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First image from post: Tommy LiPuma, Record Producer and Grammy Winner, Dies at 80 by BEN SISARIO

  

"Nel blu dipinto di blu" (literally "In the blue painted blue"),

popularly known as "Volare" (Italian for the infinitive form of the verb "to fly"),

is Domenico Modugno's signature song.

It is the only song ever by an Italian artist

to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Domenico's Modugno's recording of this song was

the first Grammy winner for Record of the Year (1958).

It is also the very first, and so far,

only foreign-language recording (sung entirely in Italian)

to take this top honor.

 

Music by Domenico Modugno

Lyrics by Domenico Modugno - Franco Migliacci

  

"Volare"

   

Portrait of Lee "Scratch" Perry for the Reggae Hall of Fame foundation.This poster is donated to raise funds to support the Alpha Boys School in Jamaica.

Created by Charis Tsevis.

 

Logo of the Reggae Hall of Fame by Michael Thompson aka freestylee. The International Reggae Poster Contest and The Reggae Hall of fame are an initiative by Maria Papaefstathiou and Michael Thompson.

 

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Made with custom developed scripts, hacks and lots of love, using my Mac, Studio Artist, the Adobe Creative Suite and good reggae music.

 

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Sound: Devils Haircut by Beck [2015 Grammy Award Winner (Best Album)]

A bit random.....or maybe not SO random since one of these four won a Grammy Award in the US yesterday!

 

I just love being the photographer....it means you have an excuse for not doing crazy random things with your mates.....like running into the sea in Devon (UK) on New Years Day when it was below freezing!!!! NUTTERS.

 

Made a nice photo though. Congrats to

to the Grammy winner : )) no prizes for guessing which one it is......

  

" Catch a falling star an' put it in your pocket,

Never let it fade away ! "

.....Perry Como.....(1912 - 2001)...American crooner.

..........Opening lyrics from his hit - of the same name.

Last week I was seated in a leafy suburb, soaking up the sunshine, when a solitary leaf drifted aimlessly and settled on my knee,

.....So, I put this star in my pocket, and saved its image - before it could fade away !

Grateful thanks to all my contacts , friends & all flickr members for their continued support that this image has made Explore. Truly appreciated. So, thanks to EVERYONE. Thanks ALL.

Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop - Play this track here.

 

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Rumours is the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Largely recorded in California during 1976, it was produced by the band with Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut and was released on 4 February 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. The record peaked at the top of both the main United States Billboard chart and the United Kingdom Albums Chart. "Go Your Own Way", "Don't Stop", "Dreams", and "You Make Loving Fun" were released as singles.

 

A Grammy Award winner, Rumours is Fleetwood Mac's most successful release with sales of over 40 million copies worldwide.

 

The band wanted to expand on the commercial success of the 1975 record Fleetwood Mac, but struggled with relationship breakups before recording started. The Rumours studio sessions were marked by hedonistic behaviour and interpersonal strife between Fleetwood Mac members; these experiences informed the album's lyrics. Influenced by pop music, the record's tracks were recorded using a combination of acoustic and electric instruments.

 

The mixing process delayed the completion of Rumours, but was finished by the end of 1976. Following the album's release in 1977, Fleetwood Mac undertook worldwide promotional tours.

 

Rumours garnered widespread critical acclaim. Praise centred on its production quality and harmonies, which frequently relied on the interplay among three vocalists. The record has inspired the work of musical acts in different genres. Often considered Fleetwood Mac's best release, it has featured in several publications' lists of the best albums of the 1970s and the best albums of all time.

 

In 2004, Rumours was remastered and reissued with the addition of an extra track and a bonus CD of outtakes from the recording sessions.

 

Its lyrics have provided me with inspiration at various times in my life, when I have needed to think about tomorrow. "Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone. Don't you look back". Wise advice.

 

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4/15/18

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Another No. 1! LeAnn Rimes’ new single “LovE Is LovE Is LovE” from her Remnants album reached the top of the Billboard Dance Chart this week. This is her third No. 1 dance single, following up “Long Live Love.” Celebrity LGBT Allies The Grammy winner, 34, recently performed the...

 

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LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012),[1] known by her stage name, Donna Sommer, later Donna Summer, was an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach #1 on the United States Billboard album chart and charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 100 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time

 

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It’s Beyoncé’s birthday and her famous friends are getting in formation!

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Grammy winner, Bruno Mars, celebrates his concert after party w a special performance at TAO Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV, June 16, 2011 © Al Powers, PowersImagery.com / RETNA ltd

Mumford & Sons perform live at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey on February 16, 2013.

Beyoncé Knowles is many things. She is a powerhouse performer, arena-packer, and twenty-time Grammy winner. She is a feminist, mover, shaker, mother (soon to be of three!), and to rapper/singer/songwriter Ingrid, she is a mentor.

Ingrid is a signee to Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment,...

 

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Dion admitted that she asked herself ahead of proceeding with her residency concerts, “Should I still do my show only two days after the nightmare?” The GRAMMY winner also announced that all the proceeds from her show would be going to the families of those affected by the shooting.

 

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The producer and music executive began his career after quitting a job as a barber, and went on to work with Diana Krall, Natalie Cole and others.

 

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Taylor Swift Speak Now Tour Hots Sydney, Australia

  

You might have heard that Taylor Swift was spotted taking in the view of Sydney yesterday, including even catching a harbour cruise with her friends and family.

 

Taylor is currently on tour in Australia, and has been hard to spot as she's been doing the rounds.

 

The Aussie press spotted her boarding a boat in Sydney Harbour for an evening cruise.

 

Taylor's first Sydney took place tonight at a jam packed Allphones Arena.

 

The costumes and set were amazing, as a largely teenage girl audience of 14,000 or so cheered and screamed to their teen idol.

 

Taylor seemed to love playing to the full Allphones Arena, playing five different guitars, two banjos, the piano and a ukele. We also counted at least four different costume changes.

 

The country music icon is known for writing "13" on her hand before each show because it's her lucky number. Dozens of '13' signs were in the crowd, and some young ladies wrote it on their bodies also.

 

Taylor told the press "I was born on the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No.1 song had a 13-second intro and every time I've won an award I've been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter," she has previously said.

 

We wish Taylor well on her amazing career to date and hope she enjoys the rest of her tour and stay in Australia.

 

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Taylor Swift to bring blockbuster 'Speak Now' world tour to Australia in 2012

 

With Special Guests: Hot Chelle Rae

 

Taylor Swift, who is currently headlining sold-out stadiums and arenas on the North American leg of her blockbuster TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011 has announced that in response to strong fan demand she will extend the tour into 2012 with capital city dates around Australia.

 

The four-time GRAMMY winner's SPEAK NOW performance is a two-hour theatrical presentation, reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists, changing sets, and innovative choreography and instrumentation showcased on a multi-level stage.

