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It’s Brubeck Week!

Dave Brubeck will be 90 on Saturday. And there’s LOADS going on.

-Dave Brubeck’s sons (Darius, Chris and Dan) are on tour with Dave O’Higgins, and that hits Birmingham tonight, as curtain-raised by Peter Bacon with an interview at the Jazz Breakfast Blog

Tomorrow the action is on the radio. There’s the first half of a two -part interview Jamie Cullum did with Dave Brubeck at the Newport Jazz Festival, being broadcast on Radio 2 at 7pm. I’ve heard the beginning, and Brubeck tells his story really engagingly. E.g. he was being pushed into vetinary studies, until his professor said to him : “Your mind is not here with these frogs and formaldehyde…”

-On Thursday at 11 30am on BBC Radio 4, Paul Gambaccini interviews Brubeck, recorded at Brubeck’s home in Connecticut.

– There is a 90-minute Arena TV documentary by and with Clint Eastwood on BBC4 this Friday. More on this in our previous post

-There’s a 2-CD retrospective of tracks chosen by Dave Brubeck on Columbia Legacy

And a sad note. The designer of Time Out (above), just a few months younger than Brubeck, died a few weeks ago. A Guardian obituary of Neil Fujita is HERE

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