left but she said because they left she and her friends ended up with amazing seats listening to Brubeck play jazz! RIP Dave Brubeck-TAKE 5

      December 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Timetraveler

    True legends never die, and Dave Brubeck is certainly one of them. He has left us with so much musical treasure, and those of us who enjoy jazz are all the richer for it.

    Thank you Mr. Brubeck. You memory will live on in us.

    December 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  38. HelloSociety

    He was truly a great musician, and a wonderful man. I regret that I never saw him perform live, although ironically I got to meet him and perform one of his tunes, Strange Meadowlark, in front of him and his wife Iola a couple years ago (one of my most cherished memories!). Truly a beautiful piece of music, listening to it right now...

    December 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  39. john vance

    I will need to maudlin and politically incorrect tonight. I will put Take Five on my turntable, pour a martini and light up a Lucky Strike.
    Thank you and good bye Mr Brubeck, you left a lot of good stuff behind.

    December 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  40. dion

    I gonna have to play Steely Dans "New Frontier" in tribute to Dave Brubeck.

    December 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jazz fan...

    All I can say is: take five, folks... with Dave Brubeck's demise, this country has lost a living jazz legend...

    R.I.P. Dave

    December 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  42. ProfessorJazz

    He was quite an innovator and his Time Out album was #2 seller in Jazz history. I had the opportunity to play with his son Chris, closest I got. RIP, Dave B!

    December 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  43. give her the bottle around 8

    while everyone is partying...baaaaawaaaaaaaahaaaa

    December 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  44. tri

    back in the Beat days when "Frisco" had coffee houses with Beatniks while everybody else still just had coffee shops, he was a regular part of the scene....our best days are behind us

    December 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  45. what now!!!!

    December 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Linda M. Kendrick

    Sad but I know my husban Richad W Kendrick can remplace his music and good intention. I believe my husban has the education and its as tallent as Mr Brubeck

    December 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Take Five, Linda

      What an absolutely ridiculous and senseless post by Linda Kendrick. Dave Brubeck was a jazz pioneer and music world icon, and touting your husband as anything approaching that is truly sad. The typos and grammatical errors in Linda's post only further prove her cluelessness.

      December 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timmy

      IDoes your husban play as well as you write/spell?

      December 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • T. Lee

      This isn't about your husband Linda – it's about a true Jazz GREAT – a status which by all accounts your husband has yet to achieve. Nice to have enthusiastic support from a wife but could your entry be any more iinappropriate ?

      Nope !

      December 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.U. Ignorant, III

      Please tell us that you don't have any children because the music world just might just be a better place. Have some respect Mrs. Kendrick a jazz legend has just died and doubt your husban or you even know who Mr. Brubeck was.

      December 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      If your husband's talent is being embarassed by his wife, then no doubt you will inspire him to legendary greatness, Linda.

      December 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Take Dope

      Way to p!ss-off the preening stuffed shirts, Linda.

      December 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      No shame in a woman's love and admiration of her husband.

      December 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • HK

      Oh my... What can I say Linda.

      December 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  47. bigfoot

    I was just listening to Bud Powell when my eye caught this story. The world has lost another icon. Thank God for Dave Brubeck. I named a cat after him back in the 80's. My deceased brother loved his music. Rest in peace.

    December 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Tony

    Wow...I can remember the first time I heard Blue Ronda A La Turk in College at a Jazz Music Class. Really phenomenal talent. You will be missed.

    December 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Mike in SA

    One of the greats has passed on leaving a hole in the music world; in honor of this man and his legacy, everyone...Take Five.

    December 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  50. how as your ba ba...

    love you mr. brubeck...smooch....

    December 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  51. end2endsellingsystem

    Ginger Baker owes you for Cream's Do What You Like as does anyone who loves rhythm with their jazz. My dad introduced me as well, although I can't say exactly when but sometime in the late '60s. Then I found Dave later on my own and agree with most here... a gentle, generous guy who is (still) oh so cool. Where are the NEW jazz greats? Let's keep this great American art form alive that Brubeck and Bird, Dizzy, Miles, Stan & others left behind.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Jill

    there is going to be a huge salute to him friday night...i'll try to be there...rip.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  53. O. Neimon

    ONE two three FOUR five ONE two three FOUR five ONE two three FOUR five ONE two three FOUR five...brilliance never dies.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny Nickels

      You nailed it, bro. So much better than ONE, two, three, four, ONE, two, three, four...
      (that's a disco beat. Bleeeeechhh.