 

Taylor plays five different guitars in the show, plus two banjos, the ukulele and the piano, and changes costumes nine times over the course of the evening. During the concert she moves right around the venue, using different stages, thereby giving every audience member a great seat.

 

Taylor's Speak Now tour has earned high praise from top critics around the world: "One of the genre's most ambitious acts has created one of the genre's most ambitious tours. Broadway-inspired…the two-hour production was an overwhelming experience." - Billboard

 

Taylor's 2011 Tour includes 98 shows in 17 countries spanning three continents, and her Speak Now album is the #1-selling album in all genres of music over the past twelve months.

 

TOUR DATES*:

Fri 2 Mar - Burswood Dome, Perth

Sun 4 Mar - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Tue 6 & Wed 7 Mar - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar - Allphones Arena, Sydney

Mon 12, Tue 13 & Wed 14 Mar - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

 

Thank you Taylor, and also to your wonderful team who have assisted us so much lately.

 

Websites

 

Taylor Swift official website

www.taylorswift.com

 

Michael Coppel Presents

www.coppel.com.au

 

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

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Eva Rinaldi Photography

www.evarinaldi.com

 

Music News Australia

www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Listen Just the way you are - Billy Joel

  

Don't go changing, to try and please me

You never let me down before

Don't imagine you're too familiar

And I don't see you anymore

I wouldn't leave you in times of trouble

We never could have come this far

I took the good times, I'll take the bad times

I'll take you just the way you are

 

Don't go trying some new fashion

Don't change the color of your hair

You always have my unspoken passion

Although I might not seem to care

 

I don't want clever conversation

I never want to work that hard

I just want someone that I can talk to

I want you just the way you are.

 

I need to know that you will always be

The same old someone that I knew

What will it take till you believe in me

The way that I believe in you.

 

I said I love you and that's forever

And this I promise from the heart

I could not love you any better

I love you just the way you are.

 

William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. He released his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973. According to the RIAA, he is the sixth best-selling recording artist in the United States. Joel had Top 10 hits in the '70s, '80s, and '90s; is a six-time Grammy Award winner, and has sold in excess of 150 million albums worldwide.[2] He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (Class of 1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Class of 1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (Class of 2006). Joel "retired" from recording pop music in 1993 but continued to tour (sometimes with Elton John). In 2001 he subsequently released Fantasies & Delusions, a CD of classical compositions for piano. In 2007 he returned to recording with a single entitled "All My Life," followed by an extensive "World Tour" from 2006-2008, covering many of the major world cities.

 

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The UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony, under the direction of Steven D. Davis, performed at Kansas City's Folly Theater. Barr Institute Laureate, Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winner Jennifer Higdon was with the group, as it performed her composition.

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The UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony, under the direction of Steven D. Davis, performed at Kansas City's Folly Theater. Barr Institute Laureate, Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winner Jennifer Higdon was with the group, as it performed her composition.

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Two-time Grammy Award winner Corinne Bailey Rae released her self-titled debut album in 2006 which charted at No. 1 in the UK and No. 4 in the US. The album featured global hits Put Your Record On and Like A Star that launched Bailey Rae to global stardom. She won her first Grammy just 1 year later for her collaboration with legendary pianist Herbie Hancock on his album River: The Joni Letters. Her stars continued to shine with a second Grammy win in 2011 for Best R&B Performance for Is This Love. In May that year, Bailey Rae returned with her third studio alum and first full-length set in 6 years, The Heart Speaks In Whispers, which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s R&B chart. The album featured hits Been To The Moon, The Skies Will Break, and Green Aphrodisiac, and NPR named it one of their Favourite 30 Albums of the year. With her latest album being described as being “in the elite category of transcendental genre-busters from Minnie Riperton to Erykah Badu… (with) big-sky songs that play as a continuation of the Prince-style revolution”. *

 

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:: DAVE BRUBECK - LEGEND WHO HELPED DEFINE JAZZ ::

 

David Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer considered to be one of the foremost exponents of progressive jazz.

 

He wrote a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

 

His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck Quartet's best remembered piece, "Take Five", which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on one of the top-selling jazz albums, Time Out. Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording "Pick Up Sticks" in 6/4, "Unsquare Dance" in 7/4, "World's Fair" in 13/4, and "Blue Rondo à la Turk" in 9/8. He was also a respected composer of orchestral and sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for television such as Mr. Broadway and the animated mini-series This Is America, Charlie Brown.

 

:: 1964 :: Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (Belgium)

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:: 1966 :: Dave Brubeck - Take Five -

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:: Dave Brubeck Quartet :: Jazz Pour Tous in Belgium

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA5UEGKZoGA

 

:: DAVE BRUBECK :: 1920-2012 ::

Dave Brubeck: A jazz icon who reached a massive audience

 

Early life and career

 

Brubeck was born in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Concord, California, and grew up in Ione. His father, Peter Howard "Pete" Brubeck, was a cattle rancher, and his mother, Elizabeth (née Ivey), who had studied piano in England under Myra Hess and intended to become a concert pianist, taught piano for extra money. His father had Swiss ancestry (the family surname was originally "Brodbeck"), while his maternal grandparents were English and German, respectively. Brubeck originally did not intend to become a musician (his two older brothers, Henry and Howard, were already on that track), but took lessons from his mother. He could not read sheet music during these early lessons, attributing this difficulty to poor eyesight, but "faked" his way through, well enough that this deficiency went mostly unnoticed.

 

Intending to work with his father on their ranch, Brubeck entered the College of the Pacific in Stockton, California, (now the University of the Pacific) studying veterinary science, but transferred on the urging of the head of zoology, Dr. Arnold, who told him "Brubeck, your mind's not here. It's across the lawn in the conservatory. Please go there. Stop wasting my time and yours".

 

After graduating in 1942, Brubeck was drafted into the army He served overseas in George Patton's Third Army. He was spared from service in the Battle of the Bulge when he volunteered to play piano at a Red Cross show; he was such a hit he was ordered to form a band. Thus he created one of the US armed forces' first racially integrated bands, "The Wolfpack".While serving in the military, Brubeck met Paul Desmond in early 1944.

 

He returned to college after serving nearly four years in the army, this time attending Mills College in the San Francisco Bay Area and studying under Darius Milhaud

 

After completing his studies under Milhaud, Brubeck helped to establish Berkeley, California's Fantasy Records. He worked with an octet (the recording bears his name only because Brubeck was the best-known member at the time), and a trio including Cal Tjader and Ron Crotty. Highly experimental, the group made few recordings. The trio was often joined by Paul Desmond on the bandstand

 

In 1949, Jack Sheedy, the owner of a San Francisco-based record label called Coronet, was talked into making the first recording of Brubeck's octet and later his trio. (This Coronet Records should not be confused with either the late 1950s New York-based budget label, nor the Australia-based Coronet Records.) Sheedy's label had previously recorded area Dixieland bands, but Sheedy was unable to pay his bills and in 1949 turned his masters over to his record stamping company, the Circle Record Company, owned by Max and Sol Weiss. The Weiss brothers soon changed the name of their business to Fantasy Records and met an increasing demand for Brubeck recording by recording and issuing new records. Soon the company was shipping 40,000 to 50,000 copies of Brubeck recording a quarter, making enormous profits.

