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Brubeck Time

Much time out across the jazz world and beyond for Mr. Brubeck.

Dave Brubeck

Photo: Time Magazine

Time changes: Brubeck's appearance on the cover of Time Magazine in 1954 heralded jazz's increasing acceptance in the world of middlebrow media.

Yes, the unusual time signatures. Yes, the pioneer of “jazz goes to college,” helping to pave the way (in his own sweet way) for jazz education. Yes, along with Ellington and Armstrong one of the three wise ambassadors of American jazz in the Cold War era. Yes, the gateway jazz artist for suburban 1950s/60s America. Yes, perhaps the paragon of “hip to be square”; yes, your dad’s jazz, and I mean that as a compliment. He brought superb jazz to many places both aesthetic and geographical. Yes, a wonderful human being. All of that and so much more… goodbye, Mr. Brubeck, from the world which you made a better, more musically delightful place.

New York Times obit

NPR Jazz Profiles documentary

NPR obituary

Playland At The Beach: Dave Brubeck’s Early Octet And Trio (Night Lights program

Jazz Impressions Of Brubeck (Night Lights program)

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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