      December 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • T. Lee

      And light-years better than monotone crotch-grabbing singing-in-shades n- talent "Rap"

      December 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Phil

    A long life with much success, we could all be so lucky. Rest in Peace.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Jean Bottle

    we'll miss him rip

    December 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Janice E. Sherrieff

    A great legend has taken the A-Train home. Your music will live on the many hearts. May your soul find Heaven's gates. R.I.P. Mr. Brubeck

    December 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  57. evolved one

    five-four time signature......first learned about it in music class at the age of 12.....from Brubeck I sought out other greats like Eric Dolphy, Miles Davis and John Coltrane and to this day, classic Jazz is what is heard on my radio when I am having one of those days of being creative for fun.....RIP you delightful man of notes.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Clancy

    One of the greatest musicians of our time! Thanks for the memories Dave!

    December 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  59. pbernasc

    Two reasons made me come to live in the US, one is the Space Program and the second is Take FIve ... I saw Dave in Concert once only .. amazing individual, very positive person.
    The kind of American who inspired people all over the word, up there with Neil Armstrong, he was a true American Icon, the kind of American who doesn't seem to be easy to find these days ,.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Dr. Alex Pister

    I just played Take Five on YouTube. Makes you feel the same as 35 yrs. ago. That was the best there ever was. I was an alto sax player and Paul Desmond was my hero. My buddies and I used to go to all the concerts. Dave Brubeck was amazing and innovative. So breezy and Californian. Just a precious time in the past that is a joy to revisit. Thanks to Dave Brubeck and all the pleasure he brought to us and continues to do so.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  61. JazzDate

    i love to be a on a date with a guy listening to jazz, quiet atmosphere, drinks, calm night out.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  62. SkepticalOne

    Rest in peace Dave. You made our world a better place.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  63. crybabyattention

    Lord I love jazz...its so romantic

    December 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Penny Nickels

    RIP to a jazz legend. Wish you could have held on a day longer so you could have celebrated your 92nd birthday, but that's okay. I'm going to be playing "Take 5" on my DVD tomorrow.
    P.S. Thanks for sharing my birth date! (December 6, 1965)

    December 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Maria

    I can still remember the first time I heard the Dave Brubeck Quartet's Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra. Blew me completely away. Total definition of COOL.
    You will be missed.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Andrew

    Thanks, Dave. You're a hep cat forever.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  67. MagicBishop

    RIP 5/4

    December 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Fan--

    Mr. Brubeck was still play in 2011 amazing man. RIP my friend your a musician's dream.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Lex Tyler

    You will be missed. I remember listening to your work when I was just a teen. Now I am 48 and it never ceases to fill me with joy and a lot of thinking re: music. Concolances to your family. RIP.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Erik

    Rest in peace, Dave. You have been a part of my life since day one. I will toast to you this evening as I do many by playing your music and watching the sunset. Thank you for the incredible talent, smiles and uncontrollable finger snapping.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  71. John A Robinson III

    A gentle man who was so generous with his musical genius we who remain inherit timeless treasures. He gave me 30 minutes, one-on-one at the Terrytown theater 5 years ago as we reminisced the civil rights times in Alabama. Though we only just met, his compassion and commitment were as strong as they must've been 50 years earlier. There is a new maestro among the greatest of the greats who have left their earthly stages.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Sadie

    The countless nights I went to bed as a kid with my parents listened to “Take-Five” in the living room. Us kids would go to sleep with the sounds of Dave Brubeck as they softly make their way through the house. He had a life well lived and will be valued for generations. Thank you for the sweet memories. RIP

    December 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Margaret

    i always celebrate life...i can't stand unhappy people all the time...there are such downers.