 

Quartet era

 

Dave Brubeck, featured on TIME magazine cover:

"The Man on Cloud No. 7". November 8, 1954.

 

Following a near-fatal swimming accident which incapacitated him for several months, Brubeck organized The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951, with Desmond on alto saxophone. They took up a long residency at San Francisco's Black Hawk nightclub and gained great popularity touring college campuses, recording a series of albums with such titles as Jazz at Oberlin (1953), Jazz at the College of the Pacific (1953), and Brubeck's debut on Columbia Records, Jazz Goes to College (1954).

 

Early bassists for the group included Ron Crotty, Bob Bates, and Bob's brother Norman Bates; Lloyd Davis and Joe Dodge also held the drum chair. In 1956 Brubeck hired drummer Joe Morello, who had been working with Marian McPartland; Morello's presence made possible the rhythmic experiments that were to come. In 1958 African-American bassist Eugene Wright joined for the group's US State Department tour of Europe and Asia. Wright became a permanent member in 1959, making the "classic" Quartet's personnel complete. During the late 1950s and early 1960s Brubeck canceled several concerts because the club owners or hall managers continued to resist the idea of an integrated band on their stages. He also canceled a television appearance when he found out that the producers intended to keep Wright off-camera.

 

In 1959 the Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded Time Out, an album about which the record label was enthusiastic but which they were nonetheless hesitant to release. Featuring the album art of S. Neil Fujita, the album contained all original compositions, almost none of which were in common time: 9/8, 5/4, 3/4, and 6/4 were used inspired by Eurasian folk music they experienced during that US State Department sponsored tour. Nonetheless, on the strength of these unusual time signatures (the album included "Take Five", "Blue Rondo à la Turk", and "Three To Get Ready"), it quickly went platinum. It was the first jazz album to sell more than a million copies.

Dave Brubeck Quartet 1967. From left to right: Joe Morello, Eugene Wright, Brubeck and Paul Desmond.

 

Time Out was followed by several albums with a similar approach, including Time Further Out: Miro Reflections (1961), using more 5/4, 6/4, and 9/8, plus the first attempt at 7/4; Countdown: Time in Outer Space (dedicated to John Glenn) (1962), featuring 11/4 and more 7/4; Time Changes (1963), with much 3/4, 10/4 (which was really 5+5), and 13/4; and Time In (1966). These albums (except the last) were also known for using contemporary paintings as cover art, featuring the work of Joan Miró on Time Further Out, Franz Kline on Time in Outer Space, and Sam Francis on Time Changes.

 

A high point for the group was their 1963 live album At Carnegie Hall, described by critic Richard Palmer as "arguably Dave Brubeck's greatest concert".

 

In the early 1960s, Brubeck and his wife Lola developed a jazz musical, The Real Ambassadors, based in part on experiences they and their colleagues had during foreign tours on behalf of the US State Department. The soundtrack album, which featured Louis Armstrong, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and Carmen McRae was recorded in 1961; the musical itself was performed at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival.

 

The final studio album for Columbia by the Desmond/Wright/Morello quartet was Anything Goes (1966) featuring the songs of Cole Porter. A few concert recordings followed, and The Last Time We Saw Paris (1967) was the "Classic" Quartet's swan-song.

 

Brubeck recorded five of the seven tracks of his album Jazz Goes to College in Ann Arbor. He returned to Michigan many times, including a performance at Hill Auditorium where he received a Distinguished Artist Award from the University of Michigan's Musical Society in 2006.

 

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Brubeck died of heart failure on December 5, 2012, in Norwalk, Connecticut, one day before his 92nd birthday. He was on his way to a cardiology appointment, accompanied by his son Darius.

 

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:: AWARDS ::

 

Connecticut Arts Award (1987);

National Medal of Arts, National Endowment for the Arts (1994);

DownBeat Hall of Fame (1994);

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1996);

Doctor of Sacred Theology, Doctorate honoris causa, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2004); [37]

Laetare Medal (University of Notre Dame) (2006);

BBC Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award (2007);

Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy (2008);[28]

Inducted into California Hall of Fame (2008);

Eastman School of Music Honorary Degree (2008)

Kennedy Centre Honour (2009);[38]

George Washington University Honorary Degree (2010);[39]

Honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey (2011).

 

:: Read more:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Brubeck

 

:: Official website:

www.davebrubeck.com/live/

:: Dave Brubeck at the Open Directory Project:

www.dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Instruments/Keyboard/Piano/Pianis...

 

:: Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific:

... www.pacific.edu/Community/Centers-Clinics-and-Institutes/...

 

The Brubeck Institute MOTTO:

... Impacting society through the arts, continuing the life's work of Dave and Lola Brubeck in Education, Community Engagement and Serving as a Catalyst for Social Change.

 

:: 2013 Brubeck Jazz Festival: March 18-23:

www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/Newsroom/2012/September-201...

...Join us March 18-23, 2013 in Stockton, California for the 12th annual Brubeck Festival. World-renowned jazz trumpeter-composer, nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will headline the music and education jazz extravaganza on March 22.

 

:: JAZZ :: New Brubeck Institut Blog!

... brubeckinstitute.wordpress.com/

Check out our new Brubeck Blog! Get day to day insite into the Brubeck Institute. Here about what past BIJQ members are up to and see what current BIJQ members are doing!

 

:: NEW YORK TIME:

www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/arts/music/dave-brubeck-jazz-m...

 

... In a long and successful career, Mr. Brubeck brought a distinctive mixture of experimentation and accessibility that won over listeners who had been trained to the sonic dimensions of the three-minute pop single.

 

... Mr. Brubeck experimented with time signatures and polytonality and explored musical theater and the oratorio, baroque compositional devices and foreign modes. He did not always please the critics, who often described his music as schematic, bombastic and — a word he particularly disliked — stolid. But his very stubbornness and strangeness — the blockiness of his playing, the oppositional push-and-pull between his piano and Paul Desmond’s alto saxophone — make the Brubeck quartet’s best work still sound original.

 

... Lola Brubeck also played a role in the growth of his audience. Before Mr. Brubeck became a client of the prominent manager Joe Glaser, she handled her husband’s business affairs. In 1953 she wrote to more than a hundred universities, suggesting that the quartet would be willing to play for student associations. The college circuit became the group’s bread and butter, and by the end of the 1950s it had sold hundreds of thousands of copies of its albums “Jazz at Oberlin” and “Jazz Goes to College.”

