Dave Brubeck Memorial Broadcast: 12/5 - 12/6
Join us at WKCR now until tomorrow night at 9pm as we pay tribute to Dave Brubeck, who passed away earlier today. Born December 6th, 1920, the pianist and composer and was just shy of turning 92 years old. In 1951, he teamed up with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, bassist Bob Bates, and drummer Joe Hodge to form the first of several Dave Brubeck Quartets, which performed for college students in campuses across the nation and gained fame for making jazz more accessible to younger generations. Brubeck distinguished himself as a composer by experimenting with odd time signatures, most famously on his recording of Paul Desmond’s tune “Take Five” on the top-selling albums Time Out. He also contributed “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “The Duke” to the litany of jazz standards. In the 1960s, Brubeck was program director of Connecticut’s WJZZ-FM radio, where he was one of the first to instate all-jazz programming. Tune in starting today, Wednesday December 5th, until 9pm tomorrow, Thursday December 6th, as we honor the late legend.