    RIP we will miss your MR. Brubeck.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Karen Egan

    My dad also introduced me to Dave Brubeck, and this was my first concert ever to go to while I was in high school. Luckily I had a friend who was cool enough to take me. "Take Five" is a joy to play on the piano. What a great gift he gave to the world.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Jeff

    When I was a young, budding journalist in 1969, my first "celebrity" interview was with Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Gene Wright, and Joe Morello. Dave could see that I was nervous (and also a little starstruck, since I had brought my vinyl copy of "Time Out" for him to autograph). Since then, I've interviewed 6 US Presidents, and countless sports and entertainment celebrities, but the one with Dave and the rest of the quartet is the one that stands out 43 years later.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Brad

    Gone With The Wind...1958. My first jazz album at age 8. Can't thank you enough for creating the sound that caught my ear! I can hear it now...heavenly reunion with Paul, Joe, and Gene. Thanks and RIP.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  77. lance corporal

    rather than be sad, I celebrate his life, still playing, connected to family, fullfilled at the grand age of 91. what an inspiration!!!

    December 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Mike Lewis, Toronto, ON

    Wow – what a lovely and admirable career! Especially loved the Two Generations of Brubeck album and the rocking version of Blue Rondo a la Turk.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  79. jj

    The passing of a legend. Still my favorite jazz.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  80. sailorcoop

    RIP Mr. Brubeck, I'll be spinning your "Live at Newport Jazz Festival" as soon as I get home. Thanks for the music my good man.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Ms. Jazzy

    RIP Mr. Brubeck. You was a legend. Take 5 is one of my favorites to jazz out to when I feel stressed.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  82. me

    Class act... Rest In Peace Mr Brubeck... thanks for your musical and human contributions!

    December 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  83. we'll miss you

    take 5 - rip my dear.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  84. mike

    Thanks for the great music Dave. Think I'll take five.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  85. David

    As a teenage garage band guitarist I remember trying to count Take Five's 5/4. It's a dreadful loss. Thank you for the music, Dave.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny Nickels

      Not many musicians can play in 5/4 time right, including me. Most of them prefer the 4/4 rock and roll beat.

      December 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Siara Delyn

    Thank you for your music, Dave.... you gave us a lot of joy. Rest in Peace.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  87. ted

    Take 5 Dave, you deserve it.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Norma

    Thanks Dave.........RIP

    December 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Bill Evans

    Finally, reunited with Desmond. Heaven's happening tonight.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Trying to get my hands on a hopper...

    any ideas?

    December 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Mark Balling

    Truly one of my greatest inspirations as a pianist. Brubeck was and is my hero.

    Mark Balling

    December 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  92. any of you jazz fans out there..

    please try the blue note...its really nice...sometimes i like change of pace in my music...its a great place.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lex Tyler

      I basically grew up at the Blue Note and on 52 street. He will be missed.

      December 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  93. SFjazzbum

    I start my day listening to Blue Rondo as I drive to work, everyday. I shared a special affinity with Brubeck as I was a classical trained pianist growing up, but became enthralled with jazz piano when I started listening Art Tatum and especially Brubeck. A monumental musician, CNN is quite right to point out his activism for civil rights as well. Rest in peace and in God's grace, Dave.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Alan S

    As outstanding as his jazz was, I'm even more impressed by his cancelling 23 concerts in the South because various universities wouldn't let his African-American bass player participate. Admirable.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  95. The MacTongue

    you are truly a legend and i adore you.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Me too Carol

    wanna hang out with us sometime...by chance do you have a hopper?

    December 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Erwin

    We all will miss him. R.I.P.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  98. betterdays

    Paul's already greeted him with some dry remark, I'm sure.

    Just listened to nothing but the Quartet for five hours straight this past Saturday. Will be listening to the Storyville version of "Over The Rainbow" for sure tonight. Thanks, Dave. Thanks for playing jazz. Thanks for letting Desmond back into the group. Thanks for everything.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  99. which reminds me...

    could go for a little blue note time....