 

... Mr. Brubeck had strong convictions. In the 1950s he had to stand up to college deans who asked him not to perform with a racially mixed band (his bassist, Gene Wright, was black). He also refused to tour in South Africa in 1958 when asked to sign a contract stipulating that his band would be all white. With his wife as lyricist, he wrote “The Real Ambassadors,” a jazz musical that dealt with race relations.

 

... Mr. Brubeck once explained succinctly what jazz meant to him. “One of the reasons I believe in jazz,” he said, “is that the oneness of man can come through the rhythm of your heart. It’s the same anyplace in the world, that heartbeat. It’s the first thing you hear when you’re born — or before you’re born — and it’s the last thing you hear.”

 

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... You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to recognize "Take Five," the smoky instrumental by the Dave Brubeck Quartet that instantly evokes swinging bachelor pads, hi-fi systems and cool nightclubs of the 1950s and '60s.

 

"Take Five" was a musical milestone — a deceptively complex jazz composition that managed to crack the Billboard singles chart and introduce a new, adventurous sound to millions of listeners.

 

In a career that spanned almost all of American jazz since World War II, Brubeck's celebrated quartet combined exotic, challenging tempos with classical influences to create lasting standards.

 

Brubeck believed that jazz presented the best face of America to the world:

 

"Jazz is about freedom within discipline," he said in a 2005 interview with The Associated Press. "Usually a dictatorship like in Russia and Germany will prevent jazz from being played because it just seemed to represent freedom and democracy".

 

Reference:

bigstory.ap.org/article/jazz-great-dave-brubeck-dies

 

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:: "Dave Brubeck was one of the giants in the music – he changed the way people listened to the music,” said David Baker, distinguished professor of music at Indiana University. "Playing with Dave at Ravinia was one of the most exciting moments in my life”.

 

Brubeck always was astonished by the popularity and accolades that came his way, including a lifetime achievement award from the Grammy's in 1996; a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship in 1999; and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009.

 

Yet he was characteristically undaunted. "I can’t say my philosophy of life has changed very much over the years,” Brubeck said in the 1990 interview.

 

"When you’ve gone through something like World War II as a young man, you face the idea that life is very precious.

So I feel about life as I always have: Under any circumstances, go for it.”

 

Reference:

www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-dave-brube...

 

::

 

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This photo appeared in this week's North Hawaii News, which was published this morning.

 

This was the first assignment where I was both the story writer and photographer. The article I wrote is found below this photo's byline, seen here:

 

BILL ADAMS | NORTH HAWAII NEWS

 

2008 Grammy Award nominee Donald Kauli'a, left, prepares to begin a slack key guitar lesson for five students from Cornell University's Earth and Environmental Systems (EES) Field Program.

 

The students pictured are, from front-row-top, Kourtney Reynolds, a senior from San Diego, California, Hannah Kubica, a junior from Little Falls, New York, Keisuke Irie, a senior from Bergen County, New Jersey, Matt Connelly, a sophomore from Syracuse, New York, and Tyler Huth, a sophomore from Boston, Massachusetts. In the rear is EES Field Program Director and Professor, Dr. Alexandra Moore.

 

The session was held at the Waimea Music Exchange store in the Parker Ranch Center this past Saturday.

 

--

Studies In The Art Of The Slack Key

by Bill Adams

 

The Waimea Music Exchange store at Parker Center was filled with the beautiful sounds of Hawaiian music this past Saturday morning as a group of students from Cornell University participated in a slack key guitar lesson taught by the Big Island's own Don Kauli'a, whose album "Sweet Wahine" was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award.

 

The students are enrolled in Cornell's Earth and Environmental Systems (EES) Field Program. A 5-month course which spans the entire spring semester, students engage in field, class and laboratory studies focused on the various ecosystems of our Hawaiian island chain and of Hawaii's history and culture.

 

Led by Professor Dr. Alexandra Moore, the EES Field Program is based out of Waimea and hosted by the Hawaii Preparatory Academy. The students' living quarters is the 8-bedroom Waiaka House near the main campus of HPA.

 

Dr. Moore explained, "The students are immersed in studies geared towards "Kumu Pa'a I Ka 'Aina, which translates to 'Knowledge and understanding that comes from the land.'"

 

The stated mission of the EES Field Program is "To inspire stewardship of the Earth through first-hand experience with the power, and fragility, of Earth's interconnected systems."

 

Upon completion of the EES Field Program, students will achieve 18 credit hours from courses such as; Field Study of the Earth System, Biogeochemistry of the Hawaiian Islands, Field Study of Marine Ecosystems, Internship Experience, and an Introduction to Hawaiian History and Culture, which included Saturday's slack key guitar lesson.

 

The Program stresses the importance of respecting the Hawaiian ancestral lands and to give something back to the community by engaging in a variety of service learning (in class) projects and local volunteer opportunities. Students are also encouraged to explore ways in which they can contribute to the well-being of their adopted community.

 

Before Saturday's lesson began, the students were able to briefly meet and chat with another famous Big Island slack key guitar master, Sonny Lim, a 2007 Grammy Award winner for his work on the album, "Slack Key Guitar Volume 2".

 

Participating in Saturday's guitar lessons were a diverse group of five Cornell University students; Hannah Kubica, a junior from Little Falls, New York, Keisuke Irie, a senior from Bergen County, New Jersey, Matt Connelly, a sophomore from Syracuse, New York, Kourtney Reynolds, a senior from San Diego, California and Tyler Huth, a sophomore from Boston, Massachusetts.

 

More information about Cornell University's EES Field Program can be found on the Internet at www.geo.cornell.edu/hawaii.

 

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Mumford & Sons perform live at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey on February 16, 2013.

Listen Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon

 

Nobody does it better

Makes me feel sad for the rest

Nobody does it half as good as you

Baby you're the best

 

I wasn't looking but somehow you found me

I tried to hide from your love light

But like heaven above me, the spy who loved me

Is keeping all my secrets safe tonight

 

And nobody does it better

Sometimes I wish someone would

Nobody does it half as good as you

Why'd you have to be so good

 

The way that you hold me, whenever you hold me

There's some kind of magic inside you

That keeps me from running, but just keep it coming

How'd you learn to do the things you do

 

And nobody does it better

Makes me feel sad for the rest

Nobody does it quite the way you do

Baby, baby

Baby you're the best

Baby you're the best

Baby you're the best

Baby you're the best

 

Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American singer/songwriter and musician. She is also an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and two-time Grammy Award winner. Simon was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994.

 

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Lil' Wayne and Cash Money/Young Money live in Austin,TX at the Travis County Expo Center

Pat Metheny is an American jazz guitarist and composer.

One of the most successful and critically acclaimed jazz musicians to come to prominence in the 1970s and '80s, he is the leader of the Pat Metheny Group and is also involved in duets, solo works and other side projects. His style incorporates elements of progressive and contemporary jazz, post-bop, latin jazz and jazz fusion. Pat Metheny has three gold albums and 17 Grammy Awards. He is the brother of jazz flugelhornist and journalist Mike Metheny.

