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Dave Brubeck

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: December 6, 1920 | Died: December 5, 2012    

Dave Brubeck

Brubeck's mother studied piano in England and intended to become a concert pianist; at home she taught piano for extra money. Brubeck was not particularly interested in learning by any particular method, but preferred to create his own melodies, and therefore avoided learning to read sheet music. In college Brubeck was nearly expelled when one of his professors discovered that he could not read sheet music. Several of his professors came forward arguing for his ability with counterpoint and harmony, but the school was still afraid that it would cause a scandal, and only agreed to let Brubeck graduate once he promised never to teach piano. After graduating from the University of the Pacific in 1942, Brubeck was drafted into the army and served overseas in George Patton's Third Army during the Battle of the Bulge. He played in a band, quickly integrating it and gaining both popularity and deference. He returned to college after serving nearly 4 years in the army, this time attending Mills College and studying under Darius Milhaud, who encouraged him to study fugue and orchestration but not classical piano. (Oddly enough, most critics consider Brubeck something of a classical pianist playing jazz.)...
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  • The Real... Dave Brubeck

    Milestone Records
    2013
  • The Best Of

    Milestone Records
    2012
  • The Very Best Of Dave Brubeck: The Fantasy Era 1949-1953

    Milestone Records
    2012
  • Anthology

    Milestone Records
    2011
  • Let's Fall In Love

    Milestone Records
    2011
  • Kind Of Brubeck

    Milestone Records
    2010
  • Three Classic Albums Plus - Second Set

    Milestone Records
    2010
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