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Pianist, Composer
December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck, designated a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, was one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds. With a career that spanned over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation.

Born into a musical family in Concord, California — his two older brothers were also professional musicians — he began piano lessons with his mother at age four. He was 12 when his father moved the family to a cattle ranch in the foothills of the Sierras. Dave’s life changed dramatically.

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A Look At Dave Brubeck Over the Years

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1920

David Warren Brubeck was born to Howard “Pete” Brubeck and...

1933

Brubeck family moved to a 45,000-acre cattle ranch, Ione, CA.

1938

Dave enrolled in the College of the Pacific as a...

Accolades

Throughout his life, Dave Brubeck was honored with several awards including a Kennedy Center Honor, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and National Medal of Arts. Learn more below.

  • Arts Awards
  • Grammy Awards
  • Jazz Awards
  • Honorary Degrees
  • Foreign Government Decorations
  • Films & Tapes

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