:: DAVE BRUBECK - LEGEND WHO HELPED DEFINE JAZZ ::

 

David Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer considered to be one of the foremost exponents of progressive jazz.

 

He wrote a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

 

His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck Quartet's best remembered piece, "Take Five", which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on one of the top-selling jazz albums, Time Out. Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording "Pick Up Sticks" in 6/4, "Unsquare Dance" in 7/4, "World's Fair" in 13/4, and "Blue Rondo à la Turk" in 9/8. He was also a respected composer of orchestral and sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for television such as Mr. Broadway and the animated mini-series This Is America, Charlie Brown.

 

:: 1964 :: Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (Belgium)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1S_vA0ougg

:: 1966 :: Dave Brubeck - Take Five -

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=faJE9...

:: Dave Brubeck Quartet :: Jazz Pour Tous in Belgium

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA5UEGKZoGA

 

:: DAVE BRUBECK :: 1920-2012 ::

Dave Brubeck: A jazz icon who reached a massive audience

 

Early life and career

 

Brubeck was born in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Concord, California, and grew up in Ione. His father, Peter Howard "Pete" Brubeck, was a cattle rancher, and his mother, Elizabeth (née Ivey), who had studied piano in England under Myra Hess and intended to become a concert pianist, taught piano for extra money. His father had Swiss ancestry (the family surname was originally "Brodbeck"), while his maternal grandparents were English and German, respectively. Brubeck originally did not intend to become a musician (his two older brothers, Henry and Howard, were already on that track), but took lessons from his mother. He could not read sheet music during these early lessons, attributing this difficulty to poor eyesight, but "faked" his way through, well enough that this deficiency went mostly unnoticed.

 

Intending to work with his father on their ranch, Brubeck entered the College of the Pacific in Stockton, California, (now the University of the Pacific) studying veterinary science, but transferred on the urging of the head of zoology, Dr. Arnold, who told him "Brubeck, your mind's not here. It's across the lawn in the conservatory. Please go there. Stop wasting my time and yours".

 

After graduating in 1942, Brubeck was drafted into the army He served overseas in George Patton's Third Army. He was spared from service in the Battle of the Bulge when he volunteered to play piano at a Red Cross show; he was such a hit he was ordered to form a band. Thus he created one of the US armed forces' first racially integrated bands, "The Wolfpack".While serving in the military, Brubeck met Paul Desmond in early 1944.

 

He returned to college after serving nearly four years in the army, this time attending Mills College in the San Francisco Bay Area and studying under Darius Milhaud

 

After completing his studies under Milhaud, Brubeck helped to establish Berkeley, California's Fantasy Records. He worked with an octet (the recording bears his name only because Brubeck was the best-known member at the time), and a trio including Cal Tjader and Ron Crotty. Highly experimental, the group made few recordings. The trio was often joined by Paul Desmond on the bandstand

 

In 1949, Jack Sheedy, the owner of a San Francisco-based record label called Coronet, was talked into making the first recording of Brubeck's octet and later his trio. (This Coronet Records should not be confused with either the late 1950s New York-based budget label, nor the Australia-based Coronet Records.) Sheedy's label had previously recorded area Dixieland bands, but Sheedy was unable to pay his bills and in 1949 turned his masters over to his record stamping company, the Circle Record Company, owned by Max and Sol Weiss. The Weiss brothers soon changed the name of their business to Fantasy Records and met an increasing demand for Brubeck recording by recording and issuing new records. Soon the company was shipping 40,000 to 50,000 copies of Brubeck recording a quarter, making enormous profits.

 

Quartet era

 

Dave Brubeck, featured on TIME magazine cover:

"The Man on Cloud No. 7". November 8, 1954.

 

Following a near-fatal swimming accident which incapacitated him for several months, Brubeck organized The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951, with Desmond on alto saxophone. They took up a long residency at San Francisco's Black Hawk nightclub and gained great popularity touring college campuses, recording a series of albums with such titles as Jazz at Oberlin (1953), Jazz at the College of the Pacific (1953), and Brubeck's debut on Columbia Records, Jazz Goes to College (1954).

 

Early bassists for the group included Ron Crotty, Bob Bates, and Bob's brother Norman Bates; Lloyd Davis and Joe Dodge also held the drum chair. In 1956 Brubeck hired drummer Joe Morello, who had been working with Marian McPartland; Morello's presence made possible the rhythmic experiments that were to come. In 1958 African-American bassist Eugene Wright joined for the group's US State Department tour of Europe and Asia. Wright became a permanent member in 1959, making the "classic" Quartet's personnel complete. During the late 1950s and early 1960s Brubeck canceled several concerts because the club owners or hall managers continued to resist the idea of an integrated band on their stages. He also canceled a television appearance when he found out that the producers intended to keep Wright off-camera.

 

In 1959 the Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded Time Out, an album about which the record label was enthusiastic but which they were nonetheless hesitant to release. Featuring the album art of S. Neil Fujita, the album contained all original compositions, almost none of which were in common time: 9/8, 5/4, 3/4, and 6/4 were used inspired by Eurasian folk music they experienced during that US State Department sponsored tour. Nonetheless, on the strength of these unusual time signatures (the album included "Take Five", "Blue Rondo à la Turk", and "Three To Get Ready"), it quickly went platinum. It was the first jazz album to sell more than a million copies.

Dave Brubeck Quartet 1967. From left to right: Joe Morello, Eugene Wright, Brubeck and Paul Desmond.

 

Time Out was followed by several albums with a similar approach, including Time Further Out: Miro Reflections (1961), using more 5/4, 6/4, and 9/8, plus the first attempt at 7/4; Countdown: Time in Outer Space (dedicated to John Glenn) (1962), featuring 11/4 and more 7/4; Time Changes (1963), with much 3/4, 10/4 (which was really 5+5), and 13/4; and Time In (1966). These albums (except the last) were also known for using contemporary paintings as cover art, featuring the work of Joan Miró on Time Further Out, Franz Kline on Time in Outer Space, and Sam Francis on Time Changes.

 

A high point for the group was their 1963 live album At Carnegie Hall, described by critic Richard Palmer as "arguably Dave Brubeck's greatest concert".

 

In the early 1960s, Brubeck and his wife Lola developed a jazz musical, The Real Ambassadors, based in part on experiences they and their colleagues had during foreign tours on behalf of the US State Department. The soundtrack album, which featured Louis Armstrong, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and Carmen McRae was recorded in 1961; the musical itself was performed at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival.

 

The final studio album for Columbia by the Desmond/Wright/Morello quartet was Anything Goes (1966) featuring the songs of Cole Porter. A few concert recordings followed, and The Last Time We Saw Paris (1967) was the "Classic" Quartet's swan-song.

