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In the discussion thread: Jazz great, Dave Brubeck, has died. [View all]

Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:31 PM

31. I'm just a bit surprised how it's hit me. I'm crying. He was part of the soundtrack of my life.

I bought his album "Jazz Goes To College" when I was a teen in the 50s, and then was one of the million-plus who bought "Time Out" and then bought "Time Further Out" ... and played them endlessly. Thus began my everlasting love affair with jazz.

The first date I had with my ex-wife was in 1971 ... a concert that was part of Dave's "Reunion Tour" (with Paul Desmond) where, in a constant rain, we sat just under the edge of the amphitheater roof, leaning forward both to hear and to avoid the drizzle off the roof. The fact that SHE was almost as enthralled by Brubeck as I, and she never whined about the rain or wanted to leave, was a big part of why I married her.

When we lived in Rochester (NY) we went to EVERY concert when Brubeck came to town ... or when his son Darius came to town. Rochester (home of the Eastman School and the Mangione family) was a stop for any jazz great on tour ... and we LOVED that.

Dave Brubeck was not only a great jazz musician, he was a kind and decent human being. He touched my life. I'll miss him.

God's baked a cake and will celebrate Dave's 92nd birthday tomorrow -- with Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and many others in attendance. The music will be GREAT!


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