Sad to hear of the death earlier today -via this article in the Chicago Tribune – of Dave Brubeck at 91. One of the immortals. (Here’s Ben Ratliff’s New York Times obituary. Alyn Shipton’s Jazz Library Podcast. Adam Sweeting’s 2010 interview for The Arts Desk).
The Brubeck family write (from their Facebook page):
Our much loved and revered father, Dave Brubeck died of cardiac arrest today, December 5, 2012, one day before his 92nd birthday. He died peacefully with family present. The news spread before we even left Norwalk Hospital and our family is deeply appreciative of the phone calls, messages of condolence and continuing tributes in the media and those received personally, certainly a reflection back to us of Dave’s powerful and positive impact on the world. He specialized in long relationships; married to our mother for 70 years, had few changes of personnel in his outstanding quartets or in professional management and many of his fans became personal friends he knew for decades. We thank you all for your appreciation of him and the respect you have shown our family.
Darius, Chris, Dan, Catherine and Matthew Brubeck
wow! an era is ended….like many jazz fans I bought the single of 'take five' as a kid and got into jazz through it. I even remember hearing it on jukeboxes in cafes. He was a real gent to interview, with lots to say.