 

Brubeck recorded five of the seven tracks of his album Jazz Goes to College in Ann Arbor. He returned to Michigan many times, including a performance at Hill Auditorium where he received a Distinguished Artist Award from the University of Michigan's Musical Society in 2006.

 

*

Brubeck died of heart failure on December 5, 2012, in Norwalk, Connecticut, one day before his 92nd birthday. He was on his way to a cardiology appointment, accompanied by his son Darius.

 

*

:: AWARDS ::

 

Connecticut Arts Award (1987);

National Medal of Arts, National Endowment for the Arts (1994);

DownBeat Hall of Fame (1994);

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1996);

Doctor of Sacred Theology, Doctorate honoris causa, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2004); [37]

Laetare Medal (University of Notre Dame) (2006);

BBC Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award (2007);

Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy (2008);[28]

Inducted into California Hall of Fame (2008);

Eastman School of Music Honorary Degree (2008)

Kennedy Centre Honour (2009);[38]

George Washington University Honorary Degree (2010);[39]

Honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey (2011).

 

:: Read more:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Brubeck

 

:: Official website:

www.davebrubeck.com/live/

:: Dave Brubeck at the Open Directory Project:

www.dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Instruments/Keyboard/Piano/Pianis...

 

:: Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific:

... www.pacific.edu/Community/Centers-Clinics-and-Institutes/...

 

The Brubeck Institute MOTTO:

... Impacting society through the arts, continuing the life's work of Dave and Lola Brubeck in Education, Community Engagement and Serving as a Catalyst for Social Change.

 

:: 2013 Brubeck Jazz Festival: March 18-23:

www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/Newsroom/2012/September-201...

...Join us March 18-23, 2013 in Stockton, California for the 12th annual Brubeck Festival. World-renowned jazz trumpeter-composer, nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will headline the music and education jazz extravaganza on March 22.

 

:: JAZZ :: New Brubeck Institut Blog!

... brubeckinstitute.wordpress.com/

Check out our new Brubeck Blog! Get day to day insite into the Brubeck Institute. Here about what past BIJQ members are up to and see what current BIJQ members are doing!

 

:: NEW YORK TIME:

www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/arts/music/dave-brubeck-jazz-m...

 

... In a long and successful career, Mr. Brubeck brought a distinctive mixture of experimentation and accessibility that won over listeners who had been trained to the sonic dimensions of the three-minute pop single.

 

... Mr. Brubeck experimented with time signatures and polytonality and explored musical theater and the oratorio, baroque compositional devices and foreign modes. He did not always please the critics, who often described his music as schematic, bombastic and — a word he particularly disliked — stolid. But his very stubbornness and strangeness — the blockiness of his playing, the oppositional push-and-pull between his piano and Paul Desmond’s alto saxophone — make the Brubeck quartet’s best work still sound original.

 

... Lola Brubeck also played a role in the growth of his audience. Before Mr. Brubeck became a client of the prominent manager Joe Glaser, she handled her husband’s business affairs. In 1953 she wrote to more than a hundred universities, suggesting that the quartet would be willing to play for student associations. The college circuit became the group’s bread and butter, and by the end of the 1950s it had sold hundreds of thousands of copies of its albums “Jazz at Oberlin” and “Jazz Goes to College.”

 

... Mr. Brubeck had strong convictions. In the 1950s he had to stand up to college deans who asked him not to perform with a racially mixed band (his bassist, Gene Wright, was black). He also refused to tour in South Africa in 1958 when asked to sign a contract stipulating that his band would be all white. With his wife as lyricist, he wrote “The Real Ambassadors,” a jazz musical that dealt with race relations.

 

... Mr. Brubeck once explained succinctly what jazz meant to him. “One of the reasons I believe in jazz,” he said, “is that the oneness of man can come through the rhythm of your heart. It’s the same anyplace in the world, that heartbeat. It’s the first thing you hear when you’re born — or before you’re born — and it’s the last thing you hear.”

 

::

 

... You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to recognize "Take Five," the smoky instrumental by the Dave Brubeck Quartet that instantly evokes swinging bachelor pads, hi-fi systems and cool nightclubs of the 1950s and '60s.

 

"Take Five" was a musical milestone — a deceptively complex jazz composition that managed to crack the Billboard singles chart and introduce a new, adventurous sound to millions of listeners.

 

In a career that spanned almost all of American jazz since World War II, Brubeck's celebrated quartet combined exotic, challenging tempos with classical influences to create lasting standards.

 

Brubeck believed that jazz presented the best face of America to the world:

 

"Jazz is about freedom within discipline," he said in a 2005 interview with The Associated Press. "Usually a dictatorship like in Russia and Germany will prevent jazz from being played because it just seemed to represent freedom and democracy".

 

Reference:

bigstory.ap.org/article/jazz-great-dave-brubeck-dies

 

::

 

:: "Dave Brubeck was one of the giants in the music – he changed the way people listened to the music,” said David Baker, distinguished professor of music at Indiana University. "Playing with Dave at Ravinia was one of the most exciting moments in my life”.

 

Brubeck always was astonished by the popularity and accolades that came his way, including a lifetime achievement award from the Grammy's in 1996; a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship in 1999; and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009.

 

Yet he was characteristically undaunted. "I can’t say my philosophy of life has changed very much over the years,” Brubeck said in the 1990 interview.

 

"When you’ve gone through something like World War II as a young man, you face the idea that life is very precious.

So I feel about life as I always have: Under any circumstances, go for it.”

 

Reference:

www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-dave-brube...

 

::

 

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Natalia LaFourcade

5/20/18

Rialto Theatre

Tucson, AZ

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

3/10/18

Rialto Theatre

Tucson, AZ.

Midland

4/26/18

Rialto Theatre

Tucson, AZ

UPDATE: My caption for this, written at dawn, was apparently really confusing. Anyway, a Grammy-winner picked out this dress for her.

Courtesy photo

 

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ne-Yo will perform with Alicia Keys and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks at Joe Louis Arena on June 5.

hot damn I'm in love with this video.. love the song

another grammy winner

   

youtu.be/8UVNT4wvIGY

 

off one more day.. errands. will be around :)

Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, New Orleans artist, Grammy Award winner in 2010, who was emerged in the past few years as one of the most brilliant and successful trumpeters (and singers) in the Big Easy.

Ghost

5/6/18

Tucson Music Hall

Tucson, AZ

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:: DAVE BRUBECK - LEGEND WHO HELPED DEFINE JAZZ ::

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David Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer considered to be one of the foremost exponents of progressive jazz.

 

He wrote a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

 

His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck Quartet's best remembered piece, "Take Five", which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on one of the top-selling jazz albums, Time Out. Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording "Pick Up Sticks" in 6/4, "Unsquare Dance" in 7/4, "World's Fair" in 13/4, and "Blue Rondo à la Turk" in 9/8. He was also a respected composer of orchestral and sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for television such as Mr. Broadway and the animated mini-series This Is America, Charlie Brown.