    December 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  100. carol

    Ah, the memories.. the wonder... the gift. Loved his music and his vision for more than 50 years, and won't stop now. His music will live forever.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  101. not Richard Fore

    RIP old timer. 91 good years.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  102. rachel

    R.I.P. Mr Brubeck. Your music legacy will live on.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Lanceman

    Unlike today's "smooth jazz", his jazz is still the 'gold standard'... and still the coolest...

    December 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  104. GAW

    Now he get's to jam with Coltrane and Miles. I want that CD. Thank you Dave for all your great work!

    December 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Luis

    Take Five brother. RIP, your music will always part of the soundtrack of my life.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Steven Brown

    A fitting requiem is Autumn in Washington Square, a hauntingly beautiful composition by Dave Brubeck.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      Listening now... Thank you, it is extraordinarily fitting for this sad occasion.

      December 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Hogan's Goat

    The word censor doesn't want me to mention the piano player from Steely Dan, but he's probably cracking open a bottle right now.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Emile_Mervin

    Was introduced to his music on the now defunct CD 101.9 in New York. Love Take 5!!

    December 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  109. SR

    I was introduced to Dave's music while playing jazz in high school in the late 90's and have been a fan ever since. I even specifically requested "Take Five" to be played during the dinner hour at my wedding. Thanks for the great music that speaks to multiple generations of music lovers.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  110. EJ in Metro Houston

    can't count how many times I chilled out listening to Take Five...the present generation will NEVER have sounds like that again.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  111. snowdogg

    I suggest we all "Take Five" in memoriam.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  112. pugas

    Dave, you were the best. Listen to your music every day. Thank you for sharing your talents. Now it's time to "take five."

    December 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Lonnyq

    My grandmother used to sit in on vibes with Dave. My fondest memories was them playing standards for hollywood socialites and chicago mobsters at the Wagon Wheel Hotel in Rockton IL. Sad day indeed.

    RIP my friend.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Cynthia

    Thank you Dave. Your music was the back ground of my life. Rest in wonderful peace. You served well.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  115. NBA

    He was the coolest of cool, Dave personified what music should be.
    Peace and Mahalo

    December 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  116. The MacTongue

    i've seen him at the blue note many times...rip my man...you were the best

    December 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Bunsen Honeydew

    I'll take five.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Adam Sorensen

    R.I.P. Dave. I've got "Take Five" playing in the background as I write this. My dad introduced me to your music when I was a kid, and I was lucky enough to see you in concert 25 years ago. It left a lasting impression on me how cool it was seeing a father and his 3 sons making up the amazing quartet I was watching. Fantastic show and I've been a huge fan ever since. Thank you for all the countless hours of music you have provided me over the years. Truly one of the all-time greats!

    December 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Mort

    Rest in Peace my friend. Rest in Peace.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Ellen

    I played his albums over and over again. I never got tired of them and I never will. RIP, Dave Brubeck. You were a musical treasure.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Erik

    God bless you Dave. And thank you.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Angelad

    One of the best. Thank you for the music, Mr. Brubeck and RIP.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Russ

    Mr. Brubeck, Thank you for all the great music you brought into this world. Rest In Peace.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Larry

    Thanks for the wonderful music, Dave

    December 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  125. ChiTownArt

    Mr. Brubeck, I have enjoyed your music since I was a small child. Thank you for that incredible gift. My condolences to the family on the loss of a genius.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  126. wizard2399

    Only he could play in 11/8 time and make it work. RIP Jazzman.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uncle Stumpy

      Well, lots of dippy prog rock groups (many of whom I've loved) could make 11/8 time WORK, but only a handful could make it SWING. Mr. Dave was one of the few.

      Gonna have to get out me old "Take Five" platter tonight...little "Blue Rondo"...ONE two THREE four FIVE six SEV eight nine...

      December 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Steve

    He will truly be missed. His songs were a part of the soundtrack for my life.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  128. John

    My condolences to his family and music fans. Dave was truly one of the great musicians of our time, and a national treasure.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  129. mark

    Well this just sucks. You will be missed MR. Brubeck.

    December 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  130. pukinginmymouth

    You are an A-S-S.

    December 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |

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