Presented by Larry Appelbaum
Topic: Thinking About Jazz - Dave Brubeck: Third Stream Jazz
December 16, 2023, 1-3pm (via Zoom)
Dave Brubeck was largely credited with making "cool jazz" a thing within the genre.
In 1951, he organized the Dave Brubeck Quartet which was prolific for the next 20 years. In 1959, his album “Time Out” became the first album to sell over a million copies; “Take Five,” the lead single on that album became the highest-selling jazz single of all time. His style was variegated, sometimes refined and sometimes bombastic. His fusion of classical music and jazz came to be known as “third stream.” He blended very demanding rhythmic structures with improvisation in very expressive and accessible ways. He won many awards over his lifetime including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, California Hall of Fame, honorary doctorate from Berkelee School of Music, cover of Time Magazine and Kennedy Center Honors. With others such as Ellington and Armstrong he toured internationally as part of the U.S. State Department's effort to spread American culture abroad.
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Brubeck was credited with making "cool jazz" a real part of jazz. He was a prolific composer and group leader. His 1959 album, "Time Out" was the first album to sell over a million copies. His style was variegated, sometimes refined and sometimes bombastic. He blende of classical music and jazz into "third stream."