 

:: Take Five - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (1959)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzpnWuk3RjU

 

:: 1966 :: Dave Brubeck - Take Five - in Germany ::

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=faJE9...

Dave Brubeck - piano; Paul Desmond - alto sax

Eugene Wright - bass; Joe Morello - drums

 

:: DAVE BRUBECK :: 1920-2012 ::

Dave Brubeck: A jazz icon who reached a massive audience

 

Early life and career

 

Brubeck was born in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Concord, California, and grew up in Ione. His father, Peter Howard "Pete" Brubeck, was a cattle rancher, and his mother, Elizabeth (née Ivey), who had studied piano in England under Myra Hess and intended to become a concert pianist, taught piano for extra money. His father had Swiss ancestry (the family surname was originally "Brodbeck"), while his maternal grandparents were English and German, respectively. Brubeck originally did not intend to become a musician (his two older brothers, Henry and Howard, were already on that track), but took lessons from his mother. He could not read sheet music during these early lessons, attributing this difficulty to poor eyesight, but "faked" his way through, well enough that this deficiency went mostly unnoticed.

 

Intending to work with his father on their ranch, Brubeck entered the College of the Pacific in Stockton, California, (now the University of the Pacific) studying veterinary science, but transferred on the urging of the head of zoology, Dr. Arnold, who told him "Brubeck, your mind's not here. It's across the lawn in the conservatory. Please go there. Stop wasting my time and yours".

 

After graduating in 1942, Brubeck was drafted into the army He served overseas in George Patton's Third Army. He was spared from service in the Battle of the Bulge when he volunteered to play piano at a Red Cross show; he was such a hit he was ordered to form a band. Thus he created one of the US armed forces' first racially integrated bands, "The Wolfpack".While serving in the military, Brubeck met Paul Desmond in early 1944.

 

He returned to college after serving nearly four years in the army, this time attending Mills College in the San Francisco Bay Area and studying under Darius Milhaud

 

After completing his studies under Milhaud, Brubeck helped to establish Berkeley, California's Fantasy Records. He worked with an octet (the recording bears his name only because Brubeck was the best-known member at the time), and a trio including Cal Tjader and Ron Crotty. Highly experimental, the group made few recordings. The trio was often joined by Paul Desmond on the bandstand

 

In 1949, Jack Sheedy, the owner of a San Francisco-based record label called Coronet, was talked into making the first recording of Brubeck's octet and later his trio. (This Coronet Records should not be confused with either the late 1950s New York-based budget label, nor the Australia-based Coronet Records.) Sheedy's label had previously recorded area Dixieland bands, but Sheedy was unable to pay his bills and in 1949 turned his masters over to his record stamping company, the Circle Record Company, owned by Max and Sol Weiss. The Weiss brothers soon changed the name of their business to Fantasy Records and met an increasing demand for Brubeck recording by recording and issuing new records. Soon the company was shipping 40,000 to 50,000 copies of Brubeck recording a quarter, making enormous profits.

 

Quartet era

 

Dave Brubeck, featured on TIME magazine cover:

"The Man on Cloud No. 7". November 8, 1954.

 

Following a near-fatal swimming accident which incapacitated him for several months, Brubeck organized The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951, with Desmond on alto saxophone. They took up a long residency at San Francisco's Black Hawk nightclub and gained great popularity touring college campuses, recording a series of albums with such titles as Jazz at Oberlin (1953), Jazz at the College of the Pacific (1953), and Brubeck's debut on Columbia Records, Jazz Goes to College (1954).

 

Early bassists for the group included Ron Crotty, Bob Bates, and Bob's brother Norman Bates; Lloyd Davis and Joe Dodge also held the drum chair. In 1956 Brubeck hired drummer Joe Morello, who had been working with Marian McPartland; Morello's presence made possible the rhythmic experiments that were to come. In 1958 African-American bassist Eugene Wright joined for the group's US State Department tour of Europe and Asia. Wright became a permanent member in 1959, making the "classic" Quartet's personnel complete. During the late 1950s and early 1960s Brubeck canceled several concerts because the club owners or hall managers continued to resist the idea of an integrated band on their stages. He also canceled a television appearance when he found out that the producers intended to keep Wright off-camera.

 

In 1959 the Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded Time Out, an album about which the record label was enthusiastic but which they were nonetheless hesitant to release. Featuring the album art of S. Neil Fujita, the album contained all original compositions, almost none of which were in common time: 9/8, 5/4, 3/4, and 6/4 were used inspired by Eurasian folk music they experienced during that US State Department sponsored tour. Nonetheless, on the strength of these unusual time signatures (the album included "Take Five", "Blue Rondo à la Turk", and "Three To Get Ready"), it quickly went platinum. It was the first jazz album to sell more than a million copies.

Dave Brubeck Quartet 1967. From left to right: Joe Morello, Eugene Wright, Brubeck and Paul Desmond.

 

Time Out was followed by several albums with a similar approach, including Time Further Out: Miro Reflections (1961), using more 5/4, 6/4, and 9/8, plus the first attempt at 7/4; Countdown: Time in Outer Space (dedicated to John Glenn) (1962), featuring 11/4 and more 7/4; Time Changes (1963), with much 3/4, 10/4 (which was really 5+5), and 13/4; and Time In (1966). These albums (except the last) were also known for using contemporary paintings as cover art, featuring the work of Joan Miró on Time Further Out, Franz Kline on Time in Outer Space, and Sam Francis on Time Changes.

 

A high point for the group was their 1963 live album At Carnegie Hall, described by critic Richard Palmer as "arguably Dave Brubeck's greatest concert".

 

In the early 1960s, Brubeck and his wife Lola developed a jazz musical, The Real Ambassadors, based in part on experiences they and their colleagues had during foreign tours on behalf of the US State Department. The soundtrack album, which featured Louis Armstrong, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and Carmen McRae was recorded in 1961; the musical itself was performed at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival.

 

The final studio album for Columbia by the Desmond/Wright/Morello quartet was Anything Goes (1966) featuring the songs of Cole Porter. A few concert recordings followed, and The Last Time We Saw Paris (1967) was the "Classic" Quartet's swan-song.

 

Brubeck recorded five of the seven tracks of his album Jazz Goes to College in Ann Arbor. He returned to Michigan many times, including a performance at Hill Auditorium where he received a Distinguished Artist Award from the University of Michigan's Musical Society in 2006.

 

*

Brubeck died of heart failure on December 5, 2012, in Norwalk, Connecticut, one day before his 92nd birthday. He was on his way to a cardiology appointment, accompanied by his son Darius.

 

*

:: AWARDS ::

 

Connecticut Arts Award (1987);

National Medal of Arts, National Endowment for the Arts (1994);

DownBeat Hall of Fame (1994);

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1996);

Doctor of Sacred Theology, Doctorate honoris causa, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2004); [37]

Laetare Medal (University of Notre Dame) (2006);

BBC Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award (2007);

Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy (2008);[28]

Inducted into California Hall of Fame (2008);

Eastman School of Music Honorary Degree (2008)

Kennedy Centre Honour (2009);[38]

George Washington University Honorary Degree (2010);[39]

Honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey (2011).

 

:: Read more:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Brubeck

 

:: Official website:

www.davebrubeck.com/live/

:: Dave Brubeck at the Open Directory Project:

www.dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Instruments/Keyboard/Piano/Pianis...

 

:: Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific:

... www.pacific.edu/Community/Centers-Clinics-and-Institutes/...

 

The Brubeck Institute MOTTO:

... Impacting society through the arts, continuing the life's work of Dave and Lola Brubeck in Education, Community Engagement and Serving as a Catalyst for Social Change.

 

:: 2013 Brubeck Jazz Festival: March 18-23:

www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/Newsroom/2012/September-201...

...Join us March 18-23, 2013 in Stockton, California for the 12th annual Brubeck Festival. World-renowned jazz trumpeter-composer, nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will headline the music and education jazz extravaganza on March 22.

 

:: JAZZ :: New Brubeck Institut Blog!

... brubeckinstitute.wordpress.com/

Check out our new Brubeck Blog! Get day to day insite into the Brubeck Institute. Here about what past BIJQ members are up to and see what current BIJQ members are doing!

 

:: NEW YORK TIME:

www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/arts/music/dave-brubeck-jazz-m...

 

... In a long and successful career, Mr. Brubeck brought a distinctive mixture of experimentation and accessibility that won over listeners who had been trained to the sonic dimensions of the three-minute pop single.

 

... Mr. Brubeck experimented with time signatures and polytonality and explored musical theater and the oratorio, baroque compositional devices and foreign modes. He did not always please the critics, who often described his music as schematic, bombastic and — a word he particularly disliked — stolid. But his very stubbornness and strangeness — the blockiness of his playing, the oppositional push-and-pull between his piano and Paul Desmond’s alto saxophone — make the Brubeck quartet’s best work still sound original.

 

... Lola Brubeck also played a role in the growth of his audience. Before Mr. Brubeck became a client of the prominent manager Joe Glaser, she handled her husband’s business affairs. In 1953 she wrote to more than a hundred universities, suggesting that the quartet would be willing to play for student associations. The college circuit became the group’s bread and butter, and by the end of the 1950s it had sold hundreds of thousands of copies of its albums “Jazz at Oberlin” and “Jazz Goes to College.”

 

... Mr. Brubeck had strong convictions. In the 1950s he had to stand up to college deans who asked him not to perform with a racially mixed band (his bassist, Gene Wright, was black). He also refused to tour in South Africa in 1958 when asked to sign a contract stipulating that his band would be all white. With his wife as lyricist, he wrote “The Real Ambassadors,” a jazz musical that dealt with race relations.

 

... Mr. Brubeck once explained succinctly what jazz meant to him. “One of the reasons I believe in jazz,” he said, “is that the oneness of man can come through the rhythm of your heart. It’s the same anyplace in the world, that heartbeat. It’s the first thing you hear when you’re born — or before you’re born — and it’s the last thing you hear.”

 

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... You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to recognize "Take Five," the smoky instrumental by the Dave Brubeck Quartet that instantly evokes swinging bachelor pads, hi-fi systems and cool nightclubs of the 1950s and '60s.

 

"Take Five" was a musical milestone — a deceptively complex jazz composition that managed to crack the Billboard singles chart and introduce a new, adventurous sound to millions of listeners.

 

In a career that spanned almost all of American jazz since World War II, Brubeck's celebrated quartet combined exotic, challenging tempos with classical influences to create lasting standards.

 

Brubeck believed that jazz presented the best face of America to the world:

 

"Jazz is about freedom within discipline," he said in a 2005 interview with The Associated Press. "Usually a dictatorship like in Russia and Germany will prevent jazz from being played because it just seemed to represent freedom and democracy".

 

Reference:

bigstory.ap.org/article/jazz-great-dave-brubeck-dies

 

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:: "Dave Brubeck was one of the giants in the music – he changed the way people listened to the music,” said David Baker, distinguished professor of music at Indiana University. "Playing with Dave at Ravinia was one of the most exciting moments in my life”.

 

Brubeck always was astonished by the popularity and accolades that came his way, including a lifetime achievement award from the Grammy's in 1996; a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship in 1999; and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009.

 

Yet he was characteristically undaunted. "I can’t say my philosophy of life has changed very much over the years,” Brubeck said in the 1990 interview.

 

"When you’ve gone through something like World War II as a young man, you face the idea that life is very precious.

So I feel about life as I always have: Under any circumstances, go for it.”

 

Reference:

www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-dave-brube...

 

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"Take Five" is a jazz piece written by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on their 1959 album "Time Out"

 

Recorded at Columbia's 30th Street Studios in New York City on June 25, July 1, and August 18, 1959, this piece became one of the group's best-known records, famous for its distinctive, catchy saxophone melody and use of the unusual quintuple (5/4) time, from which its name is derived.

While "Take Five" was not the first jazz composition to use this meter, it was one of the first in the United States to achieve mainstream significance, reaching number five on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Singles chart.

 

"Take Five" has also been included in countless movies and television soundtracks, and still receives significant radio play. Upon his death in 1977, Desmond left the rights to royalties for his performances and compositions, including "Take Five", to the American Red Cross, which has since received combined royalties of approximately $100,000 per year. "Time Out" is a 1959 album by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, based upon the use of time signatures that were unusual for jazz (mainly waltz or double-waltz time, but also 9/8, and most famously 5/4)

 

Although the album was intended as an experiment and received negative reviews by critics upon its release, it became one of the best-known and biggest-selling jazz albums, reaching number 2 in the U.S. Billboard Pop Albums chart. In 2005, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. The Dave Brubeck Quartet was a jazz quartet, founded in 1951 by Dave Brubeck and originally featuring Paul Desmond on saxophone and Brubeck on piano. Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music was known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

 

Paul Desmond (November 25, 1924 -- May 30, 1977)

born Paul Emil Breitenfeld, was a jazz alto saxophonist and composer born in San Francisco, best known for the work he did in The Dave Brubeck Quartet and for penning that group's greatest hit, "Take Five". He was not only one of the most popular musicians to come out of the West Coast's 'cool jazz' scene, but also the possessor of a legendary and idiosyncratic wit. In addition to his work with Brubeck he led several of his own groups and made significant collaborations with artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall and Chet Baker. After years of chain smoking and general poor health, Desmond succumbed to lung cancer in 1977 following one last tour with Brubeck. The smoking hot, icy cool jazz and jams that still make you tap your feet whenever you hear them . . . Cool Jazz is here!

 

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